UUSC volunteer Gay Ann Gustafson (left) and Lauralyn Smith, UUSC's senior associate for member development, at a previous General Assembly

General Assembly is a special opportunity for Unitarian Universalists to join together in advancing human rights. UUSC has planned several exciting workshops and events at the Rhode Island Convention Center (RICC) in Providence, R.I.

Please also visit our merchandise booth in the RICC Exhibit Hall, where we'll be offering a wide selection of ethically sourced, socially conscious goods. And don't miss our advocacy booth, where you can get involved and take action for social justice!


Learn, Love, Act: Now Behind the Kitchen Door
UUSC, UUA, and ROC-United
Thursday, June 26, 10:15–11:30 a.m.
RICC Ballroom A

As a denomination, we are raising awareness and taking action to support restaurant workers’ rights after reading Behind the Kitchen Door, the UUA Common Read. Hear from author Saru Jayaraman and a local affiliate of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) about what is happening now and how we, as people of faith, can reach out as part of these efforts.

  • Saru Jayaraman, ROC-United
  • Local ROC affiliate representative, TBD
  • Kara Smith, UUSC
  • UUA staff, TBD

Learn, Love, Act: Voting Rights and Our Call to Action
Thursday, June 26, 4:00–5:15 p.m.
RICC West Lobby

The destructive power of money is whittling away at the most basic right of our democracy: voting that is free, fair, and accessible. Join the UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) and the NAACP to find out how you can help mobilize our faith community beyond congregational walls, in response to this critical call for justice.

  • Cherillyn Iffil, NAACP
  • Rev. Kathleen McTigue, UUCSJ
  • Susan Leslie, UUA Office of Multicultural Growth and Witness

Thursday, June 26, 9:30 p.m.

Come hear UUSC President Bill Schulz in conversation with former Congressman Barney Frank, this year’s recipient of UUSC’s Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights Leadership. Barney Frank was one of the wittiest and most outspoken members of Congress during his 32 years in the House of Representatives. Chair of the Financial Services Committee and coauthor of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the congressman tried hard to rein in out-of-control banks. He was also the first member of Congress to voluntarily declare that he was gay and to marry his partner while in Congress. Help us honor Barney Frank, a real human rights hero for our time.

  • UUSC President and CEO Bill Schulz
  • Former Congressman Barney Frank

Learn, Love, Act: The Morals of Minimum Wage
Friday, June 27, 10:15–11:30 a.m.
RICC Ballroom A

The federal minimum wage is an immoral $7.25 per hour (only $2.13 per hour for tipped workers). Learn what we can do to live our values and raise minimum wage between July 24 — the five-year anniversary of the last raise — and midterm elections. This workshop focuses on message, strategy, and tactics for the movement.

  • Kara Smith, UUSC
  • UU Statewide Advocacy Networks
  • Local ROC affiliate representative, TBD

Learn, Love, Act: Catalyzing Youth-Led Social Justice
UUCSJ and Boston Mobilization
Friday, June 27, 12:30–1:45 p.m.
RICC Ballroom BC

Justice work is a transformative way to engage youth with congregations, nonprofits, and movements. Join the UU College of Social Justice and Boston Mobilization to explore innovative strategies. Teens, advisors, those called to justice work: come share your powerful experiences. Let’s build a better world — with youth in the lead!

  • Laura Lubin, UUCSJ
  • Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen
  • Richelle Perry
  • Sophie Morgan

Learn, Love, Act: Best Practices in Service Learning
UUCSJ and the Center for Ethical Living and Justice Renewal (CELSJR)
Saturday, June 28, 12:30–1:45 p.m.
RICC Rotunda

Come to an interactive session in which UUCSJ will share best practices for UU experiential learning: what works, what doesn’t, and why. We’ll explore some of the pitfalls of service-learning trips, and invite you to share your own stories of success and struggle. Come learn, teach, and be inspired!

  • Rev. Kathleen McTigue, UUCSJ
  • Rev. Deanna VanDiver, CELSJR
  • Evan Seitz, UUCSJ
  • Laura Lubin, UUCSJ