What is YA@GA? Young Adults at General Assembly (GA) is a network, a series of programs, a body of diverse Unitarian Universalists. We are students, religious professionals, parents, congregational leaders, community builders, and more and we are coming to General Assembly to connect, worship and lead! YA@GA will have a young adult space at GA 2014 for workshops and networking. We’ll also host programs intended for GA participants of all ages. Our worship will include a dynamic Synergy service as well as other spiritual experiences and worship throughout GA. We’ll have opportunities to learn new strategies for developing our Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations and communities, and we’ll also share our skills and ideas with others as we lead.
Why did we shift away from the traditional caucus format? The surveys from GA 2013 showed that young adults who attended GA were most interested in: (1) meaningful networking; (2) skill-building for young adult ministry in their congregations; (3) worshipping; and (4) discussing trends in our faith/the future of Unitarian Universalism. We feel called to respond to these wishes by radically re-imagining young adult programming. We believe that moving away from the caucus format will allow for more diverse programming and will help a wider range of young adults engage more fully in General Assembly.
How does this shift change the staff roles? Under the caucus format the Young Adult Caucus had two Co-Moderators who were elected by the caucus. This year the Co-Moderators were to be Hannah Roberts and Nic Cable. They have stayed in leadership positions, and are now Co-Facilitators of the YA@GA programming.
There will also be three full-time volunteer support roles. Nic Cable will be attending GA 2014 through his new job in the Stewardship and Development Office at the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). As he will be busy working in this role during GA, an extra position to help support YA@GA is needed. Nic remains committed to co-facilitating during the planning process leading up to GA.
The three volunteer staff positions are: Worship Coordinator, Community Engagement Coordinator and Program Coordinator. The deadline for applications is December 6, 2013. For more information and an application, download "YA@GA Volunteer Staff Openings" (PDF, 3 pages).
Where can I get more information about YA@GA and General Assembly as a whole? You can connect with YA@GA on Facebook and be alerted to new information as it is available.
Information about Young Adult Caucus and General Assembly will be featured on the Blue Boat blog of Youth and Young Adult Ministries.
Information about registration, housing and GA programming can be found in the General Assembly section.
Are there scholarships or other assistance for young adults? Yes! Check out Financial Aid for General Assembly for more information. This page will be updated as GA 2014 approaches and more information becomes available.
For more information contact youngadults @ uua.org.
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Last updated on Friday, November 22, 2013.
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