Frequently Asked Questions
What will young adults find at General Assembly (GA)?
Young adults, like everyone, come to GA for a wide variety of reasons. Some are delegates from their congregation, others are looking to connect with friends from around the country, some are lay leaders receiving training, others are religious professionals, and some are looking to find out what Unitarian Universalism looks like beyond their congregation. General Assembly has something for each of them.
Young adults will find workshops, trainings, witness events, worship, business and social gatherings throughout GA and open to all GA attendees. In addition, many young adults attend Young Adult Caucus programming.
What is the Young Adult Caucus?
The Young Adult Caucus encompasses a number of GA programs and events designed by young adults, for young adults. It is a space for young adults to gather and share with one another. It is a space for young adults to discuss the business before the delegates. It is a space for programming that speaks directly to young adults and about young adults in our congregations and our Association. It is a space for young adults to worship and reflect.
Who is Young Adult Caucus for?
Young Adult Caucus is for all GA attendees aged 18 to 35. Some programs offered through the Young Adult Caucus are also open to all GA attendees regardless of age.
Who runs Young Adult Caucus?
The Young Adult Caucus is run by two young adults who are elected by the Young Adult Caucus. Elections are held every year for one position, and those elected serve for two years.
Young Adult Caucus is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association's (UUA's) Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries.
Are there other staff?
For 2013, the Young Adult Caucus also has a community chaplain and a worship coordinator serving on staff. These staff members will provide support to attendees as well as plan worship.
What is the programming like at Young Adult Caucus?
Generally, Young Adult Caucus offers several different types of programs. The first, Caucus sessions, are for those interested to gather with their age-peers. Caucus sessions range from networking to small-group reflection to discussions about GA business and are just for young adult attendees. The second type of program offered are workshops. These vary from year to year and touch on topics that are specifically relevant to young adults, though they are generally open to all GA attendees. In the past, these workshops have included "What do young adults look for in a congregation," panels on contemporary worship for young adults, campus ministry conversations and others. The third type of program offered is worship. Young Adult Caucus offers its own worship in the evening, takes part in the Synergy Multigenerational Worship planning, and jointly offers a worship with the Youth Caucus. Finally, Young Adult Caucus finds opportunities to gather socially, whether a quiet coffee hour or a welcome celebration for bridgers.
For programming specifics, please visit the Young Adult Caucus Programs and Schedule page. This page is updated throughout the year as programs plans are developed.
Where can I get more information about Young Adult Caucus and General Assembly as a whole?
You can connect with the Young Adult Caucus on Facebook to be alerted to new information as it is available.
Information about Young Adult Caucus and General Assembly will be featured on Blue Boat, the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries blog.
Finally, information about registration, housing and GA programming can be found on the General Assembly web pages.
Are there scholarships or other assistance for young adults?
In an effort to make GA more accessible to youth and young adults, the Blue Boat blog page "GA 2013 for Youth and Young Adults" will serve as a clearing house of information about ways to lower the cost of attendance as well as prepare for GA. Information will be added as it is made available, so check back regularly.
For more information contact youngadults @ uua.org.
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Last updated on Thursday, May 9, 2013.