The Seven Eight Principles
  1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person;

  2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;

  3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;

  4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;

  5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;

  6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;

  7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part

  8. And Restoration's Eighth Principle... We affirm and promote the following 8th Principle:

    Journeying toward spiritual wholeness by building a diverse, multicultural Beloved Community that by our actions accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.

General Assembly, a Meeting of Congregations:
This Year 100% Virtual

For the first time, General Assembly (GA), the annual gathering of all organizations connected with the Unitarian Universalist Association, will be held as a completely virtual meeting.

This year’s Assembly was set to be held in Providence, Rhode Island but after the arrival of the Coronavirus, it is being reconstituted as a totally online experience.

We are entitled to two voting delegates, but an unlimited number of folks may attend. The online registration cost is $150. For that fee, you will receive access to many events, lectures, discussions and presentations along with the business and worship sessions.

There are multiple informative links to help you get a sense of the programming and expectations for a voting delegate.

The list of presentations that are planned so far is perhaps the one to view first: https://www.uua.org/ga/off-site/registrants.

The list of general and business sessions are described here: https://www.uua.org/ga/congregations/delegates/general-sessions. And here: https://www.uua.org/ga/program/business-agenda.

If you are interested in becoming one of Restoration’s credentialed voting delegates, you can learn more here: https://www.uua.org/ga/congregations/delegates.

And here: https://www.uua.org/ga/congregations/delegates/faq.

Please let a Board member or Rev. McKinley Sims know if you are interested in being considered as a voting delegate.

This Year and Future General Assemblies

  • 2020: June 24 - 28, Providence, RI: Naomi Klein will give our Ware Lecture! She is the inaugural Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture, and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University. Klein is also an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist, and international and New York Times bestselling author of On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal. She is a regular media commentator in print, radio, and television and The New Yorker has called her “the most visible and influential figure on the American left—what Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky were thirty years ago.”
    For more information and to register...

    UUA 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.

  • 2021: June 23 – 27, Milwaukee, WI
  • 2022: June 22 – 26, TBD
  • 2023: June 21 – 25, Pittsburgh, PA

    Previous General Assemblies

    2019: Spokane, Washington | June 19-23

    The Power of We
    In a time of great challenge and heartbreak in our world, what does our faith demand from us? At this year’s General Assembly we explored the power, possibility, purpose, struggle and joy of finding the path forward together as Unitarian Universalists. Attendees left Spokane inspired, with the tools needed to carry on the work into their own congregations and communities. Join us as we continue to work for collective liberation inside and outside our faith.

    2018: Kansas City, Missouri | June 20-24

    From the UUWorld: The call of our faith has a place for each of us. Join us in Kansas City as we dive deeply into questions of mission for our Unitarian Universalist Association, for our congregations and communities, and for each of us as individuals. Join us to build courageous, collective leadership with tools, skills and connections.

    2017: June 21-25, New Orleans, LA —

    General Assembly 2017 took place June 21-25 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70130.

    2016: June 22-26, Columbus, OH —

    This year's GA took place June 22-26 in Columbus, OH and included a Ware Lecture from award-winning broadcaster and bestselling author Krista Tippett.

    2015: Build A New Way at GA

    2015 General Assembly (GA) was not just have green practices: we worked for climate justice. With Commit2Respond, a broad Unitarian Universalist movement, GA built our capacities to: shift to a lower carbon future, advance the human rights of affected communities, and grow the climate justice movement. Unitarian Universalist worked for climate justice.

    The GA 2015 theme was "Building a New Way." It was about more than climate justice. It was about breaking out of our old ways, and using our creativity to live into something new. At GA we worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone who registers may attend; delegates from our member congregations may vote. Programs and childcare were also available for children.

    2014: The theme for GA was 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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