Final texts: 2011 Actions of Immediate Witness

The three Actions of Immediate Witness adopted by the 2011 General Assembly were published on the UUA website two weeks ago, but I forgot to provide direct links at the time. Here are the social witness resolutions by petition that delegates approved in Charlotte: Protest Representative Peter King’s Hearings on “Muslim Radicalization” (blog coverage) Support […]

Resignations accompany planning for 2012 GA

Michelle Deakin reports today that the UUA Board of Trustees, the General Assembly Planning Committee, the board-appointed GA 2012 Accountability Group, and the UUA administration continue trying to clarify how next year’s “Justice General Assembly” in Phoenix will be planned. The chair and vice-chair of the General Assembly Planning Committee resigned at the conclusion of […]

Off-site delegate test hailed as a success

Don Skinner reports that the off-site delegate experiment at this year’s General Assembly, which allowed 49 delegates to participate in all plenary business remotely, was a technical and social success. In a survey of the off-site participants, more than 90 percent rated their overall experience as “excellent” or “good.” Twenty-eight percent said they actually participated in […]

UU World’s business summary of 2011 General Assembly

For a comprehensive summary of business conducted at the UUA’s 2011 General Assembly, see Michelle Deakin’s UU World article, “Delegates approve ethical eating and a smaller board” (July 4, 2011).

Final text: Responsive resolution celebrating N.Y. gay marriage law

Here is the final text of a responsive resolution delegates approved at the 2011 General Assembly celebrating the passage of marriage equality legislation in New York State (PDF; 1 page). The resolution was introduced by the Rev. Dr. Michael Tino and the two UUA trustees who represent districts with congregations in New York State. Full […]

Final text: Resolution calling for Ariz. ‘action ministry’ for young UUs

Here is the final text of a responsive resolution passed by the 2011 General Assembly calling for the creation of an “Arizona Youth and Young Adult action ministry” (PDF; 1 page) to prepare young Unitarian Universalists to participate in the 2012 “Justice General Assembly” in Phoenix. The resolution was introduced by Rob Smith of Valley UU Church […]

Final text: Responsive resolution urging UUs to learn Spanish

Here is the text of a responsive resolution adopted by the 2011 General Assembly calling on members of congregations and religious professionals to learn Spanish (PDF; 1 page) as part of their commitment to a multicultural Unitarian Universalism. The responsive resolution was introduced by the Rev. Orlanda Brugnola. Full text below.

Final text: ‘Ethical Eating’ Statement of Conscience

Here is the final text of the Statement of Conscience approved by the 2011 General Assembly, “Ethical Eating: Food & Environmental Justice” (PDF; 2 pages). The statement will be published on the UUA website’s searchable resolutions page, where you can also browse earlier resolutions. Full text below.

GA Sunday: AIWs survive, offsite voting approved

On the last full day of the 2011 UUA General Assembly, the Sunday morning worship service was followed by six hours of plenary business and a closing ceremony. (See UU World‘s previous daily summaries—Thursday, Friday, Saturday—for quick guides to this year’s GA, or see the complete guide to our coverage.) Here’s what we covered on Sunday:

Closing ceremony: Our history of justice-seeking continues

Their business done, the closing ceremony’s benediction said, and with the band’s rousing postlude propelling them, a throng of Unitarian Universalists strutted exuberantly out of the huge plenary hall to head home. After the General Assembly choir had processed down four of the wide hall’s nine aisles, Kellie Walker, the General Assembly music director, led […]

Moderator’s report: ‘All of us working together’

“We have a very clear vision of Unitarian Universalism,” said UUA Moderator Gini Courter, “and it comes up from the people.” Courter was delivering her eighth report as the moderator of the UUA, during the final plenary session of the 2011 General Assembly on Sunday afternoon. Courter outlined the three main polities, or ways religious […]

Responsive resolutions approved at GA 2011

[Corrected 7.6.11:] As a final act, GA delegates approved three responsive resolutions at the close of the Sunday afternoon business session and reaffirmed a responsive resolution approved last year. The first, by the Rev. Michael Tino of the UU Fellowship of Northern Westchester, in Mount Kisco, N.Y., celebrates New York state’s approval of marriage equality […]

Behind the magic curtain! Meet the team behind GA video

Behind the magic curtain! from UU World on Vimeo. This General Assembly I’ve had the pleasure of working with UU World and other UUA staff, and some of the volunteers who make the technology powering GA work. I conclude this our video blog experiment—14 videos over 4 days—with a tip of the hat to the […]

Delegates vote to eliminate AIWs at 2012 Justice GA

After impassioned debate on the future of Actions of Immediate Witness at Unitarian Universalist Association General Assemblies, delegates overwhelmingly voted in favor of a bylaw amendment that would eliminate AIWs at the 2012 Justice GA in Phoenix. The amendment also reconstitutes AIWs with the 2013 GA, reducing the allowable number of AIWs to three from […]

‘Going Green’ celebrated at GA

At General Assembly a year ago in Minneapolis a business resolution was passed that called on the member congregations of the UUA to make a special effort in the year to come to engage in the Association’s environmental justice initiatives and then report back on those efforts at GA 2011. That report was the first […]

Final GA report shows 4,082 attending

The final credentials report from this General Assembly, delivered Sunday by UUA Board of Trustees Secretary Tom Loughrey, shows that 4,082 people are attending this week. Of those, there are 2,059 delegates. The delegate total includes 410 ministers.

Addictions ministry: Resources for congregations to aid recovery

UUA Addiction Ministry Team from UU World on Vimeo. You may have heard about The Addiction Ministry Handbook published by Skinner House books, but did you know the UUA has an Addiction Ministry Team? Therissa Libby, a member of this team, explains their work and ministry and how to find related resources.

Commission on Appraisal continues study of ministry and authority

The Rev. Barbara Child, chair of the Commission on Appraisal, reported to the Sunday morning Plenary session for the Commission. “Unitarian Universalists far and wide have expressed excitement about our current study called, ‘Who’s in charge here?: The complex relationship between ministry and authority’.” She said the Commission has been engaging in a “focus group […]

Remote voting approved by General Assembly

It’s official. Delegates to General Assembly no longer have to all be at GA in order to participate in the UUA’s annual gathering. In a vote Sunday afternoon in the last plenary session of the five-day GA, delegates voted to allow off-site voting and participation. The vote in the hall was overwhelmingly in favor of […]

Growth tips from Vero Beach

Growth Tips from Vero Beach, Fla. from UU World on Vimeo. It was hard to miss the team from the Vero Beach, Fla., congregation in their bright pink shirts. In this segment I learned why this growing, entrepreneurial congregation gives away the offering plate and uses a “celebrated speaker series” to cover their mortgage.

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