Two Big UUA Gatherings Coming Up.
Pacific Western Regional Assembly. Read more.
Here are dates to keep in mind:
April 19: Final date for advance registration
April 26-28: Regional Assembly in San Jose!
*Off-site delegates participating via internet should be aware of these practice sessions times: April 16, 6:30-7:45 p.m., PT or April 17, 2:30-3:00 p.m., PT.
Pacific Western Regional Assembly. San Jose, April 26-28. This first time conference has grown out of the experiences of leaders in the Pacific Northwest District and the three other western districts of the UUA in meeting with one another over many years. This regional collaboration has also been taking place in other regions across the country. Recently they have begun experimenting more boldly with shared programs – with more vulnerability and shared accountability. The concerns brought out in these efforts have been brought into focus by the economic downturn. In a spirit of trying to learn how to better serve congregations given the new realities, the Regional Conference was conceived as an occasion to collaborate and celebrate our “Big Faith with No Borders.” There are no present plans to make this a regular event and next year we will return to a District only meeting.
In the spirit of the Assembly theme the workshop program will focus on three all-day workshop Theme Tracks: Get Religion (Theology), Grow Leaders (Leadership), and Cross Borders (Beloved Community). There is also an Option Track for those not following a Theme Track featuring choices from eight different workshops. There will also be a Forum for the two candidates vying for Moderator of the UUA. A full program for children and youth is being arranged.
Time is set aside for each District to hold a business meeting, for which the church will designate delegates, both attending and off-site (participating via internet). The Confluence Committee will be accepting delegate applications in Fuller Hall or at the church office. Delegate duties are listed on the application form. Delegates are eligible for stipend assistance.Expect the whole conference to be infused with a spirit of celebration and conviviality. At the Opening Celebration the Rev. Christine Robinson of First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque will deliver the keynote address. Holly Near has contributed a special Assembly anthem “I Am Willing.” Four meals covered in the registration will be communal affairs. An inspiring worship service open to the public will wind up the Assembly on Sunday morning. For details on program, housing, and registration go to www.pwruua.org.
UUA General Assembly. Read more .
Here are dates to keep in mind:
April 30: Registration fee increases
May 16: Last date to reserve at conference hotel at discounted rate
May 19: Your Delegate Application Form due with Confluence Committee
June 19-23: General Assembly in Louisville!
UUA General Assembly. Louisville, KY, June 19-23. General Assembly is more than the annual Business meeting of the Association. The myriad of worship and witness events, programs and exhibits not only provide a rich experience to the thousands of UUs who attend each year, they also give participants a renewed sense of energy, up-to-date information, inspiration, and innovative ideas to take back to their congregations and communities. The theme this year is “From Promise to Commitment.” As usual there will also be exciting program for children and youth . Enews will highlight specific aspects of the Assembly in the coming weeks, but for now participants should consider registering and making housing arrangements at www.uua.org/ga. Registration costs will rise on May 1. Special rates for official convention hotels are guaranteed through May 16. Home hospitality arranged through one of the Louisville congregations will also be available. The GA website also should be consulted for information on programs and registration for children and youth.
At GA, the plenary sessions will consider a number of important issues including choosing a UUA Moderator. The church can appoint up to 21 delegates, including off-site delegates who participate via the internet, to represent it in these proceedings. There will be some stipend help for delegates. To apply for delegate status, download a delegate application here and return it to the Confluence Committee table in Fuller Hall or at the church office by May 19. Duties of delegates are outlined on the application form.
At every GA there are certain eagerly anticipated events which bring together the whole Assembly under one roof in a spirit of inspiration and renewed commitment, both individually and as a movement. The Ware Lecture, which has brought outstanding persons of national and international importance over many years, this year will feature Eboo Patel, author, founder and Executive Director of the Interfaith Youth Care. At the Service of the Living Tradition, at which long serving and incoming ministers are honored and welcomed, the sermon will be delivered by the Rev. Vanessa Southern, parish minister to the Unitarian Church in Summit, NJ. At the Sunday Morning Service, which will be open to the general public, the sermon will be delivered by the Rev. William Schulz, former UUA president, director of Amnesty International, and currently president of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Building on the experience of the 2012 Justice GA, the planners of the 2013 GA seek to create a General Assembly that moves our Association “From Promise to Commitment.”