General Assembly Virtual Registration
Virtual Registrants are able to watch and ask questions in live sessions including workshops and business sessions (mini-assemblies, hearings, etc). Voting Delegates are also able to propose amendments in the live business sessions, participate in debates, and vote in general sessions.
Virtual registration for General Assembly is $150 per person. Registration for General Assembly is the same process for delegates and non-delegates.
Events Streamed to Virtual GA Registrants
June 24-28, 2020
- Welcoming Celebration
GA officially begins with a joyful, worshipful opening celebration with inspirational music and speakers. The opening celebration sets the tone for the days ahead. The Opening Celebration will include a procession of banners from hundreds of UU congregations and organizations.
- Ware Lecture
The UUA President, in consultation with the General Assembly Planning Committee, invites a distinguished guest each year to address the General Assembly as the Ware Lecture.
- Featured Speaker Series
We are excited to announce the Featured Speakers for the 2020 General Assembly. The Featured Speaker Series is made possible in part by the generous sponsorship of Beacon Press.
- General Sessions (registration not required)
Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Co-Moderators Mr. Barb Greve and Elandria Williams preside over the general sessions in which the business of the Association is conducted.
- Business Mini-Assemblies
All business of the General Assembly is conducted during General Sessions. Mini-Assemblies offer opportunities in small sessions for delegates to speak on issues, find out more about individual business items before voting, and propose amendments to the business item.
- Synergy Bridging Worship (registration not required)
This is a transformative multigenerational worship. Come be inspired and illuminated at a celebration of treasured worship elements, rites of passage and brilliant contemporary musical performances. The service includes a collection to benefit the Katie Tyson Fund for Youth and Young Adult Ministry.
- Service of the Living Tradition (registration not required)
Led by the Ministries and Faith Development Staff Group, this service honors fellowshipped and credentialed religious leaders; remembering those who have died, recognizing those who have completed active service, and welcoming those who have received fellowship or credentialed status in the past year. The service includes a collection to benefit the Living Tradition Fund. Members of the public are welcome.
- Sunday Morning Worship (registration not required)
Join us for the largest annual gathering of UUs joining in worship. The worship service will include a collection for the Tomaquag Museum, an indigenous museum featuring an extensive collection and archive of Southern New England tribal communities. Members of the public are welcome.
A variety of workshops and special events will provide registrants with tools to live into our mission and continue the work of our faith—both within UU congregations and in the greater world. GA Youth and YA@GA (Young Adults at GA) programming and events will be held virtually.
Our full schedule of virtual programming is in development. Please check back soon for finalized information. Here are the confirmed programs for Virtual GA (subject to change):
- A New Paradigm for Young Adult Ministry (First UU Society of San Francisco)
The Young Adult Ministry Initiative, a project of UU San Francisco, seeks to network and support all UU young adult communities. In this workshop we will discuss what we learned from our first year and do an exercise that will leave participants enlivened and excited about creating young adult ministry.
Joseph Chapot, Yvonne Marcoux
- Ancestral Roots & Wings: Ritual of Recharging
This ritual reconnects us with our roots, healing and recharging our weary spirits. With movement, music, and storytelling, this accessible experience fosters joy and restores vitality, equipping us for our journeys toward the Beloved Community.
Rev. Chip Roush
- Anti-Racism as a Spiritual Practice (The White Ally Toolkit Project)
Anti-racism ally-ship is the context for transformative spiritual work. The workshop/lecture will focus on letting go of the identity forged in a white supremacist society and redefining ourselves as change agents who can come fully into the promise of Unitarian Universalists who embrace the 8th principle.
Allison Mahaley, Dr. David Campt
- Building Communities to Counter White Nationalism/White Power
This workshop addresses the dangerous rise of white nationalism, and how these groups utilize liberal language about free speech to gain a platform and propagate their message. Identifying good and bad-faith actions and discourse will help people identify and dismantle white nationalism in their own communities.
Rev. Chris Rothbauer, Dr. Sharon Welch, Andrew J. Mackay
- Building Diverse Leadership - Nominating and Appointments Committee (UUA)
This workshop will provide an opportunity to learn about skills and competencies to recruit and retain diverse leadership at the congregational level. Leadership skills developed in congregations can provide a pipeline for national leadership. This will also serve as an opportunity to meet leaders on both committees.
