General Assem­bly 2020

General Assembly 2020

General Assembly 2020, June 24-28, Providence, RI

Rooted, Inspired, & Ready!

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General Assembly (GA) is the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists from throughout the country where we meet to conduct the business of our Association, explore the underpinnings of our faith, and learn ways to take action based on our mission and principles. GA 2020 will span five days— Wednesday, June 24 through Sunday, June 28— and is being held in Providence, RI. There will be inspirational worship, informative workshops, opportunities to make new UU friends and reconnect with old ones. All this and more promises participants will leave with renewed energy and new ideas to share with Unitarian Universalist Society: East and the larger community.

Over the course of five days, there will be more than 100 programming selections featuring workshops, panel discussions, worship services, and musical opportunities. As always, a wide range of theological perspectives will be explored. The Service of the Living Tradition is both inspiring and commemorates our religious leaders past and present. Sunday Morning Worship is a powerful event and is the largest yearly gathering of UUs in worship. Experiencing the solidarity and strength in numbers is awe-inspiring and energizing.

Each year a distinguished guest speaker is invited to address the General Assembly as the Ware Lecturer. Recent lecturers have been Bryan Stevenson, Cornel West, and Maria Hinojosa. The 2020 lecturer will be announced soon.

Registration is now open at uua.org/ga. Full-time adult registration is $400 and high school youth registration is $240. Lesser rates are available for part-time registrations. There is a payment plan option to spread payments over several months if you act before February 29.

FAITHIFY.org has been a useful crowd-funding vehicle for some to attend GA. We might want to explore this option. Several of our high school youth are highly interested in going to GA and are actively engaged in fundraising showing great initiative! If you are interested in helping to defray expenses for attendees, as some others have already done, contributions to the Minister’s Discretionary Fund so designated would be gratefully received.

For those who have never attended a GA and for those who have, this year is a great opportunity since Providence is so nearby. Would you consider being involved full-time, part-time or as a volunteer? Or perhaps you would be interested in representing UUS:E as a delegate to deliberate and vote on Association business? Please feel free to address questions and interest to Rev. Josh, Rob Stoltzman, or Bill Graver, Denominational Affairs Chair

GA Registration and the GA Housing Reservation System is open at www.uua.org/ga. There are volunteer opportunities and scholarships which can help defray the costs