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Program Highlights at General Assembly

General Assembly (GA) offers hundreds of programming choices over the five days of GA.

The theme for GA 2016 will be Heart Land: Where Faiths Connect.

Ware Lecture

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) President, in consultation with the General Assembly Planning Committee, invites a distinguished guest each year to address the General Assembly as the Ware Lecturer.

Service of the Living Tradition

The Ministries and Faith Development Staff Group invites you to join us at this service where we honor fellowshipped and credentialed religious leaders, remember those who have died, recognize those who have completed active service, and welcome those who have received fellowship or credentialed status in the past year.

The Service of the Living Tradition (SLT) is open to the public.

The Banner Parade

General Assembly will begin with a procession of banners from hundreds of Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations and organizations.

Public Witness

At each General Assembly we invite interfaith and community partners to join us in a public witness for justice.

Worship Choices at General Assembly

General Assembly, like Unitarian Universalism, offers a wealth of theological diversity. A variety of worship choices are offered throughout GA.

Music at General General Assembly

Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout, conductor, singer, poet, and Director of Music at the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor, Michigan, will lead the GA Choir with nearly 200 singers assembled from UU churches across the continent. The GA Choir will weave music throughout Sunday Morning worship and help lead the call to action for Black Lives Matter during Closing Ceremony. 

Mark David Buckles, Music Director of the Arlington Street Church and Sanctuary Boston, and Markus Gray-Hauck, Music Director of the UU Congregation of Montclair, join forces with two of the top jazz musicians in Columbus to bring the GA Band's solid groove to worship at GA. 

Jennifer Hayman, Director of Music and Arts at All Souls Church Unitarian of Washington DC, brings the All Souls multicultural band to accompany the Choir of the Living Tradition on Thursday evening. 

Rev. Erik Martínez Resly and young members of Artists of the Sanctuaries, Washington DC, join the GA Band for a rocking, hiphop Synergy Bridging Service on Friday evening. 

All of the music leaders at GA are members of the UU Musicians Network: Susan Peck, GA Music Coordinator 2015-16, Dr. Leon Burke III, GA Music Coordinator 2017-18, Mark David Buckles, GA Band Leader 2015-16, Markus Grae-Hauck, GA Band Leader 2017-18, Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout, GA Choir Director 2016, Jennifer Hayman, Music Director of Ministry Days and Service of the Living Tradition 2016, David Blazer, GA Accompanist 2016.  The mission of UUMN is to create dynamic and transformative music ministries and to model and promote excellence in shared ministry. UUMN musicians work closely with the GA Planning Committee, Worship Arts Team, and ministers to make audible the breath and heartbeat of our faith in joyful song and dance.

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