After the close of the Justice General Assembly, the Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees met Monday for a half-day meeting to reflect on last week’s events and discuss upcoming board business. Board members were abuzz with the just-released U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Arizona S.B. 1070 immigration law. Lawyer-board members Nancy Bartlett and Catherine [...]
At the 2012 General Assembly, the Rev. Jason Shelton, associate minister of music at the First UU Church in Nashville, told UU World the story of how he wrote the song “Standing on the Side of Love” back in 2004 while listening to UUA President William G. Sinkford prepare for a phone call with a reporter.
The Justice GA closed Sunday night with a rousing final worship. After five days of learning about immigration issues and after Saturday night’s massive candlelight vigil at the Tent City jail, GA participants gathered one last time before heading home to continue justice work there. The service opened with the group emma’s revolution inviting the [...]
The Rev. Leslie Takahashi Morris tells UU World about her experience inside the Maricopa County “Tent City” jail, which she toured with other religious leaders and Sheriff Joe Arpaio on June 23, 2012. She draws parallels with her father’s family’s internment—as U.S. citizen—in the Japanese internment camps in Arizona during World War II. Reflecting on [...]
Delegates to the 2012 General Assembly almost unanimously approved several amendments to the Unitarian Universalist Association’s bylaws without debate at Sunday’s plenary. All three amendments required approval by two consecutive General Assemblies and had been endorsed by the 2011 General Assembly. The first amendment removed “associate ministers,” an obsolete category of ministry, from the bylaws, [...]
The General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Sunday afternoon to repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery. The doctrine is the premise that European Christian explorers who “discovered” other lands had the authority to claim those lands and subdue, even enslave, peoples who lived there simply because they were not Christian. Local groups that the UUA is working with [...]