During Thursday morning's General Assembly general session, the Unitarian Universalist Association welcomed one new member congregation: the Unitarian Universalists of Benton County in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Denise Rimes, vice moderator of the UUA Board, introduced both the congregation, which was established in 2009, and the Rev. Scott Tayler, director of Congregational Life at the UUA.
Tayler welcomed two leaders from Bentonville who were present, saying, “Today we recognize not only that your congregation has official standing, but also that you are now surrounded by a wider web of support, care, and mutual covenant. . . . I want to publicly pledge our support to you and honor your decision to be accountable to your fellow congregations. Now you are not alone. Now your journey is not your own. Now we are on a path together.”
He then gave the congregation a chalice and a copy of the Cambridge Platform as “a reminder that our hearts and fates are now intertwined.”