• 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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Distinguished Service Award -- Mel Hoover

Rev. Mel Hoover receives Distinguished Service Award

The Rev. Mel Hoover received the 2013 Distinguished Service Award from the Unitarian Universalist Association, recognizing his work in anti-racism, anti-oppression, community building, gender equality, and environmental justice, and his role in shaping the path of faithful justice-making in the UUA. In presenting the award, UUA Board member Lew Phinney, said: “When the biblical writer […]

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Synergy photos: Committing to the future

The Synergy program celebrates and affirms the transition from youth to young adulthood. Here is a selection of photos from the service. You can also watch video of the service: Video streaming by Ustream At UUA.org: Synergy: Building a Bridge to the Future, General Assembly 2013


Delegates consider six AIW proposals

During Saturday morning’s plenary session, General Assembly delegates heard six proposed Actions of Immediate Witness: “Consider Divestment from the Fossil Fuel Industry,” “Stop persecuting Whistleblowers,” “Support the Proposed 28th ‘WE THE PEOPLE’ Amendment to the Constitution: Corporations are not persons and money is not speech,” “Stop Force-Feeding Prisoners in Guantanamo!” “Protection of Digital Rights, including privacy […]

Charlie King receives the Volunteer Service Award. © 2013 Nancy Pierce/UUA

Charlie King receives President’s Award for Volunteer Service

Charlie King, member of the First Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn, N.Y., for 50 years, received the President’s Award for Volunteer Service during the Saturday morning Plenary. UUA President Peter Morales presented the award, calling King “a strong and tireless advocate for racial equality, for the rights of people with disabilities, for creating a culture […]


Photographs from the 2013 General Assembly

View UU World’s General Assembly photographs on Flickr. If you find a misidentified or unidentified person in our photos, please let us know by leaving a comment on the photo in Flickr. —Eds.

The Rev. Eric Cherry, director of the International Office, introduces international guests. © 2013 Nancy Pierce/UUA

GA welcomes international guests

A number of foreign dignitaries were welcomed to General Assembly Friday morning. The Rev. Eric Cherry, director of the UUA’s International Office, introduced the Rev. Kotaro Suzuki of the Hiroshima Dharma Center of Rissho Kosei-kai, one of the UUA’s longtime interfaith partners in Japan. Also on stage were Naoki Taketani, director of  Rissho Kosei-kai’s International […]


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