• 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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Board, financial advisor report on budgets

The Rev. Jeanne Pupke, chair of the UUA Finance Committee, invited delegates to imagine a 12-foot ladder behind her as she spoke in Friday morning’s plenary about the UUA budget and the UUA’s purchase of a new headquarters. “We have heard about rising sea levels,” she said, “and we’re moving [the UUA headquarters] to the […]

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Divestment, shareholder advocacy hot topic at GA

A growing topic of conversation among UU congregations is: How can the way we invest our money help combat global climate change? More than 50 delegates and other General Assembly attendees gathered Thursday afternoon to hear a four-person panel discuss how climate change is affecting socially responsible investing and how the Unitarian Universalist Association is […]

Former UUA President Bill Sinkford, retiring UUA Executive Vice President Kay Montgomery, and UUA President Peter Morales. © 2013 Nancy Pierce/UUA

Plenary honors retiring Kay Montgomery

Kay Montgomery received a standing ovation from a packed plenary hall Friday morning for her 30 years of service to the Unitarian Universalist Association, including 28 years as executive vice president to four presidents of the UUA. Former president Bill Sinkford listed a litany of adjectives to describe her: smart, wise, funny, committed, tireless, trusted, […]

Article II change recommended by miniassembly

Participants in a miniassembly to consider changes to Article II—the Principles and Purposes—of the UUA bylaws, approved one proposed change Thursday afternoon and voted down two others. Changes to Article II first came before General Assembly in 2009 when the UUA’s Commission on Appraisal proposed some revisions to the Principles and Purposes. The bylaws require […]

The Rev. Debra Haffner

Making congregations safer and more sexually responsible

Does your congregation have two babysitters in the room at a time? Are there two adults in the car when they are driving children to congregational events? These are two risky areas many congregations overlook, according to the Rev. Debra Haffner, president of the Religious Institute, a multifaith organization dedicated to advocating for sexual health, […]

General Assembly participants at the Thursday evening witness event. © 2013 Nancy Pierce/UUA

Preliminary report shows 3,256 people registered for GA

At Friday morning’s plenary session, Trustee Tom Loughrey presented the preliminary credentialing report, detailing who is participating in General Assembly this year. Loughrey said there are 85 off-site delegates, including 73 members of congregations and 12 ministers emeriti, representing 55 congregations in 22 U.S. states. On-site, there are 1,247 delegates, 311 ministers, 22 ministers emeriti, […]

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