Rev. Amanda Weatherspoon, Rev. Adam Robersmith, Rev. Kimberly Johnson
- Building Resilience as White Folk for Uncomfortable Conversations (Allies for Racial Equity)
Allies for Racial Equity will convene a panel and interactive workshop about ways for white people to stay resilient and engaged. Addressing how individuals and congregations can stay connected while in the discomfort of conversations about race and oppression as UUism evolves as a more racially just faith.
Gwen Warman, Rev. Elizabeth Carrier-Ladd, Catherine Strickland, Rachel Rott
- Charting a Future for Inclusive Democracy (UU History and Heritage Society and Conrad Wright Lecture)
In the next decade, inequality is set to exceed anything the world has seen before. This presentation examines structural disparity by attending to race, wealth, and technology. Drawing on anti-racist activism, it identifies major challenges to democracy and proposes transformative strategies to chart a bold future for inclusive democracy.
Dr. Sylvester Johnson, Dr. Nicole Kirk
- Climate Justice as Young Adult Ministry (YA@GA, GA Youth, UU Young Adults for Climate Justice)
Climate disaster faces our generation of youth and young adults, calling us to leverage our spiritual and activist communities to rapidly confront this crisis. Join this workshop to ground our engagement in this work in solidarity with frontline communities and the youth at the forefront of this global movement.
Amelia Diehl, Rev. Stevie Carmody, Martha Neuman
- Climbing Up the Rough Side of the Mountain (Skinner House Books and Meadville Lombard Theological School)
Our panel of Black UU clergy women share their stories depicting the multi-faceted ways Black clergy women interpret, inform and reshape their experiences as UUs. The panel features excerpts from the Anthology.
Rev. Dr. Qiyamah Rahman, Rev. Dr. Michelle Bentley
- Collaborative Planning of Highly Interactive Family Worship (Unitarian Church of Sharon, MA)
Rooted in awareness that parents are their child’s primary religious educator, highly interactive family worship starts conversations in church that deepen relationship and promote the active living out of faith. What are the building blocks of this format? How can ministers and religious educators collaborate effectively on family worship?
Louise Marcoux, Rev. Jolie Olivetti
- Colonialism’s Impact on Palestinians and Indigenous North Americans (UUs for Justice in the Middle East and Diverse Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries)
Palestinians and the Indigenous Peoples of North America have suffered similar historical oppression and continued trauma as a result of colonialism. This panel will explore their experiences with settler colonialism and other aspects of colonial projects from their cultural and political perspectives. Rev. Amanda Weatherspoon will moderate.
Nidal Al-Azraq, Kia Bordner, Dina Gilio-Whitaker, Zainab Ramahi
- Conversation with the Candidates (Election Campaign Practices Committee)
Get to know the candidates for our Association's elected offices--Co-Moderators, Trustees and Committee members. While this year's positions are uncontested, this is your opportunity to hear these newly elected leaders share their ideas, goals and visions for the UUA and their roles in it. Bring your questions!
Rev. Meg Riley, Charles Du Mond, Kathy Burek, Rev. Scott McNeil
- Covenants and Colonialism (Indigenous Caucus of DRUUMM, UU Ministry for Earth)
We remember the Pilgrims and the first churches in New England as forerunners of our contemporary Unitarian Universalism. We especially cherish their covenants. Yet we know that these churches advocated and blessed the conquest and genocide of the original people of this land. Who do we covenant with, and why?
Clyde Grubbs, Rev. Danielle DiBona, Rev. Gary McAlpin
- Creating a Community of Communities (Central East Region)
Paula Cole Jones introduced the notion of congregations as a Community of Communities to foster inclusion and diversity at last year's Fah's Lecture. We'll expand on how to introduce and begin practicing this new framing in your congregation.
Paula Cole Jones, Rev. Renee Ruchotzke
- Creating a Listening Community: Introduction to Restorative Circles
Restorative Circles are a UU congregation tested way to restore relationships, build community and resolve conflict. Join us to experience the benefits of reflective listening in facilitated groups as a trusted approach to handle conflict your community. Restorative/Social Justice applications will be discussed. For ministers, staff, lay leaders, youth 12+.
Sarah-Elizabeth Anderson, Dr. Whitney Howarth
- Decolonization and Earth Justice (Indigenous Caucus of DRUUMM, UU Ministry for Earth)
Our earth nourishes and gives us life, yet the values and practices of settler colonialism have been ecologically destructive and now threaten life itself. Sustainable indigenous ways of life were violently replaced. Learning life giving practices from Turtle Islands original peoples could make all the difference for generations to come.
