2011 General Assembly Rocks Charlotte!

Jaco and Barbara ten Hove

by Revs. Barbara W. & Jaco B. ten Hove

We love to report back on the particular ways our annual UU General Assembly(GA) unfolds each year! It is very heartening to be among thousands of Unitarian Universalists from all over the world, who gather to do business (change by-laws, honor leaders, vote on statements of conscience, etc.), engage with workshops and presentations (on a really wide variety of topics), participate in large, very musical worship (always a highlight), and reconnect with old friends and colleagues. It’s usually an exhausting but exhilarating week.

Every GA is different and yet has similar gifts. We are grateful that we could be part of this one in Charlotte, NC, to participate again in the annual love fest of religious liberals. We’ll bring much of what we gained during these days to our work at Cedars (and lots of helpful online coverage is specifically linked below).

This year our UU Association of Congregations (UUA) notably celebrated the 50th anniversary of the consolidation of the American Unitarian Association and the Universalist Church in America in 1961. Here are some of our highlights from this important GA.

For Barbara:

For Jaco:

Next June’s General Assembly will be a “Justice GA” in Phoenix, AZ, focusing on our country’s immigration struggles. GAs after that will be in Louisville, KY, and Providence, RI. If you can arrange to attend at least once, it will reliably expand your religious horizons in exciting ways.

Meanwhile, join us and Barbara’s visiting sister Brooksie (mother of our niece Julie, the friendly young pianist living with us this summer) when she presents a musical service at Cedars on July 24!


2 Comments On “2011 General Assembly Rocks Charlotte!”

  1. Mary Romeo

    The Cedars Spirituality Book Group is discussing Karen Armstrong’s new book that Barbara mentioned, “Twelve Steps to Compassion” on Fri, August 19 at 7pm at my house; email me if you want to join our email reminder list–nmromeo@msn.com . Also, we’re discussing her book, “Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time”, on Fri, Oct 21.
    –Mary Romeo

  2. Diana Peters

    I like this new way of keeping in touch with Cedars news. And it is so well done. (No typos!!! I love that)

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