General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend; congregations must certify annually to send voting delegates.
General Assembly 2016
June 22-26, Columbus, OH
The theme for GA 2016 will be Heart Land: Where Faiths Connect. The faith world is increasingly multifaith. 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. General Assembly 2016 in Columbus Ohio will assemble 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.
- Most events will be held in the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215. Google Map
- Housing reservations and Registration are open
- General Assembly Program Book
- Other program highlights
- Final Business Agenda
- New: Choir sign-up is open. Space is limited and is going quickly.
- New: General Assembly Stories & Testimonials
- New: GA Forum, an online discussion about General Assembly (and place to post room-share or ride-share listings)
- New: Preparing to join the GA 2016 Learning Community
Unitarian Universalists come together not only to do the business of our association, but also to learn from one another and from presenters, to worship and witness together, and to focus together on questions and commitments facing our faith today. We form a learning community. As you prepare for General Assembly in Columbus, we ask that you prepare your mind, heart, and spirit for what you will experience. Get ready to learn, to grow spiritually, and to increase your capacity to be a leader in your own faith community and in your local context! Here are three ways to prepare.
General Assembly 2015
June 24-28, Portland, OR
The theme for GA 2015 was Building a New Way.
- Multimedia Coverage of GA 2015
Every GA 2015 registrant has access to listen to or download all of the 2015 audio content at no charge. Files may be streamed online or downloaded from the online library of recordings.
Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) General Assembly & Conference Services professional staff coordinate logistics such as registration, housing, the exhibit hall, services to our attendees prior to General Assembly, and the GA Program. Contact General Assembly & Conference Services Office Staff.
The General Assembly Planning Committee selects the site for each General Assembly, sets the daily schedule, and determines which organizations affiliated with the UUA may present program material. In addition, the committee oversees the annual Ware Lecture, Opening Events, music, ambiance, and evening activities. The UUA Board, based on recommendations by the Planning Committee, selects GA sites four to five years in advance. Site selection criteria.
Future General Assemblies
- June 22-26: 2016 Columbus, OH
- June 21-25: 2017 New Orleans, LA
- June 20-24: 2018 Kansas City, MO
- June 19-23: 2019 Spokane, WA
Accessibility and Inclusivity at General Assembly
The General Assembly Planning Committee is committed to addressing the inclusion of all people, whatever their abilities might be, in all GA activities.
- Accessibility Services—Even if you are someone who doesn't usually use assistive equipment, you might really be helped by the available services, from mobility and hearing equipment to advice and orientation services.
- Commitment to Inclusion—Beyond the physical accessibility of the facilities we use—ramps, captioning, seating cut-outs, etc.—we endeavor to take the next step: to truly welcome people with disabilities into every facet of GA.
- Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression, Multiculturalism—The UUA affirms its commitment to maintain an environment free of discrimination and harassment based on race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, or disability.
- Economic Accessibility—The GA Planning committee is focused on creating opportunities to participate, including financial aid and subsidized child care.
- Logos and Other Downloadable Resources for Promoting GA in Your Congregations.