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What’s with all the ribbons?

People attending the UUA’s General Assembly conference go crazy for ribbons to attach to their nametags! But what are they? I found some ribbon experts from the UUA to explain . . .

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Faith formation in a changing world

“People want to connect, but they want to connect in different ways than the way we are all still connecting in worship and adult programs,” said Lisa Elliott, director of religious education of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Fairhaven, Mass. Eliott was reaffirming the central message of a General Assembly workshop Thursday on the Faith Formation 2020 initiative, presented by the Rev. Phil Lund, district program consultant of the Prairie Star District, and the Rev. Sue Sinnamon, director of faith development for the Southeast District.

Faith Formation 2020 is a collection of books, strategies, and resources designed to help congregations of many denominations meet the challenges of today’s changing society. Lund outlined some of the ways society is changing.

“Religion used to be a family institution,” Lund said. “You lit the candles, you said the prayers” together as a family. But that’s no longer the case.”

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Amendment to board restructuring bylaw passes in Mini-Assembly

A vocal group of delegates to the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly met in a Mini-Assembly Thursday afternoon to discuss a proposed bylaw amendment that would shrink the size of the UUA board to 14 people from the current 26 (PDF; pages 22-28 in the Business Agenda).

Delegates spoke both for and against the amendment, which would also end the election of trustees by district. People speaking in favor of the amendment got several rounds of hearty applause.

Several amendments were offered to the proposal, but just one passed. The amendment, offered by delegate Phil Reed of Cleveland, Ohio, was added to section 9.4 (see page 25), creating a new paragraph in the section of the bylaw regarding nomination by the Nominating Committee.

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Board report: UUA governance ‘ready for transformation’

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The UUA board reported on its activities this past year at the Saturday morning plenary. Four at-large trustees, including Charlie King, a member of the First Unitarian Congregational…

Video of 2010 General Assembly events

Saturday, June 26, 2010

UUA coverage of General Assembly includes on-demand video and transcripts for major events and handouts or other presentation materials for workshops. Here are links to currently available edited…

Amending Rule G-9.12.6: Candidate information

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Delegates overwhelmingly approved an amendment to Rule G-9.12.6 (PDF; page 27 in the Final Agenda), which allows candidate information to be supplied to congregations electronically rather than on…

Celebrating multigenerational relationships

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Friday night activities included “Synergy: A Bridging Worship,” a service to honor bridging youth and lift up multigenerational relationships. Here are a few photos from the event—and be…