District Assembly Comes to UUCLB

This year’s District Assembly will be held April 26-28 on the campus of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach.

Churches throughout the PSWD (Southern California, Arizona, and Las Vegas) will send delegates to the District Assembly to vote during the business meeting Saturday afternoon, and participate in the programming throughout the weekend: a party and welcome program Friday evening, a keynote speech and presentation from the UUA Saturday morning, and workshops Saturday afternoon. The District Assembly closes with Sunday worship, which will be an expanded version of UUCLB’s regular worship with Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels preaching, and Francisco Ruiz and special guests providing music.

This year’s keynote speaker is Donald Milton III, director of music at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, the largest UU congregation in the Southeast. His Saturday keynote, titled “Upcycling Church Music for Deeper Engagement” will explore new ways of approaching hymns, music, readings, rituals and sermons to make them more meaningful, impactful and fully engaging. Milton asks us all, “Are you engaging your congregants on the deepest and most meaningful levels possible? Are you impacting their lives through your worship services to the point that they want to go out into the highways and byways to spread compassion, grace and radical hospitality? Are you ready to ‘upcycle’ your community’s worship?”

The theme of this year’s District Assembly “From the Ground Up: The Power of Our PSWD Communities” recognizes that the power of our faith grows from strong roots in healthy congregations.

The event is sold out but all members and friends are invited for worship at our special Sunday Service where District Assembly attendees will celebrate community with our congregation.

If you are signed up and attending, the schedule can be found at https://pswduua.org/events/district-assembly/2019-district-assembly-schedule/