Roundup: Media coverage of 2013 General Assembly

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In addition to early media coverage of last Thursday’s clean energy rally—the public witness event of the 2013 UUA General Assembly—GA also attracted the following news coverage:

The main Louisville newspaper, the Courier Journal, profiled Unitarian Universalism with a long story Saturday: UUs seek to reach the like-minded but church-wary (June 22). The newspaper’s religion reporter also filed a story about the General Assembly’s vote to encourage a denomination-wide conversation about divesting from the fossil fuel industry: Unitarians launch talks on divesting from fossil fuels (June 24). A long multimedia story about the clean energy rally was published on Friday: Louisville clean energy rally unites religious and environmental groups (June 21).

Other coverage of the clean energy rally:

Faith inspires Louisville rally for environmental justice (TckTckTck: The Global Call for Climate Action, June 20)

Faith, Environmental Groups Rally for Renewable Energy in Louisville (WFPL – 89.3 FM, June 20)

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GA clean energy rally draws attention from EPA

The General Assembly’s public witness event—a June 19 rally for clean energy sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association and a coalition of local environmental and religious groups—is already having an impact. As the 2013 General Assembly was drawing to a close, the Rev. Dawn Cooley, minister of the Unitarian Church of Louisville, Ky., talked with video reporter Peter Bowden about calls two of the local activists have received from the Environmental Protection Agency about their experiences.

GA ends in celebration, installation of new leaders

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At the closing ceremony at General Assembly Sunday night GA participants welcomed a new moderator, Jim Key, who was elected to that position Saturday. They also welcomed back to a second term UUA President Peter Morales.

Both were installed in a worship service that included the GA choir and other musicians.

Key was installed by UUA Secretary Susan Ritchie, who reminded Key that the moderator’s role is to “offer special leadership” to GA delegates and the board in developing a long term vision for the association.

In brief remarks Key said that GA was where “the bug bit me many years ago. I am humbled and energized by your support.” He urged GA participants to go home and share what they’d learned at GA. For himself, “The hard work starts tomorrow,” he said.

Outgoing Moderator Gini Courter acknowledged Tamara Payne-Alex, who lost the moderator election to Key by 40 votes. “The conversation about our future was richer with Tamara and Jim than if Jim had only spoken alone. Tamara’s vision was also a fitting one.”

In a break from tradition, Morales conducted his own installation. And he acknowledged that he would need help in the years ahead. He said, “Alone I can do very little. We all need one another in this faith. Thank you for trusting me to serve as your president. We are on a wonderful spiritual adventure together.”

The General Assembly in 2014 will be in Providence, Rhode Island. Beth McGregor, chair of the Ballou Channing District coordinating committee for that event, formally invited those in the hall to Rhode Island.

Part of the closing worship was also dedicated to a continuation of a GA-long lovefest for Courter, who was ending more than ten years as moderator. Trustee Joan Lund compared her to a “skilled juggler” and referred to her “masterful leadership of the board.”

Jackie Shanti, first vice moderator of the board, said, “If you have Gini by your side, the force is with you.” Courter, who had given a lengthy report to GA that afternoon, simply said, “It has been a lifetime honor to serve with all of you. Thank you.”

New board members were also installed. Outoing UUA Secretary Tom Loughrey led a celebration of retiring board members and a welcome for new ones, noting that from this point forward board members will be elected at-large rather than from specific UUA districts. The change is part of an ongoing effort to streamline the governance of the association.

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Roundup: Media coverage of 2013 General Assembly

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

In addition to early media coverage of last Thursday’s clean energy rally—the public witness event of the 2013 UUA General Assembly—GA also attracted the following news coverage: The…

GA clean energy rally draws attention from EPA

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

General Assembly ally draws EPA’s attention from UU World on Vimeo. The General Assembly’s public witness event—a June 19 rally for clean energy sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist…

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GA ends in celebration, installation of new leaders

Sunday, June 23, 2013

At the closing ceremony at General Assembly Sunday night GA participants welcomed a new moderator, Jim Key, who was elected to that position Saturday. They also welcomed back…

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Delegates donate $16k to New Orleans congregations

Sunday, June 23, 2013

In Plenary Friday afternoon, a special collection raised $16,994 for the three New Orleans-area congregations, still recovering from the damage of Hurricane Katrina and broken levees in 2005….