Thank you for considering hosting a local gathering at your congregation as part of the 2022 Intergenerational Spring Seminar, hosted by the UUA Office at the United Nations in partnership with UU Ministry for Earth and UUSC! Check out the information below and when you're ready, submit the Hosting Interest Form to let us know your congregation is interested in hosting a local gathering.
What It Means to Host a Local Gathering
Your congregation would provide physical space to offer local Seminar participants a chance to connect in person around what they’re learning through the virtual Intergenerational Seminar programming offered online. The participants would come together for a few hours on April 24 and April 30. We’ll provide you with some materials and guidance.
We hope you’ll help by encouraging members of your congregation to attend the Seminar and inviting other congregations nearby to join you for the programs you’re hosting. This is a chance to build or deepen connections between local UU communities!
Benefits to Hosting a Local Gathering
By hosting a local gathering for participants of the UU@UN Intergenerational Spring Seminar, you’re part of a national movement to instill in Unitarian Universalist youth and adults a commitment to global engagement and the skills to take action locally to address global concerns. When more people from your congregation and neighboring congregations attend the Seminar, they’ll build connections with one another and can keep that going through local engagement beyond the Seminar itself.
Activities for Congregations to Host at Local Gatherings
These gatherings should provide time and space for attendees to process what they’re learning together, as well as to develop stronger connections to their local place. You might invite a leader to present on behalf of a local organization that’s working to address climate-forced displacement (or its causes or consequences) in your area. This could be the start of a new or deepening partnership between your congregation and local organizations.
The Spring Seminar planning team will provide facilitator guides and trainings closer to the event. We suggest that local gatherings happen on Sunday, April 24 and Saturday, April 30.
Local activities can take many forms! It could be any of the following:
- Getting involved in local actions or protests that are happening
- Art project that’s connected to the Seminar theme
- Guest speaker with experience or expertise related to the theme (e.g. from a local organization)
- Educating one another about the local context as it relates to the theme
- Group conversations to reflect on Seminar learnings and how they relate to your locality
Focus on identifying who would be good partners to help participants to get rooted in understanding and familiarity with your local context and to get ready to take action for climate and migrant justice!
Guide to Hosting a Local Gathering
The UU@UN has created a checklist to help congregations host a local gathering in conjunction with the 2022 Intergenerational Spring Seminar. Here's what you'll need:
- Discuss with congregational leaders (e.g. minister, religious educator, social justice leader, board president)
- This sample outreach email (Google Doc) can help you get started.
- Reserve space for the local gathering:
- Contact whoever's in charge of scheduling at your congregation.
- Suggested times: Sunday, April 24 from 12-3pm and Saturday, April 30 from 12-3pm. (Specific timing and activities are up to the host congregation!)
- If possible, reserve space outdoors (for extra Covid safety), with an alternate indoor option in case of inclement weather.
- All spaces used for local gatherings must be fully compliant with ADA requirements.
- Confirm spaces are compliant with ADA requirements for physical accessibility and include easy access to all-gender and wheelchair-accessible restrooms.
- Submit a Hosting Interest Form. The UU@UN will be in touch with you to confirm.
- Receive confirmation from UU@UN staff that your congregation will host a local gathering.
- Add your Local Gathering to the Map of Local Gatherings (link and instructions coming soon!)
- Identify local organizations to partner with on Local Gathering Activities.
- Send an invitation to congregants in your congregation to register for the Seminar and participate in the Local Gathering activities that you're hosting. (UU@UN will provide some promotional materials.)
- Send an invitation to nearby UU congregations to register for the Seminar and participate in the Local Gathering activities that you’re hosting. (UU@UN will provide some promotional materials.)