• The UUA sponsored WaterFire Providence, a public art festival, as an opportunity to reach out in love, June 28.
 
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    WaterFire, and a wedding, cap off Saturday GA celebrations

    Sunday, June 29, 2014

    Tens of thousands of people joined in with Unitarians Universalists at the dramatic WaterFire event on Saturday night in downtown Providence, R.I., the public witness event at this year’s General Assembly. As night fell, Unitarian Universalists in their bright yellow Standing on the Side of Love t-shirts were easy to spot in the enormous crowds […]

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    Sister Simone Campbell to UUs: Walk towards trouble

    Sunday, June 29, 2014

    Sister Simone Campbell wants UUs to “walk towards trouble.” The national coordinator of NETWORK (a National Catholic Social Change Lobby) well-known for her advocacy work on issues of peace-building, immigration reform, healthcare, and economic justice, as well as her Nuns on the Bus tour, presented the 2014 General Assembly Ware Lecture Saturday evening at the […]

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  • General Session VI Debate and vote on Divestment. Cindy Davidson, board member of UU Ministry for Earth © Nancy Pierce/UUA.

    UUA divests from fossil fuels

    Saturday, June 28, 2014

    On Saturday afternoon General Assembly delegates overwhelmingly approved divesting the Unitarian Universalist Association of most of its investments in companies that produce or process fossil fuels, including oil, natural gas, and coal. The vote was held after the required 30 minutes of debate, during which speakers were divided nearly evenly among supporters and opponents. Opponents […]

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  • President Peter Morales rappels down Convention Center

    UUs rappel down convention center at GA

    Friday, June 27, 2014

    Would you hurl yourself off a downtown high-rise for the Unitarian Universalist Association? Eighty UUs did just that on Friday, raising over $500,000 by overcoming any fear of heights to rappel 110 feet down the side of the Rhode Island Convention Center in the “Brave Souls” fundraiser, one of the most widely anticipated events of […]

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Tim Brennan describes deficit, June 24, 2014 (Nancy Pierce/UUA)

$1.3 million deficit surprises UUA administration, board

The Unitarian Universalist Association will end the fiscal year on June 30 with an unexpected $1.3 million deficit. The Board of Trustees met with the UUA administration this afternoon, June 24, to ask how they had all been taken by surprise by a drop in revenue from major gifts to the UUA’s $24 million operating […]

Bonfires are lit in the rivers that converge in Providence, R.I., as part of the city’s WaterFire festival; the UUA will cosponsor the June 28 WaterFire as its public witness event during the 2014 General Assembly (cc 2009 Liz West).

Follow the 2014 General Assembly with UU World

This week thousands of Unitarian Universalists will gather in Providence, R.I., for the 53rd General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Follow news and major events at GA with UU World. We’ll publish stories and photos on our dedicated GA blog, with immediate updates on our Twitter feed, @uuworld. (The General Assembly hashtag is #uuaga.) […]

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Roundup: Media coverage of 2013 General Assembly

In addition to early media coverage of last Thursday’s clean energy rally—the public witness event of the 2013 UUA General Assembly—GA also attracted the following news coverage: The main Louisville newspaper, the Courier Journal, profiled Unitarian Universalism with a long story Saturday: UUs seek to reach the like-minded but church-wary (June 22). The newspaper’s religion […]

GA clean energy rally draws attention from EPA

General Assembly ally draws EPA’s attention from UU World on Vimeo. The General Assembly’s public witness event—a June 19 rally for clean energy sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association and a coalition of local environmental and religious groups—is already having an impact. As the 2013 General Assembly was drawing to a close, the Rev. Dawn […]

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GA ends in celebration, installation of new leaders

At the closing ceremony at General Assembly Sunday night GA participants welcomed a new moderator, Jim Key, who was elected to that position Saturday. They also welcomed back to a second term UUA President Peter Morales. Both were installed in a worship service that included the GA choir and other musicians. Key was installed by […]

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Delegates donate $16k to New Orleans congregations

In Plenary Friday afternoon, a special collection raised $16,994 for the three New Orleans-area congregations, still recovering from the damage of Hurricane Katrina and broken levees in 2005. “As an association, we have made a promise to New Orleans to walk with members of our family and faith” in the difficult process of rebuilding, said […]

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