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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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In final vote, General Assembly affirms issues other petitions raised

June 29, 2018 - 10:25 am
Delegates vote at the 2018 General Assembly to place three proposed Actions of Immediate Witness on the final agenda

Christopher L. Walton

Delegates affirm importance of issues raised by three proposed Actions of Immediate Witness that did not make it onto the final agenda.

‘No Time for a Casual Faith’: Watch the 2018 General Assembly’s Sunday worship service

June 28, 2018 - 1:45 pm
UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray tells a story during the Sunday worship service at the 2018 General Assembly

Staff Writer

‘As Unitarian Universalists, we are first and foremost religious communities that practice love as our foundation—and we are living in times of heartbreak, violence, and pain.’

LREDA receives President’s Volunteer Service Award

June 27, 2018 - 11:45 am
UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray presents the 2018 President's Award for Volunteer Service to LREDA

Sonja L. Cohen

Liberal Religious Educators Association ‘leads at the margins of our faith,’ says UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray.

Unitarian Universalists call for abolition of ICE and end of family separation at border

June 25, 2018 - 11:55 am
The General Assembly Youth Caucus speaks in favor of a bylaw amendment that gives religious educators delegate status.

Christopher L. Walton

UUA General Assembly continues focus on dismantling white supremacy. Resolutions condemn criminalization of migrants, call for end to private prisons, and urge support for indigenous water protectors.

Watch Brittany Packnett’s Ware Lecture to the UUA General Assembly

June 24, 2018 - 8:50 pm
Brittany Packnett delivers the 2018 Ware Lecture to the UUA General Assembly

Staff Writer

‘The more you benefit from supremacy the more responsible you have to be to dismantle it,’ Brittany Packnett tells Unitarian Universalists gathered in Kansas City. 

Watch the 2018 Service of the Living Tradition

June 24, 2018 - 3:30 pm
The Rev. Sofía Betancourt preaches at the 2018 Service of the Living Tradition

Staff Writer

The Rev. Sofía Betancourt preaches at the worship service honoring religious professionals, ‘I want to honor the weary, ragged miracle that is our living tradition.’

Charles Gaines, Distinguished Service award recipient: ‘Be evangelists for our faith’

June 24, 2018 - 9:00 am
The Rev. Charles Gaines receives the Distinguished Service award from Co-moderator Barb Greve

Sonja L. Cohen

Over fifty-seven years of ministry, the Rev. Charles Gaines has ‘modeled a Unitarian Universalism that can be.’

UUs learn tools for ending the money bail system

June 22, 2018 - 11:40 pm
Panelists at Anatomy of a Bailout, part of the 2018 UUA General Assembly’s public witness program

Elaine McArdle

Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism hosts public witness event at 2018 General Assembly focused on criminal justice reform.

Aisha Hauser accepts MacLean Award for Excellence in Religious Education

June 22, 2018 - 3:20 pm
Aisha Hauser receives the Angus H. MacLean Award from Jessica York at the 2018 General Assembly

Sonja L. Cohen

Religious educator Aisha Hauser ‘has not just brought dignity—she has redefined dignity,’ says award presenter Jessica York.

Distinguished Service Award recipient Danielle Di Bona is ‘Unitarian Universalism’s chaplain’

June 22, 2018 - 11:40 am
The Rev. Danielle Di Bona receives the Distinguished Service Award from UUA Secretary Christine Rivera

Sonja L. Cohen

The Rev. Danielle Assunta Di Bona receives the UUA’s highest honor for years of service and chaplain work.

Kansas City activist arrested in confrontation with anti-LGBT protesters

June 21, 2018 - 11:45 pm
Unitarian Universalists respond to an anti-LGBT group of protesters from Westboro Baptist Church on June 21, 2018.

Elaine McArdle

During brief protest of Unitarian Universalist support for LGBT lives by Westboro Baptist Church, police arrest a local activist. General Assembly Safety Team works to de-escalate situation with police.

General Assembly kicks off with music, worship, and celebration

June 21, 2018 - 5:35 pm
Kiya Heartwood and the Rev. Kimberley Debus perform their new song, "Are All Called"—the theme of GA 2018—during the Opening Celebration's worship service.

Kenneth Sutton

The Unitarian Universalist Association’s fifty-seventh General Assembly begins in Kansas City, Missouri, June 20, 2018.

Ministers mark Juneteenth with rally and action in Kansas City

June 20, 2018 - 12:15 pm
Laying on of hands with LJ Brackson

Christopher L. Walton

Unitarian Universalist ministers and local UUs mark Juneteenth with rally in solidarity with Poor People’s Campaign in Kansas City.

Second Source language changed preliminarily at General Assembly 2017

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

Kenny Wiley

Delegates vote to change ‘woman and men’ to ‘people’ in Second Source; GA will vote again on amendment in 2018.

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.’

Sunday worship service celebrates the ‘shared world’

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

Elaine McArdle

Offering at 2017 General Assembly’s largest event raises $105,000 for Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children.

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

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
view of people on stage from within the audience

Kenny Wiley

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

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