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UUA General Assembly 2016 on June 22–26 in Columbus, Ohio

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) General Assembly is the national decision-making body of our democratically organized denomination. This year, it will meet from June 22–26, not far away in Columbus, Ohio. All congregations in good standing have the right to send delegates to help determine the direction of the Association. Number of delegates depends on size, and our congregation can send two delegates, in addition to our minister.

The business of the denomination is conducted in General Sessions, formerly called plenary sessions. General Sessions take up major blocks of time on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning and Sunday afternoon.

At the General Sessions, you will also hear reports on denominational activity from elected leaders, committees of the UUA, leaders of projects such as Standing on the Side of Love, managers of the UU press, and so forth. You won’t want to miss the exhibits of UU-friendly artists and special-interest groups such as UUs for a Just Economic Community.

A major part of the business of General Sessions includes social witness items:

  • selection of a Congregational Study Action Issue (CSAI) to begin this year,
  • consideration and possible endorsement of Actions of Immediate Witness introduced at GA 2016,
  • possibly a vote on a denominational Statement of Conscience developing out of an earlier CSAI,
  • consideration of a business resolution that advocates divestment from corporations charged with being complicit in the violation of human rights in the occupied territories of Israel / Palestine.

Apart from General Sessions, there are also special opening and closing celebrations, workshops on a variety of topics, a public witness event, and several worship services.

The Ware Lecture is the keynote of the assembly, and this year it will be given by Krista Tippett, author of Einstein’s God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit and radio show host of On Being.

Anyone interested in being a delegate should inform Board President Susan Webb as soon as possible. Unfortunately, our church budget does not contain funds to cover delegates’ registration, travel, food, or housing expenses.

By Jan Garrett

Going to GA 2016

What’s happening?

Children’s activities, evening entertainment, lectures, General Sessions, music, banner parade, fun, and fellowship!

See the schedule at uua.org/sites/live-new.uua.org/files/2016_grid.pdf

Registering

See uua.org/ga/registration for details. Rates will increase on May 1.

Registration Rates to Apr 30
Adult (Wed-Sun)* $350
Adult (One-day)* $135
Youth (Grades 9-12) (W-S) $205
Youth (Grades 9-12) One-day $85
Off-site Registration $135

*Discounts are available for some retirees. Younger children can also attend.

Where is it?

Greater Columbus Convention Center
400 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215

How do I get there?

It’s about a 5.5-hour car drive from Bowling Green to Columbus. There are also bus routes. Flights go from Nashville or Louisville.

Where can I stay?

Hotels, private homes, and college dorm rooms are available. Book through uua.org/ga/travel for the group rates.

Tip: It’s a good idea to reserve a room at a hotel near the convention center where GA is being held. Do that earlier rather than later!

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