Roundup: Media coverage of 2013 General Assembly

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In addition to early media coverage of last Thursday’s clean energy rally—the public witness event of the 2013 UUA General Assembly—GA also attracted the following news coverage: The main Louisville newspaper, the Courier Journal, profiled Unitarian Universalism with a long story Saturday: UUs seek to reach the like-minded but church-wary (June 22). The newspaper’s religion […]

GA clean energy rally draws attention from EPA

General Assembly ally draws EPA’s attention from UU World on Vimeo. The General Assembly’s public witness event—a June 19 rally for clean energy sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association and a coalition of local environmental and religious groups—is already having an impact. As the 2013 General Assembly was drawing to a close, the Rev. Dawn […]

Early media coverage of 2013 General Assembly


Media coverage of General Assembly has been light so far this year. Thursday night’s environmental witness event garnered the most attention, beginning some weeks ago with “If not us, then who? If not now, then when?”: Organizing the Largest Environmental Rally in Kentucky History, (The Courier-Journal, April 30). WFPL News, an NPR affiliate, featured Environmental […]

Video: UUs arrive for ‘Tent City’ vigil

UU World filmed last night’s candlelight vigil outside Maricopa County’s “Tent City” jail. Watch this clip showing Unitarian Universalists arriving at the jail, passing counter-protesters, and gathering in witness.

Live reports from religious witness at ‘Tent City’

Candlelight vigil outside the 'Tent City' jail. (©Nancy Pierce)

UU World is monitoring social media about the 2012 General Assembly and curating them on our Storify page. Here are highlights from the religious witness at the Maricopa County “Tent City” jail on Saturday, June 23:

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. […]

Voices: ‘We are here to make change’

Seri Sandoval and Lewis Morris, delegates from Jefferson UU Church in Fort Worth, Texas, tell Peter Bowden why they’re so excited to be at the Justice General Assembly in Phoenix.

Sheriff closes jails to public ahead of GA witness

'Tent City' jail (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced on Thursday, June 21, that the county jails would be closed to public visitors on Saturday because of a public witness event the Unitarian Universalist Association has planned for that evening with Puente Arizona outside the Durango Road “Tent City” jail.

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 […]

Witness and worship on tap at Justice GA

UUA President Peter Morales, 2011 General Assembly

General Assembly 2012, the long-awaited “Justice GA,” is here. Unitarian Universalists will converge in Phoenix, Ariz., June 20 for five days of social justice education, witnessing, and worship. Expect a different GA than others you’ve been to. This one will be light on business sessions and heavy on social justice work. Virtually every GA event […]

Media coverage of Charlotte General Assembly

The UUA General Assembly in Charlotte began attracting local media attention on Saturday, especially with its downtown Standing on the Side of Love rally Saturday afternoon and the lecture Saturday morning by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf. Here’s a guide to coverage.

LGBT rights supporters rally in the rain in Charlotte

Love rained down on the streets of Charlotte, N.C., as 600 people marched from the convention center, site of the Unitarian Univeralist Association’s 2011 General Assembly, to Marshall Park to rally for rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Heavy rain also came down in Charlotte, bringing the rally to a hasty end, just as UUA […]

Standing on the Side of Love campaign report

Adam Gerhardstein, campaign manager of the UUA’s Standing on the Side of Love compaign, reported on the campaign’s first year. The initiative has sponsored 200 events throughout the United States, generating 133 news stories. Its email updates go to 26,000 people, and 16,000 people follow the campaign on Facebook; its videos have been viewed 30,000 times […]


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