The 53rd anniversary of the UUA’s General Assembly was an incredible hub of activity on the international front. With guests from over ten countries in attendance and numerous events, workshops, and celebrations with an international focus, this year’s proceedings were especially historic. Drawing one of the highest attendance rates on record, this year’s annual gathering lent itself to a deep sense of interconnectedness and high visibility of our 30+ attending international partners. [gallery type="rectangular" link="file" ids="6641,6639,6643,6642,6640,6646,6644,6645,6647"]
WorkshopsThis year's GA saw the first-ever "International Track" option for attendees, featuring three internationally themed workshops and worship services: Reaching Out In Love Through Intercultural Competency, Love Reaches Out – Around the World, and Beyond Borders: Implementing Intercultural Conversations. Each program in the International Track was collaboratively organized by the Coalition of International U/U Organizations .
Introduction of the Coalition of International U/U Organizations & International GuestsThe Global Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist (U/U) Story has a long history with many peaks and valleys that occurred in many historical eras. 2014 has been a banner year in terms of hosting leaders of U/U communities from around the world – from places where the Global U/U Story has roots and wings. Representatives from our international partners shared wonderful news about our global faith. Guests included:
- Rev. Mitsuo Miyake, Rev. Kaoru Miyake & Ms. Izumi Miyake (Konko Church of Izuo, Japan)
- Rev. Waichi Hoshina, Ms. Hiroyo Murayama & Ms. Ikuye Kase (Rissho Kosei-kai, Japan)
- Rev. David Gyero, Rev. Karoly Vass, Gizi Nagy & Zsuzsanna Szabo (Hungarian Unitarian Church, Transylvania)
- Justine Magara (UU Church of Kenya)
- Rev. Tet Gallardo (UU Church of the Philippines)
- Rev. Petr Samojsky, Katerina Samojska, Michal Kohout, Marketa Drtinova & Denisa Fialova (Prague Unitarian Congregation)
- Logan Deimler & Tina Huesing (European Unitarian Universalists)
- Derek McAuley, Rev. Richard Boeke, Rev. Jopie Boeke, Rev. Andy Pakula, Louise Rodgers, Julian Smith & Christina Smith (United Kingdom)
- Lara Fuchs (UU Congregations of Basel and Geneva, Switzerland)
- Vyda Ng (Canadian Unitarian Council)
- Dorcy Erlandsen (UU Fellowship of Paris, France)
- Rev. Darihun Khriam (Unitarian Union of North East India, Khasi Hills).