Photos and conversation prompts from the UUA General Assembly in Spokane, Washington, June 19–23.
A breakout conversation in a workshop on “Reimagining Emerging Adult Ministry.” (© 2019 Christopher L. Walton/UUA)
How does “the power of we” deepen our faith as a source of liberation and transformation for all? That was the question at the core of conversation at the 2019 UUA General Assembly in Spokane, Washington. Continuing efforts from last year to encourage deep conversation on topics of faith, on-site and off-site GA attendees were invited to discuss the following questions. We invite you to discuss them in your own congregation or small groups:
At the Service of the Living Tradition, the Rev. Lindi Ramsden channels Bill Nye the Science Guy’s recent explicit tirade on climate change, with the audience yelling “BLEEP!” whenever signalled to. (© 2019 John Benford/UUA)
White Fragility author Robin DiAngelo leads the workshop “Disrupting White Fragility in Unitarian Universalist Spaces.” (© 2019 Nancy Pierce/UUA)
Sermon award-winner the Rev. Kimberley Debus preaches at a UU Women's Federation event on finding wholeness in a culture of misogynist brokenness, beside a ritual object called Big Woman (created in 1999 by Elizabeth Schell) inspired by the story in Judges 19 of the concubine who is raped, murdered, and mutilated. (© 2019 John Benford/UUA)
Clockwise from top left: the Rev. Clyde Grubbs co-presents the workshop “Indigenous Experience and Unitarian Universalism"; the Rev. Leslie Takahashi presents the Berry Street Lecture on “Truth, Trauma, and Transformation: Embracing the Cracks and the Gold”; award-winning poet Richard Blanco gives the Ware Lecture; Paula Cole Jones gives the 2019 LREDA Sophia Lyon Fahs Lecture “Building a Community of Communities.” (Photos of Grubbs, Takahashi and Jones: © 2019 Nancy Pierce/UUA; Blanco: © 2019 John Benford/UUA)
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Documentary photographer Nancy Pierce has photographed every UUA General Assembly since 1993. She is a member of the UU Church of Charlotte, North Carolina. nancypiercephoto.com
John Benford is a commercial photographer and visual storyteller, creating honest, authentic portrait and lifestyle images and powerful architectural images for clients of all sizes. He was raised UU and lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, with his wife, the Rev. Kendra Ford, and their child. Visit his website, John Benford Photography, or follow him on Instagram: @jbenfordphoto.
Sonja L. Cohen is deputy managing editor of UU World and a lifelong Unitarian Universalist.