Where in the World is Rev. Bethany?
This month I will be attending our denomination’s General Assembly in Spokane, Washington from June 19 – 23. General Assembly is a gathering of Unitarian Universalists from across the country and around the world who gather to do the business of our association. This year the schedule has been pared down to just 4 hours of business (we sometimes have 4 hours a day) so that we can focus on the collective mission, vision, and covenant of our denomination. 
 
I was going to skip GA this year. But when I heard that this would be the focus I knew I had to sign up. Because I have been seeking, for many years, to have a broad conversation about what Unitarian Universalism is today. So often, when asked what Unitarian Universalism is, people cite our Seven Principles. And while these Principles are wonderful and inspiring, I believe they are also in need of broad review. When these Principles were first adopted in 1985 the charge was to review them every 15 years, to acknowledge the changing nature of our denomination’s culture and values. However, the Principles have never been broadly reviewed and reconsidered since conception. 
 
As someone raised Unitarian Universalist I can feel that the Unitarian Universalism we teach our children goes far beyond the Seven Principles. This is a faith that taught me that I am worthy of healthy, loving, supportive relationships. This is faith that taught me to support marginalized persons. This is a faith that taught me to be in covenant, and to come back when I fall out of covenant. While these teachings are rooted in our Seven Principles, they also rise above them to articulate a new type of faith we are living and teaching. 
 
Read through our Seven Principles and Six Sources… If you were going to General Assembly this year, what changes would you suggest so that what we say we are reflects who we actually are? What is missing from our current denominational values statements? What inspiration do you need to live out a 21st century Unitarian Universalism? 
 
 
Scott Warren’s Trial May 29th – June 7th
Beginning May 29th, Dr. Scott Warren, a volunteer with the No More Deaths ministry of the UU Church of Tucson, will stand trial on three felony charges stemming from his humanitarian aid work in the border town of Ajo, Arizona. On Wednesday, June 5th, faith leaders from across the borderlands and around the country will come together to stand in solidarity with Dr. Warren and bear witness to the crisis of death and disappearance unfolding in the Sonoran Desert and the increasing repression of aid workers and borderlands residents. Please join Rev. Bethany at the U.S. Courthouse at 405 W. Congress on Wednesday, June 5th anytime between 8 AM and 5 PM, as people of faith flood the courthouse in support of Dr. Warren. 
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