General Assembly (GA) is a special opportunity for Unitarian Universalists to worship, witness, learn, connect, and join together in advancing human rights. The UU College of Social Justice has planned some exciting workshops and events this year in Portland, OR. Also, you can stop by the UUA Expressway to say hello. We would love a chance to meet with you and help you find your place in the exciting work we do.

Here are the exhibit hall hours:

  • Wednesday, June 24, 12:30–7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 25, 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, June 26, 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 27, 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 28, 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.



Activate! A Pre-GA Event
Wednesday, June 24, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland

UUCSJ looks forward to offering the second annual Activate GA on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in Portland, Oregon. Our day will begin by exploring systems of oppression and social change through a variety of interactive activities. We will then put our justice values into action by discussing climate justice and our role in it as people of faith. The program will conclude by developing action plans to articulate and engage justice work during General Assembly and back at home. It’s not too late to sign up! Find out more here.


Talk the Walk: Speaking Justice in the Language of Our Faith
Thursday, June 25, 10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Oregon Convention Center, Rooms B117–119

Historical movements for justice have often been inspired and sustained by religious faith and practice. Ours is an activist faith, yet when we take action in the public sphere our religion is often invisible. How might we bring our own justice commitments into deeper conversation with our spiritual lives, and learn to speak our convictions in the language of our faith?

  • Lindi Ramsden, Starr King School for the Ministry Acting Dean of Students and Community Life
  • Rev. Kathleen McTigue, UUCSJ Director

Living in the Intersections: Service Learning Through a Justice Frame
Thursday, June 25, 3:00–4:15 p.m.
Oregon Convention Center, Rooms B113–114

Congregations undertake service-learning trips with the best of intentions. Yet such journeys can unwittingly perpetuate systems of injustice. Join the UU College of Social Justice to find out how service learning can be a pilgrimage of witness and solidarity, based on deep education & insight that lead us to new ways to build alliances for justice when we return home.

  • Mark Hicks, Fahs Collaborative Laboratory for Leaders in Faith and Learning Director
  • Rev. Kathleen McTigue, UUCSJ Director

How the Work of Change Can Change You
Thursday, June 25, 4:45–6:00 p.m.
Oregon Convention Center, Rooms A105–106

Join Youth Caucus and the UU College of Social Justice in an exciting workshop where we’ll learn from participants in Activate (formerly NYJT) social justice trainings for youth. We’ll hear about what interests them about justice work, what they learned in programs in New Orleans and Boston, and how they are acting for social justice work back home. Come get inspired!

  • Laura Lubin, UUCSJ Associate for Youth and Young Adult Programs
  • Bart Frost, UUA Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries

FRIDAY, June 26

General Assembly General Session III
Friday, June 26, 8:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

UUSC President Bill Schulz will present on UUSC and its 75th anniversary during this session. Immediately following, Rev. Kathleen McTigue will give a brief overview and update on the UU College of Social Justice. This will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

If I Had a Hammer: Best Practices in Youth Service Learning
Friday, June 26, 1:15–2:30 p.m.
Oregon Convention Center, Rooms B113–114

Service trips are a tradition for many youth groups: it’s powerful to travel, learn, & volunteer together. But what makes a trip succeed? What shifts it from a fleeting experience into lasting insight? Join UUCSJ to explore our shared capacity for transformative youth trips. Come hear from participants, leaders & hosts — and share your wisdom, too.

  • Laura Lubin, UUCSJ Associate for Youth and Young Adult Programs
  • Sam Wilson
  • Deanna VanDiver

Solidarity Across the Food Chain
Friday, June 26, 4:45–6:00 p.m.
Oregon Convention Center, Rooms F151–152

Join the Food Chain Workers Alliance and the UU College of Social Justice for this interactive workshop, as we launch a new training program to unite UUs and food chain workers (in farms, restaurants, warehouses, and markets). Help build alliances across class, culture, and four key sectors to “HEAL” our broken food system: Health, Environment, Access, and Labor.

  • Hannah Hafter, UUCSJ Senior Associate for Service-Learning Programs
  • Rev. Kathleen McTigue, UUCSJ Director
  • Jose Oliva, Food Chain Workers Alliance Director


UUCSJ Booth Closes at 2:30 p.m.
Last chance to visit us at the booth.

To find out more about General Assembly, including information on registration, the schedule, housing, and more, visit the UUA’s website here.

Click here to find out more about UUSC’s workshops and events.

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