Frequently Asked Questions from General Assembly Delegates
How do I register for General Assembly (GA) as a delegate?
All delegates must register for GA in order to participate and vote on business items. Off-site delegates follow a separate registration process.
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) does not need to know the names of the on-site delegates your congregation selects before they register for GA. Registration for GA is the same process for on-site delegates as it is for non-delegates. All delegates must register before credentialing for GA. Delegate ribbons and voting cards will be issued to on-site delegates when they arrive at GA.
How do I prepare as a delegate?
- Familiarize yourself with the business items on the Agenda. Discuss agenda items with your congregation.
- Learn how to effectively speak in General Session by reviewing the General Session Participation Guide.
- Learn about candidates for election.
How do I get a delegate credential?
Obtain a delegate credential from your congregation. Credentials are issued to certified congregations electronically and can be distributed to delegates by email or printout.
What if I lose my credential before completing the credentialing process?
Contact your congregation and request that your credential information be re-sent to you.
You may request a replacement from the UUA Secretary at GA.
How do I cast my vote in the UUA election?
In 2013, General Assembly delegates passed a bylaw change that allows for UUA elections to be conducted by electronic ballots. If an election is necessary (contested), instructions on how delegates will cast votes electronically will accompany their electronic credential. Please be sure to read the instructions carefully and completely. Note: there are no contested elections in 2016.
Is my congregation certified?
Most (not all) Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations are certified. Check to see if your congregation is certified.
How many delegates does my congregation have?
All certified congregations have one member delegate for every 50 members (or fraction thereof), with a minimum of two delegates.
The following religious professionals serving/affiliated with certified congregations may also be delegates:
- Ministers in preliminary or final fellowship with the Association and employed by certified congregations (including extension and interim ministers);
- Emeritus/a ministers
- Community ministers who maintain active involvement and affiliation with the congregation
- Directors of religious education having achieved Credentialed Religious Education—Master Level status and employed in the congregation.
More about how delegates are determined.
What is an alternate delegate?
An alternate is a member of the congregation designated to replace a member delegate at GA, if necessary or desired. This may be decided before or during GA. The alternate presents both an alternate credential document and the original delegate's materials at GA. An off-site delegate may not serve as an alternate delegate.
How many alternate delegates does my congregation have?
A congregation may have the same number of alternate member delegates as it has member delegates. Alternates may replace delegates as necessary before or during GA.
How are delegates selected?
Every congregation decides how to select member delegates. All delegates must be voting members of the congregation.
Can we send Youth delegates?
There is no special category for "youth" delegates, but youth may be delegates so long as they are members of the congregation.
Can our congregation instruct delegates how to vote?
The relationship between a congregation and its delegates is determined by the congregation, not the UUA. There are no guidelines in the UUA Bylaws governing individual congregations. So, if a congregation wants to instruct its delegates, it can.
What if my congregation never gets the credentials or loses them?
Contact the GA Office at generalassembly [at] uua [dot] org or (617) 948-4209.