Vandals again strike Unitarian Universalist Church

The Unitarian Universalist Church in Idaho Falls is planning a flag-making gathering after several of its peace flags were found cut down Monday.

The event, called “Blessings of Peace Flags,” will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 555 E St.

Rev. Lyn Cameron announced the event after finding several peace flags cut down around the church. She assumed the rope had rotted until she found an “All Lives Matter” sign in the grass and saw more peace flags in a nearby gutter on Wednesday.

“I have reached out to the IF Clergy Group and others and we have decided to respond by making “Blessings of Peace Flags” to celebrate the Eclipse and to replace the (flags) removed from here,” Cameron said in an email. “We are also encouraging other groups and individuals to display them as well.”

Cameron said she’s heard back from other clergy who plan to attend and spread the word. She plans to display the peace flags around the city in response to the vandalism.

This is not the first time the church has seen vandalism on its property. “Black Lives Matter” signs on the property have been defaced several times and stolen since the first one was installed in Feb. 2016.

Cameron said she reported the incident to the Idaho Falls Police Department.

Reporter Johnathan Hogan can be reached at 208-542-6746.