Association District Representative Report
The Association District Representative (ADR) for OCUUC is Birdie Reed. As part of her responsibility as ADR, she reports to us the latest news with the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Join us for the 3rd Annual
Walking the Walk: UU Justice Leadership Summit
Walking the Walk registration is open! This is the yearly UU Legislative Ministry state meeting which alternates between northern and southern CA. This year promises to be the best yet, so be sure to join us November 22nd to 24th at the beautiful Camp de Benneville Pines! This year’s theme is Sustaining Ourselves on the Justice Journey.
This is a “can’t miss” opportunity to gather with other justice-minded UUs for great workshops on issues and practical skills for you and your congregation. Come for the wonderful worship, the community building, the friendships, the skills and the education. Early registration rates end on Oct. 12th. Scholarship and hardship applications are still available as is a young adult discount rate.
Regional Assembly – Big Faith, No Borders: Join UUs from the four western UUA Districts at the Pacific Western Regional Assembly April 26-28 in San Jose. Online Registration is open through April 19th.
- Contact Katherine (presidentocuucorg) if you are interested in serving as a delegate for OCUUC.
- High School Youth are invited to attend, contact Rayna (dreocuucorg) .
Pacific Western Regional Assembly 2013
April 26th, 27th, 28th San Jose, CA
Join our four western UUA Districts in making history this spring
as we come together in a Regional Assembly to explore and
celebrate BIG FAITH * NO BORDERS!
Click here for Registration Information
Click here for Full Regional Assembly Schedule of Events
Download this Regional Assembly 2013 Flyer
The Rev. Christine Robinson
Friday night’s Opening Celebration includes the inspiring challenge of our featured speaker, the Rev. Christine Robinson, Senior Minister of First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque.
* Theme Tracks – Get Religion, Grow Leaders, Cross Borders
* Option Track
Click to open Workshop Schedule
These all-day seminars will be augmented with an Option Track, consisting of shorter workshops offered by congregational leaders from the Pacific Western Region, ready to share their insights and expertise. Click here forWorkshop Descriptions.
Regional Assembly is an event inclusive of intergenerational community throughout our weekend together. In addition to age specific programming for children and middle schoolers, youth, young adults and adults of all ages will be participating in the energizing workshops, transformational worships and community building experiences that will transcend our district borders. Click here for High School Youth Full Community page.
Theme Song: Our Regional Assembly anthem,
“I Am Willing” by Holly NearHolly describes her song as “a powerful hymn of hope and tradition,” and she has given us permission to use this song when we are together in April. You’ll have the chance to learn it and sing it with hundreds of Unitarian Universalists at our Pacific Western Regional Assembly in San Jose!
District Annual Business Meetings:
Also on Saturday, each district will hold their annual business meetings on April 27, with some providing off-site participation at no charge. Check your district’s website for more information: Pacific Southwest District: www.pswduua.org
Candidates for UUA Moderator:
On Sunday morning, you’re invited to meet, hear and pose questions to the two candidates nominated for the office of UUA Moderator, Tamara Payne-Alex and Jim Key.
Travel and Hotel Information:
- Hotel reservations are now being accepted – special discount rates for Regional Assembly apply.
- Alaska Airlines offers a discount on flights to Regional Assembly.
- Click here for more information on travel & lodging discounts.
Unitarian Universalists (UUs) will soon gather for the 50th annual General Assembly (GA) in Charlotte, NC, June 22-26, 2011. If you can’t be there in person, bookmark this page as the nexus of online GA coverage.
Live streaming video of many major GA events will be available here during the times listed in our schedule (below), and on our Livestream channel, where you can RSVP for upcoming video events, participate in instant chat with other viewers, and read tweets from everyone using the #uuaga hashtag. Live video will start with our first scheduled event on Wednesday, June 22, at 7:00 p.m. EDT – that’s 4:00 pm for Californians.
- Schedule of Events (Mobile Event Guide and Program Book)
- 2011 Event Coverage (event streaming, on-demand video, and reporting from UU World)
- Final Business Agenda
- Charlotte Convention Center (venue and travel information)
- Justice General Assembly Planned for 2012 in Phoenix, AZ
General Assembly 2011
June 22-26, Charlotte, North Carolina
General Assembly (GA) 2011 in Charlotte will mark the 50th anniversary of the merger of the American Unitarian Association and the Universalist Church of America.
Join thousands of fellow Unitarian Universalists from across the country as we remember the persons and events that brought into being the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) in May 1961, to reflect on our denomination’s relevant achievements and struggles since then, and to chart new aspirations for the future we are determined to shape.
Experience wonderful and uplifting worship services—morning and night—led by some of our best worship leaders, with glorious music and inspiring messages.
Participate in our democratic process. General Assembly is the way that our faith does business, bringing together the distinctive character of our individual congregations.
Hear terrific speakers. There will be hundreds of dynamic, entertaining programs and informative workshops.
Connect with craftspeople and artisans, social action groups, professional and educational resources, theological schools, UUA organizations and staff, Beacon Press, and the UUA Bookstore in the General Assembly Exhibit Hall.
Network with other congregation leaders, share best practices, and learn from one another. Return to your congregation reinvigorated and inspired to put your values to work.
Witness for our faith in moving and exciting ways as we look forward to and prepare for a special “Justice” General Assembly in Phoenix, AZ in 2012.
Hurry! Time is getting short to become part of Camp deBenneville’s successful Water Works campaign. We’ve made one matching grant and now we have another. When matched, it will help repave our camp roads that are all torn up by weather and will be by the water construction. Water pipe costs only $150/foot. Any donation of $20 or more will receive a deBenneville calendar, while they last. Now anyone who has missed this campaign so far can share in our success.
