Representatives of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) have wrapped up two weeks of advocacy and public witness at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) concluded it’s 24th session (COP24), December 3-14th, in Katowice, Poland.
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is pleased to announce that the Rev. Lauren Smith has been appointed Director of Stewardship and Development. In her new role she will oversee the UUA’s fundraising efforts, including Annual Program Fund contributions from member congregations. Rev. Smith will start in this position February 4, 2019.
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Board of Trustees announced it had received the resignation of trustee Christina Rivera, effective December 31, 2018. Ms. Rivera, elected to the Board in 2014, currently serves as Secretary and previously served as Financial Secretary.
Earlier this year, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Board of Trustees reported that we did not have a candidate to propose for the 2019 Moderator election. Despite a thorough search by the Moderator Search Committee, there was not a candidate who was willing to undertake the role. In addition, the report from the Search Committee raised specific questions and concerns that came from potential candidates about the structure and expectations of the position.
The Unitarian Universalist Association is thrilled to share a new structure in the Association’s justice work. As of December 16, 2018, a new Organizing Strategy Team will be created to lead the UUA’s prophetic public ministry work. The team will consist of Side with Love Campaign Manager Everette Thompson, Director of Congregational Advocacy and Witness Susan Leslie, Communications Coordinator Audra Friend, and Senior Associate for Climate Justice Rev. Karen Brammer. Rev.
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is pleased to announce that Dr. Janice Marie Johnson will become the Co-Director of Ministries and Faith Development (MFD) on January 16, 2019. She joins the Rev. Sarah Lammert, who has led the MFD staff group since 2010. Dr. Johnson replaces Jessica York, who became the UUA’s Director of Congregational Life in November 2018. Dr. Johnson currently serves as the UUA’s Multicultural Ministries and Leadership Director.
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) opposes the Trump administration’s new rules that would deny contraceptive insurance coverage for millions of people who aren’t cisgender men.
One of the fundamental principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is the use of the democratic process. As an expression of our faith, many Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations engage in voter registration, election reform, and protecting voting rights and democracy.
Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, released the following statement in response to the mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh:
We grieve with those who are mourning the horrific mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.
We grieve the lives lost to senseless violence at the hands of domestic terrorism. We grieve for those who were injured in body and spirit during this shooting.
We believe Professor Anita Hill.
We believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
We believe survivors of sexual assault and sexual harassment.
Because we believe survivors, we cannot be silent about the profound harm in confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.