UUA General Assembly: Ware Lecturer Announcement, Sunday Worship Leader Introduction - Archived

Announcing 2024 GA Ware Lecturer
Each year, the Unitarian Universalist Association invites a distinguished guest to address the General Assembly as the Ware Lecturer. With gratitude, we proudly introduce Julia Watts Belser as this year’s General Assembly Ware Lecturer. This much anticipated program will be live-streamed on the GA App Saturday, June 22 at 7pm ET/ 6pm CT / 5pm MT / 4pm PT. GA registration is required to access the live-stream.
A headshot of Julia Watts Belser, a white Jewish woman with curly brown and silvered hair, in front of a flowering bush. She's wearing a patterned red blazer and red kippah (beret) to match.

Julia Watts Belser (she/her) is a rabbi, scholar, spiritual teacher and a longtime activist for disability and gender justice. She is Professor of Jewish Studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Georgetown University, as well as core faculty in Georgetown’s Disability Studies Program and a Senior Research Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. Her work brings ancient Jewish texts into dialogue with disability studies, feminist thought, queer theory, and environmental justice ethics. She is a cultural historian of rabbinic Jewish literature and a contemporary Jewish feminist theologian who draws disability arts and culture into provocative conversation with Jewish tradition to challenge structural violence, deepen our capacity for social justice, and honor the sacredness of disabled people’s lives.

Belser has held faculty fellowships at Harvard Divinity School and the Katz Center for Advanced Jewish Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of two scholarly books, Rabbinic Tales of Destruction: Gender, Sex, and Disability in the Ruins of Jerusalem (Oxford University Press, 2018) and Power, Ethics, and Ecology: Rabbinic Responses to Drought and Disaster (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Her most recent book, Loving Our Own Bones: Disability Wisdom and the Spiritual Subversiveness of Knowing Ourselves Whole (Beacon Press, 2023; published in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton), is the recipient of a National Jewish Book Award.

At Georgetown, Belser directs Disability and Climate Change: A Public Archive Project, an initiative that documents the wisdom and insights of disabled activists, artists, and first responders on the frontlines of climate crisis. She co-authored an international Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities (Hesperian Foundation, 2007), developed in collaboration with disability activists from 42 countries and translated into 14 languages, designed to help challenge the root causes of poverty, gender violence, and disability discrimination. She’s also an avid wheelchair hiker, a lover of wild places, and a passionate supporter of disability dance.

GA Ware Lecture
Introducing Sunday Worship Leader
The Office of the President, Rev. Dr. Sofía Betancourt, is pleased to announce that Rev. Molly Housh Gordon, of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia, MO will lead the Sunday Service at General Assembly 2024, on Sunday, June 23 at 1pm ET / 12pm CT / 11am MT / 10am PT.

A lifelong Unitarian Universalist from Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Rev. Molly Housh Gordon is the minister of the UU Church of Columbia, Missouri, where she is currently suing the state of Missouri for their unconstitutional abortion ban alongside 13 other multi-faith clergy co-plaintiffs. Molly is passionate about red-state UU ministry, community organizing, and mutual aid. In addition to her ministry and organizing work, Molly is a published essayist and poet completing a Doctor of Ministry in Creative Writing and Public Theology. Alongside her wonderful spouse, she is the delighted parent of two very fierce young children and one very chill old dog.

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An Invitation to Youth and Young Adults (Pass it on!)

Please join us for General Assembly this year! GA is crafted with your interests, values, and spiritual exploration in mind. Our online gathering promises meaningful dialogue, learning, and community building. Your perspectives, passions, and insights are crucial to our collective journey towards positive change. At General Assembly, you’ll have the opportunity to explore UU principles in a way that resonates with you. Take advantage of programs designed to empower you on your personal growth path. Connect with mentors, peers, and leaders who share your commitment to making a difference. Whether you’re joining from home or anywhere in the world, GA offers a space where you can feel seen, heard, and supported as you explore and learn. The requirements are simple – just show up and be present. As for what to bring, just your authentic self and an open heart. Register via the link below and help shape the future of Unitarian Universalism with us. Financial support is available. We can’t wait to welcome you!

Register for 2024 Virtual General Assembly

Register for 2024 Virtual General Assembly now, and lock in the lowest rates available through February 29th. For just a $50 down payment with the Early Bird Payment Plan, secure your spot for an enriching experience packed with featured speakers, dynamic worship, and exclusive access to our event app’s on-demand content. Whether you’re a past attendee or a first-timer, this is your chance to be part of an incredible gathering. Reserve your virtual spot today, and join us at General Assembly 2024.

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Submit a Proposal for the GA Virtual Poster Fair
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You are warmly invited to submit a proposal for inclusion in the 2024 GA Virtual Poster Fair. Stories, initiatives, and examples of inspiring work in Unitarian Universalism will be featured in the Virtual Poster Fair, available to GA registrants through the General Assembly App by Whova. Selections will be made based on the quality of proposals, embrace of diversity and inclusion, potential to provide attendees with concrete and usable tools, and the balance of multiple identity-based and theological perspectives.

View last GA’s Poster Fair selections.

The proposal deadline is Friday, March 15.

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Article II Amendments which will be placed on the Final General Assembly Agenda are now available for review at discuss.uua.org.

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