Closing ceremony: Our history of justice-seeking continues

Their business done, the closing ceremony’s benediction said, and with the band’s rousing postlude propelling them, a throng of Unitarian Universalists strutted exuberantly out of the huge plenary hall to head home. After the General Assembly choir had processed down four of the wide hall’s nine aisles, Kellie Walker, the General Assembly music director, led […]

Music and cultural change in UUism

Late Saturday evening, I sat down with Nick Page and Jeannie Gagne, and asked them what they saw as the major cultural changes facing Unitarian Universalism today. Jeannie Gagne is a composer and UU musician, as well as Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music. Nick Page is a UU composer, songleader, and he conducts […]

Joy abounds at revival, bridging ceremony

“‘God’ is not a noun, it’s a verb!” declared song leader Nick Page at the start of the “New Epiphany Revival,” which took place just before the “Synergy Bridging Ceremony” at the UUA General Assembly Friday evening. “New Epiphany,” Page said, is “the unlimited magnificence of an interdependent, self-organized universe.” Revival attendees cheered, sang, and […]

General Assembly opens with celebration

Three former presidents, one new hymn, liberal amounts of history, and several thousand cupcakes combined to open the 50th annual General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association Wednesday night in Charlotte. This GA marks the 50th anniversary of the consolidation in 1961 of the Universalist Church of America and the American Unitarian Association. Much of […]

Service of the Living Tradition: ‘I will look and see you’

Thursday evening’s Service of the Living Tradition, one of the central worship services at the UUA’s annual General Assembly, honored ordained ministers, credentialed religious educators, and credentialed congregational musicians at the beginnings—and ends—of their ministries. The Rev. Diana Heath—wife of the Rev. Dr. William J. Metzger, one of 22 UU ministers who died in the […]

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