GA Friday: Ethical eating, workshops, and a rally

On Friday, the second full day of the 2011 General Assembly, delegates passed their first major item of business, approving a Statement of Conscience on Ethical Eating. It also included an address from Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and Rev. Kosho Niwano, President-Designate of the six-million member Rissho Kosei-kai religious group in Japan. Dozens of workshops were held, from 10:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. A Standing on the Side of Love Rally showed support for LGBT rights. And The New Epiphany Revival and Synergy Building Worship ended the day with energy and inspiration.

Here’s a quick guide to UU World ’s coverage of Friday’s events.


Delegates overwhelmingly approved a three-page Statement of Conscience on Ethical Eating, calling on UUs to “eat ethically” by becoming aware of the ways that our food choices affect our health and the planet’s health.


Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, whose Park51 Community Center project in lower Manhattan was vilified as the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” last year, addressed the 2011 General Assembly, speaking about the common ground between core Muslim values and core American values.


One of the highlights of Friday morning’s plenary was the appearance of the Rev. Kosho Niwano, President-Designate of the six-million member Rissho Kosei-kai religious group in Japan.

More than 4,000 people are attending this GA, according to UUA Secretary Tom Loughrey, who  gave a preliminary credentials report to attendees.


The Rev. Dr. Galen Guengerich led a workshop on what it would take to make Unitarian Universalism a “church for the new millennium.”

Redefining Congregations,” a workshop sponsored by the UUA Board of Trustees, struck a chord with young adults and others who are interested in ways that congregations can exist without having four walls.

The Board of Trustees held a workshop inviting people to share their concerns and ideas for the 2012 Justice General Assembly in Phoenix, Ariz.

At the workshop “Views from the Pews: Race and Unitarian Universalism,” panelists offered their personal stories of encountering racism in their chosen faith.


The New Epiphany Revival Show, was led by Nick Page, joined by the Rev. Jason Shelton, the Rev. Hope Johnson, Janice Marie Johnson, Jeannie Gagne, and others. It carried into Synergy Bridging Worship, honoring bridging youth.

Public Witness

Hundreds of UUs rallied to Stand on the Side of Love with LGBT people in North Carolina and everywhere.

Video reports

Peter Bowden is filing video reports for UU World. His Friday videos offered a look at the exhibit hall, a coffee with Rev. Donald E. Robinson, beyond bricks and mortar, and a look at the Fellowship of Fools.


We also monitored blog and Twitter commentary about GA, and shared photos from our photo blog.

The UUA website, meanwhile, offers on-demand video of plenaries and major events, as well as scripts, transcripts, and workshop materials from other events.

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