General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend; congregations must certify annually to send voting delegates.
General Assembly 2020
June 24-28, Providence, RI
Propose a Program for GA 2020
You are invited you to submit a program proposal for the 2020 General Assembly. We are especially looking for proposals that address the 2020 theme Rooted, Inspired, Ready. Proposals will be due Tuesday, November 26 at 3:00 p.m. EDT.
GA 2020 Theme: Rooted, Inspired, Ready
We Are Rooted
To know where we are headed, we must be in touch with our theological and historical roots. A major focus of General Assembly (GA) will be partnership with Indigenous leaders in the Northeast to explore how to co-exist in right relationship with one another and the land we occupy. We will deepen our understanding of Unitarian Universalism’s role in European settlement, 400 years since our direct religious ancestors on the Mayflower landed in Plymouth and began the colonization of what is now New England. GA will delve into our theological and historical roots, bringing those threads into the present day and acting in solidarity with Indigenous communities.
We Are Inspired
We are the ones we have been waiting for. We have been engaged in a transformation of our faith to be more inclusive and anti-oppressive, and GA will be an opportunity to experience the progress we are making and enter a new phase of this mission-based work. Delegates will choose the Association’s senior elected volunteer leader with the election of a new Moderator.The Commission on Institutional Change will deliver its final report and engage attendees in exploring how to take action based on their recommendations. The UUA is a living laboratory for how we shift our faith communities as a whole to embrace values of justice and liberation. GA will provide learning opportunities for leaders to experience this work first-hand, and to take it back home. Whether you are coming to GA just beginning this work or already far down the road, leaders will leave GA with concrete skills to bring back their congregations to invest in the health, vitality and inclusivity of their communities.
We Are Ready
Fired up and ready to go! Our UU values call us to take action in the face of rising white nationalism, authoritarianism and climate destruction. UUs have been joining the #resistance locally, nationally and globally, and the need for our values of justice, equity, compassion and liberation rises each day. The 2020 elections are the most important of our lifetime for ensuring that our movements for justice can survive and thrive , and UUs across the country will be mobilizing to “UU the VOTE.” Attendees will be inspired and trained up to engage in electoral work as people of faith, living out our values in service of all our intersecting justice commitments.
General Assembly 2020 will take place at the Rhode Island Convention Center, centrally located in the heart of Providence, at 1 Sabin St, Providence, RI 02903. Google Map. It is connected via skybridge to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center arena (site of General Sessions), and to the Providence Place Mall.
Providence combines the best of a quaint New England town with the amenities and hip sophistication of a big city. Acclaimed restaurants, a vibrant arts and culture scene, and beautifully preserved historic architecture combine to make Providence a destination for inspiration.
Easily accessed via Interstate 95, Providence is a 50-minute drive from Boston and a three-hour drive from New York City. Warwick’s Green Airport (PVD) is a 10-minute drive from Providence and offers an average of 100 nonstop daily flights, intercity bus transportation, and connection to commuter rail service. Boston’s Logan Airport (BOS) is located less than 50 miles from Providence. Peter Pan's 10 daily departures provide bus service directly from Logan to downtown Providence, and Amtrak and commuter rail service are available from Boston.
Providence is accessible by rail via Amtrak’s Northeast Regional route (Boston - Providence / Springfield - Hartford - New York - Washington, DC - Roanoke / Richmond - Norfolk / Newport News - Virginia Beach). It is also reachable by Greyhound Bus.
Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) General Assembly & Conference Services professional staff coordinate logistics such as registration, housing, the exhibit hall, services to our attendees prior to General Assembly, and the GA Program. Contact General Assembly & Conference Services Office Staff.
The General Assembly Planning Committee selects the site for each General Assembly, sets the daily schedule, and determines which organizations affiliated with the UUA may present program material. In addition, the committee oversees the annual Ware Lecture, Opening Events, music, ambiance, and evening activities. The UUA Board, based on recommendations by the Planning Committee, selects GA sites four to five years in advance. Site selection criteria.
Future General Assemblies
- June 24 – 28, 2020: Providence, RI
- June 23 – 27, 2021: Milwaukee, WI
General Assembly is coming to Milwaukee in 2021! If you are interested in joining the Milwaukee-based local area/arrangements team, please email debra [dot] gapc [at] gmail [dot] com (Debra Gray Boyd), Chair of the General Assembly Planning Committee, to learn more. We have many positions open, including Chair of the Local Area/Arrangements Task Force. More about creating GA.
June 22 – 26, 2022: Portland, OR
June 21 – 25, 2023: Pittsburgh, PA
Accessibility and Inclusivity at General Assembly
The General Assembly Planning Committee is committed to addressing the inclusion of all people, whatever their abilities might be, in all GA activities.
- Accessibility Services—Even if you are someone who doesn't usually use assistive equipment, you might really be helped by the available services, from mobility and hearing equipment to advice and orientation services.
- Commitment to Inclusion—Beyond the physical accessibility of the facilities we use—ramps, captioning, seating cut-outs, etc.—we endeavor to take the next step: to truly welcome people with disabilities into every facet of GA.
- Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression, Multiculturalism—The UUA affirms its commitment to maintain an environment free of discrimination and harassment based on race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, or disability.
- Economic Accessibility—The GA Planning committee is focused on creating opportunities to participate, including financial aid and subsidized child care.
- Logos and Other Downloadable Resources for Promoting GA in Your Congregations.