The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA) has an annual business meeting known as General Assembly (GA), which takes place June 21-25 in New Orleans. At this many-faceted gathering, attendees participate in awesome worship, hear remarkable speakers as well as business reports, sing (a lot!), and participate in Social Justice projects. Those who are delegates representing our congregations also vote on business matters and periodically on elected officials. This year we elect a president for a 6-year term. The best source of information is online as www.uua.org/ga.
- Free public events being streamed live in the General Session Hall. Many will also be posted for viewing afterwards. Events include the Welcoming Celebration, morning worship each day, General Sessions, the Service of the Living Tradition, public witness, the Presidential Candidates Forum, Synergy Bridging Worship, the Ware Lecture by Bryan Stevenson, Sunday morning worship, the Closing Celebration, and more.
- Additional events for online registered participants at GA, such as workshops and mini-assemblies. (Please note that you may register to participate in GA online without needing to be a delegate.) Click here to sign up to attend GA remotely as an off-site registrant.
- UU World’s GA Blog news coverage
- Change “every person” to ‘every being” in our 1st Principle, which currently affirms and promotes “the inherent worth and dignity of every person”. This proposed change affirms explicitly that individuals of other species merit our compassionate consideration. Important critiques of this change have emerged from marginalized communities within our Association, including the following critique offered by Rev. Theresa Ines Soto.
- Change “prophetic men and women” to “prophetic people” in our 2nd Source, which currently affirms the influence of “words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love”. This proposed change will move from women and men gender binary language to reflect more gender neutral and inclusive terminology.