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General Assembly 2014

Dear Friends,

The theme for General Assembly 2014 is “Love Reaches Out,” which invites us as Unitarian Universalists to consider what universal, unconditional love means.

But General Assembly can also be a chaotic time where one forgets to pause and check-in with the self. The staff of Multicultural Growth & Witness decided to take a moment for self-reflection and ask: What about General Assembly will feed my soul/spirit? We invite all of you who are attending General Assembly to do the same. (For those of you who aren’t, perhaps a pause to ask yourself what about your day will feed your soul/spirit!)

No matter your summer plans, we’re grateful to all of you who reach out with love. In the words of Maya Angelou: "Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope."

In faith, Audra
on behalf of Multicultural Ministries, part of UUA Multicultural Growth and Witness


What about General Assembly will feed my soul/spirit?

It can be a challenge sometimes to recognize spiritual groundedness in the midst of the busiest, most mundane tasks. We invited our colleagues in Multicultural Growth and Witness to share what about General Assembly feeds their soul/spirit. We hope others will pause and ask themselves this same question.

Taquiena Boston, Director of Multicultural Growth & Witness: GA is a great time to connect with UUs and hear their stories about how they are making love and justice real in their communities.

Hanna Christianson, UUWF Clara Barton Intern: Working in close solidarity with so many Unitarian Universalists dedicated to a multitude of social justice issues will feed my soul. Regardless of which individual issue speaks to our individual souls the most, we find a way to support one another to create a greater world for us all.

Audra Friend, Communications Coordinator: It always invigorates me to be with Unitarian Universalists from around the country and world, to see and learn and worship together. Moments of grace occur daily and come from the unlikeliest places.

Jessica Halperin, Witness Ministries Program Associate: I love being with thousands of Unitarian Universalists, especially in moments of song and stillness. It reminds me of how powerful and wise our UU family can be!

Janice Marie Johnson, Multicultural Ministries and Leadership Director: At GA, we'll have a first-hand opportunity to practice authentic multiculturalism, as defined by the UUA's Leadership Council, "where all people are welcomed as blessings, and the human family lives whole and reconciled." What a privilege!

Alex Kapitan, Congregational Advocacy & Witness Program Coordinator: I couldn’t be more excited about collectively practicing love reaching out at this General Assembly and engaging with love as the greatest justice cause and spiritual imperative of our time. Our public witness at WaterFire is going to be amazing!!

Susan Leslie, Congregational Advocacy and Witness Director: I'm excited about the opportunities to connect and organize for justice, rooted in faith and love.

Annette Marquis, LGBTQ and Multicultural Programs Director: What feeds my spirit at GA is encountering the depth and breadth of who we are as Unitarian Universalists in all our glorious differences, united by our common values.

Lesley Murdock, Administrator & Office Manager: I am excited and inspired by seeing others engaged in community, feeding their spirits, and doing their work. Whatever their individual beliefs, the over-arching Unitarian Universalist commitment to justice generates that much more love and hope in the wider world.

Nora Rasman, Standing on the Side of Love Campaign Coordinator: GA feeds my soul as an opportunity to connect with other UUs as we work to make the world a more just, loving and compassionate place.

Jennifer Toth, Standing on the Side of Love Campaign Manager: Being together with thousands of “the love people” will feed my soul, especially as we look to the future to bring our community of love + justice-seekers to more and more folks who are hungry for our message!


Multicultural Ministries at General Assembly 2014

Program # 262 : Building a Multicultural Mosaic in Your Congregation
Thursday, June 26 - 4pm - 5:15pm at RICC 553

Is your congregation ready to embrace a multicultural future? In this program, you’ll meet leaders who are building multicultural mosaics in their congregations and experience the unique attributes of the four pillars that are foundations of sustainable multicultural community: worship, congregational life, ministerial leadership, and justice ministry. With Taquiena Boston, Dr. Janice Marie Johnson, and Annette Marquis

Program # 332: Beyond Marriage: Echoes From the Sharing Project
Friday, June 27 - 12:30pm - 1:45pm at RICC 552

While marriage equality dominates the headlines, the Multicultural Ministries Sharing Project reveals that LGBTQ UUs have justice priorities beyond marriage. Come receive results from the Sharing Project as we explore the spiritual, social, and advocacy needs of LGBTQ people at the intersections of identity. With Annette Marquis, Dr. Janice Marie Johnson, and Taquiena Boston.

Worship, Witness, & WaterFire Event
Saturday, June 28, 7:30pm - midnight

Come prepare your heart at a “Make Way for Love” worship service, then together we’ll process to the Providence riverfront to witness for the power of love to create a better world! For our public witness event we are sponsoring and participating in WaterFire, a community arts festival whose signature feature is braziers lit on the river, and we are bringing to it the theme of love.

Join with the Providence community and get a chance to practice love reaching out. There will be opportunities for singing along with songs about love, for lighting candles for love, for attending live performances about love, and for sharing the love in other ways. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime event!


New Publications from Skinner House Books

This spring, Skinner House books released two exciting new books we think Catalyst readers will enjoy!

Mark D. Morrison-Reed, The Selma Awakening: How the Civil Rights Movement Tested and Changed Unitarian Universalism. From the UUA Bookstore website: “Selma represented a turning point for Unitarian Universalists. In answering Martin Luther King Jr.'s call to action, they shifted from passing earnest resolutions about racial justice to putting their lives on the line for the cause. Morrison-Reed traces the long history of race relations among the Unitarians and the Universalists leading up to 1965, exploring events and practices of the late nineteenth century and first half of the twentieth century. He reveals the disparity between their espoused values on race and their values in practice. “

Marta I. Valentín, A Long Time Blooming: Meditations. From UUA Bookstore website: “Valentín reflects on the spiritual dimensions of her intersecting identities as a Latina, lesbian, feminist, God-worshipping Unitarian Universalist minister. With candor and insight, she probes what is universal in her own very particular history and what it means to strive for beloved community in the face of marginalization and cultural misunderstanding.”

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