Rev. Dr. Clyde Grubbs, Aly Tharp, Rev. Gary McAlpin
- Deeper Than The Skin: Musical Presentation on Race (Deeper Than The Skin)
A musical presentation on Race in America led by Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway: born three days apart, friends for three decades, one African American from Philadelphia, one white raised in the nostalgia of the South. A quintessential American story sung with uplift, told with unflinching truth. Two remarkable performers.
Reggie Harris, Greg Greenway
- Embracing Our Roots: Unlocking the Power of Covenant (Commission on Appraisal)
An interactive workshop created to help Worship Teams, Ministers and Worship Leaders re-ignite their people with the power of covenants. Working together, we’ll craft a Sunday Worship Service focused on embracing our faith-based covenants, and revitalizing Unitarian Universalist spaces. You will leave enriched and equipped with rituals, tools, and resources.
Rev. Carol Thomas Cissel, Rev. Madelyn Campbell, Kathleen Henry, Ginger Abraham
- Faith Forward: A Path for Engagement (Faith Forward: From Visitor to Leader)
How do you prepare people to lead within and beyond the walls of your congregation? Come learn about Faith Forward, a path for engagement that nurtures UU roots, inspires participants to give of themselves, and prepares them to engage sustainably in the world from a spiritually grounded, faithful place.
Marie Luna, Rev. Beth Dana, Lillian Drab-Braddick
- Having Anti-Racist Conversations and Inviting Into Action
How can we have more effective anti-racist conversations with people who aren't already onboard? How many of us focus on the "most racist" person while ignoring people who are open, moveable, could be invited into conversation and action. How can we connect, listen, invite in, and build up anti-racist power?
- Heart Songs & Circle Songs
'Heart Songs & Circle Songs' is a musical worship experience. Elements of the service are delivered through song and invite participants of all ages and traditions to sing together in co-creating our worship. The service weaves together influences from the growing community singing circle tradition and the contemplative worship tradition.
Rev. Bernice Martin, Heather Pierson
- Indigenous Resistance: NoDAPL Political Prisoners Create Climate Justice (Green Sanctuary Program of the UUA)
Colonialism criminalizes Indigenous resistance. While the Water Protector Movement at Standing Rock inspired the world, Indigenous activists are targeted as Political Prisoners by the US government. UUs have responded powerfully to the Standing Rock call. Now, toward a truly just and sustainable world, we are called into deepening decolonizing work.
Leoyla Cowboy Giron, Little Feather Giron, Rev. Karen Van Fossan
- Inspired Stewardship: Rooted in Spirit, Ready to Give (UUA Stewardship and Development)
Explore how rooting stewardship in spirituality and trust can inspire generosity. Participants will consider the alignment of our resources and our UU values, as well as creating a culture of legacy in our congregations.
Connie Goodbread, Jay Pacitti, Rev. Vail Weller
- John Murray Distinguished Lecture: Individual Salvation/Collective Liberation (Murray Grove Retreat and Renewal Center)
From universal salvation to affirmation of inherent worth and dignity, for 250 years Universalism helped expand the definition of who matters and who belongs. But to remain relevant, transformative, and just, Unitarian Universalism must go further still. It must embrace a faithful, fearless vision of collective liberation and systemic change.
Rev. Schuyler Vogel
- Leading Breakthroughs in Congregations and Communities (UUA Ministries and Faith Development and Church of the Larger Fellowship)
Creating multicultural, multigenerational congregations requires meeting the needs of people who identify with UUism but long for different expressions of it. Fortunately, there are proven tools for centering their needs, ideas and leadership. Come hear stories of success, learn approaches that work, and find support for your own change leadership.
Rev. Brock Leach, Eli Snider, Rev. Megan Foley, Rev. Marisol Caballero
- Mobilizing Investments to Advance UU Values (UUA Common Endowment Fund)
Community investing, shareholder advocacy, proxy voting and screening. Come learn about these tools for investing to advance UU values. We’ll explore the UU Common Endowment Fund’s (UUCEF’s) investment policy, including our increased commitment to community investments, and what you and your congregation can do to increase our collective impact.
Kathleen Gaffney, Andrew McGeorge, Kathy Mulvey, Vanessa Lowe
- Money as Medicine: Rooting, Inspiring, Readying Congregational Stewardship (Stewardship For Us, UU Stewardship Consultants)
Built around Edgar Villanueva’s book, Decolonizing Wealth, we will apply his ‘Seven Steps for Healing’ to inspire congregational stewardship, help us root our finances in an “enough” paradigm for our congregations, and directly address equity and inclusion for readiness in our congregational financial systems.
