Between June 21st and 25th, over 4000 Unitarian Universalists, including 2593 delegates from 715 congregations participated in the annual UUA General Assembly in Pittsburgh, PA or virtually. During the proceedings Rev. Dr. Sofía Betancourt was elected UUA President to serve a six year term. She will be the first queer individual and the first woman of color to serve in this role. She brings over 20 years of experience “as a religious educator, minister, scholar, member of the UUA national staff and of many volunteer committees at regional and denominational levels, and as interim co-president of the UUA in the spring of 2017. She holds a Ph.D. in Religious Ethics and African American Studies from Yale University as well as an M.Div. from Starr King School for the Ministry.” Learn more about the Rev. Dr. Sofía Betancourt here.
Delegates advanced proposed changes to Article II of the Unitarian Universalist Association Bylaws – “Principles and Purposes” – new proposed bylaws for the association. These changes reflect the Living Tradition at the core of Unitarian Universalism and espouse the values and covenant which participating congregations uphold. A final vote on the revised Article II, which have not been significantly revised since 1987, will take place at General Assembly in 2024. Find out more about the proposed Article II changes and the revision process here and here.
In addition, Actions of Immediate Witness were adopted supporting health equity, protecting the rights of Dreamers receiving Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status, and ending the planned “Cop City” training center in Atlanta, Georgia.
The UUA will hold the next General Assembly June 20-23, 2024, as an all-virtual format.