Connecting with the larger Unitarian Universalist (UU) movement provides support and perspective beyond what is possible in the local congregation. For this reason, First Unitarian Church of Orlando (1U) is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, or UUA, serving over 1,000 congregations. Furthermore, Florida is part of the Southern Region, and this regional support includes events, training, and resources for congregations.
General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Participants worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend; congregations must certify annually to have voting delegates. The UUA Board of Trustees has passed a resolution making the 2021 UUA General Assembly a 100% virtual event. Let’s reach record-breaking attendance June 23-27, 2021!
Registration for virtual GA 2021 is now open. Registration is $200 per person. Financial support for registration as well as a payment plan are available. General Assembly registrants receive access to the 2021 Online Participation Portal, including live, simulive, and on-demand video content, the virtual exhibit hall, chat features, support, and a (new!) GA mobile app.
In addition, 1U is a member of UU Justice Florida (UUJF), which is a statewide justice ministry for members of 46 Unitarian Universalist congregations in Florida and their social justice committees in partnership with other interfaith and public interest organizations to promote justice, equity, and compassion in public policy.
UUJF is a member of the Coalition of UU State Action Networks (CUSANS), which is a central meeting place for existing UU State Action Networks (SANs) and newly forming SANs. This group seeks to give voice to UU State Action Networks and support their efforts in upholding UU principles through social action.
The College for Social Justice encourages members and friends to put faith to work by offering experiential learning that inspires spiritually grounded action for social justice. This is a good place to learn about solidarity and sanctuary.
The Justice and Inclusion tab on the UUA website explains this ministry and the ways it focuses on key priorities for our congregations and communities
UUs working for the environment have the resources of the UU Ministry for Earth (UUMFE), which empowers bold, accountable, faith-grounded action for Environmental Justice. This site teaches how you can get involved to “Respect Life. Restore Earth. Renew Spirit.”
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) offers ongoing support for making decisions about acting on world social issues, leading advocacy, and mobilizing for initiatives.
The UU WORLD online magazine is a quarterly print and digital magazine published in March, June, September, and November each year, but the website publishes news and original online-only content every week. UU World also publishes an email newsletter and audio recordings of selected stories.
The InSpirit UU Bookstore and Gift Shop offers many resources for your search for meaning and truth through their books (hardcover, paperback, and ebooks) for all ages. They also sell UU apparel and jewelry. Our church’s Nora Staton bookstore carries some of these books and offers them for sale at 1U four Sundays per year (roughly once per quarter).
The UUA is also described on the UUA page of this 1U website.