Abby Maestas, member of the South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, has won the Mountain Desert District's award for the best lay sermon on social responsibility. Her sermon, "We Are All One," was presented during a Sunday service in January.

Another SUU member, Betty Schoeffler, has been nominated by the District for the Unsung Unitarian Universalist Award. Alan Coombs of First Unitarian Church was nominated for the UU Association's Distinguished Service to the Cause of Liberal Religion Award. The district includes 33 congregations in several Western states.