General Session VII, General Assembly 2018

General Assembly 2018 Event 504

Program Description

Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Co-Moderators Elandria Williams and Mr. Barb Greve preside over the general sessions in which the business of the Association is being conducted.


The following final draft script was completed before this event took place; actual words spoken may vary. Unedited live captions (TXT) were created during the event, and contain some errors. Captioning is not available for some copyrighted material.

Call to Order

Co-Moderator: I now call to order the Sixth General Session of the Fifty- Seventh General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Chalice Lighting

Tanner Linden:

Discussions Report: “Together We Are Called”


Process Observations


Closing Reading

Tim Atkins: Our closing for this session is adapted from Rev. Naomi King: We are a rainbow people. The rainbow is an arc of light brilliantly displaying all the colors of the visible spectrum, all the colors that combine to make the astounding beauty of our world, all the colors that combine to reflect the astounding diversity of human expression.

We are Red people who Respect others. We are Orange people who offer faith and kind treatment. We are Yellow people yearning for learning.

We are Green people who grow in our search for truth and meaning. We are Blue people who believe in what we are achieving. We are Indigo people insisting on freedom, love, and peace. We are Violet people, valuing the web that does not cease and we did not create.

Unitarian Universalism shows up refracted through thousands of different human expressions and experiences, through individuals living our promises, through covenanted communities, through our associations and our actions.

We are a rainbow people. Together, what we give heals and transforms our world. This is our covenant, our bridge of heaven, our dream and our reality. The flame of the chalice, lit around our world, is the source of light and the pot of gold at the end of that rainbow. The flame of that chalice is filled with the light we bring, and nurtured by our hopes and dreams. We know the rainbow begins with you and with me.

We are a rainbow people. Let us grow the rainbow again today.


Co-Moderator: There being no further business to come before us and in accordance with the schedule set forth in your program book, I declare that this General Session of the General Assembly shall stand in recess until 1:30 p.m. this afternoon.

Word Cloud from "Together We Are Called" Discussions

UUA Trustee Denise Rimes presented this word cloud showing major themes that came out of the 19 “Together We Are Called” discussion groups, which involved 600-700 people.

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UUA General Assembly Off-site Participation: Kansas City, Missouri | 2018