The 2010 General Assembly (GA) of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) will be held June 23-27 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC). More than 3,400 Unitarian Universalists from across the country will gather at the 2010 GA to worship, celebrate, and take part in the democratic process that guides the work of this religious association of over 1,000 congregations. GA is the annual meeting of the UUA and is held each June in a different UUA district.
- "Standing on the Side of Love for Marriage Equality," an interfaith community witness event at 12:00 p.m.–12:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 26, on Loring Stage in Loring Park, at 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis. Open to the general public. Free.
UUA President Rev. Peter Morales will speak along with other faith and community leaders. This event is organized by the UUA’s Standing on the Side of Love campaign and is part of Twin Cities Pride, the largest bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender festival and parade in the Midwest.
- “Sacredness, Humanness and Sustainability,” Ware Lecture by Winona LaDuke, at 8:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 26, in MCC Hall B. Open to credentialed members of the media and registered GA attendees.
LaDuke is a Native American activist, environmentalist, economist, and writer. She will explore the key environmental challenges of our time and propose solutions for creating a durable and just green economy in America based on indigenous tenets of sustainability.
- Sunday morning worship service at 9 a.m.–10:15 a.m. on Sunday, June 27, in MCC Hall B. Open to the general public. Free.
UUA President Rev. Peter Morales will preach on "Our Greatest Challenge" and Ruth Palmer, director of music ministries at Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul, will conduct the 2010 General Assembly choir.
Other highlights of the 2010 GA are as follows:
- Delegates will select one Congregational Study/Action Issue (CSAI) for 2010–2014 from the following options: Energy, Peace, and Justice; National Economic Reform: A Moral Imperative; Immigration as a Moral Issue; Ending Slavery; and Revitalizing American Democracy.
- The 2010 GA service project will be with Hope Community, a Minneapolis community development organization. GA attendees will be volunteering at two of Hope’s affordable housing locations, on Friday, June 25, and Saturday, June 26. Donations for Hope will be accepted during the Sunday morning worship service offertory. Last year’s GA service project raised over $30,000.
- The UUA will implement best practices for sustainability at the 2010 GA. The goal for the 2010 GA is 60 percent waste diversion; front-of-house composting will be available in addition to recycling. Thirty-five percent of the food at this year’s GA will come from within 300 miles. The Minneapolis Convention Center has committed to purchasing 15 percent of venue energy as wind energy.
- U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota will deliver greetings to the GA attendees in plenary on Saturday, June 26, at 10:45am, in MCC Hall B. Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, a Unitarian Universalist, will speak on Thursday, June 24, 4:30pm-5:45pm, in MCC M100 IJ, on how Minnesota has used election-day voter registration to help achieve the nation’s highest voter turnout.
The UUA’s 2010 GA online press room includes information about events, press coverage, and social justice issues that will be addressed at the 2010 GA.
Members of the press are invited to cover events live in Minneapolis. Press badges will be available for credentialed, professional journalists and camera/audio crew members beginning Wednesday, June 23. Please contact Shelby Meyerhoff, UUA public witness specialist, as soon as possible to request credentials.
UUA Public Witness Specialist
617-875-5268 (June 23-June 28)
617-948-6103 (Before June 23 and after June 28)