From the Minister

I’m in the midst of an annual June ritual I have missed only once since 1975–Ministry Days of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association followed by the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association where delegates from congregations meet for business, inspiration, celebration, and a general renewal of ties.

I readily admit to being a “GA Junkie” who thoroughly enjoys the plenary business sessions (more than 12 hours this year), the ceremonial elements such as the Opening Celebration and the Service of the Living Tradition, and the workshops designed to sharpen up our congregational skills. Over the years I have especially appreciated consideration of the Statements of Conscience and Resolutions of Immediate Witness which the General Assembly has crafted. I actually spent six years on the Commission for Social Witness which directed the whole process and had the gratifying experience of using some of them as the basis for congregational social action.

In recent years the Sunday GA worship service has become a highlight not to be missed. Congregations have been encouraged to broadcast it in real time as their regular Sunday service. This year we will be doing this and I encourage you to join us. The service will begin at noon but we will gather via Zoom at 11:30 for our customary social time. I’ll be prepared to give a brief summary of General Assembly happenings to that point. I look forward to seeing you.

By the way, UUA president Susan Frederick Gray assured the ministers on Monday that an in-person/hybrid GA is being planned for Portland next June.

Rev. Paul

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