Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Denominational Affairs

There is a lot going on in our Unitarian Universalist Association.  As you may have noticed, the UUA has a new logo. Our new logo, for many, will be the first introduction to who we are. It’s meant to entice a person to learn more. And it’s doing just that. Our random testing groups of UUs and non-UUs described emotions and images evoked by this logo with words such as brave, enlightening, warm, spiritual, energizing, having integrity, welcoming and determined.

We also have a Southeast District Meeting coming up at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh on April 25-27, and you all are invited.  The theme is “Growth As Love, Not Just Numbers”.  This is the yearly gathering of leaders from our Southeast District.  Learn more about this event at http://www.seduua.org/, or ask Hillary Hutchinson, Richard Hayes, or Rev. Danny Reed.

 

And most importantly “General Assembly” (GA) is coming up on June 25-29 in Providence, Rhode Island.  I urge as many of you as can to go this annual celebration of Unitarian Universalism in the United States.  I have been to 5 GA, and it is amazing to be with 5,000 other Unitarians. Unitarian Universalist will gather in 2014 to help our association live into a future where Love Reaches Out - to share our faith both within and beyond our congregations' walls. The 2014 Ware lecturer will be Sister Simone Campbell, a religious leader, attorney and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change.  Registration is open, and you can learn more at www.uua.org.  Richard Hayes, Chair, Denominational Affairs

 
 
Southern Region of the UUA
            February 21, 2014
 
 

SAVE THE DATE FOR CONCURRENT ANNUAL ASSEMBLIES, APRIL 25-26!

 

Our Southern Region will hold its first-ever simultaneous Annual Assemblies, April 25-26. Our coming together in this collaborative way will reflect our connections within all parts of the region, across our region and with our larger Unitarian Universalist Association.  The Assemblies will feature a keynote address by UUA moderator Jim Key.

 

Jim will address attendees in each of the four locations on Saturday morning - live via the internet. He will speak to our shared theme, "Love Reaches Out", which is also the theme of our Association's General Assembly in Providence, RI, June 25 -29.

 

The Annual Assemblies and their locations are:

   Florida District -- Vero Beach Unitarian Universalist Fellowship;

   MidSouth District -- Unitarian Universalists of Metro Atlanta North (UUMAN)

   Southeast District -- Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh

   Southwest Unitarian Universalist Conference -- First Unitarian Church of Dallas

 

Registration details and other information will be distributed soon.

 

Your regional staff is coordinating with the District and Conference boards to create an inspiring weekend at each site. Come prepared to give thanks, to celebrate, and to share the hope, compassion and strength of our Unitarian Universalist faith. 

 
 
 

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General Assembly, A Meeting of Congregations

General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend; congregations must certify annually to send voting delegates.

General Assembly 2014
June 25-29, Providence, RI

Most General Assembly events will be held in the Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street, Providence, RI 02903. Google Map.

The theme for General Assembly 2014 is Love Reaches Out.

Religious life in America is changing dramatically and rapidly. Fewer people are identifying with specific denominations and most mainline religions are losing members in droves. People now find many outlets and places of engagement for their spiritual lives. Current studies of faith in America show that there is a movement toward a liberal, fluid kind of faith that doesn’t fit with traditional denominational identity and structure. We already know that for every adult member of Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations, there are at least three non-members who also consider themselves to be Unitarian Universalist.

A core purpose of our faith is to help people grow in spirit and in service. We believe that our faith provides a path for each of us to unlock our transformational capacity to serve the world with love. We want to expand our faith not just to grow Unitarian Universalism, but also to better achieve this transformational purpose. Therefore, the General Assembly Planning Committee, the UUA Board of Trustees and the Administration want the General Assembly in 2014 help our association live into a future where our “Love Reaches Out” to share our faith both within and beyond our congregations’ walls.
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The Unitarian Church in Charleston(UCC) is partnered with the Unitarian Church of Küküllódombó  in Ádámos county of  the  Mures district in central Transylvania, Romania (also known as Dâmbau on the Kükül River).   As are most Unitarian congregations in Transylvania, the members are ethnically Hungarian, and speak Hungarian as their first language.  The adage ""egy az isten georgyius musnai diakon", or "There is but one God" expresses the central tenet of the faith of these people in a church that was established in the late 1500s.  UCC raises money to help with educational scholarships for the youth of the church that wish to attend the Unitarian High School located in Cluj.
 
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