Links to resources mentioned in our General Assembly story

UU World‘s coverage of General Assembly in the fall issue refers to many resources and reports available elsewhere on the Web. Here’s a handy guide to those resources. Environment Delegates adopted a Statement of Conscience calling for widespread changes in response to global warming: Threat of Global Warming/Climate Change. (Here’s the magazine’s earlier coverage of […]

General Assembly news roundup and a few loose ends

My news summary of the 2006 General Assembly was published this morning. It provides a relatively quick overview of the business at GA and includes a bunch of things that didn’t make it into the daily reports here. Those of you who have been following this blog may have been left in suspense about the […]

Quick update on final resolutions

Sunday afternoon’s plenary session of the General Assembly adopted a Statement of Conscience on global warming, passed three responsive resolutions, and adopted another resolution at the very end — but because I had to duck out of the plenary, I’m still scrounging around for the texts of the four additional resolutions. (More tomorrow when I […]

Assembly adopts five of six Actions of Immediate Witness

The UUA General Assembly on Sunday adopted five of the six Actions of Immediate on this year’s agenda. They are: AIW-2: “End Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining” AIW-3: “Endorse the ‘Declaration of Peace’ Campaign” AIW-4: “Pass the Stem-Cell Research Enhancement Act” AIW-5: “Stand Up for the United Nations Human Rights Council” AIW-6: “Support Immigrant Justice — […]

General Assembly reforms the Statement of Conscience process

Delegates have just adopted changes to the UUA bylaws that significantly modify the Statement of Conscience process. The new process will require the participation of at least 25 percent of the UUA’s member congregations in introducing study/action issues into the process that generates Statements of Conscience. Opponents and supporters of the changes both observed that […]

More local news coverage of General Assembly

Saturday’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch features a story about the General Assembly: “‘Proudly liberal’ Unitarians gather here” (6.24.06). A few key passages from the story: “It’s a joyful, exuberant, spirited gathering of people of faith who are not ashamed to be called religious liberals in an era when liberal is considered by many to be a […]

Six Actions of Immediate Witness added to agenda

Six of the ten Actions of Immediate Witness proposed by delegates were added to the agenda this morning by the Commission on Social Witness. Charlie Clements, the president of the UU Service Committee, complained in his plenary report that a resolution sponsored by the UUSC was not among them. The six resolutions delegates are considering […]

Another global warming statement miniassembly

At the end of Saturday morning’s plenary session, UUA moderator Gini Courter announced a moderated miniassembly to continue the discussion of the global warming Statement of Conscience. The conversation will be led by UUA vice-moderator Ned Wight in Room 267 beginning at 11:00.

St. Louis NPR station interviews Sinkford

Our news blog, Unitarian Universalists in the Media, picked up a story about the General Assembly from KWMU, a National Public Radio affiliate in St. Louis. Matt Sepic interviewed UUA President William Sinkford on Wednesday. Among other things, Matt Sepic asked him why Unitarian Universalists celebrate “liberalism.” Sinkford replied: “Unfortunately, the fundamentalist religious right has […]

First round of Actions of Immediate Witness

In theory, Statements of Conscience adopted by the General Assembly speak the will of the denomination as a whole because they’re rooted in two years of congregational engagement. (This morning moderator Gini Courter pointed out, however, that very few congregations actually took part in the process that led to the global warming Statement of Conscience […]

Global warming statement takes a complex turn

Whew. Friday morning’s plenary schedule included time for a debate and vote on the global warming Statement of Conscience, but we never got to the vote. Instead, faced with some 50 unincorporated amendements from Thursday’s miniassembly, a shortage of printed copies of the texts under consideration, and confusion about the process, delegates nevertheless moved the […]

Peacemaking study/action issue adopted

With only one study/action issue on the agenda this year, delegates heard from the sponsor and four supporters of the “Peacemaking” resolution (S-1) — but with no competing study/action issues on the agenda, there was no debate. Delegates overwhelmingly approved the study/action issue, which means that congregations and districts will have two years to develop […]

We have a quorum

As the first real business gets underway here in St. Louis with the Thursday afternoon plenary, UUA secretary Paul Rickter reports that 2,043 delegates are present. This includes 1,662 lay delegates representing 601 congregations, 4 delegates from associate member organizations, 332 ministers currently serving congregations, 13 ministers emeritus/a, and 6 masters-level religious educators (a new […]

Global warming resolution heating up?

After two years of congregational study and review, the General Assembly will be voting on a “Statement of Conscience” about global warming during Friday morning’s plenary. (See (page 12 in the Final Agenda.) The draft statement prepared by the Commission on Social Witness, however, has generated dismay among the denomination’s coalition of environmental activists. The […]

Keeping up with General Assembly

Hundreds of people have already gathered in St. Louis for pre-GA events, including Professional Days (for ministers, religious educators, and other professional groups) and the first-ever “UU University” mini-conference for congregational leaders. The formal program of the General Assembly kicks off with Wednesday evening’s Opening Celebration, Banner Parade, and perfunctory opening plenary session. By then, […]

Welcome to the GA blog

Follow major developments at the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association, June 21-25 in St. Louis, right here at I’ll be filing daily reports on major developments. (My colleagues Tom Stites and Don Skinner may toss in a tidbit or two.) Updates will be posted to; you can also keep up using […]


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