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The UUA Will Hold its General Assembly in Louisville, KY June 19-23
The UUA Will Hold its General Assembly in Louisville, KY June 19-23

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jgoddard [at] uua [dot] org (pr [at] uua [dot] org)BOSTON–The 2013 General Assembly (GA) of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) will be held June 19-23 in Louisville, KY at the Kentucky International Convention Center. More than 3,500 Unitarian Universalists from around the world will gather for five days of worship, educational workshops, and participation in the democratic process that guides the work of this liberal religious denomination.

GA is the annual meeting of the UUA and is held each June in a different UUA district. This year’s GA delegates will elect a new UUA Moderator for a six-year term, replacing UUA Moderator Gini Courter who is the longest serving Moderator with 10 years of service. The Moderator, a volunteer position, chairs the Association’s Board of Trustees.

Major highlights of the gathering include:

Thursday, June 20, 5:45-7:30 p.m.
Environmental Justice Worship and Rally
Worship from 5:45-6:15 p.m.
Convention Center Hall 2C
Rally from 6:15-7:30 p.m.
The Belvedere, 485 West Main Street

In partnership with Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light (KIPL), the UUA is hosting the largest environmental justice-focused rally in Kentucky’s history. The rally will feature testimonies and song, as well as, information on practical ways we can all make a difference.

Speakers include:

  • The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the UUA
  • Wendell Berry, author, environmental justice activist, economic critic, and farmer
  • Tim DeChristopher, UU activist and subject of the documentary "Bidder 70"
  • The Rev. Cynthia Cain, UU minister of UU Church of Lexington, KY
  • The Rev. Mel Hoover, UU co-minister of the UU Congregation in Charleston, WV

Friday, June 21, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Ware Lecture: Standing Your Sacred Ground by Eboo Patel
Convention Center Hall 2C

Renowned interfaith leader Eboo Patel will discuss the art and science of interfaith work, showing that Americans from George Washington to Martin Luther King Jr. have been “interfaith leaders.” Sharing stories from the frontlines of interfaith activism, he’ll bring to life the growing body of research on how faith can be a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier.

Dr. Patel is founder and President of the Interfaith Youth Core, an international nonprofit building the interfaith youth movement. He was appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and serves on the Religious Advisory Committee of the Council on Foreign Relations.

He is the author of Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice and the Promise of America, and Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation.

Saturday, June 22, 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Service of the Living Tradition
Convention Center Hall 2C

Open to the Public

The Service of the Living Tradition honors fellowshipped and credentialed religious leaders, remember those who have died, recognize those who have completed active service, and welcome those who have received fellowship or credentialed status in the past year. The sermon will be delivered by the Rev. Vanessa Rush Southern, Parish Minister to The Unitarian Church in Summit, NJ.

Sunday, June 23, 9‐10:30 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship
Convention Center Hall 2C

Open to the Public

The sermon for the Sunday worship service will be delivered by the Rev. Dr. William F. Schulz, president and CEO of the UU Service Committee, former executive director of Amnesty International USA, and former UUA president. He will preach on “Tasting the Wine of Astonishment.” The Sunday morning collection will be given to KY Interfaith Power and Light.

Wednesday, June 18, 3:45-5:45 p.m.
VIP Environmental Justice Tour
Additional Event Hosted by Earth & Spirit Center

Limited Space Available

UUA President Rev. Peter Morales, UUSC President Rev. William Schulz, UU College of Social Justice Director Rev. Kathleen McTigue and other UU leaders will take an environmental justice tour of Louisville’s contaminated sites. They will experience firsthand the issues facing the local community.

This event is sponsored by KY Interfaith Power & Light in partnership with KY & WV UU Ministers Coalition, UU College of Social Justice, UU Ministry for Earth, UUA Multicultural Growth & Witness, Standing on the Side of Love, and UU State Networks.

A complete list of General Assembly events and presentations are listed in the online program.

All participants in General Assembly programmed events must be registered for the conference. The only GA programmed events in the Convention Center that will be open to the public (registration not required) are the Service of the Living Tradition, the Sunday Morning Worship, and, on Sunday, June 23 only, the Exhibit Hall.

Members of the press are invited and encouraged to cover events live. Press badges will be available for credentialed, professional journalists and camera/audio crew members beginning Wednesday, June 19. Please contact the Public Relations Director, as soon as possible to request credentials.

The UUA is a faith community of more than 1,000 congregations that bring to the world a vision of religious freedom, tolerance, and social justice.

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