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Dispatches from the annual General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association each June, written by UU World writers.

GA affirms democracy as vital but corrupted ideal

GA affirms democracy as vital but corrupted ideal

At annual business meeting, Unitarian Universalists also celebrate completion of fundraising for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism.

Christopher L. Walton | 8/6/2019

UUs rally to end mass incarceration, stop Spokane jail expansion

UUs rally to end mass incarceration, stop Spokane jail expansion

Chanting “End mass incarceration!” and “Schools not cells!” about 1,000 Unitarian Universalists gathered in a public park in Spokane, Washington, for the General Assembly 2019 public witness event.

Elaine McArdle | 6/21/2019

General Assembly 2019 asks, ‘What do we want our faith to be?’

General Assembly 2019 asks, ‘What do we want our faith to be?’

In Spokane and in online groups, Unitarian Universalists will engage with questions of their religion’s purpose and future.

Elaine McArdle | 6/14/2019

In final vote, General Assembly affirms issues other petitions raised

In final vote, General Assembly affirms issues other petitions raised

Delegates affirm importance of issues raised by three proposed Actions of Immediate Witness that did not make it onto the final agenda.

Christopher L. Walton | 6/29/2018

‘No time for a casual faith’: Watch the 2018 General Assembly’s Sunday worship service

‘No time for a casual faith’: Watch the 2018 General Assembly’s Sunday worship service

‘As Unitarian Universalists, we are first and foremost religious communities that practice love as our foundation—and we are living in times of heartbreak, violence, and pain.’

Staff Writer | 6/28/2018

LREDA receives President’s Volunteer Service Award

LREDA receives President’s Volunteer Service Award

Liberal Religious Educators Association ‘leads at the margins of our faith,’ says UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray.

Sonja L. Cohen | 6/27/2018

Unitarian Universalists call for abolition of ICE and end of family separation at border

Unitarian Universalists call for abolition of ICE and end of family separation at border

UUA General Assembly continues focus on dismantling white supremacy. Resolutions condemn criminalization of migrants, call for end to private prisons, and urge support for indigenous water protectors.

Christopher L. Walton | 6/25/2018

Watch Brittany Packnett’s Ware Lecture to the UUA General Assembly

Watch Brittany Packnett’s Ware Lecture to the UUA General Assembly

The more you benefit from supremacy the more responsible you have to be to dismantle it,’ Brittany Packnett tells Unitarian Universalists gathered in Kansas City. 

Staff Writer | 6/24/2018

Watch the 2018 Service of the Living Tradition

Watch the 2018 Service of the Living Tradition

The Rev. Sofía Betancourt preaches at the worship service honoring religious professionals, ‘I want to honor the weary, ragged miracle that is our living tradition.’

Staff Writer | 6/24/2018

Charles Gaines, Distinguished Service award recipient: ‘Be evangelists for our faith’

Charles Gaines, Distinguished Service award recipient: ‘Be evangelists for our faith’

Over fifty-seven years of ministry, the Rev. Charles Gaines has ‘modeled a Unitarian Universalism that can be.’

Sonja L. Cohen | 6/24/2018

UUs learn tools for ending the money bail system

UUs learn tools for ending the money bail system

Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism hosts public witness event at 2018 General Assembly focused on criminal justice reform.

Elaine McArdle | 6/22/2018

Aisha Hauser accepts MacLean Award for Excellence in Religious Education

Aisha Hauser accepts MacLean Award for Excellence in Religious Education

Religious educator Aisha Hauser ‘has not just brought dignity—she has redefined dignity,’ says award presenter Jessica York.

Sonja L. Cohen | 6/22/2018

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