The Seven Eight Principles
  1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person;

  2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;

  3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;

  4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;

  5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;

  6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;

  7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part

  8. And our Eighth Principle... We affirm and promote the following 8th Principle:

    Journeying toward spiritual wholeness by building a diverse, multicultural Beloved Community that by our actions accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.

Featured Resource: Circle Round for
Justice - Healing - Courage
Virtual General Assembly 2021

2021: June 23 – 27

General Assembly (GA) is the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists, where we conduct business of the Association, explore the theological underpinnings of our faith, and lean fully into our mission and principles. The UUA Board of Trustees has passed a resolution making the 2021 UUA General Assembly a 100% virtual event. All details can be found at the UUA GA website.

Circle 'Round for Justice - Healing - Courag is the theme for General Assembly 2021. General Assembly is a time to circle ‘round in community. We circle ‘round in care and healing; for liberation and justice; and for love and courage. We share stories of the work happening at our Association. and in our congregations. We study ways to implement and live into our mission. UUA GA 2021 will incorporate recommendations from the Commission on Institution Change report, "Widening the Circle of Concern" and dialogue with the Article II Commission about our Principles and Purposes

Just announced - Recognizing the importance of shared ministry and the many innovative approaches to worship created by congregations during the pandemic, UUA President, Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray, selected the First Universalist Church of Minneapolis to serve as worship leaders for this year's GA Sunday Morning Service. Music will be offered through collaboration with 2021 GA Choir Director Susan Mashiyama, the GA virtual choir, and musicians from First Universalist. The service will take place on Sunday, June 27 at noon ET.

If you haven't registered for Virtual GA 2021 already, there is no better time than right now! Only registered attendees will have access to the NEW! GA app. So register early to join online discussions, familiarize yourself with the GA schedule, and find your place in our community of communities. Cost is $200 and financial aid and volunteer positions to help defray the cost are available. Registration and details at the UUA GA website.

General Assembly 2021 Approaches!

It is now less than 2 months until the annual General Assembly of the UUA. The theme for this year's Assembly is Circle Round for Justice, Healing, and Courage. This will be the second year of an all virtual gathering. It starts on Wednesday, June 23 at noon with an orientation especially designed for newer delegates with the big opening celebration and then first General Session at 6 PM. The Assembly ends on Sunday, June 27 with a closing celebration at 5 PM.

We are allotted 2 voting delegates but there is no limit to the number of folks who register and participate. There are several events that are open to the public and we may create some local live streaming gatherings around one or more of these. Three traditional events that occur every year are open to all viewers: The Service of the Living Tradition on Thursday, the Synergy Bridging Service on Friday, and the Worship Service on Sunday. Here are descriptions from the online program:

  • Service of the Living Tradition - 7:00 p.m. EDT/4:00 p.m. PDT (1.25 hours)
    Led by the The Ministries and Faith Development Staff Group, this service honors fellowshipped and credentialed religious leaders; remembering those who have died, recognizing those who have completed active service, and welcoming those who have received fellowship or credentialed status in the past year. The service includes a collection to benefit the Living Tradition Fund. Live stream is available to the public.

  • Synergy Bridging Worship - 7:00 p.m. EDT/4:00 p.m. PDT (1.25 hours)
    This is a transformative multigenerational worship. Be inspired and illuminated at a celebration of treasured worship elements, rites of passage and brilliant contemporary music.

  • Sunday Worship - 12:00 pm EDT/9:00 am PDT (1.25 hours)
    Join us virtually for the largest annual gathering of UUs joining in worship. Live stream is available to the public. Registration for virtual GA 2021 is $200 per person. Financial support for registration as well as a payment plan are available. General Assembly registrants receive access to the 2021 Online Participation Portal, including live, simulive, and on-demand video content, the virtual exhibit hall, chat features, support, and a (new!) GA mobile app.
If you are interested in attending, or have questions, please speak to Fern, Bruce or McKinley.