Rachel Maxwell, Charlotte Root, Mark Ewert, Vanessa Lowe
- Power Analysis as a Theological Tool (UU Christian Fellowship)
Theology is meaning-making. Liberation Theologian Gustavo Gutiérrez has written about theology as ongoing cycles of action-reflection-action-reflection-action. In other words, experience and meaning-making inform one another. In this workshop we will meet in caucus groups to practice theological reflection using power analysis as a primary tool.
- Public Witness for Small and Remote Congregations (Congregational Life Staff - Small Congregation Group)
This workshop helps small and remote congregations to be ready and inspired to take a stand on important justice issues that are rooted in our UU beliefs and traditions. Even and especially in conservative communities, small congregations can do this important work of public witness and social justice.
Rev. Megan Foley, Rev. Sarah Schurr, Rev. Phil Lund, Beth Casebolt
- Raising the Future, Beyond Rainbows (Diverse Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries)
A panel of parents and teens will be discussing the challenges multicultural, multiethnic, multifaith, LGBTQ+ families face. They will examine how colonization, systems of white supremacy, and racism affected their family histories and inform decisions they make about their families, particularly focused on their identities and spirituality.
Sarah ConroyDey, Eric Huang, Ian McAlpin, Kiana McAlpin
- Relational Organizing: Civic Engagement with Our Values (First UU Society of San Francisco + The Organizing Empowerment Project)
Relational organizing is a strategy for community organizing and voter outreach that is not only scientifically proven effective, but is also aligned with our values. In this workshop, you'll learn about relational organizing and how your congregation can use it in its social justice and civic engagement work.
Jasmine Gonzalez, Sam King
- Reparations: Rooted in Repair (UUs for a Just Economic Community)
The doctrine of discovery removed indigenous people from the land and African people from under the cover of GOD. Learn about the injuries and strategies for repair for the damages wrought by African chattel slavery. Understand the five injury areas and strategies to repair individuals and reshape institutions.
Minister Ari Merretazon, Carl McCargo, Woullard Lett
- Restorative Circles for Faith Communities (Reach Our Goals)
In this workshop participants will be introduced to the basic principles of restorative practices. Trust and community building will be the central focus. Circles that address conflict will be included. Participants will leave with tools for responding to low level conflict and for community building circles. (Small groups, roleplay included.)
Rev. Paul Langston-Daley
- Sacred Mental Health Matters (UU Mental Health Network)
Welcoming is integral to UUism but can be challenging in the presence of those with mental health problems. This session will explore the most important elements found by a sample of UU congregations in meeting this challenge through mental health ministry and advocacy based on belief in the Beloved Community.
Rev. Barbara Meyers, Janet Holden, Michelle Wagner
- Setting the Table: Strategies in Organizing and Decolonizing (UUSC and Diverse Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries)
Setting the communal table for our work as congregations is an opportunity to deepen connections and commitments from communities of color who are invested in shifting power and creating change. Being intentional about strategies for participation takes down potential barriers and encourages broader engagement.
Kia Bordner, Imari S. Nuyen-Kariotis, Mathew P. Taylor
- Settler Colonialism and Genocide (Indigenous Caucus of DRUUMM, UU Ministry for Earth)
The Mayflower landing represented something new in the conquest of “the Americas.” We review the Plymouth Planation as an example of Settler Colonialism and begin to understand how the Pilgrims modeled the coming genocide, the introducution of chattel slavery and removal for the original people of this land.
Rev. Dr. Clyde Grubbs, Rev. Karen Van Fossen, Rev. Adam Dyer
- Social Class and Social Justice – Telling Our Truth to Build Bridges (UU Class Conversations)
In this gathering, we will look at how class and classism and race and racism shape our lives, our social justice work and our UU organizations. We will do this by telling our own stories and looking at ways to build class caucuses to bring home to our home communities to continue this work.
Denise Moorehead, Rev. Kimberly Johnson, Diane Pansire, Sky Stewart
- Social Justice Ministry 101 - Parish and Community
More congregations are making the commitment to a dedicated Social Justice Minister or Coordinator to enhance social justice ministry programming. This workshop provides perspectives, approaches, and considerations for UU communities who are currently engaging or planning to engage with professional Unitarian Universalist social justice ministry.
