A report from the Minneapolis Convention Center—the site of this summer’s UUA General Assembly—highlights GA’s successful environmental initiatives. No waste from the five-day convention ended up in landfills, with 76 percent of all waste recycled or composted. In addition, the convention center and on-site food service vendors exceeded the UUA’s targets for sustainable food practices […]
Here are the final texts of the Actions of Immediate Witness, business resolutions, and responsive resolutions adopted by the UUA’s 2010 General Assembly. Actions of Immediate Witness Clean Up the Clean Energy Bill Gulf Coast Environmental and Economic Justice 2010 Oppose Anti-Immigrant Measures at the State Level (Arizona Law SB 1070 and the Like) and […]
Senator Al Franken stopped by the UUA General Assembly in Minneapolis on Sunday. The UUA has published video of his address to YouTube in two parts:
Here are the texts of the four responsive resolutions introduced during the final plenary session at the UUA’s 2010 General Assembly. These are unofficial versions, as presented to the delegates; final versions of the three approved resolutions will be published on UUA.org after they have been reviewed by the UUA’s legal council and have been […]
In the scramble to wrap up our coverage of the 2010 General Assembly, UU World published reports on three of the four proposed Responsive Resolutions presented during Sunday afternoon’s final plenary, but didn’t publish a report on the fourth. Here it is: Delegates affirmed a Responsive Resolution concerning the 2012 General Assembly in Phoenix, Ariz., […]
The UUA board held its traditional post-General Assembly meeting on Monday morning, June 28. They conducted an informal evaluation of the board’s General Assembly workshops; discussed the possibility of reevaluating Responsive Resolutions and Actions of Immediate Witness; approved the Panel on Theological Education’s budget; revised a board policy to include the establishment of a site […]
On Saturday, more than 100 members and friends of the HUUmanist Association “came home” to the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, the congregation where John Dietrich became known as the “father of religious humanism” during his 1916-1938 ministry. The day-long Humanist Homecoming conference began with UUA President Peter Morales answering questions during breakfast and concluded […]
Five days of workshops, business sessions, and worship ended with a grand flourish Sunday night with the closing ceremony for General Assembly 2010. It was a musical night. Helping to draw the GA to a close were the GA band, the GA adult choir and, for the first time in four years, the GA Children’s […]
During the final plenary Sunday afternoon, delegates rejected a proposed responsive resolution that would have called on the Board of Trustees to to appoint a task force to review the way congregational Study/Action Issues and Actions of Immediate Witness are selected. The resolution also would have introduced ranked voting.
UUA Moderator Gini Courter, in her annual report Sunday evening, reflected on how what could have been a painful debate on boycotting Arizona turned into a commitment that almost everyone can enthusiastically support. Proudly sporting a Standing on the Side of Love T-shirt, Courter started her report by reading an excerpt from the book The […]
Jody Malloy, a delegate from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County in Media, Pa., offered a responsive resolution in response to the Moderator’s Report. The responsive resolution called on the Board of Trustees to “investigate how we might develop a Covenant of Right Relationships for all of our work together, and report back to […]
Allison Woolbert, a member of the UU Congregation of Princeton, N.J., proposed a responsive resolution asking for support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill now in Congress that would prevent discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Woolbert, a transgender female, shared some of her own story about losing business clients […]
Luke Lamar, a member of the UU Church of Brunswick, Maine, presented a responsive resolution asking UUs and UU congregations to focus on the development of youth and young adult ministry and the empowerment of youth and young adults. “The Board has stated that it’s eager to empower a younger generation of leaders,” he said. […]
The Rev. Eric Cherry, director of international resources for the UUA, issued the following statement on Sunday in response to the news this morning of the murder-suicide of two children by a Transylvanian Unitarian minister in Medgyes, Romania. Unitarian Universalists at the UUA General Assembly in Minneapolis learned the news when the Rev. Harold Babcock […]
The UUA has posted the speech Rep. Keith Ellison delivered to the General Assembly during Plenary 4 on Saturday.
The Action of Immediate Witness to end the blockade of Gaza and growth of Israeli settlements on Palestinian territory failed to achieve the needed majority to pass. Debate was at times, emotional. David Keppel, a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Ind., argued that it was important to bring peace to Israel and […]
UUA Secretary Tom Loughrey reported on the progress made on the responsive resolution on power, privilege, and oppression passed at the 2009 GA in Salt Lake City. The resolution comes from a section of the proposed revision to Article II (which includes the UUA’s Principles and Purposes) that didn’t pass at last year’s General Assembly. […]
In a close vote, AIW 6, “End the U.S. War in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” fell short of the two-thirds vote needed for approval. The sponsor of the resolution, Harvard Divinity School professor Daniel McKanan, told delegates that it was time to end the “longest running war in United states history,” which he said “has become […]
General Assembly was visited by several Minnesota elected officials this week, including Secretary of State Mark Ritchie (a Unitarian Universalist) and U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison. A third official made a surprise visit Sunday afternoon––well, a surprise to delegates anyway. Moderator Gini Courter interrupted a debate in plenary about censuring Israel over the blockade of Palestine, […]
UUA Moderator Gini Courter blesses the UU World team covering the 2010 General Assembly (from left): Editor Chris Walton, senior editors Don Skinner and Jane Greer, managing editor Kenneth Sutton, and assistant editor Sonja L. Cohen.