The 56th Annual General Assembly (GA) of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) was held June 21-25, 2017, in New Orleans. Five people from Heritage UU Church attended, all as delegates: Rae Jane and Russ Araujo, Bill Gupton, and Bob and Ellie Lamb.
The theme of the GA, “Resist and Rejoice,” was reflected in most of the general sessions, workshops, and talks, as well as in the public witness rally. This year, in response to revelations of possible racism in UUA hiring practices and in UU organizations in general, much of what occurred was a self-examination at both an organizational level and a personal level. We UUs often point out instances of lack of justice “out there,” but this year we are evaluating how unconscious attitudes can hinder our own efforts to act justly ourselves, “in here.”
Another key aspect of this GA was the election of the next President of the UUA. Out of a field of three candidates, the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray won.
Below are pictures from GA.