This is a truly momentous year in Unitarian Universalism. As current UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray winds down her six-year term, delegates from UU congregations will elect a new UUA President in June. After the Presidential Search Committee nominated the Rev. Dr. Sofía Betancourt, the UUA Board of Trustees invited other potential candidates to run by petition, but no new candidates emerged. Now the campaign and election continue with Rev. Dr. Betancourt as the sole nominee. We hope you’ll learn more about the candidate in one of the upcoming presidential forums, to be held in March through June at congregations across the U.S. More details are available in the links below.
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On February 2, 2023, UUA Secretary Bill Young, who oversees elections at the UUA, announced that no petition candidates had emerged from the open petition period. The 2023 UUA Presidential election will be a referendum election on Rev. Dr. Betancourt’s nomination. This will ensure delegates can participate in our democratic process on behalf of their congregation.
The Rev. Dr. Sofía Betancourt is a minister, educator, scholar, vocalist, poet, fiber artist, and change-maker. Rev. Dr. Betancourt has served Unitarian Universalism for more than twenty years as a religious professional, UUA staff member, volunteer on committees at regional and denominational levels, as well as serving as interim co-president of the UUA in the spring of 2017. Learn more about the candidate for UUA President in this profile in UU World.
From March through June 2023, presidential forums will be held in different locations across the United States so that UUs can learn more about Rev. Dr. Betancourt. Forums will be multiplatform in-person and livestreamed events held in congregations in Virginia, Illinois, California, and Texas. Download our shareable graphic for more details and help spread the word about these important upcoming events.
Congregation delegates vote in UUA elections and given the important decisions up for a vote at General Assembly this year – including the UUA Presidential election and a proposal for a new Article II of UUA bylaws – it is critical that congregations prepare their delegates before June to cast votes that reflect the will of congregation members.
We are in an exciting and exceptionally busy time of year in Unitarian Universalism and the UUA is committed to communicating important updates to congregations in a timely way. Follow the UUA online on Facebook and Twitter for updates and bookmark our 2023 UUA Presidential Election webpage linked below.
Our annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists – General Assembly – will once again be a multiplatform event, to be held in Pittsburgh, PA and online. In addition to inspiring speakers, workshops and opportunities for worship with thousands of fellow UUs, delegates can vote for the next UUA President at GA in June. Join us as together we embody the democratic process that is foundational to our beloved faith tradition.