Responsive resolutions on Article II, Article XV, and African visas

The final texts of the responsive resolutions adopted by the UUA General Assembly during the final plenary session June 28 are now online: “Responsive Resolutions on Inclusion: Two resolutions introduced by members of Allies for Racial Equity endorsed the “Inclusion” section of the Commission on Appraisal’s proposed revision of Article II (the “Principles and Purposes”), […]

Final texts of Actions of Immediate Witness now online

The six social witness resolutions introduced by petition and adopted by the 2009 UUA General Assembly in Salt Lake City last month are now online: Action of Immediate Witness 1: Advocate Pending Legislation Toward Clean, Honest, and Fair Elections in the United States Action of Immediate Witness 2: U.S. Ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test […]

Gini Courter thanks all who took part in elections

UUA Moderator Gini Courter, who was elected to a second full term at the General Assembly in Salt Lake City June 27, sent the following letter to the UUA’s Election-L email list on June 29 expressing her gratitude for the candidates and everyone else who took part in denominational elections this year: I’m thankful for… […]

Official 2009 UUA election results

Here’s a PDF of the official final vote count in this year’s UUA elections, showing vote totals by on-site and absentee ballots for all races.

Courter apologizes for missing post-election event

UUA Moderator Gini Courter apologized to the General Assembly during her annual report Sunday afternoon for not attending a post-election celebration Saturday night. Some delegates had interpreted her absence as a slight on newly-elected President Peter Morales, since she had endorsed his opponent, the Rev. Dr. Laurel Hallman, but she told delegates that was not […]

Trustees start awkwardly, but seek common vision

After a mid-morning break, the UUA Board of Trustees—which is meeting for the first time with newly-elected UUA President Peter Morales—acknowledged that they started awkwardly this morning. “We started weird,” Moderator Gini Courter said. The Rev. Jeanne Pupke, a newly elected trustee-at-large, said she was concerned that a statement read by the Rev. Will Saunders […]

Board welcomes Morales, asks about new relationship

After each trustee briefly introduced himself or herself at this morning Board of Trustees meeting in Salt Lake City, UUA Moderator Gini Courter said, “I don’t know if you’re as excited as I am, but please welcome our new president, Peter Morales.” The trustees applauded and cheered. Morales offered a few reflections on the campaign. […]

UUA Board gathers with newly elected president

The UUA Board of Trustees is meeting this morning with newly installed UUA President Peter Morales in Salt Lake City. At the opening of this morning’s meeting, the Rev. Will Saunders, the trustee from the New England District, told Morales that the UUA’s governance was “at a crossroads.” (The UUA begins operating under a modified […]

General Assembly is over, but our coverage continues

With a benediction from President Peter Morales, the 2009 General Assembly has concluded—but UU World will continue to publish news related to the General Assembly here at the General Assembly blog and in our regular weekly news coverage. Watch for full reports on the presidential election and General Assembly business over the course of the […]

Peter Morales installed as UUA president

The Rev. William G. Sinkford has given a charge to his successor as UUA president, the Rev. Peter Morales, quoting from each of his surviving predecessors in the office. Sinkford then took the stole he had been wearing and placed it on Peter. The Rev. Victoria Safford has led the General Assembly in laying hands […]

Saying goodbye to Sinkford, welcoming new leaders

During the closing ceremonies of the 2009 General Assembly, UUA Executive Vice President has just thanked the Rev. William G. Sinkford for his ministry as president of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Newly elected trustees and members of elected committees and commissions are now making a covenant with the delegates in the plenary hall, effectively their […]

A few final figures from the 2009 General Assembly

The General Assembly raised $29,726 in Sunday morning’s collection for the Salt Lake City Pride Center. UUA Secretary Paul Rickter reported Sunday afternoon that 1,991 delegates attended the General Assembly this year, including 1,545 member delegates, 416 ministerial delegates, and three credentialed religious educator delegates from 582 congregations. One hundred forty-five youth attended. The total […]

Resolution calls for inquiry into African visa denials

Dale Hill, from River Road UU Congregation in Bethesda, Md., proposed a responsive resolution in response to President Sinkford’s report on his trip to Africa and his introduction of two African UU leaders. Hill observed that both African men had been granted visas by the U.S. government, but that eight African women who had applied […]

Assembly rejects proposal to delay Mosaic Project

Finley C. Campbell, a member of First Unitarian Church of Chicago who called himself an “Old Black Dude, ’34,” offered a responsive resolution urging the UUA to delay implementation of the “Mosaic Project,” an assessment of the ministry needs of youth and young adults of color. Campbell said that the Mosaic report calls for mandatory […]

G.A. responds to failed Article II revision

Delegates brought a variety of responsive resolutions to the final plenary of the 2009 General Assembly in response to the Commission on Appraisal’s proposed revision of Bylaw Article II (the “Principles and Purposes”). The Rev. Wendy von Zirpolo, president of UU Allies for Racial Equity and minister from Marblehead, Mass., and the Youth Caucus proposed […]

G.A. opposes violence against sexual minorities in Iraq

The General Assembly has adopted Action of Immediate Witness 6, “Oppose Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity-Based Violence in Iraq,” which urges UUs to pressure the U.S. government to work with the United Nations to protect the rights of sexual minorities in Iraq.

Delegates call for commission of inquiry into U.S. torture

Delegates to the UUA General Assembly have just adopted Action of Immediate Witness 5, “U.S.-Sponsored Torture: A Call for a Commission of Inquiry,” which endorses the National Religious Campaign Against Torture’s call for commission of inquiry.

Delegates support Bolivian UU human rights struggle

Delegates are adopting Actions of Immediate Witness so quickly we’re falling just a bit behind here in the blogging department! The General Assembly adopted Action of Immediate Witness 4, “Support Bolivian UUs Struggling for Justice and Human Rights.” The AIW expresses the General Assembly’s support for Bolivian UU leader Olga Flores Bedregal, who has been […]

General Assembly supports Red Rock Wilderness Act

The UUA General Assembly has just adopted Action of Immediate Witness 3, “In Support of America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act,” which calls for the passage of S 799/HR 1925 to protect Utah’s “spectacular and irreplaceable wild lands.”

Delegates urge ratification of nuclear test ban treaty

Delegates to the UUA General Assembly have just adopted Action of Immediate Witness 2, “U.S. Ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty,” which urges the United States Senate to ratify a treaty that the United States signed in 1996.

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