Al Franken: ‘You are my favorite kind of church’

Senator Al Franken stopped by the UUA General Assembly in Minneapolis on Sunday. The UUA has published video of his address to YouTube in two parts:

Texts of proposed responsive resolutions

Here are the texts of the four responsive resolutions introduced during the final plenary session at the UUA’s 2010 General Assembly. These are unofficial versions, as presented to the delegates; final versions of the three approved resolutions will be published on UUA.org after they have been reviewed by the UUA’s legal council and have been […]

Passed: Youth Caucus vision of 2012 General Assembly

In the scramble to wrap up our coverage of the 2010 General Assembly, UU World published reports on three of the four proposed Responsive Resolutions presented during Sunday afternoon’s final plenary, but didn’t publish a report on the fourth. Here it is: Delegates affirmed a Responsive Resolution concerning the 2012 General Assembly in Phoenix, Ariz., […]

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 […]

Rejected: Call for social witness process review

During the final plenary Sunday afternoon, delegates rejected a proposed responsive resolution that would have called on the Board of Trustees to to appoint a task force to review the way congregational Study/Action Issues and Actions of Immediate Witness are selected. The resolution also would have introduced ranked voting.

Approved: Request for covenant of ‘right relationship’

Jody Malloy, a delegate from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County in Media, Pa., offered a responsive resolution in response to the Moderator’s Report. The responsive resolution called on the Board of Trustees to “investigate how we might develop a Covenant of Right Relationships for all of our work together, and report back to […]

Message of sorrow for Transylvanian Unitarians

The Rev. Eric Cherry, director of international resources for the UUA, issued the following statement on Sunday in response to the news this morning of the murder-suicide of two children by a Transylvanian Unitarian minister in Medgyes, Romania. Unitarian Universalists at the UUA General Assembly in Minneapolis learned the news when the Rev. Harold Babcock […]

Film: Rep. Keith Ellison’s address to General Assembly

The UUA has posted the speech Rep. Keith Ellison delivered to the General Assembly during Plenary 4 on Saturday.

AIW fails: End the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan

In a close vote, AIW 6, “End the U.S. War in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” fell short of the two-thirds vote needed for approval. The sponsor of the resolution, Harvard Divinity School professor Daniel McKanan, told delegates that it was time to end the “longest running war in United states history,” which he said “has become […]

AIW approved: ‘Clean Up the Clean Energy Bill’

Delegates approved AIW 4, “Clean Up the Clean Energy Bill,” after debating an amendment to reinstate deleted language that would have advocated a halt to offshore oil drilling. Delegates rejected that amendment.

AIW approved: Gulf Coast justice

Delegates approved Action of Immediate Witness 3, “Gulf Coast Environmental and Economic Justice,” without debate.

AIW approved: ‘Oppose Anti-Immigrant Measures’

Delegates adopted Action of Immediate Witness 1, “Oppose Anti-Immigrant Measures at the State Level (Arizona Law SB 1070 and the Like) and Hasten Federal Immigration Reform,” after adjusting a line that had urged joining “tourism and product boycotts of Arizona.” As amended, the resolution recommends applying “such economic pressure to the state as is specifically […]

Passed: Remaining bylaw amendments

In quick succession at the end of Sunday’s first plenary session, delegates approved three bylaw or rule amendments that had been postponed from earlier in the GA agenda. The General Assembly approved amendments that: removed “continental” references in the sections of the UUA bylaws and rules relating to the General Assembly social witness process; authorized […]

Delegates approve changes to election process

In Sunday’s first plenary, delegates approved a complex set of bylaw amendments that would change how the UUA president and moderator are elected. (Text coming soon.) An attempt to amend the proposal so that delegates could debate and vote on the process for electing a president separately from the process for electing a moderator failed. […]

Sad news: Murder-suicide among Transylvania Unitarians

The Rev. Harold Babcock spoke at the opening of Sunday morning’s plenary session to announce the tragic news of the murder of two children and the suicide of a Unitarian minister in Transylvania. He did not provide names of the victims, the minister, or the community. Babcock invited people who wished to gather in response […]

Film: ‘Standing on the Side of Love in Arizona’

During the presentation Saturday afternoon that preceded the debate and vote about holding a General Assembly in Arizona, the UUA introduced this six-minute video about Unitarian Universalists and Arizona SB 1070. The film, “Standing on the Side of Love in Arizona,” includes footage of the May 29 protest and march opposing SB 1070 and interviews […]

A time of potential, Morales says

The UUA is at a critical juncture, “a time filled with both potential and threats,” UUA President Peter Morales told the General Assembly Saturday afternoon. Morales, elected a year ago, gave his first President’s Report, an annual event at GA. He noted that, after years of very slight growth, the UUA membership was now shrinking […]

Delegates resoundingly approve resolution on Ariz. GA

The 2010 General Assembly has just approved the substitute business resolution that calls for a “Justice General Assembly” in Phoenix, Ariz., in 2012 “for the purposes of witnessing on immigration, racial and economic justice . . . in which business is limited to the minimum required by our bylaws.” The vote was overwhelmingly in favor of […]

Delegates focus debate on substitute resolution

As delegates to the 2010 General Assembly debate a business resolution about meeting in Arizona in 2012, they have rejected a proposal to return to the original resolution as introduced by the Board of Trustees. Instead, they are keeping the debate focused on the substitute resolution developed in two mini-assemblies over the last two days. […]

Amending rules and bylaws about setting GA agenda

In Saturday morning’s plenary, delegates approved a body of amendments to the UUA bylaws and rules that formally transfer authority for setting the General Assembly business agenda from the GA Planning Committee to the Board of Trustees.

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