For those of you who are new to Unitarian Universalism, you may think you have escaped organized religion, but truly you have not.  We actually are an organized religion, and our yearly national meetings prove it!  The intention with which we structure our religious institutions is vital to enlivening the covenants we make together in the presence of the sacred.  If we do not build structures that account for our yearning towards multiculturalism,  the pull of the status quo and the dominant culture will pull us back to a comfortable complacency.

The structure of our gatherings over the years has evolved.  This year we are focusing more on providing resources to the congregations in the form of UU University, offering tracks in areas ranging from the ever-tantalizing church Governance, Social Justice, Multi-generational church, Theology, Stewardship, etc.  And the best part of this is that all of this will be on video and available for purchase for congregational use.  The Social Justice track I attended today (which finishes tomorrow) was well-organized and stimulating in mind, body, and spirit.  Presenters like Paula Cole- Jones of the JUUST Change consultancy for the UUA, Paul Rasor and Sharon Welch left me wanting to read more of their words and preach their gospel.

You can still particpate by watching GA online streaming here.  Be sure to catch the Sunday morning worship with my beloved mentor the Rev. Abhi Janamanchi preaching. As leadership development continues to be a focus of General Assembly, my hope is that we will set aside funds for our leaders that they may attend and be inspired in mind, body, and spirit by this special yearly gathering.

Allison at the Meadville Lombard booth as a proud alumna!

Allison at the Meadville Lombard booth as a proud alumna!

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