GA 2012 ends on upbeat note

Sunday, June 24, 2012
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…

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Courter: Justice GA has transformed future GAs

Sunday, June 24, 2012
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…

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Crestwell: ‘Go home and start a little trouble’

Sunday, June 24, 2012
The Rev. John Crestwell (©Nancy Pierce)

Plenary Hall was nearly filled to capacity on Sunday morning as General Assembly attendees gathered to worship together with song, prayer, and spirited words. Kellie Walker, David Glasgow,…

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Citizenship fair draws hundreds of UU volunteers

Sunday, June 24, 2012
UU volunteers assist immigrants at a Naturalization and Citizenship Fair in Phoenix. (©Nancy Pierce)

When Daniel Stracka began to organize a service project helping people complete their paperwork for citizenship for the Justice General Assembly, he hoped to get 200 volunteers. Instead,…

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Thousands wage peaceful protest at Tent City

Sunday, June 24, 2012
Buses arrive at the 'Tent City' jail. (©Nancy Pierce)

Several thousand gathered outside the Tent City jail complex Saturday night to protest inhumane conditions maintained by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The peace vigil was organized by…

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Fahs lecture: Race, immigration, and religious education

Sunday, June 24, 2012

“Children in the preschool years are generally trying to make sense of what they’re seeing,” including what they’re seeing of racial differences, said Louise Derman-Sparks, a well-known anti-bias…

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Religious delegation visits ‘Tent City’

Sunday, June 24, 2012
The Rev. Susan Frederick Gray (front) and the Rev. Leslie Takahashi Morris tour 'Tent City.' (©Dea Brayden)

Unitarian Universalist Association President Peter Morales said he was “saddened and appalled” by what he observed inside the Tent City jails, an outdoor jail complex maintained by Maricopa…

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Live reports from religious witness at ‘Tent City’

Saturday, June 23, 2012
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…

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Building the world we dream about

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Dr. Mark Hicks (©Nancy Pierce)

In a three hour workshop on Saturday morning, Dr. Mark Hicks, Angus MacLean Professor of Religious Education at Meadville Lombard Theological School, gave participants a taste of his…

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Delegates pick reproductive justice as next CSAI

Saturday, June 23, 2012
The Rev. Rob Keithan spoke in support of a "reproductive rights" CSAI (©Nancy Pierce)

  The 2012 General Assembly chose a new four-year Congregational Study/Action Issue at Saturday’s plenary. For 2012–2016, congregations and the UUA will focus on “Reproductive Justice: Expanding Our…

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Talking about immigration with children and youth

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Youth at General Assembly (©Nancy Pierce)

Gail Forsyth-Vail, adult programs director of the Unitarian Universalist Association, assembled a panel of three religious educators to discuss how Unitarian Universalist congregations could talk about immigration issues…

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In Civic Space Park, an evening of fun, fellowship

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Watch Community celebration with partners from UU World on Vimeo. Friday night was an evening of fun and fellowship in Phoenix. Unitarian Universalists and members of the partner…

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Worship: Dreaming a better future

Friday, June 22, 2012
The Rev. Dr. Jeremy Taylor (©Nancy Pierce)

“Welcome, dreamers,” said the Rev. Meg Riley, senior minister of the Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF). “Welcome, sojourners of the spirit.” She was speaking to about 200…

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Widow of slain officer supports immigrant rights

Thursday, June 21, 2012
Julie Erfle (©Nancy Pierce)

Almost five years ago, Julie Erfle’s husband, a Phoenix police officer, was shot and killed in the line of duty by an undocumented immigrant who had previously been…

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Alexander urges action against mass incarceration of blacks

Thursday, June 21, 2012
Michelle Alexander (©Nancy Pierce)

Law professor Michelle Alexander urged a packed ballroom of listeners to awaken to the reality that the mass incarceration of African Americans that has followed the “War on…

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‘We are not here to implement iChurch’

Thursday, June 21, 2012
General Assembly banner, Phoenix, Ariz. (©Nancy Pierce)

“We are the iChurch,” said the Rev. Dr. Fredric J. Muir in his 2012 Berry Street Lecture, “From iChurch to Beloved Community: Ecclesiology and Justice,” in which he…

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Board asks president to resubmit report, defining metrics

Thursday, June 21, 2012
UUA logo

At its June 19 meeting in Phoenix, the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Board of Trustees sent back a Monitoring Report by the UUA administration and asked the administration to…

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General Assembly welcomes three new congregations

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
UUA Moderator Gini Courter

  At Wednesday night’s opening plenary session, the UUA’s General Assembly welcomed three new member congregations: the UU Congregation of Petoskey, Mich.; the UU Community of Cambria, Calif.; and Brockport UU…

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Team trains to facilitate witness events

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
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…

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2012 General Assembly photos from UU World

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Arizona congregations march in the Banner Parade

[miniflickr photoset_id=72157630209322392&sortby=date-posted-desc&per_page=9] View UU World’s General Assembly photographs on Flickr.

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