Rev. Amanda Weatherspoon, Aisha Hauser, Christina Rivera
- Soma Spiritus: Body-Centered Spiritual Practice
Soma Spiritus is a body-based spiritual practice. We will learn three ways of body listening: listening to self, others, and spirit. Participants will leave with deeper self-awareness, ability to witness others, and tools for future exploration. Every effort will be made to make this program accessible to all bodies. For your emotional and physical safety, we kindly request that you arrive sober to this movement-based gathering.
Lauren Spivey Levwood
- Spirituality: A Narragansett Perspective (Tomaquag Museum and UU Congregation of South County, Rhode Island)
Lorén Spears, Executive Director of Tomaquag Museum will share the intersection of spirituality, traditional ecological knowledge, language, music, thirteen thanksgivings, conquest, colonization, reconciliation and healing. Cultural items connected to topic will be shared and images via slide presentation of cultural belongings from museum collection shown.
- Summer Solstice Service (CUUPS)
As UU Pagans and Earth Centered Tradition Practitioners rooted in Unitarian Universalism we celebrate the sun and its power to foster life. At our Summer Solstice Service, through ritual, we return to our roots preparing ourselves to bring life-giving energies to every living being. Join us.
John Gilmore, Rev. Jerrie Hildebrand
The Presence of Black Women in Unitarian Universalism (Minns Lectureship Series 2020 and Meadville Lombard Theological School)Rev. Dr. Qiyamah Rahman
Unitarian Universalism (UU) has made considerable contributions to anti-racism/anti-oppression and multiculturalism. Despite these efforts, UUism often fails to reflect the diversely rich narratives of Unitarian Universalist Black Females including womanx/femme and trans individuals. This research seeks to overcome this marginalization Come out and share your ideas to become the central researchers, writers, and speakers of our stories.
- The Stonewall Generation: Sex, Activism, and Aging
This highly interactive workshop centers the words and images of LGBTQ elders who came out or came of age during the 1960s and 1970s. Their lives chronicle struggles for social justice around sexual orientation, race, gender, class, and disabilities. Focus will be on bringing these issues back to your community.
Dr. Jane Fleishman
- Tricks to Inspire: A Magic Ministry Workshop (The Magic of Meaning, Inc.)
Magic can bring a message alive during worship -- while providing a direct experience of mystery and wonder for young and old alike. This workshop will show how to integrate magic into a worship service, and participants will even learn some magic tricks to take back to their congregations!
- Truth Commissions: Inspiration from Wabanaki-Maine, Charlottesville, and Greensboro
This session offers lessons from three domestic truth commission initiatives to identify harms, promote actions of repair, and facilitate healing from the ongoing legacy of white supremacy. Participants will be invited to consider what localized truth-telling and actions of reparations would look like for their institutions and communities.
Dr. Frank Dukes, Esther Anne
- We Can Do This! Faith, Conflict, and Antiracism (First Unitarian Church of San Jose)
What in our faith calls us to build multicultural, antiracist Beloved Community? What can we do when we face the inevitable conflicts? Mistakes and Miracles co-authors Karin and Nancy and their panelists help participants name the faith that roots and inspires them and develop tools for dealing with conflict.
Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones, Karin Lin, Rev. William Sinkford, Rev. Marta Valentin
- What Happened to the Journey (Journey Towards Wholeness Transformation Committee)
A historical overview of the UUA’s journey towards becoming an anti-racist organization. The overarching themes will include: 1) understanding our institutional racial identity; 2) white fragility; 3) difficulty in changing systems; and 4) what is next on our journey. Participants will leave rooted in history, ready to act now.
Mandolin Restivo, Ben Gabel, Rev. Viola Abbitt, Rev. Dr. Tracey Robinson-Harris
- When Red Flags Don't Work: Increasing Congregational Immunity (UUA Safe Congregations Team)
Misconduct happens in our congregations. We think education about right and wrong will make the difference. It doesn’t always. We know that a congregation’s “immune” system can help protect them. The UUA Safe Congregations Team will explore with you how to increase your congregation’s immunity to bad behavior and misconduct.
Heather Bond, Karen Bellavance-Grace, Rev. Sarah Gibb Millspaugh, Rev. Dr. Lisa Presley
- Why We Want and Resist Diversity
"We want to look more diverse but we don't want to be more diverse." While it may not be said, it's a sentiment often lived out in our congregations. We'll explore the subtle ways in which our congregational systems keep ourselves in place and what we can do differently.
Rev. Keith Kron, Rev. Patrice Curtis