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General Assembly [Day 3…I think]

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Hello Auckland!
I’ve been looking at the various booths with an international aspect the last couple of days and wanted to share some of it with y’all!

The UU Partner Church Council:

(Sorry of the quality isn’t good enough  to read, I’ll scan it when I get home)

Love Resists, which y’all should absolutely connect with, as you already have a experience with being a sanctuary congregation!!

The presidents panel is going on now, in case you want to get a feel for who’s who! I have to vote before 5 pm Saturday (10 am Sunday, Auckland time, I believe). So if you have any questions, opinions, or clarifications, please message me asap!


General Assembly [Day 2]

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Hello Auckland!

So I’m sitting in the Welcoming Celebration & General Session (watch here), with my delegate card ready. I will be checking the comments here as often as I can, and you’re welcome to send me a Facebook message (Cassie Withey-Rila) if you are worried about timeliness.

The next event I will be attending is the mini-assembly, at 6:30am Auckland time, I believe, read more on this issue on the UUA website.

Day one [General Assembly]

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Hey ya’ll!

I have my delegate credentials, have finished the Undoing Racism workshop, and haven’t finished collecting ribbons from various groups, organisations, and bodies.

I talked with the Unitarian Universalist Partner Church Council that “helps foster partnerships between congregations around the world” about getting us connected to others that share our faith.

I will be attending a mini-assembly on the First Principle Project tomorrow to ensure there is an anti-oppression lens on the proposal. I can post more pictures from their literature if anyone would like to read more and share their opinions on it for me to relay.

General Assembly

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Hello Auckland, from the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly in New Orleans, Louisiana!

I am writing this from the Gulf states of the US, rather jet lagged, but so excited to be here. It’s a little hot and a lot humid 90F/32C, and will be storming a lot while we are here.  It will be a bit cooler than that as a tropical storm makes landfall tonight.

I just finished day one of the Pre-GA training on Undoing Racism.

The business agenda for delegates is here. 

I will be working with Allies for Racial Equity quite a bit this GA, more on them here. 

I will have access to email and social media on my phone and tablet, so if you have any opinions or questions I’ll do my best to get back to you promptly. This is my first time being at GA and a delegate, so we will be learning together. As I find resources on the issues and presidential candidates, I will post them here for your review. I am on Twitter inconsistently at @myminirants

I would really love input from all of y’all, as I am representing your needs/thoughts here!



Swimming in a White Supreme-a-sea

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Cassie Withey-Riley © 14 May 2017

Hello, I am honoured and terrified to be here. My name is Cassie and I benefit from White Supremacy. I have been given the honour of guiding us on this small step of a very uncomfortable journey. Continue reading Swimming in a White Supreme-a-sea