Video: UCC leaders reflect on General Assembly

Three leaders of the United Church of Christ—a liberal Protestant denomination with 5,600 congregations and 1.2 million members—attended the UUA’s 2012 Justice General Assembly in Phoenix. The Rev. Geoffrey A. Black, the UCC’s general minister and president, toured the Maricopa County “Tent City” jail with UUA President Peter Morales and other ministers on June 23; […]

Video: Youth group shares highlights of Justice GA

UU World talked to the youth group of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka in Wayzata, Minn., who traveled to Phoenix as part of a 15-day pilgrimage. The teens, their minister, and the adults who traveled with them talk about the impact of the candlelight vigil at the “Tent City” jail and about the experience of […]

Vice presidents: How to take Justice GA home

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

How do we take the Justice General Assembly home? That was the focus of Sunday afternoon’s plenary report from UUA Executive Vice President Kay Montgomery and Vice President for Ministries and Congregational Support the Rev. Harlan Limpert. “The act of coming here has been a declaration that living our Unitarian Universalist faith is inherently about […]

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 […]

Delegates vote to eliminate AIWs at 2012 Justice GA

After impassioned debate on the future of Actions of Immediate Witness at Unitarian Universalist Association General Assemblies, delegates overwhelmingly voted in favor of a bylaw amendment that would eliminate AIWs at the 2012 Justice GA in Phoenix. The amendment also reconstitutes AIWs with the 2013 GA, reducing the allowable number of AIWs to three from […]

Commission will introduce four Actions of Immediate Witness

Saturday’s “CSW Alert,” the daily General Assembly social witness business update that delegates will receive as they enter the plenary hall Saturday morning, includes the text of four proposed Actions of Immediate Witness. The Commission on Social Witness could have brought additional proposed AIWs to the Saturday morning plenary, from which delegates could have voted […]

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 […]

Coffee with Rev. Don

Coffee with Rev. Don from UU World on Vimeo. This morning I had a cup of coffee with the Rev. Donald E. Robinson of the Beacon House Community Ministry in Washington, D.C. Beacon House has been partnering with area Unitarian Universalist congregations for over 20 years to enrich the lives of local youth with phenomenal […]

We take to the streets for marriage equality

Unitarian Universalists took their values into the street Saturday holding a noon rally at Loring Park, swarming the Twin Cities Pride Festival with their yellow Standing on the Side of Love shirts and their messages about marriage equality. The visual high point might have been the chariot, drawn by four roosters, carrying a newly joined […]

Delegates debate Peacemaking Statement of Conscience

GA delegates are about to debate a proposed Peacemaking Statement of Conscience that calls UUs “to the work of peacebuilding, peacemaking, and peacekeeping,” and to “advocate a culture of peace through a transformation of public policies, religious consciousness, and individual lifestyles.” Delegates will debate and vote on the statement during this morning’s plenary session. The […]

Delegates work to fine-tune peacemaking statement

With only one day left before it goes for a final vote, GA delegates and other peace activists met with the Commission on Social Witness Thursday morning to discuss and suggest amendments to a proposed Statement of Conscience on Peacemaking. The Statement calls UUs “to the work of peacebuilding, peacemaking, and peacekeeping,” and to “advocate […]

Commission discusses last chance for peacemaking statement

The UUA’s Commission on Social Witness and peacemaking activists met Wednesday evening to discuss strategies for successfully passing a proposed Statement of Conscience on Peacemaking. The Statement calls UUs “to the work of peacebuilding, peacemaking, and peacekeeping,” and to “advocate a culture of peace through a transformation of public policies, religious consciousness, and individual lifestyles.” […]

Final texts of Actions of Immediate Witness now online

The six social witness resolutions introduced by petition and adopted by the 2009 UUA General Assembly in Salt Lake City last month are now online: Action of Immediate Witness 1: Advocate Pending Legislation Toward Clean, Honest, and Fair Elections in the United States Action of Immediate Witness 2: U.S. Ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test […]

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