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General Assembly, GA Programs & Schedule

2019 Schedule

Wednesday, June 19

  • General Assembly Orientation
    1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
    This orientation will give you tips on how to navigate General Assembly (GA) and our host city. Learn how GA works and how to make the most of your experience. There will also be an overview of how to get involved in the Social Witness Process. GA Orientation is especially useful for first time attendees.
  • Choir Rehearsal
    1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
    Each year a talented group of choral singers gather to practice and perform for the GA audience. Typically the choir participates in the Sunday Morning Worship and the Closing Celebration, and sometimes other events or hymn sings during GA.
  • YA@GA (Young Adult) Orientation
    3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
    Young Adult gatherings are open to all young adults (18-35) at General Assembly to network, coordinate and organize their participation in other GA events, and reflect on their experiences
  • GA Youth and Sponsor Orientation
    3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
    GA Youth (high school aged Unitarian Universalists) orientation is mandatory for all youth and their sponsors.
  • Regional Ingatherings
    5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
    Network with fellow Unitarian Universalists (UUs) from your region.
  • Welcoming Celebration
    7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
    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.

Thursday, June 20

  • Spiritual Practices
    7:30 – 8:00 a.m.
    An informal worship gathering offered every morning. This small group experience will reflect the early morning preferences of the chaplain of the day.
  • Worship, Opening, Framing
    8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
    We will start Thursday with an inspirational worship that will frame the experience of General Assembly 2019.
  • Role Based Track Programming 1
    10:00 – 12:00 p.m.
    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.
  • Poster Session 1
    12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
    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.
  • Workshops #1
    1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
    Workshops, lectures, panel presentations, and worship services will be offered in these time slots. There will also be business and social justice hearings that will be of interest to GA delegates.
  • Workshops  #2
    3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Workshops #3
    4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Service of the Living Tradition
    7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
    Led by the Ministry and Professional Leadership 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. Members of the public are welcome.

Friday, June 21

  • Spiritual Practices
    7:30 – 8:00 a.m.
  • Worshipful Start
    8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
  • General Session I
    9:00 – 12:00 p.m.​
    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.
  • Poster Session 2
    12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Theme Program and Conversations I
    1:30 – 4:00 p.m.
    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. 
  • Synergy Bridging Worship
    4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
    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.
  • Ware Lecture
    7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    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.
  • GA Dance
    9:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 22

  • Spiritual Practices
    7:30 – 8:00 a.m.
  • Worshipful Start
    8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
  • Theme Program and Conversations II
    9:00 – 12:00 p.m.
  • Poster Session 3
    12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Workshops #4
    1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Role Based Track Programming 2
    3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • General Session II
    4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Closing Ceremonies
    7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Concert
    9:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 23

  • Sunday Morning Worship
    10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
    Join us for the largest annual gathering of UUs joining in worship. Members of the public are welcome.
  • Exhibit Hall
    11:30 – 2:30 p.m

How the Schedule is Determined

Each year a team that includes members of the General Assembly Planning Committee, Commission on Social Witness, Youth Caucus, Young Adult Caucus, Unitarian Universalist (UU) Musicians Network, General Assembly (GA) office staff and the Moderator meets to examine the General Assembly schedule and recommend a schedule to the GA Planning Committee. They consult with others as needed to draft a General Assembly schedule that will serve the needs of delegates and other attendees. The draft schedule is reviewed and finalized by the Planning Committee.

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