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Press Events at General Assembly 2009

“Valuing All Families”
An Interfaith Community Witness Event
5:15 p.m. - 6 p.m., Friday, June 26th, 2009
Gallivan Center Outdoor Plaza
Open to the general public.

As a welcoming Association, Unitarian Universalists value all individuals and their families. Immigrant families face discrimination, hatred and legal barriers to keeping their families together. Unjust raids are tearing families apart, separating children from parents and creating fear and repression in immigrant communities. Join with interfaith, immigrant, and community leaders to stand on the side of love with immigrant families.

Participants will include: Reverend William Sinkford, President, Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA); Most Reverend John C. Wester, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Chair on Migration & Refugees; Right Reverend Carolyn Tanner Irish, Bishop of Episcopal Diocese of Utah; and Reverend Canon Dr. Pablo Ramos, Latino Missioner of Episcopal Diocese.

Music will be provided by members of the First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City. The host of the event will be Rev. Thomas Goldsmith of the First Unitarian Church.

For more details, see our Interfaith Community Witness Event information page.

“A Prom for All”
Dance for the BGLT Community
10 p.m. - midnight, Friday, June 26th, 2009
Marriott Hotel Grand Ballroom
75 South West Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah
Open to credentialed members of the media, members of the general public with tickets, and registered General Assembly attendees.

The dance, which will take place the same weekend as the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, is a welcoming event open to the local bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender (BGLT) community of Utah. Attendees are invited to come alone, with a date, or in a group of friends. Dress may be formal, casual, or anywhere in between. Music will be provided by DJ Pauly and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. All ages are welcome.

Tickets are available for free from the Utah Pride Center and from the following Unitarian Universalist congregations: Cache Valley Unitarian Universalists in Logan, First Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City, South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society in Salt Lake City and Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden. Questions about tickets can be sent to Keith Kron (kkron @, director of the UUA Office of BGLT Concerns

“Faith and Reason: Race, Justice, and American Political Life” The Ware Lecture by Melissa Harris-Lacewell
8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., Saturday, June 27th, 2009
Salt Palace Convention Center, Hall E
Open to credentialed members of the media and registered General Assembly attendees.

Associate Professor of Politics and African American Studies at Princeton University, Melissa Harris-Lacewell, this year’s Ware Lecturer, will challenge us to pause in the moment of American racial transformation and ask about how faith and reason can guide our politics toward more just ends. We Americans do use religious and rational justifications for democratic processes, policy directions, and political goals. In fact, in many ways the American state is the God figure in our nation’s civic religion. But the realities of black life in America have historically served to challenge the American project in both moral and secular realms.

“Faith in the Borderland: A Journey of Identity, Faith, & Belonging” Sunday Morning Worship
9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m., Sunday, June 28th, 2009
Salt Palace Convention Center, Hall E
Open to the general public.

Join us for a Sunday morning worship service that will include story, poetry, prayer, and music. The worship will be led by UUA President Rev. William Sinkford; Rev. Abhi Janamanchi, senior minister of the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, Florida; Rev. Leslie Takahashi Morris, co-minister of the Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church in Walnut Creek, CA; and Allison Wilski, music director of the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Washington County, in Hillsboro, OR. The offering taken during worship will support the Utah Pride Center.

Sinkford has said that "we Unitarian Universalists pitch a large theological tent" where people regardless of their theology, ethnicity, race, spiritual path, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or political affiliation are welcome. In Unitarian Universalism, there is no mandatory creed or preferred dogma. In his sermon, Janamanchi will discuss the pluralistic identities the Unitarian Universalists experience, and will share his experience of finding a religious home.

Members of the general public interested in more information about the worship may contact Janamanchi at (727) 667-3398 (cell) and abhijp @

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Last updated on Tuesday, May 24, 2011.

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