Whew! We're recovering from a long week at General Assembly in Kansas City, MO. As this publishes, many of your CER staff are traveling home from Missouri and wading back through our email inboxes. We'll be back in our offices and caught up by next week.
One of the highlights of the week was the Ware Lecture by Brittney Packnett. So we've provided the video here for those who might have missed it. See the sidebar!
For all the highlights, news stories - like what happened when Westboro Baptist protested us again - and more, check the UU World's GA page. They have covered General Assembly in great detail once again.
If you missed something, or want to revisit something much of General Assembly is online. Additional resources, such as the amended texts of the Actions of Immediate Witness and the accepted Congregational Study Action Issue will be published to the UUA website in the coming weeks.
Everything that was streamed live is now available on the UUA website. Here you can watch the Opening Ceremonies and Banner Parade, all the business sessions, the Ware Lecture, the Service of the Living Tradition, Sunday Morning Worship and the Closing Ceremonies. If you visit the UUA's YouTube Channel you can also find the individual reports that were given during the different business sessions.
The UUA is in discernment about how to conduct business at General Assembly and we had a time of discussion in smaller groups around four main questions:
- What is essential to you about being a Unitarian Universalist?
- What do our purposes and principles capture well that is essential to who we are and what we must do as Unitarian Universalists? What do they leave out?
- How could our mission, purposes, principles and bylaws more accurately convey our vision of a future for our faith that compels us to act on our deep commitment to anti-racism and anti-oppression?
- In what specific ways are we asked to transform lives, communities and the world in these times? How does our shared life in our congregations and covenanted communities prepare us to do this?
The report back to the full group can be found in this video clip. Additional details and information will be sent out to the delegates after there is more time to analyze the answers. The delegates were asked to bring these questions home to their congregations. How might you answer them? Might your congregation discuss these questions? How would the congregation answer them?
May we continue to work together to strengthen our faith
Beth Casebolt, CER Operations Manager and Communications Consultant