The 2021 Ware Lecture will feature...

A general overview is at https://www.uua.org/ga and the schedule of events is at https://www.uua.org/ga/program/schedule.

Registered Delegates should attend all General Sessions and Registered non-delegates can attend any of the sessions and programs across the 5 days. In addition, numerous events will be free and open to the public as they will be streamed live. Registration is not required to view the following events: General Sessions, Service of the Living Tradition, Synergy Bridging Worship and Sunday Morning Worship.

Traditionally, our folks who attend GA prepare an offering for a regular Sunday worship service following this annual event. Please let the Board know if you are interested in attending the General Assembly, especially if you wish to be named as a voting delegate. We are also eager to help support interested members and friends with the costs of participation. The Board must make their delegate decisions by the June Board meeting on Sunday the 6th.

Future General Assemblies

  • 2022: June 22 – 26, TBD
  • 2023: June 21 – 25, Pittsburgh, PA

    Previous General Assemblies

    2020: Providence, RI | June 24-28

    Rev. Schuyler Vogel, the minister of the 4th Universalist Church in NYC, gave a rousing inspirational lecture about the history of Universalism in America and his church in particular. He may be familiar to you if you participated in the online UU the Vote phone bank action back in May. He and some of his congregants joined our effort with UU churches here in the Philly area, and Washington, DC. We also got a brief introduction to the new Executive Director of Murray Grove Retreat and Renewal Center, Diem Jones.

    2019: Spokane, Washington | June 19-23

    The Power of We
    In a time of great challenge and heartbreak in our world, what does our faith demand from us? At this year’s General Assembly we explored the power, possibility, purpose, struggle and joy of finding the path forward together as Unitarian Universalists. Attendees left Spokane inspired, with the tools needed to carry on the work into their own congregations and communities. Join us as we continue to work for collective liberation inside and outside our faith.

    2018: Kansas City, Missouri | June 20-24

    From the UUWorld: The call of our faith has a place for each of us. Join us in Kansas City as we dive deeply into questions of mission for our Unitarian Universalist Association, for our congregations and communities, and for each of us as individuals. Join us to build courageous, collective leadership with tools, skills and connections.

    2017: June 21-25, New Orleans, LA —

    General Assembly 2017 took place June 21-25 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70130.

    2016: June 22-26, Columbus, OH —

    This year's GA took place June 22-26 in Columbus, OH and included a Ware Lecture from award-winning broadcaster and bestselling author Krista Tippett.

    2015: Build A New Way at GA

    2015 General Assembly (GA) was not just have green practices: we worked for climate justice. With Commit2Respond, a broad Unitarian Universalist movement, GA built our capacities to: shift to a lower carbon future, advance the human rights of affected communities, and grow the climate justice movement. Unitarian Universalist worked for climate justice.

    The GA 2015 theme was "Building a New Way." It was about more than climate justice. It was about breaking out of our old ways, and using our creativity to live into something new. At GA we worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone who registers may attend; delegates from our member congregations may vote. Programs and childcare were also available for children.

    2014: The theme for GA was Love Reaches Out


    Religious life in America is changing dramatically and rapidly. Fewer people are identifying with specific denominations and most mainline religions are losing members in droves. People now find many outlets and places of engagement for their spiritual lives. Current studies of faith in America show that there is a movement toward a liberal, fluid kind of faith that doesn t fit with traditional denominational identity and structure. We already know that for every adult member of Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations, there are at least three non-members who also consider themselves to be Unitarian Universalist.

    A core purpose of our faith is to help people grow in spirit and in service. We believe that our faith provides a path for each of us to unlock our transformational capacity to serve the world with love. We want to expand our faith not just to grow Unitarian Universalism, but also to better achieve this transformational purpose. Therefore, the General Assembly Planning Committee, the UUA Board of Trustees and the Administration want the General Assembly in 2014 help our association live into a future where our  Love Reaches Out to share our faith both within and beyond our congregations walls..

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