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2020 Virtual General Assembly Schedule

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 
  • Organizing Your Congregation to #UUTheVote

    UUA Organizing Strategy Team & UU Coalition of State Action Networks
    So much is at stake in 2020. We’re creating new voter outreach organizing strategies as we fight to protect our elections, and move in solidarity with movements for justice during the pandemic to #VoteLove--#DefeatHate. Join Democracy Initiative Director Wendy Fields and our network of #UUTheVote leaders to learn how!
    Nicole Pressley, Rev. Ashley Horan, Wendy Fields, Rev. Abbey Tennis

  • Orientation
    Learn how GA works, how to connect with other​s, and how to make the most of your virtual experience.
  • Opening Worship
    GA officially begins with a joyful, worshipful opening celebration with inspirational music and speakers. The opening celebration sets the tone for the days ahead.
  • General Session 1
    Co-moderators Mr. Barb Greve and Elandria Williams preside over the general sessions in which the business of the Association is conducted.
Thursday, June 25, 2020
  • Morning Worship (Available On-Demand)
  • Workshops
    Workshops, lectures, panel presentations, and worship services will be offered in these time slots. 
  • Featured Speaker
    We are excited to announce the Featured Speakers for the 2020 General Assembly. The Featured Speaker Series is made possible in part by the generous sponsorship of Beacon Press.
  • General Session 2
  • General Session 3 (Report from the Commission on Institutional Change)
  • Service of the Living Tradition
    Led by the The Ministries and Faith Development 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. The service includes a collection to benefit the Living Tradition Fund. Live stream is available to the public. 
  • Reflections
    Join other UUs to unwind and reflect on the evening worship services and celebrations.
  • Featured Speaker​ 
Friday, June 26, 2020
  • Morning Worship (Available On-Demand)
  • Workshops
  • Featured Speaker
  • General Session 4
  • Workshops from the Commission on Institutional Change​
    The Commission on Institutional Change will deliver its final report and through workshops engage attendees in exploring how to take action based on their recommendations.
  • Report
  • Synergy Bridging Worship
    This is a transformative multigenerational worship. Be inspired and illuminated at a celebration of treasured worship elements, rites of passage and brilliant contemporary music. Live stream is available to the public. ​
  • Reflections
  • Featured Speaker
  • GA FUUN Night

    It’s a night of fun for everyone.

    • A Passion For Piano: Featuring Nicole Pesce & Michael Galib
      Pianist, keyboardist, composer, and arranger Nicole Pesce entertains audiences with her unique blend of virtuosity, humor and pizzazz. Michael Galib is Music Director at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County, pianist with the Rhode Island All-State Choruses since 2015, and former assistant conductor of the Providence Singers. Performances include: “Chopsticks”, “I Got Rhythm”, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, “Begin the Beguine”, Hallelujah”, “Ain’t No Business Like Show Business”, and more!
    • Hip-Hop Yoga with Ashley Robinson

Hip hop yoga combines hip hop and yoga into a fun, all levels, inclusive yoga class. This class is a ‘No Flex Zone’ which means there’s no showing off, boasting, bragging, and "stunting"…until we reach downdog of course! Then you betta show us your best pop, bounce,and twerk! Let’s flow, sweat and have some fun. You’ll get all the healing benefits of yoga – increased flexibility, improved mood and a boost in energy!

  • An Evening with Mezzo-Soprano Tichina Vaughn
    Tichina Vaughn is an outstanding American mezzo-soprano, celebrated for her luxuriously rich voice as well as her electrifying stagecraft. She has been a favored artist on stages in the USA, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Enjoy a conversation between Ms. Vaughn, Rev. Mariela Perez Simons, UU Grand Rapids, MI and LaTonya Broome Richardson, Director of GA, followed by stirring musical performance.by Ms. Vaughn to include “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess, spiritual and other classics!
  • Rooted, Inspired, and Ready for…a Virtual GA Drag Show!
    Who cares that it’s never happened before! Be glad that it’s happening NOW! Ministries & Faith Development – LGBTQ+ and Multicultural Programs has gifted you a front row seat to experience fabulousness! Come and watch them werk! Your host for the evening is Rev. Presha Mann (Marcus Fogliano). Performers include Xo Carrington, Artemisia VanHo, Cleara, Gentlemen of the Posterior Road, Angel DeVida, Jo Mama, Alex Jenny, and Dyna with a D.
 Saturday, June 27, 2020
  • Morning Worship (Available On-Demand)
  • Workshops
  • Featured Speaker
  • General Session 5
  • General Session 6
  • Report

  • Ware Lecture
    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.
  • Reflections
  • Featured Speaker
Sunday, June 28, 2020
  • Sunday Morning Worship East
    Join us virtually for the largest annual gathering of UUs joining in worship. The worship service will include a collection for the Tomaquag Museum, an indigenous museum featuring an extensive collection and archive of Southern New England tribal communities. Members of the public are welcome. Live stream is available to the public. ​
  • Coffee Hour East
    Greet the Worship Team and then grab a virtual red cup after the Sunday Service to meet/greet with other UUs.
  • Featured Speaker
  • Sunday Morning Worship West
    Join us virtually for the largest annual gathering of UUs joining in worship. The worship service will include a collection for the Tomaquag Museum, an indigenous museum featuring an extensive collection and archive of Southern New England tribal communities. Members of the public are welcome. ​Live stream is available to the public. ​
  • Coffee Hour West
    Greet the Worship Team and then grab a virtual red cup after the Sunday Service to meet/greet with other UUs.
  • Workshops

Preliminary Programming Information

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.