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General Assembly Schedule

2017 Schedule

Wednesday, June 21

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.

  • General Assembly Orientation
    2:00 3:15 p.m.
  • Choir Rehearsal
    2:00 – 3:15 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.
  • Young Adult Orientation
    3:15 – 4:15 p.m.
    Young Adult 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
  • Youth Caucus and Sponsor Orientation
    4:00 5:15 p.m.
    The Youth Caucus (high school aged Unitarian Universalists) orientation is mandatory for all youth and their sponsors.
  • Regional Meetings
    5:30 – 6:15 p.m.
    Network with fellow Unitarian Universalists (UUs) from your region.
  • Welcoming Celebration and General Session I
    7:30  9:00 p.m.
    GA officially begins with a joyful, worshipful opening celebration with inspirational music and speakers. The opening celebration sets the tone for the days ahead. The Opening Celebration will include a procession of banners from hundreds of UU congregations and organizations. We will also gavel in the General Assembly.

Thursday, June 22

  • 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.
  • Morning Worship
    8:00 8:30 a.m.
  • General Session II
    8:45 – 12:15 p.m.
    Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Moderator Jim Key presides over the general sessions in which the business of the Association is conducted.
  • Program #1
    1:30  2:45 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
    3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Program #3
    5:00 – 6:15 p.m.
  • Service of the Living Tradition
    8:00 – 9:30 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
    10:00 11:30 p.m.
    Music concerts, dances, and coffee houses are examples of activities that take place in the evening at GA.

Friday, June 23

  • Spiritual Practices
    7:00 – 7:30 a.m.
  • Morning Worship
    8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
  • General Session III
    8:45 – 12:15 p.m.
  • Program #4
    1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
  • Program #5
    3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Public Witness
    5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
    GA attendees rally with interfaith partners and community organizations to bring attention to and encourage action on critical social justice issues.  
  • Presidential Candidates Forum
    8:00 9:30 p.m.
  • Evening Event
    10:00  11:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 24

  • Spiritual Practices
    7:00 7:30 a.m.
  • Morning Worship
    8:00 8:30 a.m.
  • General Session IV
    8:45 – 12:15 p.m.
  • Program #6
    1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
  • Program #7
    3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Synergy Bridging Worship
    5:00 – 6:15
    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. 2016 Synergy Service (video)
  • Sing
    8:00 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Ware Lecture
    8:30 – 9:30 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.
  • Announcement of Election Results
    9:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 25

  • Spiritual Practices
    7:00 - 7:30 a.m.
  • Sunday Morning Worship
    9:00 – 10:30 p.m.
    Join us for the largest annual gathering of UUs joining in worship. Members of the public are welcome.
  • General Session V and Closing
    12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

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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