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General Assembly Schedule

2014 Schedule

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Orientations will give you tips on how to navigate General Assembly (GA) and our host city. Learn how GA works and how to make the most of your experience. There will also be an overview of how to get involved in the Social Witness Process. GA Orientation is especially useful for first time attendees.

  • Young Adult Orientation
    1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
    Young Adult Caucus gatherings are open to all young adults (18-35) at General Assembly to network, coordinate and organize their participation in other GA events, and reflect on their experiences
  • General Assembly Orientation
    3:00 - 4:15 p.m.
  • Choir Rehearsal
    3:00 - 4:15 p.m.
    Each year a talented group of choral singers gather to practice and perform for the GA audience. Typically the choir participates in the Sunday Morning Worship and the Closing Celebration, and sometimes other events or hymn sings during GA.
  • Youth Caucus and Sponsor Orientation
    4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
    The Youth Caucus (high school aged Unitarian Universalists) orientation is mandatory for all youth and their sponsors.
    Note: for those arriving in Providence after Wednesday, orientations will be held on the other days, as well. Youth and their sponsors are required to attend a mandatory orientation as soon as possible on their arrival; there will be 8:30 am orientations on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for those attending for the single day.
  • Opening Celebration and General Session I
    7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
    GA officially begins with a brief business session where the rules are adopted and new congregations are welcomed. This is followed by a joyful, worshipful opening celebration with inspirational music and speakers. The opening celebration sets the tone for the days ahead.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • Spiritual Practices
    7:00 - 7:30 a.m.
    An informal worship gathering offered every morning. This small group experience will reflect the early morning preferences of the chaplain of the day.
  • General Session II & Worship
    8:00 - 9:45 a.m.
    Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Moderator Jim Key presides over the general sessions in which the business of the Association is conducted. A brief morning business session will be followed immediately by an all-GA worship service sponsored by the GA Planning Committee.
  • Program #1
    10:15 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
    Over 100 workshops, lectures, panel presentations, film screenings, and worship services will be offered at GA. There will also be business and social justice hearings that will be of interest to GA delegates.
  • Program #2
    1230 - 1:45 p.m.
  • Program #3
    2:15 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Program #4
    4:00 - 5:15 p.m.
  • Let's Talk
    5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
    An opportunity to meet up with other GA attendees and make connections.
  • Synergy Worship
    7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
    This is a transformative multigenerational worship. Come be inspired and illuminated at a celebration of treasured worship elements, rites of passage and brilliant contemporary musical performances. 2013 Synergy Service (video)
  • Evening Event
    9:30 - 11:30 p.m.
    Music concerts, dances, and film screenings are examples of activities that take place in the evening at GA.

Friday, June 27, 2014

  • Spiritual Practices
    7:00 - 7:30 a.m.
  • Worship & General Session III
    8:00 - 9:45 a.m.
    An all-GA worship service sponsored by the GA Planning Committee, followed by General Assembly business.
  • Program #5
    10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Program #6
    12:30 - 145 p.m.
  • General Session IV
    2:15 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Program #7
    5:00 - 6:15 p.m.
  • Service of the Living Tradition
    7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
    Led by the Ministry and Professional Leadership Staff Group, this service honors fellowshipped and credentialed religious leaders; remembering those who have died, recognizing those who have completed active service, and welcoming those who have received fellowship or credentialed status in the past year. Members of the public are welcome.
  • Evening Event
    9:30 - 11:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

  • Spiritual Practices
    7:00 - 7:30 a.m.
  • Worship & General Session V
    8:00 - 9:45 a.m.
  • Program #8
    10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Program #9
    12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
  • General Session VI
    2:15 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Ware Lecture
    5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
    The UUA President, in consultation with the General Assembly Planning Committee, invites a distinguished guest each year to address the General Assembly as the Ware Lecturer.
  • Worship, Witness, & Waterfire Event
    7:30 - midnight

Sunday, June 29, 2014

  • Spiritual Practices
    7:00 - 7:30 a.m.
  • General Session VII
    8:00 - 10:30
  • Sunday Worship
    11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Join us for the largest annual gathering of UUs joining in worship. Members of the public are welcome.
  • General Session VIII
    1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Closing Celebration
    3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
    We come together one final time to celebrate, sing, reflect, and go forth.

How the Schedule is Determined

Each year a team that includes members of the General Assembly Planning Committee, Commission on Social Witness, Youth Caucus, Young Adult Caucus, Unitarian Universalist (UU) Musicians Network, General Assembly (GA) office staff and the Moderator meets to examine the General Assembly schedule and recommend a schedule to the GA Planning Committee. They consult with others as needed to draft a General Assembly schedule that will serve the needs of delegates and other attendees. The draft schedule is reviewed and finalized by the Planning Committee.

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Last updated on Friday, June 6, 2014.

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