General Assembly Schedule
General Assembly Schedule
General Assembly, GA Programs & Schedule

2020 Schedule

Wednesday, June 24

All times are local: Eastern Daylight Time.  This schedule is subject to change.

  • Congregational Grassroots Organizing
    12:00 – 5:00
    Organizing is, in part, figuring out the key things needed at any particular moment and mobilizing our people and resources to meet those needs.  In the next few months, one major need is getting all hands on deck to #VoteLove and #DefeatHate in the 2020 elections!  This workshop for congregational leaders will focus on how to organize members of your congregation to move in solidarity at key moments like these, no matter what skills they have or which issues they're passionate about.  Join us to develop your leadership to UU the Vote!
  • General Assembly Orientation
    3:00 – 4:30 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
    3:00 – 4:30 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.
  • New England Regional Ingathering
    4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
    Network with fellow Unitarian Universalists (UUs) from the New England Region.
  • Welcoming Celebration
    7:00 – 9:00 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.
  • Evening Gatherings
    9:30 – 10:30 p.m.
    We listened to your requests for more time to gather and connect, especially for those who travel solo to GA. Our new morning and evening gatherings will provide a variety of opportunities to do just that. You’ll find a roster of pre-planned options as well as room to add your own. 

Thursday, June 25

  • Morning Gatherings
    7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
    We listened to your requests for more time to gather and connect, especially for those who travel solo to GA. Our new morning and evening gatherings will provide a variety of opportunities to do just that. You’ll find a roster of pre-planned options as well as room to add your own.
  • Worship
    8:45 – 9:45 a.m.
  • General Session I
    10:00 – 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 1
    12:00 – 1:15 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.
  • Program #1
    1:15 – 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.
  • Program #2
    3:00 – 4:15 p.m.
  • Program #3
    4:45 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Community Table
    6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
    A meal is best enjoyed with laughter and love. After getting your food, look for the “Community Table” sign on dining tables in the exhibit hall, and join fellow UUs for conversation and relationship building over locally sourced food.
  • Service of the Living Tradition
    7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
    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. Members of the public are welcome.
  • Evening Gatherings
    9:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Friday, June 26

  • Morning Gatherings
    7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
  • Worship
    8:45 – 9:15 a.m.
  • General Session II
    9:45 – 12:00 p.m.​
  • Poster Session 2
    12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
  • Workshops from the Commission on Institutional Change​
    1:15 – 2:30 p.m.
    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.
  • Program #4
    3:00 – 4:15 p.m.
  • Singing
    4:45 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Ware Lecture
    5:00 – 6:00 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.
  • Community Table
    6:00 - 7:30 pm
  • Synergy Bridging Worship
    7:30 – 9:00 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.
  • Evening Gatherings
    9:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 27

  • Morning Gatherings
    7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
  • Worship
    8:45 – 9:30 a.m.
  • General Session II
    10:00 – 12:00 p.m.​
  • Poster Session 3
    12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
  • Program #5
    1:15 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Program #6
    3:00 – 4:15 p.m.
  • General Session IV
    4:45 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Community Table
    6:00 - 7:30 pm
  • Closing Celebration
    7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Evening Gatherings
    9:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 28

  • 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
  • Legacies of Colonialism
    1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
    Our goal is the arc of General Assembly bows toward completion in a way that sends attendees back to their congregations and broader communities feeling reconnected to our roots, inspired by our commitment to UU’s mission and values and ready for the journey ahead. Plan to stay on Sunday for programming crafted with that objective in mind. Details coming soon.

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.

For more information contact meetingplanner@uua.org.

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