Acknowledging the hurts and distresses of the current moment, the opening sessions of the 2018 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association nonetheless called participants to celebrate the healing and strengthening virtues of music, worship, and joy. The fifty-seventh annual sessions began on June 20 in Kansas City, Missouri, and will conclude on Sunday, June 24.
Co-moderators Elandria Williams and Mr. Barb Greve and UUA president Susan Frederick-Gray welcomed attendees before the traditional banner parade. The co-moderators then convened the delegates, reviewed the agenda and procedures, and poured libations for ancestors and predecessors in the faith, including former moderator Denise “Denny” Taft Davidoff.
The evening concluded in worship with “Welcoming Celebration: All Are Called to the Great Un/Ravelling,” with worship leaders the Rev. Patrice Curtis, Dr. Leon Burke, the Rev. Rebekah Savage, and the Rev. Alex Holt and musicians the Rev. Kimberley Debus, Kiya Heartwood, the General Assembly Band led by Markus Grae-Hauck, and friends.