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Dispatches from the annual General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association each June, written by UU World writers.
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Led by TRUUsT, General Assembly delegates preliminarily vote to change ‘women and men’ to ‘people’ in UU Second Source

June 30, 2017 - 4:30 pm
delegates at pro microphone

Kenny Wiley

‘This change in language is getting at the heart of gender identity and inviting folks of different identities in our space and in our faith.’

GA Sunday worship includes local UU congregations, members of the public

June 30, 2017 - 2:40 pm
Rev. Mara Dowdall praying with closed eyes in front of GA choir

Elaine McArdle

‘The only way we will keep this world is to share it,’ urges the Rev. Mara Dowdall

UUA board to appoint commission to review Article II of bylaws

June 29, 2017 - 3:15 pm

Elaine McArdle

Will examine purposes and principles of the association

Youth, young adults reflect on being ‘in the middle’ at 2017 General Assembly Synergy Bridging service

June 29, 2017 - 11:30 am

Kenny Wiley

'Youth and young adults lead this faith and make a big impact.'

Moderator Jim Key honored during memorial service at GA

June 28, 2017 - 12:10 pm
Trustee Elandria Williams and Interim Co-President Leon Spencer at Jim Key’s GA memorial service

Elaine McArdle

‘Love as he loved, as if every day we live could be our last, and that no one who needs our saving faith is left outside the door.’

Bryan Stevenson weaves story, policy in 2017 Ware Lecture

June 28, 2017 - 10:00 am
Bryan Stevenson at podium

Elaine McArdle, Kenny Wiley

‘We will not change the world if we’re not willing to do uncomfortable things.’

BLUU receives President’s Award for Volunteer Service

June 25, 2017 - 2:10 pm
Co-President Leon Spencer presents Award for Volunteer Service to Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism

Sonja L. Cohen

Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism has given the faith a ‘movement moment.’

‘Second line’ parades Unitarian Universalist values through New Orleans

June 25, 2017 - 10:45 am
The "Love Resists" second line leaves the General Assembly convention center

Kenny Wiley, Elaine McArdle

‘I hope this inspires Unitarian Universalists to really act, to resist racism, to resist homophobia, to resist hate, and to resist so many forms of injustice.’

Susan Frederick-Gray elected UUA president

June 24, 2017 - 10:15 pm
The Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray

Christopher L. Walton

Minister of Phoenix, Arizona, congregation wins three-way race to become UUA’s ninth elected president and the first woman elected to the office.

Assembly adopts economic inequality Statement of Conscience

June 24, 2017 - 11:55 am

Sonja L. Cohen

'Challenging extreme inequity locally and globally is a moral imperative.'

General Assembly 2017

June 24, 2017 - 11:35 am

Summary of UU World coverage

Make a difference, the Rev. Cheryl M. Walker urges UUs at the Service of the Living Tradition

June 24, 2017 - 10:05 am
Rev. Cheryl M. Walker speaking in front of choir members

Elaine McArdle

‘The times we live in right now are ripe with the potential for great transformational seeds to be planted,’ she says.

Change must come if Unitarian Universalism is to thrive, co-presidents say

June 23, 2017 - 1:10 pm
Interim Co-Presidents Leon Spencer, William G. Sinkford, and Sofía Betancourt

Elaine McArdle

As faith steps into opportunity to dismantle white supremacy, 'We end our service in hope,' they say

Interim co-presidents: ‘This is a time of opportunity’

June 23, 2017 - 1:00 pm
Interim Co-Presidents Leon Spencer, William G. Sinkford, and Sofía Betancourt

Elaine McArdle

In dismantling white supremacy within their faith, Unitarian Universalists could lead faith groups in ‘long-needed work of justice and redemption in this nation.’

Hoertdoerfer accepts MacLean Award for Excellence in Religious Education

June 23, 2017 - 12:45 pm
The Rev. Pat Hoertdoerfer accepts an award from Jessica York

Sonja L. Cohen

'My life’s work of forty years broke me open to the moral issues of our time.' 

Unitarian Universalists strive to go deeper at pre-GA racial justice training

June 22, 2017 - 10:45 pm
 workshop leaders Leslie Runnels, Aubry Jeanjacques, and Tyrone Edwards.

Sonja L. Cohen, Kenny Wiley

What I observed in my group . . . is just how hungry people are for this work.”

UUA finances “remain healthy,” reports board financial advisor

June 22, 2017 - 10:40 pm

Elaine McArdle

But board of trustees need more training in fiduciary duty, she adds

Let the party begin: 2017 General Assembly opens

June 22, 2017 - 10:00 pm
© 2017 Nancy Pierce/UUA

Kenny Wiley

Music, dance, and remembrance among themes at the UUA General Assembly’s opening celebration.

Covenant Task Force calls for creation of UU general conferences

June 22, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Sonja L. Cohen

Group proposes recurring ecclesiastical conferences, reassessment of UUA organization to move toward effective covenantal relationships.

63 UU congregations are sanctuary churches

June 22, 2017 - 10:25 am

Sonja L. Cohen

Two congregations have been given new accessibility certification, two groups become covenanting communities.