Spring is coming and it is time to be thinking about the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly (GA) – the exciting annual gathering of thousands of UUs from across the United States and beyond. This year it will be held June 22-26 in Columbus, Ohio.
The theme for this year’s GA is Heartland: Where Faiths Connect. The planners describe it this way: As the world is increasingly multi-faith, “people are crossing borders of religion and spiritual practice to create wholeness in their lives individually and collectively. The labels—Christian, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, theist and non-theist—no longer define who or what we love, or how spirit moves in our lives.”
GA 2016 will bring together “leaders and communities of many faiths to worship together, learn from one another, and create a new vision of faith that no longer divides us, but connects us to an interdependent future that works for all.” One of these leaders is Krista Tippett, host of the popular radio program “On Being.” Tippett will deliver the Ware Lecture on Saturday evening—a highlight of every GA!
Consider adding the Columbus GA to your summer plans. With over 125 separate workshops, it’s an immersion learning experience topped off with spectacular daily music and worship experiences! It’s also our opportunity to exercise our democratic principles, deciding issues from social justice initiatives to budgets and personnel policies. There are also activities for children and youth, and day trips to work on service projects.
Unitarian University Society: East can send up to five voting delegates to GA, and additional representatives are always welcome. In fact, we turned out 53 UUSEasters for the Providence GA in 2014!
Housing reservations open at 9 AM EST on March 1. Options generally include college dorm rooms, home stays and hotel accommodations. These are on a first-come basis. Registration also opens on March 1.
Scholarship money and volunteer opportunities (which can defray the cost of attending GA) are available. A financial aid application will be on the UUA GA website starting March 1, and you will have until March 31 to send it in. For more information on housing, registration, financial aid, or program highlights, please see the UUA GA website www.uua.org/ga.
This year, UUS:E will also make some of the GA sessions available remotely, by setting up livestreaming at the meeting house. Watch for more details in the coming months!
If you’re thinking of attending, or would like information about being a delegate, please contact Nancy Pappas, Denominational Affairs Chair, by the end of March. Her email is: Nanapap338.aol.com.
For more information about the offsite option, go to uua.org/GA-offsite. or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 80-646-5151. The Denominational Affairs Committee is committed to providing support for UUS:E members and friends who are interested in this off-site participation option!