Right Relationship During General Assembly

From Garner Takahashi-Morris, convener of the 2011 Right Relationship Team:

The goal of the Right Relationship Team is to support General Assembly (GA) participants. In a community of this size, we are blessed to have so many perspectives and experiences in one place. And when the inevitable happens, and our trust and faith in each other is broken, we will do our best to help rebuild it together. It is hard work to stay in Right Relationship. And it matters, what we do and say to each other. Oppression is a reality of the world that we live in, and so it's present and active in our community as well. It takes all of us to realize the transformative potential of this community. If one person is hurting, we are all hurting. By the same turn, with each moment of learning with grace, we grow as a community and as a religious movement. If we cannot learn in this gathering of beloved people, then how can we ask it of our world?

And so as a team, we ask it of you. Have challenging conversations with each other and help each other to grow. If you need help in having these conversations, call us. When you have these conversations successfully, please let us know. We look forward to talking with you.

Let us remember our Unitarian Universalist commitment to the worth and dignity of all people. The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) affirms its commitment to maintain an environment free of discrimination and harassment based on race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, or disability. The Association expects all attendees to conduct themselves in a professional manner with concern and respect for all.

As a courtesy, please allow persons using wheelchairs and scooters to exit meeting rooms first. Also, please leave elevators free for the use of persons using wheelchairs and scooters.

A chaplain is available at any hour during GA for assistance in case of personal emergency or need for pastoral care. Office hours and after-hours phone numbers will be posted. A closing meditation and shared by the chaplain and a member of the GA Planning Committee will be held each evening (Wednesday-Saturday) in the convention center.

The Right Relationship Team exists to listen to and engage with people who have experienced problems of oppression while at General Assembly. The team can be reached in the Chaplain's Office.

An African American man smiles and claps hands from behind the podium.

Rev. Mykal Slack and Leslie MacFayden at the 2019 General Assembly in Spokane, WA

Elandria Williams and Mr. Barb Greve of the 2013 Right Relationship Team display the team's bright orange t-shirt to the Assembly.

Elandria Williams and Mr. Barb Greve both served on the Right Relationship Team before going on to be Co-moderators of the UUA.

Shaking hands at the GA 2012 Service of the Living Tradition.

2012 Service of the Living Tradition in Phoenix, AZ