Derrick's General Assembly Recap - Part 2 - WEDNESDAY (Day 1: Roots, Wings, Banners, and Humility)WEDNESDAY – Finally, the big day had arrived. I spent most of the morning watching highlights of Game 6 on ESPN in the hotel room but around midday it was time for Young Adult Orientation. It's always such a pleasure hanging with the YAs and especially hearing from the amazing YA leaders within our faith. These folks are not the future--they are the present. They're not standing around waiting for the establishment to hand them the reigns of Unitarian Universalism or pass the torch or whatever other idiom one might use. They are asserting their voices within our faith, voices of progressive change screaming to be heard by ears weathered by years of polity and justice work. The conversations, connections, and community I share each year at GA with these folks are, truly, the Roots that hold me close and the Wings that set me free. More on that later. One of the most interesting things about the YA Caucus room was this awesomely creative art project the staff put together. At Orientation, they passed out brown strips of paper and markers for folks to draw a visual representation of the congregation they're from and write a sentence about what has brought them to General Assembly this year or what present commitments they have made to our faith community.
The bark represented the present, the roots, the past, and the leaves, the future. Three specific questions were asked for each:From Left to Right: "What roots do you have with Unitarian Universalism, or with another faith community?" "What present commitments have you made to our faith community?" "What aspirations do you have for yourself as a UU and for our larger faith community?"
After YA Orientation, I wandered the exhibit hall with Erik and Jessica (whom everyone else had met the night before while I was screaming at a television set--OK, just kidding, I actually did partake in some conversation at halftime and after the game). We chit-chatted with a few nice folks, especially the folks at the UUA Youth and Young Adult Offices booth.Before long, it was time for the Banner Parade. My most sincere apologies to my fellow congregants of UU Miami for forgetting to bring our UU Miami banner with me to Louisville. However, I was very grateful to be invited by UUA Campus Ministry Associate Kayla Parker to help carry the Campus Ministry banner along with Jeremy and herself. It was the first in a long line of very humbling (in a good way) experiences for me at General Assembly 2013.
|Left to Right: Jeremy, Kayla, and me|