This year’s General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association will be different. Like so many large events, 2020 GA is being held virtually Wednesday through Sunday, June 24 – 28. As an online-only event, GA will be a different experience with fewer opportunities to strike up conversations with strangers that start casual and then go deep. But there are also significant advantages. The cost of travel to the conference site and accommodations are a non-issue, and the registration fee to attend all the ceremonies, worship, and workshops is only $150. The leadership at UUSM is so excited for our members to attend the virtual GA, the Board of Directors is providing a limited number of half and full scholarships for any member who might find the registration fee difficult in our current economic environment.
For many years, GA has offered virtual attendance as an option, and this year they will scale and enhance the streaming technology to accommodate a wider, more global audience. Just as UUSM has embraced virtual meetings and Sunday services, UUs use technology to come together in large numbers to worship, witness, learn, and connect to our greater Unitarian Universalist faith.
Rooted, Inspired, & Ready! is the theme for General Assembly 2020: we remain in touch with our theological roots as we engage in transforming our faith, fired up to take action in the wider world. As the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists from all over the country, attendees of past GAs report an exciting, invigorating experience. It’s an opportunity for UUs to deep dive and then “come home” inspired by ideas and examples of ways to move our faith forward and live into our principles.
“I have attended three previous GAs and have always returned with my faith revitalized, inspired to try new things at our church. If you are in a position to attend online this year, I encourage you to do so,” said member Dorothy Steinicke.
The Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae and the UUSM Board of Directors encourage all interested members of our congregation to register and participate in GA. Attend as many workshops, lectures, and musical events as possible over the five days, as you remain sheltered in the comfort of your home. Register now at https://www.uua.org/ga/registration. Full and half scholarships are available to those who express a need: send your request to Administrator Nurit Gordon (firstname.lastname@example.org). We hope to “see” you at GA this year!