… And Why You Should As Well
I’m going to General Assembly in Columbus, Ohio this year. If you’re undecided about going, here are ten reasons I have for going that you may wish to consider.
- This year’s General Assembly is in our region. It’s less than a day’s drive, so we’re planning to carpool with friends. No airport security checks, cramped airplane seats, layovers, etc. – and cheaper.
- I’ve made so many friends working on cluster, district, and regional efforts, I’m looking forward to being with them all in person rather than on videoconferences.
- A minister I’ve worked with closely is receiving final fellowship this year, and I want to cheer when she is recognized in the Service of the Living Tradition. We’ve also lost a long-time minister who passed away this year. He’ll be recognized as well.
- As one who has difficulty carrying a tune, I can only really sing out loud when surrounded by several thousand other UU’s. Feels good.
- Incredible worship services – wonderful music, terrific speakers, thoughtful messages.
- Plenary sessions are amazing examples of how to run meetings effectively, despite the challenges of size and issues. Our moderators are and have been impressive to watch.
- Ware Lecture – always incredible – this year Krista Tippett.
- There are always more workshops I’d like to attend than time in my schedule. Have to pace myself, but really get a lot out of the ones I can attend.
- We’re likely to get our first real insights into the candidates running for President of the UUA, and in a forum much more rational and issues-based than other campaigns I can think of.
- I always come back from General Assembly energized in more ways than I can count (even though exhausted in some other ways).
You may have even better reasons for attending … Go ahead and comment!
Hope to see you there!