We are trying something new in the way we cover the annual General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association. For the first time in at least twenty years, we are not presenting our GA coverage as a single feature story. Instead, you’ll find photos, sermons, quotes, and news from GA throughout the magazine.
Our cover story is adapted from UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray’s sermon on the challenge of confronting the newly reenergized white nationalist movement in the United States (page 28); another GA sermon, the Rev. Sofía Betancourt’s address at the Service of the Living Tradition, appears in its entirety, too (page 20). News coverage begins on page 50—including an update on the shocking robbery of two UUA employees at last year’s GA, which left one of our colleagues, Tim Byrne, in critical condition. Happily, Byrne is recovering well and returned to work last fall, and both victims worked with UUs in New Orleans to urge the judge to consider restorative justice in the case against their four assailants (page 58).
In June we said goodbye to two valued members of the magazine staff. Joshua Craft, our advertising assistant, had been with the magazine for six years. Kenny Wiley, a senior editor, had been with us for three years. We’re grateful for their dedication to the magazine and its readers and enjoyed having them on our team.
We welcome Kris Willcox to our masthead as a contributing editor. Contributing editors aren’t just reliable freelance writers. They also bring us story ideas and scout out new topics for us, as Willcox did for her feature story—her twelfth article for us—on ways our congregations can help people broach that difficult but important subject: what we really want at the end of our lives (page 32).