The General Assembly (GA) Program Development Group (PDG) is a diverse team of Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) staff and members of the GA Planning Committee charged with identifying excellent General Assembly programming aligned with the vision and mission of the UUA and its member congregations.
All program proposals must have been submitted by Friday, November 1, 2013. Though the form was short, it still required the clear description of a fully designed 75-minute event (workshop, worship, etc.). Proposers also had the option to propose a 180-minute event that would occur during two workshop slots scheduled back-to-back. Proposers must assume that there will be participation of people of all abilities and of all generations in all General Assembly activities.
The PDG is currently reviewing all submitted program proposals and will select events for inclusion on the General Assembly schedule. The PDG will select up to 115 programs for inclusion; selection notices will be sent to all applicants in January.
Religious life in America is changing dramatically and rapidly. Fewer people are identifying with specific denominations and most mainline religions are losing members in droves. People now find many outlets and places of engagement for their spiritual lives. Current studies of faith in America show that there is a movement toward a liberal, fluid kind of faith that doesn’t fit with traditional denominational identity and structure. We already know that for every adult member of Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations, there are at least three non-members who also consider themselves to be Unitarian Universalist.
A core purpose of our faith is to help people grow in spirit and in service. We believe that our faith provides a path for each of us to unlock our transformational capacity to serve the world with love. We want to expand our faith not just to grow Unitarian Universalism, but also to better achieve this transformational purpose. Therefore, the General Assembly Planning Committee, the UUA Board of Trustees and the Administration want the General Assembly in 2014 help our association live into a future where our “Love Reaches Out” to share our faith both within and beyond our congregations’ walls.
This is a continuation of a conversation started with UUA President Peter Morales’s January 2012 paper Congregations and Beyond invites Unitarian Universalists to reimagine how we might help to shape liberal religion in a new age. To become the kind of multigenerational, multicultural and covenantal faith communities people are looking for today, congregations and communities in many forms are learning to use interactive technology and other non-traditional formats to put our values in service to the world. To merit consideration, program proposals submitted for the 2014 GA should engage with one or more facets of how we can better share our message of Love.
Because this is an adaptive challenge, there is an understanding that there are no easy or sure answers, so we encourage the spirit of experimentation, e.g. learning from mistakes as well as from successes. Workshops that share examples of something that you are currently trying are encouraged—even if your experiment doesn’t feel “ready for prime time.” More detailed selection criteria are listed below.
Selection will be based on the degree to which proposals:
Additional criteria include:
Private events are invitation-only and are not listed in the GA program book. GA registration is not required for attendance. Examples of private meetings include business meetings, food functions, receptions, pre/post GA meetings (usually business or conference) of organizations for their own agendas. Requests for private events must come from an authorized sponsoring organization. Space is assigned based on availability.
The use of UUA contracted meeting space designated for private events may only be reserved by authorized sponsoring organizations: UUA staff, UUA elected committees, Board appointed committees, Associate Member Organizations (Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation), and UUA Related Organizations listed as either Professional Organizations or Theological Schools.
Other UUA Related Organizations may request the use of UUA contracted meeting space for a private meeting of their organization. Requests may be made by email to the GA Planning Committee in care of email@example.com. Requests are due by December 15th. The GA Planning Committee will review requests at their January meeting.
If you have suggestions or requests for GA programming, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or a member of the GA Planning Committee.
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Last updated on Monday, November 25, 2013.
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