What is General Assembly (GA) ?

  • General Assembly is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association. Delegates from congregations make the decisions for the UUA. Delegates decide what issues need attention and what UU’s think should be done.
  • Highlights include: Worship, Speakers, Service Projects, Banner Parade, Synergy Bridging Service, Public Witness, UUA Bookstore onsite, very active participation by Youth Caucus.  Usually, about 4,000 UU’s, from about 600 congregations, attend GA.  About 2,000 attendees are delegates.
  • Lots more information at  www.uua.org/ga



Why should I go to GA?

Have fun! Make new friends! Get informed!  Learn from other congregations!

When and where is GA? General Assembly 2019 is
June 19-23, in Spokane, WA

logo for GA 2019

What dates are important?

March 1 (the link will be posted at 9 a.m. PST)

  • Housing Reservations Open (NOTE: GA hotel space fills quickly. The GA hotel conference rates are often good in early June, if rooms are available)
  • General Assembly Registration begins (both onsite and offsite delegates)
  • Registration for Hands-on Service Projects during GA
  • Financial Aid Applications are available

March 31 – Financial Aid Application Deadline

April 30 – last day for “early bird” registration rate

May 1 – Registration Rates Increase

early June – Notify the Emerson Board of Trustees that you want to be a Delegate

How can I keep expenses down?

See the Guide for the frugal attendee http://www.uua.org/ga/registration/financialaid/frugal-guide includes this advice:

  • Act quickly. The GA Housing Reservation System opens on March 1. Inexpensive rooms, especially inexpensive rooms that are close to the convention center, will sell out.
  • Register early, before April 30, when rates are lower. Registration rates increase May 1.
  • Volunteer to work at GA and earn your registration fee.
  • Go for only a couple of days. (One-day price for the weekend.)
  • Share a ride; share a room.

Who can go to GA?

  • Anyone can attend.
  • Delegates may vote on behalf of their congregations. They must be voting members of the congregation.  There is no special category for “youth” delegates, but youth may be delegates so long as they are members of the congregation.
  • The Board selects delegates and may also designate alternates. To attend as a delegate, notify Emerson’s Board of Trustees president.
  • Expectations of delegates: All delegates must register for GA to participate and vote on business items. Off-site delegates follow a separate registration process.  Traditionally, the Board does not direct delegates how to vote, but does expect them to vote.  How do I prepare as a delegate?  Familiarize yourself with the business items on the Agenda. Discuss agenda items with your congregation. Learn how to effectively speak in General Session by reviewing the General Session Participation Guide. Learn about candidates for election.

What do delegates do?

This year delegates discuss and revise 2 Congregational Study/Action Issues (CSAI), in a process described here. These are issues selected by Unitarian Universalist member congregations for four years of study, reflection and action.

What is GA really like?

To see videos of the major events and several workshops, go to http://www.uua.org/ga/past/2016

Banner Parade:  Plenary I,  minutes 17:45 to 31:42.  The video includes a few still photos of additional banners after the parade.


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