Morales: Justice GA ‘like a dream come true’

After the Sunday morning worship service on the final day of the 2012 “Justice General Assembly,” UUA President Peter Morales told UU World that the Arizona GA had exceeded his expectations.

Board to review Fifth Principle Task Force report

Board of Trustees meeting (©Nancy Pierce)

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 […]

Religious delegation visits ‘Tent City’

The Rev. Susan Frederick Gray (front) and the Rev. Leslie Takahashi Morris tour 'Tent City.' (©Dea Brayden)

Unitarian Universalist Association President Peter Morales said he was “saddened and appalled” by what he observed inside the Tent City jails, an outdoor jail complex maintained by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio led Morales on a tour of a women’s and a men’s jail Saturday evening. He was accompanied by the Rev. Geoffrey A. […]

Video: Stop ‘Arizonification’ in your community

Confronting Arizonification from UU World on Vimeo. Interview with the Rev. Craig Roshaven, UUA Witness Ministries Director, and Sarahi Uribe, National Campaign Coordinator for the National Day Laborers Organizing Network (NDLON) following their workshop “Confronting Arizonifiction in Our Own Backyard.” UU World spoke with the Rev. Craig Roshaven, the UUA’s director of Witness Ministries, and […]

Is your home state being Arizonified?

Sarahi Uribe (©Nancy Pierce)

A major reason for holding a Justice GA in Arizona has always been so that participants could learn how to take lessons home to confront anti-immigrant measures wherever they live. At an education session Thursday titled “Confronting Arizonification in Our Own Backyard” Sarahi Uribe, Angie Junck, and the Rev. Craig Roshaven shared strategies for doing […]

Opening Ceremony ends with outdoor rally

Arizona Immigration Ministry Witness Event (©Nancy Pierce)

The Opening Ceremony of the Justice General Assembly spilled out onto the streets of Phoenix, Ariz., Wednesday night, as hundreds of Unitarian Universalists processed from the Convention Center to Heritage Square singing, “Freedom is Coming.” At a park one block away, people gathered for the outdoor conclusion of the first-night events, filling the plaza with […]

Team trains to facilitate witness events

Volunteer training for witness events (©Nancy Pierce)

About 100 General Assembly participants gathered Wednesday afternoon for a three-hour public witness training session at the Phoenix Convention Center. The group included a diverse mix from across the country, including youth, young adults from the SALT (Spiritual Activist Leadership Training) group, and the District Presidents Association. Wednesday’s session was designed to train the group […]

Ariz. partners glad we’re here, anxious about court ruling

Sandy Weir (©Christopher L. Walton)

The Unitarian Universalist Association’s immigration justice General Assembly, which takes place this week in Phoenix, Ariz., appears destined to coincide with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Arizona law that provoked the UUA’s emphasis on immigrant rights in the first place.

Resignations accompany planning for 2012 GA

Michelle Deakin reports today that the UUA Board of Trustees, the General Assembly Planning Committee, the board-appointed GA 2012 Accountability Group, and the UUA administration continue trying to clarify how next year’s “Justice General Assembly” in Phoenix will be planned. The chair and vice-chair of the General Assembly Planning Committee resigned at the conclusion of […]

Final text: Resolution calling for Ariz. ‘action ministry’ for young UUs

Here is the final text of a responsive resolution passed by the 2011 General Assembly calling for the creation of an “Arizona Youth and Young Adult action ministry” (PDF; 1 page) to prepare young Unitarian Universalists to participate in the 2012 “Justice General Assembly” in Phoenix. The resolution was introduced by Rob Smith of Valley UU Church […]

Board members urge ‘yes’ votes for bylaw amendments

The Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees delivered its report to the General Assembly on Saturday morning, updating delegates on its yearlong efforts to improve linakage with congregations and urging them to vote to reduce the size of the board and eliminate Actions of Immediate Witness at next year’s GA. They also encouraged attendance at the Justice GA […]

2012 ‘Justice General Assembly’ begins to take shape

What will the 2012 Justice General Assembly look like? That’s the question more than 100 people came together to ask and to begin to answer in a Thursday afternoon workshop called “Looking Ahead to General Assembly 2012.” Planners have delivered a clear message that the 2012 GA will not be business as usual. At last […]

In Charlotte, Board looks ahead to Phoenix GA

In its second day of meetings prior to the opening of the 2011 General Assembly in Charlotte, N.C., the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Board of Trustees devoted  considerable time to matters related to next year’s “Justice GA” to be held in Phoenix, Ariz. The board also welcomed a new member congregation and approved the reunion of […]

Texts of proposed responsive resolutions

Here are the texts of the four responsive resolutions introduced during the final plenary session at the UUA’s 2010 General Assembly. These are unofficial versions, as presented to the delegates; final versions of the three approved resolutions will be published on UUA.org after they have been reviewed by the UUA’s legal council and have been […]

Passed: Youth Caucus vision of 2012 General Assembly

In the scramble to wrap up our coverage of the 2010 General Assembly, UU World published reports on three of the four proposed Responsive Resolutions presented during Sunday afternoon’s final plenary, but didn’t publish a report on the fourth. Here it is: Delegates affirmed a Responsive Resolution concerning the 2012 General Assembly in Phoenix, Ariz., […]

Courter: ‘The work is just beginning’

UUA Moderator Gini Courter, in her annual report Sunday evening, reflected on how what could have been a painful debate on boycotting Arizona turned into a commitment that almost everyone can enthusiastically support. Proudly sporting a Standing on the Side of Love T-shirt, Courter started her report by reading an excerpt from the book The […]

AIW approved: ‘Oppose Anti-Immigrant Measures’

Delegates adopted Action of Immediate Witness 1, “Oppose Anti-Immigrant Measures at the State Level (Arizona Law SB 1070 and the Like) and Hasten Federal Immigration Reform,” after adjusting a line that had urged joining “tourism and product boycotts of Arizona.” As amended, the resolution recommends applying “such economic pressure to the state as is specifically […]

Film: ‘Standing on the Side of Love in Arizona’

During the presentation Saturday afternoon that preceded the debate and vote about holding a General Assembly in Arizona, the UUA introduced this six-minute video about Unitarian Universalists and Arizona SB 1070. The film, “Standing on the Side of Love in Arizona,” includes footage of the May 29 protest and march opposing SB 1070 and interviews […]

Delegates resoundingly approve resolution on Ariz. GA

The 2010 General Assembly has just approved the substitute business resolution that calls for a “Justice General Assembly” in Phoenix, Ariz., in 2012 “for the purposes of witnessing on immigration, racial and economic justice . . . in which business is limited to the minimum required by our bylaws.” The vote was overwhelmingly in favor of […]

Delegates focus debate on substitute resolution

As delegates to the 2010 General Assembly debate a business resolution about meeting in Arizona in 2012, they have rejected a proposal to return to the original resolution as introduced by the Board of Trustees. Instead, they are keeping the debate focused on the substitute resolution developed in two mini-assemblies over the last two days. […]

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