It's Time to Think About General Assembly 2018
Grounded in a deep belief that we are all prophets, Unitarian Universalists ask, “How can we faithfully meet the demands of our time?” The call to witness and act for justice in our society and in the world is clear. So, too, is the call to examine our structures and practices, dismantling and transforming those which fail to recognize the full humanity of all people and to honor the interdependent web of life. Join us in Kansas City as we dive deeply into questions of mission for our Unitarian Universalist Association, for our congregations and communities, and for each of us as individuals. Together, we’ll ask:
- Who and how are we called to be at this time, individually and collectively?
- How are we called to act and to live?
- How does our Unitarian Universalist legacy strengthen us in living out our mission? In what ways does our legacy present challenges and impediments to answering our call?
The call of our faith has a place for each of us. Join us in Kansas City to build courageous, collective leadership with tools, skills and connections.
For General Assembly March 1 is an important date - registration and housing reservations open on that date. Financial aid can only be requested from March 1-31. So now is the time to start thinking about if you want to attend. Housing does tend to fill quickly so do check that out if you want to stay in the hotels near the convention center. Registration rates go up on May 1, so do pay attention to that date as well.
There are a few different things for GA this year and some familiar things to learn about.
- Financial Aid for General Assembly - Financial aid for General Assembly is available in the form of working volunteer positions as well as registration scholarships and travel grants. GA Volunteers exchange a set number of hours of work at GA for a full-time GA registration. There are several different funding sources available via the General Assembly Unified Scholarship Application, including additional funding committed by the UUA Administration to the 2018 budget to facilitate the participation of People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Persons at GA. Anyone with a relationship to a Unitarian Universalist congregation or UU organization (covenanted community) is encouraged to apply. Financial Aid applications are accepted March 1 through March 31.
- Registration opens March 1.
- Housing Reservations open March 1 at 10 am.
- NEW - Host a Networking Session! - You are invited to submit a proposal to host a networking session at General Assembly. Time has been set aside at GA on Friday evening for networking among affinity groups within Unitarian Universalism, for people to connect around identity, role, interest or any other dimension. Proposals are due Thursday, March 15.
- NEW - Present a Poster at GA! - You are invited to apply to present a poster at GA on an inspiring story, best practice or a resource of interest to other GA attendees. Sessions will be selected based on how they address equity, inclusion and the GA theme. If chosen, you will need to be present for one 75 minute session where attendees can drop by to discuss with you the topic of your poster. Poster session will be scheduled daily in the GA Exhibit Hall. Proposals are due Thursday, March 15.
- The Ware Lecture, Banner Parade and Service the Living Tradition will all take place during General Assembly. You can see the programming highlights and schedule of events on the UUA website.
- Not sure if you want to be a delegate? Read the Delegate FAQ to find out what is required of delegates. Remember, that congregations select their delegates and every congregation has their own process for selecting them.
Can't travel to Kansas City? No problem, you can be an off-site participant. Much of what happens in the plenary hall is live streamed via YouTube. Off site participants are also given access to additional materials. Congregational delegates can attend from home as well as off-site delegates. Learn about participating from off site and what the requirements for that are at the GA website.
Learn more about General Assembly on the UUA website and we hope we'll see you there!