Guide to 2012 General Assembly coverage

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Justice General Assembly banners in Phoenix (©Nancy Pierce)

Below are direct links to UU World‘s reports on the 2012 Justice General Assembly in Phoenix, Ariz. Visit our General Assembly blog for the latest reports. For live…

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2012 General Assembly news summary

Monday, July 2, 2012
Vigil outside 'Tent City' jail, June 23, 2012 (©Nancy Pierce)

Unitarian Universalists gathered in Phoenix, Ariz., for five days of worship, public witness, and education June 20–24, 2012, at the Unitarian Universalist Association’s “Justice General Assembly.” The 1,723…

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3,714 people came to Justice GA

Friday, June 29, 2012
Young UUs played in a fountain during Friday night's community celebration (©Nancy Pierce)

The 2012 Justice General Assembly drew 3,714 people, according to UUA Secretary Tom Loughrey’s final credentials report in the closing plenary on June 24. The total included 1,359…

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Morales: Justice GA ‘like a dream come true’

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

After the Sunday morning worship service on the final day of the 2012 “Justice General Assembly,” UUA President Peter Morales told UU World that the Arizona GA had…

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Video: UCC leaders reflect on General Assembly

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Three leaders of the United Church of Christ—a liberal Protestant denomination with 5,600 congregations and 1.2 million members—attended the UUA’s 2012 Justice General Assembly in Phoenix. The Rev….

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Video: Youth group shares highlights of Justice GA

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

UU World talked to the youth group of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka in Wayzata, Minn., who traveled to Phoenix as part of a 15-day pilgrimage. The teens,…

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Board to review Fifth Principle Task Force report

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Board of Trustees meeting (©Nancy Pierce)

After the close of the Justice General Assembly, the Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees met Monday for a half-day meeting to reflect on last week’s events and…

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Video: How ‘Standing on the Side of Love’ was born

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

At the 2012 General Assembly, the Rev. Jason Shelton, associate minister of music at the First UU Church in Nashville, told UU World the story of how he wrote…

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GA 2012 ends on upbeat note

Sunday, June 24, 2012
Closing Ceremony, 2012 General Assembly (©Nancy Pierce)

The Justice GA closed Sunday night with a rousing final worship. After five days of learning about immigration issues and after Saturday night’s massive candlelight vigil at the…

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Takahashi Morris: ‘Tent City’ and internment camps

Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Rev. Leslie Takahashi Morris tells UU World about her experience inside the Maricopa County “Tent City” jail, which she toured with other religious leaders and Sheriff Joe…

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GA finalizes several bylaw amendments without debate

Sunday, June 24, 2012
Delegates vote (©Nancy Pierce)

Delegates to the 2012 General Assembly almost unanimously approved several amendments to the Unitarian Universalist Association’s bylaws without debate at Sunday’s plenary. All three amendments required approval by…

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GA repudiates Doctrine of Discovery

Sunday, June 24, 2012
Youth Caucus speaks in favor of repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery (©Nancy Pierce)

The General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Sunday afternoon to repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery. The doctrine is the premise that European Christian explorers who “discovered” other lands had the…

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Courter: Justice GA has transformed future GAs

Sunday, June 24, 2012
UUA Moderator Gini Courter (©Nancy Pierce)

In her moderator’s report at the last Plenary of the Justice General Assembly, Gini Courter spoke of transformation. “All over the county UUs expect transformation,” she said. Personal…

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Video: UUs arrive for ‘Tent City’ vigil

Sunday, June 24, 2012

UU World filmed last night’s candlelight vigil outside Maricopa County’s “Tent City” jail. Watch this clip showing Unitarian Universalists arriving at the jail, passing counter-protesters, and gathering in…

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Financial advisor Brody: Justice in UUA finances

Sunday, June 24, 2012
UUA logo

In his plenary report to the 2012 General Assembly, UUA Financial Advisor Dan Brody focused on three areas in which UUA policies and practices have been modified to…

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Vice presidents: How to take Justice GA home

Sunday, June 24, 2012
General Assembly banners, Phoenix, Ariz. (©Nancy Pierce)

How do we take the Justice General Assembly home? That was the focus of Sunday afternoon’s plenary report from UUA Executive Vice President Kay Montgomery and Vice President…

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Crestwell: ‘Go home and start a little trouble’

Sunday, June 24, 2012
The Rev. John Crestwell (©Nancy Pierce)

Plenary Hall was nearly filled to capacity on Sunday morning as General Assembly attendees gathered to worship together with song, prayer, and spirited words. Kellie Walker, David Glasgow,…

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Latino community prepares for Court SB 1070 ruling

Sunday, June 24, 2012

UU World talked with Sharon Zapata, president of the Arizona Hispanic Community Forum, about preparations within the Latino/a community for the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Arizona SB…

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Citizenship fair draws hundreds of UU volunteers

Sunday, June 24, 2012
UU volunteers assist immigrants at a Naturalization and Citizenship Fair in Phoenix. (©Nancy Pierce)

When Daniel Stracka began to organize a service project helping people complete their paperwork for citizenship for the Justice General Assembly, he hoped to get 200 volunteers. Instead,…

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‘In 2017, Unitarian Universalism has gone viral’

Sunday, June 24, 2012
UUA President Peter Morales (©Nancy Pierce)

In his annual report to the 2012 General Assembly, UUA President Peter Morales stressed the importance of collaboration, especially in working for justice and in helping UU congregations…

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