How to Enjoy General Assembly –
Without Paying for Registration!
Our denomination’s biggest annual event – General Assembly – is coming up at the end of June, less than two hours from here in Providence, RI! Even if you’re not registered for the conference, you can participate and enjoy this experience!
Worship With Thousands
Three worship services in the Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street, are open to the public. All of these feature inspiring speakers and music, and the thrill of raising voices in song along with thousands of other UUs. If you’re interested in carpooling, see item below.
- Service of the Living Tradition, Friday June 27 at 7:30 pm – a beautiful and ritual-filled service that honors UU ministers, past and present. Featured speaker is Rev. Rebekah A. Montgomery, a military chaplain who was deployed in Afghanistan and named Military Chaplain of the Year, who also serves River Road UU in Bethesda MD .
- Worship, Witness & WaterFire, Saturday June 28 7:30 pm-midnight – start with worship at the Convention Center and process to the world-famous art installation featuring music, art, ritual, and the signature lighting of 80 braziers of wood along the river. This night, sponsored by the UU movement, will be a public witness honoring our belief that love is justice and can change the world in radical ways. Learn more at: www.uua.org/ga/justice/witness
- Sunday Morning Worship, June 29 at 11 am – GA participants and area congregations led by Rev. Mark Stringer of First Unitarian Church of Des Moines, IA, focusing on the healing power of religion. Will be followed by open hours at the Exhibit Hall – see representatives of all of the UU affiliate organizations you can imagine, and visit vendors’ booths.
Help to Make WaterFire a Success!
The Saturday night WaterFireis one of the largest events ever put on at a GA. Organizers are seeking musicians and volunteers of various kinds, so that UU music and meditation can be incorporated into the evening. Remember, you don’t have to be a registered GA participant to help out!
Choirs and informal groups needed to lead others in singing UU hymns and songs. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer to help set up, break down, lead the procession from the convention center, guide visitors and more. Fill out a volunteer interest form on line, one of the organizers will be in touch! www.uua.org/ga/justice/witness/295042.shtml
Whether you’re attending one worship service or going for a full day of seminars, there’s no need to drive to Providence alone! If you’d like to carpool, please email Hal Reed at: email@example.com Please be sure to say who you are AND what day you want to go to Providence. He’ll match up groups who are interested in ride sharing – but the logistics are up to you!!
This year’s GA will feature an Empty Bowl project to raise money for two important Rhode Island programs: Housing First and McAuley House. Here’s info on how these groups address hunger and homelessness in a holistic way: http://www.uua.org/ga/justice/18215.shtml
Artists and congregations all over the country are making bowls: ceramic, pottery, papier-mache, felted, copper, wood and more. Cyndi Krupa has offered to lead a free pottery workshop, where we can make hand-built, glazed bowls for this project. Up to 10 UUS:E members can join her on Saturday, June 14 10 am – 1 pm at Birch Mountain Pottery, 223 Merrow Road, Tolland. She and Susan Merrow of Birch Mountain will provide all tools and supplies! Contact bowl
Let us know that you’re going!
We’d love to know who’s going to GA, so we can get all of UUS:E together at some point! Please drop a note to either Hal Reed (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Nancy Pappas (email@example.com) and let us know when you plan to be at GA? Thanks!!