GA ends in celebration, installation of new leaders

Chalice flame

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 […]

Courter urges assembly to set the UUA’s vision

Gini Courter

Gini Courter delivered her last moderator’s report Sunday afternoon, an impassioned plea to the delegates to be the visionaries for the Association. “You hold the power of this Association in your hearts and hands,” said Courter, in her 10th moderator’s report to the General Assembly. “You are the power in Unitarian Universalism. And when you […]

Ministry fund created in Courter’s honor

Announcing a fund to honor Gini Courter that supports experiments in UU growth. (© Nancy Pierce)

In honor of the service of UUA Moderator Gini Courter, who retired from that position at General Assembly, a fund has been created to support innovative ministry. The fund, named Faithful Risk, is available on the website of the Clara Barton/Massachusetts Bay District. Courter got the idea for the fund from work being done by […]

Recommitting to antiracism, thanking Gini Courter

Responsive resolution presentation

Delegates introduced two responsive resolutions during Sunday’s final plenary recommitting the Unitarian Universalist Association to antiracism, anti-oppression, and multicultural work, and thanking Gini Courter for her years as moderator. The first responsive resolution was read from the floor and appeared on screen, and was endorsed heartily by the delegates:

Trustees meet for last time as 25-member board

Board of Trustees

At its two-day meeting preceding the start of the General Assembly in Louisville, Ky., the Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees said farewell to more than two-thirds of its members, including Moderator Gini Courter, who concludes ten years as moderator at the end of GA. When the board reconvenes on Monday, June 24, a new […]

General Assembly opens in Louisville

Banner parade

The 52nd annual General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association got off to a rolicking start Wednesday night in Louisville, Kentucky, with the help of Kentucky’s poet laureate, a collection of down home musicians playing instruments that included a banjo and an accordion, and an introduction to “covenant,” the theme for this year’s meeting. The […]

Courter: Justice GA has transformed future GAs

UUA Moderator Gini Courter (©Nancy Pierce)

In her moderator’s report at the last Plenary of the Justice General Assembly, Gini Courter spoke of transformation. “All over the county UUs expect transformation,” she said. Personal transformation and societal transformation. After Justice GA, General Assembly has been transformed, Courter said. She invited UUs in Plenary to note how they were changed at this […]

Tonight’s vigil may have armed counter-protesters

UUA Moderator Gini Courter

UUA Moderator Gini Courter opened Saturday afternoon’s plenary with an important series of announcements about this evening’s prayer vigil outside the Maricopa County “Tent City” jail. “I want to update you about what you should expect,” Courter said. “It will be very hot tonight, and there is no shade at the site of our vigil. […]

Gini Courter welcomes first-timers to General Assembly

UUA Moderator Gini Courter

UUA Moderator Gini Courter from UU World on Vimeo. UU World is filming short interviews with people at General Assembly this year. I asked UUA Moderator Gini Courter about people’s first experiences of GA a few hours before the Opening Ceremony of the Justice General Assembly in Phoenix.

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 […]

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 […]

Moderator’s report: ‘All of us working together’

“We have a very clear vision of Unitarian Universalism,” said UUA Moderator Gini Courter, “and it comes up from the people.” Courter was delivering her eighth report as the moderator of the UUA, during the final plenary session of the 2011 General Assembly on Sunday afternoon. Courter outlined the three main polities, or ways religious […]

‘Virtual volunteers’: Team supports off-site delegates

UUA General Assembly Offsite Delegates from UU World on Vimeo. At this General Assembly the UUA is experimenting with delegates participating off-site. In this segment UUA Moderator Gini Courter introduces us to some of the “virtual volunteers” who are helping to make this possible.

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 […]

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 […]

Mini-assembly offers changes to elections reform

At Friday afternoon’s mini-assembly on proposed changes to the elections process for the UUA president and moderator, delegates recommended several amendments. A substantial amendment offered by the Board of Trustees explicitly lays out the transition from the current system—which allows a president or moderator to serve for two four-year terms—to the new system of single […]

Congregational presidents consider UUA changes

UUA Moderator Gini Courter and the Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Association, met with several hundred congregational presidents Thursday afternoon to share information about changes within the UUA and to answer questions. Morales said the UUA staff is embarking on an era of “much closer collaboration and cooperation with congregations.” He said that consultations […]

District leaders consider big changes to regional governance

Leaders of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s nineteen districts met today with members of the UUA Board of Trustees to discuss the districts’ governance role and to imagine new ways of helping congregations collaborate with each other and with the national Association. The all-day meeting of 133 district presidents, members of district boards, district staff, and […]

Gini Courter thanks all who took part in elections

UUA Moderator Gini Courter, who was elected to a second full term at the General Assembly in Salt Lake City June 27, sent the following letter to the UUA’s Election-L email list on June 29 expressing her gratitude for the candidates and everyone else who took part in denominational elections this year: I’m thankful for… […]

Courter apologizes for missing post-election event

UUA Moderator Gini Courter apologized to the General Assembly during her annual report Sunday afternoon for not attending a post-election celebration Saturday night. Some delegates had interpreted her absence as a slight on newly-elected President Peter Morales, since she had endorsed his opponent, the Rev. Dr. Laurel Hallman, but she told delegates that was not […]

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