February 1 – Congregational poll, vote to admit Draft Statement of Conscience: Ethical Eating: Food & Environment Justice, to General Assembly final agenda.
March 1 – Last day for comments on draft Statement of conscience: Immigration as a Moral Issue.
May 20 – 21 – District Assembly at Neighborhood Church in Pasadena.
June 22 – 26 – General Assembly in Charlotte, NC
This is for all of us who haven’t yet had a chance to contribute to Camp de Benneville Pines’ Water Works campaign. New water pipe at de Benneville is still only $150/foot. All donations through January 31, 2011, will be matched by a $100,000 matching fund. Any amount accepted. Mail checks to:
Camp de Benneville Pines, 41750 West Jenks Lake Road, Angelus Oaks, CA 92305.
We need to repair our 50-year old water system to keep the camp functioning. Let’s see if we can get 100% participation for OCUUC! Donating twice is acceptable. The OCUUC bookstore has de Benneville calendars which will be given free to donors of $20.00 or more to the Water Works campaign.
February 1, 2011 – Vote in congregational poll before Feb. 1 to approve placing the Draft Statement of Conscience, Ethical Eating: Food & Environmental Justice, on the final agenda for General Assembly,
2011 in Charlotte. Comments on this SOC also close Feb 1.
March 1, 2011 – Last date to submit comments on draft Current Study/Action Issue: Immigration as a Moral Issue.
Important Upcoming Events and Dates
Saturday, November 6 – UUSC Encuentro at Tapestry church, 23436 Madero, suite 140, Mission Viejo, CA 92691, 949-581-0245.
9:15am – 3:00pm. $20 pre-registration
(includes lunch for first 100), $25 at door.
Click this link for a copy of the brochure. Contact Birdie and Charlie Reed for more details.
Saturday, November 13 – ACLU Death Penalty Forum at OCUUC,
1:00 – 3:00 pm.
Come to the forum, stay for the auction.
Saturday, November 20 – Transgender Day of Remembrance.
See the Reeds for details.
As a follow-up to immigration action proposed in June at General Assembly, a group of Unitarian Universalists answered the invitation from our Arizona congregations and went to Phoenix for the Day of Non-compliance on July 29. Several went from OCUUC to Stand on the Side of Love, including Rev. Karen Stoyanoff. The result was a major demonstration protesting Arizona law SB1070 regarding undocumented immigrants. Although 30 UUs were arrested for various minor infractions, no one from OCUUC was. The participants felt that it was a successful and life-changing experience.
On November 6 the UU Service Committee Southern California Unit Board will hold its annual Encuentro. The event will be at Tapestry’s new facility in Mission Viejo. It will deal with immigration issues and feature Gustavo Arellano, journalist and author (“Ask a Mexican”).
Continuing with Standing on the Side of Love, there were many members of the OCUUC congregation at the D-Day celebration in Santa Ana’s Sasscer Park. Naomi and Jonathan Blackwood were among those addressing the crowd. There were two UU booths at the OC Gay Pride Festival on August 14 in Irvine. Several people from OCUUC attended . Next year we hope to have one large UU cluster booth.
General Assembly was very enjoyable from the opening celebration to the closing. The banner parade was its usual stirring spectacle, despite the OCUUC banner being absent. Several hundred of us attended the Minneapolis Gay Pride Celebration on a hot, humid Saturday afternoon, standing on the side of love. On Sunday, Rev. Meg Riley introduced Senator Al Franken who greeted the delegates. Also introduced were Rep. Keith Ellison and Minn. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, a UU.
Among the more interesting developments at GA was the overwhelming decision of the delegates to turn 2012 GA in Phoenix into a “justice GA” in which business will be limited to the minimum required by UUA bylaws. The balance of GA will be devoted to witnessing on immigration, racial and economic justice. The original business resolution had been to boycott the 2012 GA in Arizona, but was superceded by a substitute motion to go and witness. An unfortunate part of the process was an hour’s sales pitch by the UUA administration to sell the substitute motion before debate on it had even begun.
The Study Action Issue on Peacemaking was adopted as a Statement of Conscience after being rewritten from last year’s text that had failed of passage. A new four-year Study Action Issue on Immigration as a Moral Issue was adopted. GA 2012 in Phoenix should give the UUA lots of hands-on experience in this area.
Several by-law amendments were adopted, among which was one changing the terms of President and Moderator to one six-year term and creating a Nominating Committee to nominate candidates. The hope is to improve the election process. Another change transferred the responsibility for the GA agenda from the GA Planning Committee to the UUA Board of Trustees, conforming to current practice.
Three Actions of Immediate witness were passed: one on opposing Anti-Immigrant Measures such as Arizona SB 1070 and the like, one on requesting action on the Gulf Coast oil spill, and one on improving the Clean Energy Bill. An Action of Immediate Witness on ending the blockade of Gaza and ending the war in Afghanistan failed, primarily due to disagreements on wording. The delegates passed a responsive resolution recommending support of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. OCUUC appears to be ahead of the curve on this one.
President Peter Morales recognized our former members, Karen and Ramon Urbano, for their volunteer work on behalf of UUism. At the Service of the Living Tradition we saw our former intern minister, Ann Schranz, achieve final fellowship. Our own Beth Syverson expertly conducted the program’s music. In the Ware Lecture, Winona LaDuke (Ojibwe) gave us some ideas on how Indians know better ways of living in this world than white people. We attended workshops on GBLT issues, ethical eating and indigenous peoples, and a vegan dinner sponsored by the Ministry for Earth. We also greeted former members Lynn and Richard Scoby. In all, an enjoyable GA.