News summary from the 2008 General Assembly

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

This week’s edition of uuworld.org includes a news story about General Assembly business, focusing especially on the passage of the so-called “Youth and Young Adult Empowerment Resolution.” Be…

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More news coverage of the 2008 General Assembly

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel focused on youth anti-racism workshops at the 2008 General Assembly, but mistakenly described the 3,000 GA-goers as “clergy”—including the teenagers interviewed for the piece….

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Clarification on ministerial fellowship bylaw change

Monday, June 30, 2008

The original headline of the General Assembly blog post about a bylaw change concerning the Ministerial Fellowship Committee—”Ministers can be terminated for incompetence”—imprecisely characterized an aspect of the…

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Another GA Comes to An End

Sunday, June 29, 2008

A worship service closed out General Assembly tonight. The final service is always where we get to see the GA Choir, which has been practicing all week. It…

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Accountability established for Youth and Young Adult Empowerment Act

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Three Responsive Resolutions, one in response to the Youth and Young Adult Empowerment Resolution, one advocating a consultation on ministry to young adults, and the third asking the…

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GA delegates endorse single-payer health care, other issues

Sunday, June 29, 2008

GA delegates passed five Actions of Immediate Witness with little or no discussion in the sixth and final plenary session Sunday afternoon. One AIW, on ending present-day slavery…

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Minister’s fellowship can be terminated for incompetence

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Two UUA bylaw changes were passed at this morning’s plenary, and one Action of Immediate witness statement was debated and passed. Controversy erupted over a proposed bylaw change…

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Campaigning for president

Sunday, June 29, 2008

At the 2009 GA in Salt Lake City delegates will elect a new UUA president and the Rev. William Sinkford will step down after eight years. The two…

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Social activist inspires delegates

Saturday, June 28, 2008

The Ware Lecture, the event at General Assembly that each year inspires delegates to go out and change the world, was given Saturday night by Van Jones, an…

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Six Actions of Immediate Witness on Sunday’s agenda

Saturday, June 28, 2008

All six of the proposed Actions of Immediate Witness were chosen to be placed on Sunday’s plenary agenda. They include: single-payer health care (universal health coverage); opposing a…

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Ethical eating is next Congregational Study/Action Issue

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Ethical eating was chosen Saturday as the next Congregational Study/Action Issue, defeating nuclear disarmament by a large margin. The Rev. John Millspaugh, accompanied by members of the youth…

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Immigration group is GA service project

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Hispanic Unity of Florida was designated as this year’s GA service project. Hispanic Unity of Florida is a private nonprofit human services agency founded in 1982 that works…

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UUSC reports on partnerships, projects, relief funds

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Dr. Charlie Clements, president of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, an independent human rights group, gave a report at Saturday’s plenary session on several of UUSC’s recent projects….

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Board outlines its initiatives; Treasurer describes investing impact

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Saturday’s four-and-a-half-hour-long morning plenary featured a variety of reports, including annual reports from the Board of Trustees, the Treasurer, and the Green Sanctuary program. Charlie King, Charlie Burke,…

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GA having a ‘green’ impact

Saturday, June 28, 2008

This is the fourth GA since the UUA began making a concerted effort to make the annual gathering of congregational leaders “green.” From those first tentative efforts has…

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Forrest Church honored with Distinguished Service award

Saturday, June 28, 2008

“I am proud of this award, and don’t feel particularly sinful saying it,” said the Rev. Dr. Forrest Church, accepting the 2008 Annual Award for Distinguished Service to…

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Fewer at GA this year

Friday, June 27, 2008

General Assembly has a bit of a different feel to it this year here in Fort Lauderdale. For starters there are just under 3,000 people attending, about half…

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Youth and young adult empowerment resolution passes

Friday, June 27, 2008

Youth and young adults were jubilant after passage of the youth and young adult empowerment resolution at this morning’s plenary session. The resolution calls for congregational, financial, and…

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Joy and sorrow at Service of the Living Tradition

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Tonight was the Service of the Living Tradition, always a high point of General Assembly and an event which most people who come to GA attend. The worship…

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President’s report focuses on year’s successes, future goals

Thursday, June 26, 2008

In his address to the assembled throng at the 2008 General Assembly on Thursday, UUA President William G. Sinkford reiterated his commitment to develop and support UU ministers…

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