Public invited to Unitarian Universalist Association events / 'Witness for family values that value all families'

Jun 24 2009 - 10:44pm
Standard-Examiner staff

SALT LAKE CITY -- The public is invited to three events as part of the Unitarian Universalist Association's General Assembly at the Salt Palace this week.

The Rev. Theresa Novak, pastor of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden, said 6,000 to 8,000 Unitarian Universalists will likely attend from all over the United States, as well as some from other countries.

Novak said she's excited about the event coming to Utah.

"It is a chance to let people who are looking for a liberal faith to know more about us," she said.

"The meetings are also an excellent example of democracy in action. Delegates from member congregations will be electing a new association president this year."

Representing the Ogden church as voting delegates this year are Bill Hackett, Brian Osborne and Becky McShane.

Novak said the assembly also is a time when members speak out on issues of the day from the perspective of their faith.

"This is why we are holding the Prom for All and inviting the local gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community to join us for an evening of fun and acceptance," she said.

"We will also hold a rally in support of immigrant rights. We believe in the inherent worth and dignity of all people and of all families."

The rally will be held from 5:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at the Gallivan Center, 36 E. 200 South, titled Standing on the Side of Love With Immigrant Families.

"Witness for family values that value all families," states a flier advertising the event.

The Rev. William Sinkford, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, and other interfaith and community leaders will speak at the free event.

The Prom for All is planned for 10 p.m. to midnight Friday at the Marriott Hotel Grand Ballroom, 75 S. West Temple.

For a ticket, call the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden at (801) 394-3338.

Sunday is a public worship service from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at the Salt Palace Convention Center, 100 S. West Temple.

"If members of the general public attend the Sunday morning worship service, I think they will be inspired by a spirit-filled message of hope in this troubled world," Novak said. "The music should be fabulous, too."

More information about the convention is available at

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