Worship Leaders & Chaplains at General Assembly

Worship Leaders

Each year, General Assembly (GA) attendees enjoy some the best worship experiences the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has to offer, from award-winning sermons to rousing celebrations of spirit and song.

The UUA Administration, GA Planning Committee, as well as the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA) and others extend invitations to our ministers and lay leaders, as well as interfaith leaders, to preach at General Assembly.

Those interested in Youth and Young Adult worship leadership and chaplaincy positions can apply through the Lifespan Faith Engagement Office (LiFE). Young Adults at General Assembly and General Assembly Youth have open application processes for worship coordinators of their respective caucuses. These youth and young adult worship leaders also help plan the Synergy worship service and often invite other youth and young adults to be participants, speakers, and more.

Numerous sermon awards and scholarships are available, from the UUMA, Commission on Social Witness (CSW), Interweave, and others.

General Assembly Chaplains

The General Assembly Planning Committee (GAPC) is committed to providing a rich and rewarding experience to all attendees at General Assemblies. As a part of this commitment, the General Assembly Planning Committee is funding GA registrations for volunteers selected to serve as GA Chaplains. These individuals must be ministers in final fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association Ministerial Fellowship Committee (MFC) and in good standing with the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA), who have excellent pastoral skills and bring knowledge and skills in both anti-oppression work and cultural sensitivity.

Positions are also available on the Conflict & Covenant Team, the Accessibilities and Disability Justice Team, and Systemic Justice Team, all described on the GA Volunteer Opportunities webpage.

Apply for a Chaplain Volunteer Assignment. Notifications will be sent by email on a rolling basis.

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Rev. Lindasusan V. Ulrich is currently with the First UU Congregation of Ann Arbor, MI.

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Rev. Lauren Smith is the UUA Director of Stewardship and Development, having previously led at South Church UU in Portsmouth, NH.

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Rev. Dawn fortune serves the UU Congregation of the South Jersey Shore in New Jersey.

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Rev. Sunshine Wolfe is UUA Congregational Field Staff serving congregations in western Pennsylvania and across Ohio.