UUs rappel down convention center at GA

President Peter Morales rappels down Convention Center

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 […]

Friday: Apology for misconduct; board discusses deficit

The Rev. Sarah Stewart, Finance Committee chair

Highlights of Friday morning’s General Session include a video of the UUA staff’s move this spring to a new headquarters, a report and official apology concerning the UUA’s handling of complaints about clergy misconduct, and the Board of Trustee’s statement about a year-end $1.35 million deficit in the UUA budget.

$1.3 million deficit surprises UUA administration, board

Tim Brennan describes deficit, June 24, 2014 (Nancy Pierce/UUA)

The Unitarian Universalist Association will end the fiscal year on June 30 with an unexpected $1.3 million deficit. The Board of Trustees met with the UUA administration this afternoon, June 24, to ask how they had all been taken by surprise by a drop in revenue from major gifts to the UUA’s $24 million operating […]

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 […]

On banks of Ohio River, UUs rally for clean energy

Witness event: Where is our Energy?

Watch Unitarian Universalists rally for clean energy by UU World on Vimeo. Two thousand Unitarian Universalists went down to the river to pray Thursday night, gathering on a plaza above the Ohio River to rally for clean power and against the environmental injustices caused by coal mining, fracking, and mountaintop removal. UUs marched from the […]

‘Unitarian Universalism well situated for challenging times’

Peter Morales

UUA President Peter Morales gave his annual report to the General Assembly Thursday morning. He described his own life journey, moving from being a college student to a career in newspapers and then his entry into ministry. “The things that informed me, the experiences that I think are precious, all involved taking risks,” he said. […]

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 […]

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 […]

GA 2012 ends on upbeat note

Closing Ceremony, 2012 General Assembly (©Nancy Pierce)

The Justice GA closed Sunday night with a rousing final worship. After five days of learning about immigration issues and after Saturday night’s massive candlelight vigil at the Tent City jail, GA participants gathered one last time before heading home to continue justice work there. The service opened with the group emma’s revolution inviting the […]

‘In 2017, Unitarian Universalism has gone viral’

UUA President Peter Morales (©Nancy Pierce)

In his annual report to the 2012 General Assembly, UUA President Peter Morales stressed the importance of collaboration, especially in working for justice and in helping UU congregations adapt to a rapidly changing society. He began his Saturday, June 23, report by celebrating the work Unitarian Universalists have done to support immigrants and promote immigrant […]

Saunders receives President’s Volunteer Service Award

Carolyn Saunders receives the President's Annual Award for Volunteer Service (©2012 Nancy Pierce)

UUA President the Rev. Peter Morales presented Carolyn Saunders with the 2012 President’s Annual Award for Volunteer Service during Saturday afternoon’s plenary. Saunders served as district coordinator for the 2012 Justice General Assembly in Phoenix. “Given the special nature of this Justice GA,” Morales said, “she has been faced with trials that have gone far […]

Moderator candidates address General Assembly

Tamara Payne-Alex and Jim Key (©Nancy Pierce)

Jim Key and Tamara Payne-Alex, the two candidates for moderator of the Unitarian Universalist Association, presented their qualifications for the post at a Candidate’s Forum Friday morning. UUA President Peter Morales also spoke at the event, although he is running unopposed for reelection as UUA president. Both the moderator and president elections will be held […]

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 […]

Social media, on the way to ‘Justice GA’

General Assembly banners, Phoenix, Ariz. (©Nancy Pierce)

UU World is monitoring social media about General Assembly, and using Storify to curate some of that media. Here is a sampling of what people are blogging and tweeting on their way to Phoenix:

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 […]

Morales: Our most important product must be ‘acts of love’

Before the Rev. Peter Morales, president of the UUA, began his report to the General Assembly on Saturday, he held up a copy of today’s local newspaper with a large photo of Friday’s public witness event. “Anybody see the front page of the Charlotte Observer?” he said. The convention hall erupted with applause and cheering. […]

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 […]

Blogs about pre-General Assembly ‘Ministry Days’

For more on the two-day “Ministry Days” conference of the UU Ministers Association, which meets just before the start of the UUA General Assembly, here are some recent blog posts: “Growing Grassroots Religious Movements“: The Rev. Naomi King reflects on UUA President Peter Morales’s remarks last night to the UUMA, in which he emphasized “the […]

UU Humanists elect new president, hold day-long conference

On Saturday, more than 100 members and friends of the HUUmanist Association “came home” to the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, the congregation where John Dietrich became known as the “father of religious humanism” during his 1916-1938 ministry. The day-long Humanist Homecoming conference began with UUA President Peter Morales answering questions during breakfast and concluded […]

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