The Unitarian Universalist Association elected the Rev. Peter Morales as its eighth president on Saturday, June 27, during the General Assembly in Salt Lake City.
Morales, 62, senior minister of Jefferson Unitarian Church in Golden, Colo., ran an underdog campaign, but won decisively with 2,061 votes to 1,481 votes for the Rev. Dr. Laurel Hallman, minister-at-large of First Unitarian Church of Dallas. Hallman had entered the race much earlier and secured the endorsements of many denominational leaders, including Moderator Gini Courter, former Moderator Denny Davidoff, and many past presidents of the UU Ministers Association, but Morales's message resonated with a broader spectrum of Unitarian Universalists.
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