2021 UU General Assembly: Wednesday, June 23rd-Sunday, June 27th

The annual General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association will be held virtually June 23rd-27th. Delegates and others who are registered will have access to all of the events and programs. If you are not registered, you still have access to several of the convention highlights that are open to the public via streaming service from https://www.uua.org/ga/off-site/2 021.To learn more about GA, please click here. Here’s an overview of those public programs:

Wednesday, June 23rd, 6:00 pm: Opening Celebration – A great way to start General Assembly and one of the most uplifting events of the week. The theme is “Take What You Need,” and GA officially begins with a joyful, worshipful opening celebration including inspirational music and speakers. The traditional banner parade will be shown virtually during this celebration — Be sure to look for the UUFR banner The opening celebration sets the tone for the days ahead.

Thursday, June 24th, 7:00 pm, Service of the Living Tradition – Led by the The UUA Ministries and Faith Development Staff Group, this service honors fellowshipped and credentialed ministers and credentialed directors of religious education; remembers those who have died; recognizes those who have completed active service; and welcomes those who have received fellowship or credentialed status in the past year. The service includes an offering collection to benefit the Living Tradition Fund, which  provides scholarships, debt reduction grants, and financial assistance in times of need to seminarians, ministers, religious professionals, other congregational staff, and retired ministers and their loved ones. Live stream is available to the public. The sermon will be given by Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore, Minister for Lifespan Religious Education at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, NY.

Friday, June 25th, 7:00 pm, Synergy Bridging Service – “Linked Together.” This is a transformative multigenerational worship service. Be inspired and illuminated at a celebration of treasured worship elements, rites of passage, and brilliant contemporary music.

Sunday, June 27th, 12:00 pm – Sunday Morning Worship – “Until Love Wins.” Join us virtually for the largest annual gathering of UUs joining in worship. Reflections will be delivered by: Rev. Karen Hutt, Adjunct Minister of First Universalist Church of Minneapolis, and Rev. Jen Crow, Co-Senior Minister of First Universalist Church of Minneapolis.

All of the General (business) Sessions are also open to the general public. This is a good opportunity to learn about the many facets of the national Unitarian Universalist organization and how it conducts it business. Here’s the schedule:

  • 8:00 – 9:15 am, Wednesday, June 23rd
  • 1:30 – 4:30 pm, Thursday, June 24th
  • 1:30 – 4:30 pm, Friday, June 25th
  • 1:30 – 4:30 pm, Saturday, June 26th,
  • 2:45 – 4:30 pm, Sunday, June 27th
There will be reports by officers of the Unitarian Universalist Association, awards, discussion and votes on budgets, study and action items and resolutions as well as lots of good music. Spend time with GA this year — maybe you’ll go one day as a delegate or representative of UUFR. Next year’s GA is in Portland, OR.