Proposing a Program for General Assembly
2019 General Assembly: The Power of We
June 19-23, Spokane, Washington
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.
Come be a part of building a new way together!
Propose a Program for General Assembly
The program proposal deadline is Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 3 PM EST.
This year’s program selection process welcomes proposals in the following areas:
- Role-Based Track Programming
While opening and closing ceremonies will help us enter and exit as one body, our first and last thematic program blocks will provide for role-based conversations and trainings. The UUA has heard over and over the need for attendees to connect with others based on role, such as congregational presidents and treasurers or youth leaders or worship leaders or activists and social justice committee folx. Having attendees start and end with the same group gives some continuity, and offers role-relevant content to utilize in their unique context. Presenters have two hours on Thursday and one hour on Saturday to lead these tracks. Proposals should specifically name the role-based cohort they propose to serve.Tracks must include:
- Time for discussion among attendees
- Sharing inspiring models and stories, and
- Concrete suggestions for how to further the work of liberation in this area or “take it home” (note that GA planners may provide additional guidance or materials for the taking it home portion).
- Theme-Based Programs
Creative and insightful perspectives and experiences related to the GA theme are welcomed. These may include trainings, 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. We are especially interested in programs that can advance the focused, role-based learning to connect to the conversation tracks. Four program slots are available, including three on Thursday afternoon and one on Saturday Afternoon. Proposals may cover multiple slots. There is limited funding able to support theme-based programs.
The program proposal deadline is Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 3 PM EST. Complete and submit the program proposal form.
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 90 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 6/20, Friday 6/21 and Saturday 6/22 from noon to 1:30 p.m.
The poster session proposal deadline is Friday, March 1, 2019 at 3 PM EST. Complete and submit the poster session proposal form.