Resources for General Assembly 2018

Attending General Assembly is a whirlwind of activity. Attending for your first time can be overwhelming! Your Central East Region team wants you to feel prepared. Here are some resources we think you might find helpful. Several are good for off site attendees as well as on site attendees.

As a note, early bird registration ends on April 30 – you need to register today if you want to catch the lower price!

The Central East Region is hosting a GA Orientation webinar on Tuesday, June 13 at 8 pm ET.  This orientation is recommended for everyone attending GA but especially first timers and especially delegates. If you are attending as an off-site delegate, don’t worry we have you covered too! The GA Orientation Webinar for Off-Site Delegates will be Wednesday, May 24 at 7 pm ET. Rev. Darcy Laine will share how her congregations used this opportunity to create a community event.

New to GA? Not sure what to expect? There are two resources we recommend.

  • The GA Forums has a number of discussion boards you can ask questions on. There is a topic specific for questions from first-timers, those who are participating off-site, delegates and GA business, information about the elections and more. You must have an account on the UUA website and be logged in to participate.
  • And download or access the GA App. The 2018 update will be live in early June. You can download the app to your phone now. It’s available from iTunes, Google Play and as a mobile enhanced web app for others. I highly recommend you use the app at GA to track your calendar, look at workshop options in advance and find maps. You can also provide feedback and connect with others attending GA.

One suggestion we make is to look at the program schedule ahead of time and make some preliminary choices about what you want to do. You’ll make changes on the fly once you are there but it helps to have a starting point. The preliminary schedule is already up on the GA Webpage, so you can start planning now.

The UUA has provided a series of resources to help individuals prepare for General Assembly this year. You can find the full list of resources at the UUA website. There are readings, videos and actions individuals can do to prepare themselves fully for the GA experience in Kansas City and complete several actions and you can even earn a ribbon. Those attending off site can also participate and let the UUA know what they’ve done via an online form.

If your congregation does not have a full complement of delegates attending GA in Kansas City, you can opt to send off site delegates. Off site delegates have access to livestreamed video of all the activity in the plenary hall, plus any business workshops (the budget hearing for example) as well as a selection of some workshops. They are able to speak on the floor during meetings and to vote in real time, including the election. Learn more about off-site delegates and general off site participation.

Those attending GA will receive an email from us highlighting CER events during General Assembly in June.

We’ll see you in Kansas City!

Beth Casebolt, CER Communications Consultant and Operations Manager

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