GA Saturday: Reports, amendments, and Phoenix rises

On Saturday, delegates got busy at the 2011 General Assembly, passing several bylaw amendments and hearing reports from the Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees, president, and financial advisor. It was also a day of workshops, song, and worship—and imagining what the 2012 Justice GA in Phoenix will look like.

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


Delegates voted to fill 15 open positions, and they voted to reduce the size of the Board of Trustees and change the length of the terms of Nominating Committee members.

Delegates also overwhelmingly approved an amendment that modifies the conditions for appointment to the Ministerial Fellowship Committee. And delegates recognized the new name of the Thomas Jefferson District, now known as the Southeast District.


The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the UUA, gave his annual report to the General Assembly. So did the Board of Trustees, the Financial Advisor, and the Finance Committee.

The report of the Unitarian Universalist-United Nations Office was presented by its executive director, Bruce F. Knotts.

A good part of Saturday afternoon’s plenary was devoted to a discussion about what General Assembly 2012 in Phoenix might be like.


Ministers discussed the risks and opportunities of using social media.


Dan Harper had coffee with the Rev. Scott Wells to discuss social media and its cultural challenges and talked with Dr. Mark A. Hicks, the Angus MacLean Professor of Religious Education at Meadville Lombard Theological School, about faith formation in a multicultural world.

Video reports

Peter Bowden is filing video reports for UU World.  He spoke to John Hawkins, UUA trustee from the Metropolitan New York District, about UUA leadership opportunities and the UUA’s “Rainbow Board” initiative.


We also shared photos from our photo blog, made possible by our talented photographer Nancy Pierce.

Local media has been covering the General Assembly, with reports in several local news outlets. Also covering GA are UU bloggers.

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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