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A father and son look at one another and smile after lighting the flaming chalice at GA 2015's Sunday Morning Worship.
UUA GA: Reproductive Justice, Climate, #blacklivesmatter 2015
Highlights of the UUA General Assembly 2015

The 2015 General Assembly (GA) of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) closed Sunday, June 28 in Portland, OR.

More than 4,500 Unitarian Universalists from around the world gathered for five days of workshops, worship, and witness around the theme of “Building a New Way.”

GA is the annual meeting of the UUA and is held each June in a different UUA region. Major highlights of this year’s gathering included:

  • Indigenous communities, including Lummi and Chinook Nations, led a worship ceremony and public witness event for climate justice.
  • Cornel West, prominent and provocative intellectual, delivered the Ware Lecture.
  • The Rev. Clark Olsen, a UU minister and racial justice activist, received the UUA’s 2015 Award for Distinguished Service to the Cause of Unitarian Universalism, the highest award bestowed by the Association.

Delegates from UU congregations passed statements on social justice and climate justice:

More than $70,000 was collected for the Living Tradition Fund, which provides grants and scholarships to ministers. Nearly $20,000 was raised to support future GA attendance for youth, young adults, people of color, and other marginalized groups. The collection at the Sunday morning worship service raised over $66,000 in support of the Reentry Transition Center, operated by Mercy Corps, Northwest.

About the Authors

  • Jill Goddard was the former Public Relations Director of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
  • Rev. Sarah Gibb Millspaugh joined the Pacific Western Region's Congregational Life staff in July 2016. She serves as the Primary Contact for congregations in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, the western edge of Texas, and three Southern California counties. Sarah works with all...

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