GA ends in celebration, installation of new leaders

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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 […]

Key wins moderator election by 40 votes

Jim Key

Jim Key, UUA Moderator from UU World on Vimeo. In a narrowly won contest, Jim Key of Beaufort, S.C., became the new moderator of the Unitarian Universalist Association by a margin of 40 votes. In Saturday’s election, 945 delegates, or 51.1 percent, cast their votes for Key, according to the official count provided by UUA […]

Amending Rule G-9.12.6: Candidate information

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 paper, without discussion.

Initial press coverage of Morales’s victory

The Salt Lake Tribune and Denver Post each report on the election of the Rev. Peter Morales as UUA president. The UUA General Assembly, where Morales was elected, is being held in Salt Lake City; Morales has been serving as senior minister of Jefferson Unitarian Church in Golden, Colo. UUA elects Colorado pastor as president […]

President-Elect Morales address General Assembly

UUA President-Elect Peter Morales addressed the General Assembly for the first time during an election celebration Saturday night at the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association. A transcription of his remarks follows: Mercifully, the election is over. [Laughter] Laurel and I joked—but there was much seriousness to it— the carbon footprint would have been […]

Morales: ‘We have this amazing potential’

In a brief conversation with UU World and members of the UUA’s Communications staff shortly after he was named President-Elect on Saturday, June 27, the Rev. Peter Morales praised his opponent and identified some key goals of his administration. Morales said, “To get to where we want to go requires all of us, and we […]

Laurel Hallman’s speech at election celebration

The Rev. Dr. Laurel Hallman, who lost to the Rev. Peter Morales today in her bid to become president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, addressed the General Assembly Saturday night. Her comments are transcribed below: Thank you. I congratulate Peter and his campaign staff for all they have done and for their success. I thank […]

Morales wins UUA presidency decisively

UUA President-elect Peter Morales won the UUA presidency decisively with 59 percent of all votes. He won 55 percent of the absentee vote (1,020 to 827) and 61 percent of the on-site vote (1,041 to 654). His margin of victory is 580 votes. Seven ballots were disqualified for discrepancies; one vote was cast for “No.” […]

Votes still being counted in UUA presidential race

Unitarian Universalists are waiting for an announcement of the winner in the 2009 UUA presidential election. At 7:00 p.m. MDT, votes are still being counted. An hour from now, a formal announcement of the winner is expected in the General Assembly plenary hall, but we will publish the election results as soon as we hear […]

Voters line up in UUA presidential election

Today is election day in the Unitarian Universalist Association, as delegates to the General Assembly cast their ballots for president of the UUA. Polls are open from noon until 5:30 p.m. MDT; although a winner will be formally announced at 8:00 p.m. MDT, UU World will announce the winner as soon as UUA Secretary Paul […]

Absentee ballots cast in unprecedented numbers

At Tuesday afternoon’s meeting of the UUA Board of Trustees in Salt Lake City, Secretary Paul Rickter reported that more than 1,800 absentee ballots have been submitted for the UUA’s presidential election. Other delegates will cast ballots at the General Assembly on Saturday, June 27, between noon and 5:30 p.m. The number of absentee ballots […]


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