Proposing a Program for General Assembly
Proposing a Program for General Assembly
General Assembly, GA Programs & Schedule

2020 General Assembly
Request for Program Proposals

Anyone is welcome to submit a proposal for a program to advance the GA theme (Rooted, Inspired, & Ready!) and program goals. Proposals for GA programs are evaluated by the GA Program Development Group (PDG), composed of UUA staff and members of the GA Planning Committee. The PDG welcomes program proposals which align with and advance the theme and three key focus areas. Successful proposals will provide skills, stories and inspiration to congregational leaders, especially via the intensive track format (see below). Proposals which involve or are geared towards historically marginalized and impacted communities will receive preference. Please submit your proposal via the Program Proposal Form by the deadline of Tuesday, November 26 at 3 p.m. EST.

Proposals are welcome in the following formats:

  • Intensive Tracks
    To provide meaningful opportunities for learning and skill development, this year’s General Assembly will select and promote a limited number of intensive track programs. These intensive track programs should have a clear learning goal and include experienced and outstanding presenters. We are especially interested in tracks that connect the theme of GA to specific leadership skills in Unitarian Universalism, such as stewardship and fundraising, social media and communications, or social justice organizing. Tracks which target specific governance roles such as treasurer or president or ministry roles such as pastoral care or worship associates, are also welcome. Intensive track proposals can be either two or three combined program slots (including pass time this represents a total time of 3 or 4.75 hours, respectively). Selected intensive tracks will receive special attention in GA promotional materials, and in some cases attendees may be required to register for a limited number of spaces prior to arrival. Limited funds are available to support high-quality intensive track programs. Once selected, presenters will be asked to submit a more detailed plan, including slides and multimedia, in advance of GA.
  • Theme-Based Programs
    Creative and insightful perspectives and experiences related to the GA theme are welcomed. These may include workshops, panel discussions, worship services, artistic experiences, presentations, etc. 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. Six program slots of 75 minutes are available, including three on Thursday afternoon, one on Friday afternoon and two on Saturday afternoon. Proposals may span two or three program blocks.

To submit your proposal please submit the Program Proposal Form by the deadline of Tuesday, November 26 at 3 PM EST.

Propose a Poster Session for General Assembly

Stories, initiatives and examples for inspiring work in Unitarian Universalism will be featured through poster sessions at lunch in the Exhibit Hall on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 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. If chosen, you will need to be present for one 75 minute session where you will be provided one tack board (4 feet high by 8 feet wide) to hang your poster. During this time GA attendees can come by to discuss with you the topic of your poster. Poster session will be scheduled on Thursday 6/25, Friday 6/26 and Saturday 6/27 from noon to 1:15 p.m.

You are invited to submit a Poster Session Proposal by the deadline of Friday, February 28 at 3 p.m. EST. 

For more information contact meetingplanner@uua.org.

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