General Assembly 2024 - What's New?

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It's the time of the year when we start thinking about General Assembly, the annual meeting of congregational delegates to decide the business of the UUA. This year we're meeting virtually and there are some new things planned.

Love Unites, Stories Ignite

In a world filled with division and challenges, the theme for this year's General Assembly is a powerful reminder of the core principles that unite us as Unitarian Universalists. "Love Unites, Stories Ignite" celebrates the profound impact of love as a binding force that transcends boundaries and fosters connections within our faith community and beyond.

Our faith has always been rooted in the power of storytelling, and this year we'll explore how our stories can ignite change, inspire compassion, and help us build a more just and equitable world. Through storytelling, we share our experiences, our dreams, our struggles, and our triumphs. It is through these stories that we can find common ground, deepening our understanding of one another and the world around us.

The 63rd General Assembly will take place virtually Thursday, June 20 through Sunday, June 23, 2024.

New This Year: Cohorts

A cohort gathering is an opportunity for individuals to come together with UU peers, forming a supportive community that shares common goals, interests, or experiences. These engaging and enriching gatherings will allow participants to connect, collaborate, and learn from one another in a unique, focused setting. Participants can choose between attending a Cohort Gathering in the morning or afternoon, depending on what works best for your time zone and schedule. Access a network that can propel your personal and professional growth, provide valuable knowledge and insights, and help you to forge relationships during GA.

What you can expect from Cohorts at GA 2024:

  • Engaging Networking Opportunities: Connect with fellow attendees in a close-knit setting to discuss shared interests.
  • Focused Discussions: Dive into meaningful conversations around shared experiences and goals.
  • Learning Opportunities: Benefit from discussions, training, and leadership development opportunities led by UUA Staff, professional organizations, and leaders.
  • Skill Enhancement: Access tailored sessions aimed at skill-building and personal development.

These sessions will not be recorded. All GA registrants are welcome to join Cohorts when the GA event app, Whova, opens in June.

Registration Is Open!

Will you join us for this years virtual GA featuring prominent speakers, dynamic worship, and exclusive access to on-demand programming? If so, reserve your space by registering now. Knowing our audience size and demographics helps us more effectively navigate logistics and curate content. Whether you are a seasoned attendee or a first-timer, this is your opportunity to be a part of an extraordinary gathering. Register now through March 15th for the lowest rates and to take advantage of the payment plan. Need to look at the schedule first? You can find it on the UUA website.

Opportunities for Financial Aid

General Assembly (GA) Planners are committed to the goal of making the General Assembly accessible to the maximum number of attendees possible. You can request financial assistance with registration or you can volunteer to offset some of your registration expenses.

  • Financial support to attend GA is offered to those with need. These awards are funded through the generosity of General Assembly registrants via donations made during registration. Requests for financial support are fulfilled on a first-come, first serve basis. New funds may become available as donations are received. Note: A request for financial support does not guarantee an award.
  • Each year, General Assembly is made possible by the contributions of hundreds of volunteers who do everything from editing videos for the on-demand library, to hanging banners in the convention center. GA Volunteers typically work 20 hours, including trainings. All will be expected to attend a workshop on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging, and Accessibility (DEIBA) to be scheduled in May and June. Some (e.g., editors) will work before GA, most will work during GA. Volunteers are offered full-time registration for General Assembly.

General Assembly is a chance to participate in the governance of the UUA and take advantage of learning and networking opportunities. We hope to see you there!