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Unitarian Universalists Witnessed for Climate Justice and Built New Ways at GA

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

More than 5,000 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 a Statement of Conscience resolution on reproductive justice as well as the following Actions of Immediate Witness:

  • To support the Black Lives Matter Movement, calling congregations “to action, in order to become closer to a just world community.”
  • To support local, national, and international climate justice campaigns, including the Lummi Nation’s opposition to the Gateway Pacific Coal Terminal in Washington State.
  • To call for the closure of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) family detention centers.

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 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.

For more detailed coverage, please visit UU World.