It's Time to Think About General Assembly 2019!
It's Time to Think About General Assembly 2019!

You are invited to join us for General Assembly June 19-23, 2019 in Spokane, WA for The Power of We.

What do we want Unitarian Universalism to be? It is a time when we are asking big questions in our faith, and GA 2019 will be focused on digging into those questions together. It is a critical chance for congregational leaders and passionate UUs to set new goals and aspirations for our religious community. Help begin to reshape our Association and our congregations in new and powerful ways.

This year’s theme is about collective power, “The Power of We,” as well as the possibility, the purpose, the struggle and the joy of what it means to be together in faithful community. In the past two years, Unitarian Universalism has recommitted to the work of liberation inside and outside our faith community. We work to counter white supremacy and patriarchy within our congregations and communities, and partner to organize for our values in a wider world filled with tragedy and violence. We learn from each other, and grow together in our covenant of aspiration towards the beloved community. It is no time to go it alone.

At GA 2019 in Spokane, we’re going to be doing things a little differently. We are creating new spaces for attendees to relate to one another, share about their journeys and engage in collective discernment about where our faith is calling us to be. We are creating an experience that demonstrates new possibilities and approaches. This is made possible because our key leadership groups (General Assembly Planning Committee, UUA Board of Trustees, UUA President and administration, Commission on Institutional Change) are working together to model the collaboration this requires. Attendees and presenters will be co-creators, inspired by renowned speakers and dynamic worship, and offering their own perspective as part shared conversations. This GA will also help attendees build connections based on the roles they hold in their congregations, investing in the networks of mutual support that will sustain the work beyond the end of GA and into the coming year.

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.

Here are some quick dates and resources to help you.

  • 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 12 noon EST.
  • Present a Poster at GA! - You are invited to apply to present a poster at GA that shares stories, initiatives and examples for inspiring work in Unitarian Universalism. Selections will be made based on the quality of proposals, embrace of the theme, potential to provide attendees with concrete and usable tools, and the balance needed to explore multiple identity-based and theological perspectives on the theme. Presenters must provide their own poster and must be present for one 90 minute session. Sessions will be selected based on how they address equity, inclusion and the GA theme. Proposals are due March 1 at 3 pm ET.
  • Marketing Materials - Need materials for a newsletter article, presentation, poster or other way to share information about GA? You can find those on the UUA website GA section. Also there you can find links to the UUA promotional video and a video by the Spokane, WA congregation welcoming us to their home.
  • 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. Basic Delegate Information can be found on the Delegates Page of the GA section.

Can't travel to Spokane? 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 more about General Assembly on the UUA website and we hope we'll see you there!

About the Author

  • Along with being a certified pediatric nurse, Beth Casebolt is the Operations Manager and Communications Consultant for the Central East Region. Prior to regionalization she served as the District Administrator for the Ohio-Meadville District, a position she held since November 2007.

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