Military chaplain offers tools for UU ruck sack

The Rev. Rebekah Montgomery

An energetic crowd filled Providence’s Dunkin’ Donuts Center Friday night to celebrate and honor Unitarian Universalist religious professionals at the annual Service of the Living Tradition. In her sermon at the event, the Rev. Rebekah A. Montgomery, a U.S. Army Reserve chaplain, called UUs to reach out to the “Other” and offered tools for packing […]

Sunday worship: Our covenant with all being

William F. Schulz

Sunday morning’s General Assembly worship service took several thousand Unitarian Universalists and local visitors on an emotional tour to the farthest reaches of the universe and back. The Rev. Dr. William F. Schulz, president of the UU Service Committee, preached a stirring sermon about our covenant with creation. “I have never become reconciled to . […]

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 […]

Crestwell: ‘Go home and start a little trouble’

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, and the Rev. John T. Crestwell lead the congregation in song and UUA President Peter Morales offered a welcome to all gathered, saying, “We come to affirm […]

Worship: Dreaming a better future

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 people who had gathered in a room at the Phoenix Convention Center. CLF has some 3,500 members spread all around the world, and the usual weekly worship […]

Sunday worship: ‘We’ve found our center’

Watch live streaming video from uuaga at livestream.com The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, welcomed GA attendees and visitors from the Charlotte community into Sunday morning worship. “We gather this morning in gratitude,” said Morales. After the assembly clapped, sang, and stomped along with the opening song “Life Up Your Voice,” […]

Ministry honored, examined in Service of the Living Tradition

Watch live streaming video from uuaga at livestream.com The Rev. Michael A. Schuler offered an appraisal of ministerial authority during his sermon at the Service of the Living Tradition Thursday night, saying that respect for the office of minister has fluctuated over the last 200 years but has never been so low as it is […]

49th General Assembly comes to an end

Five days of workshops, business sessions, and worship ended with a grand flourish Sunday night with the closing ceremony for General Assembly 2010. It was a musical night. Helping to draw the GA to a close were the GA band, the GA adult choir and, for the first time in four years, the GA Children’s […]

GA Sunday worship includes call for engagement with visitors

General Assembly participants who hadn’t worn themselves out with a full round of workshops and other events since arriving Wednesday, were treated Sunday morning to a worship service that had everything––rousing music, a call to action, and an opportunity to help others. The General Assembly choir, which has been in rehearsal since GA started, made […]

Celebrating multigenerational relationships

Friday night activities included “Synergy: A Bridging Worship,” a service to honor bridging youth and lift up multigenerational relationships. Here are a few photos from the event—and be sure to check out all our GA photo coverage.

There’s a whale in the room

Mary Jo Nikolai was up most of Thursday night painting a moose head. She got her husband, Mike Huber, up at 4:30 so she could try a pair of antlers on him. “I needed to make sure they were going to work,” she said. The moose head, plus a 25-foot whale, three loons, a couple […]

Service of the Living Tradition: ‘I will look and see you’

Thursday evening’s Service of the Living Tradition, one of the central worship services at the UUA’s annual General Assembly, honored ordained ministers, credentialed religious educators, and credentialed congregational musicians at the beginnings—and ends—of their ministries. The Rev. Diana Heath—wife of the Rev. Dr. William J. Metzger, one of 22 UU ministers who died in the […]

UUA apologizes to Utes in reconciliation worship service

The opening worship service at the UUA’s 2009 General Assembly Wednesday night focused on the themes of world community and reconciliation. It was equal parts joyful and somber and featured representatives from around the world. The first half of the worship service focused mostly on “common threads that bind us.” It began with a slideshow […]

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