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 […]

GA clean energy rally draws attention from EPA

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 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 […]

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 […]

Delegates donate $16k to New Orleans congregations

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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. “As an association, we have made a promise to New Orleans to walk with members of our family and faith” in the difficult process of rebuilding, said […]

Courter urges assembly to set the UUA’s vision

Gini Courter

Gini Courter delivered her last moderator’s report Sunday afternoon, an impassioned plea to the delegates to be the visionaries for the Association. “You hold the power of this Association in your hearts and hands,” said Courter, in her 10th moderator’s report to the General Assembly. “You are the power in Unitarian Universalism. And when you […]

Ministry fund created in Courter’s honor

Announcing a fund to honor Gini Courter that supports experiments in UU growth. (© Nancy Pierce)

In honor of the service of UUA Moderator Gini Courter, who retired from that position at General Assembly, a fund has been created to support innovative ministry. The fund, named Faithful Risk, is available on the website of the Clara Barton/Massachusetts Bay District. Courter got the idea for the fund from work being done by […]

3,426 people participated in Louisville GA

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A total of 3,426 people participated in the 2013 General Assembly, Trustee Tom Loughrey reported during the final plenary session Sunday night. Of those, 1,732 were on-site delegates, 112 were off-site delegates, and 1,582 were non-delegate participants, including 232 youth. They represented 611 congregations in 50 U.S. states and one Canadian province. Loughrey also reported […]

Recommitting to antiracism, thanking Gini Courter

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Delegates introduced two responsive resolutions during Sunday’s final plenary recommitting the Unitarian Universalist Association to antiracism, anti-oppression, and multicultural work, and thanking Gini Courter for her years as moderator. The first responsive resolution was read from the floor and appeared on screen, and was endorsed heartily by the delegates:

Passed: fossil fuel divestment AIW


General Assembly delegates voted overwhelmingly Sunday afternoon to adopt the Action of Immediate Witness “Consider Divestment from the Fossil Fuel Industry,” which calls for delegates to “begin a denomination-wide conversation within their congregations about divesting from fossil fuels or exercising shareholder influence.” During debate on the plenary floor, those at the “con” microphone primarily focused […]

Delegates oppose institutional racism with AIW


GA delegates voted overwhelmingly Sunday afternoon for an Action of Immediate Witness (AIW) that condemns racist mistreatment of young people of color by police. The AIW grew out of an appearance at General Assembly a year ago of Michelle Alexander, whose book, “The New Jim Crow” explored the extent to which people of color are […]

AIW passes urging end to corporate personhood


Unitarian Universalists should join efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution to overturn the Citizens United U.S. Supreme Court decision to eliminate corporate personhood. That’s according to an Action of Immediate Witness (AIW) passed by delegates to the 2013 General Assembly in Louisville, Ky., Sunday afternoon. The AIW is called “Amend the Constitution: Corporations are not […]

Sunday worship: Our covenant with all being

William F. Schulz

Sunday morning’s General Assembly worship service took several thousand Unitarian Universalists and local visitors on an emotional tour to the farthest reaches of the universe and back. The Rev. Dr. William F. Schulz, president of the UU Service Committee, preached a stirring sermon about our covenant with creation. “I have never become reconciled to . […]

GA celebrates completion of ‘Tapestry of Faith’

Judith Frediani presented the Rev. Dr. Linda Olson Peebles with an award recognizing her contributions to religious education on Saturday. Frediani was honored in turn for leading the Tapestry of Faith program during Sunday morning's plenary. © 2013 Nancy Pierce/UUA

The General Assembly on Sunday thanked Judith Frediani for her work leading the UUA’s religious education staff in developing the comprehensive curriculum Tapestry of Faith. The Rev. Terry Sweetser, vice president for Stewardship and Development, and Executive Vice President Kay Montgomery praised Frediani’s vision and leadership. Sweetser thanked donors who had contributed to the development […]

Learning from Meadville Lombard’s move

Learning from Meadville Lombard’s move from UU World on Vimeo. Former UUA Moderator Denny Davidoff and Madeleine Robins, director of Development and Communications at Meadville Lombard Theological School, talk about some of the ways Meadville Lombard’s move to a modern new headquarters has lessons for the UUA’s move out of its Beacon Hill properties.

Delegates adopt amendments to elections bylaws


GA delegates voted overwhelmingly and without debate Sunday morning to approve a series of bylaw and rule amendments pertaining to UUA elections and appointments. The amendments clarify when special elections must be held to fill vacancies, change the procedure for determining the winner of certain elections when three or more candidates are on the ballot […]

Texts of today’s draft Actions of Immediate Witness

The draft Actions of Immediate Witness that delegates will consider in this afternoon’s plenary session are available in today’s CSW Alert! (PDF).

Exultant Service of the Living Tradition: Dive!

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In an exultant worship service Saturday night honoring ordained ministers and other religious professionals at the 2013 UUA General Assembly, the Rev. Vanessa Southern invited Unitarian Universalists and their leaders to dive into change. She described her fears when a friend gave her scuba diving lessons as a birthday gift one year. Wearing an oxygen […]

Key wins moderator election by 40 votes

Jim Key, UUA Moderator from UU World on Vimeo. In a narrowly won contest, Jim Key of Beaufort, S.C., became the new moderator of the Unitarian Universalist Association by a margin of 40 votes. In Saturday’s election, 945 delegates, or 51.1 percent, cast their votes for Key, according to the official count provided by UUA […]

Delegates approve Article II bylaw changes


GA delegates voted Saturday afternoon on changes to Article II—the Principles and Purposes––of the UUA bylaws. Delegates authorized changing Section C-2.3, the paragraph titled “Non-discrimination.” The change deletes that paragraph, replacing it with a paragraph titled “Inclusion.” The new language is as follows: We strive to be an association of congregations that truly welcome all […]

Delegates approve bylaw changes about electronic voting

GA delegates voted Saturday afternoon to approve a series of bylaw changes to include language to support voting by secure, electronic ballots in UUA elections. The changes were to Section 9.10 (Conduct of Elections at Large), Rule G-9.13.4 (Absentee Ballots), and Rule G-9.13.5 (Balloting at General Assembly).


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