- Associated Press - Monday, June 20, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Thousands of Unitarian Universalists are gathering in Columbus for the church’s national General Assembly.

The Unitarian Universalist Association says more than 3,500 people from around the world are expected at the annual event, which runs Wednesday through Sunday at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Delegates are scheduled to vote Saturday on a resolution calling for divesting from companies with business tied to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.

A vote is scheduled Sunday on a resolution that reconsiders the denomination’s role in establishing the Thanksgiving holiday. The vote comes ahead of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower in 2020. Thanksgiving has raised concerns among Native Americans and some environmental advocacy groups.

Participants plan a rally for racial justice on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse on Thursday.

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