GA Update for Friday, April 2

Unitarian Universalist Association Virtual General Assembly in June 2021
INTRODUCING THE 2021 GA CHAPLAIN CO-LEADS
GA Chaplains manage and coordinate care for registered attendees experiencing spiritual or physical crisis during GA. GA Chaplains provide pastoral care as well as strategies for self-care, mindfulness, and stress relief to support GA registrants during GA. We send a huge thank you for the leadership and dedication of our 2021 GA Chaplain Co-Leads.
Rev. Julianne Lepp
Rev. Julianne Lepp has served as minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Eau Claire, Wisconsin since 2010. She is active in community organizing efforts with the local Gamaliel affiliate in Eau Claire, Wisconsin with a passion for championing the dignity of people and protecting the planet.
Rev. Kristina Spaude
Rev. Kristina Spaude currently serves as the contract minister for the UU Church of Tarpon Springs, FL. She is a clinically-trained chaplain, and left hospital chaplaincy at the end of July to answer her heart’s call to return to work with our congregations during this turbulent time. Rev. Kristina is passionate about many things, especially making the way for more justice in this world.
Rev. Dr. Michelle Walsh
Rev. Dr. Michelle Walsh serves as an Affiliate Community Minister with the United First Parish Church in Quincy, MA. She is a licensed independent clinical social worker with a private spiritual direction practice and teaches in higher education at Boston University’s School of Social Work.
Our team is seeking chaplains who are able to serve in BIPOC (black, Indigenous and people of color) spaces. Financial support is available; please apply here.
VIEW THE FULL GA SCHEDULE
laptop with a 2021 calendar on the screen - Photo by Filip Baotić on Unsplash
You may now view the full GA schedule! While we still have a some big upcoming announcements (like this year’s Ware Lecturer – details coming soon!), you can now preview the abundance of Virtual GA programming including 75 On-Demand Programs and 39 Live Webinars. And remember, there is no “tyranny of choice” at a Virtual GA because anything attendees miss live can eventually be watched On-Demand!
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THANK YOU TO OUR NEW PLATINUM SPONSOR
Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East
Thank you to UUs for Justice in the Middle East for becoming a Platinum GA Sponsor!
Founded in 1971, UUJME is a UUA-related social justice organization of education and advocacy siding with love with the people of Israel-Palestine. Visit their booth in the GA Virtual Exhibit Hall for resources and opportunities to explore UUJME’s educational work and advocacy to promote justice in Palestine/Israel. Recommended sources for purchasing Palestinian crafts.
BANNER PARADE
A collection of colorful banners of UU Congregations
The banner parade is a GA institution, and this year we are excited to bring this tradition into a virtual format. We invite you to submit a high-resolution photo of your congregation’s banner in portrait-style (vertical). Banners will be shown as a slideshow video, accompanied with music and some introductions from our regional leaders. Submitted photos will also be uploaded to the GA app. We can’t wait to see your banners online and celebrate our congregations far and wide!
Submit your banner photo by Friday, April 30.
FLASH POLL
We feel so much spring! What is your favorite spring activity?
Gardening
Spring Cleaning
Hiking
Singing in the Rain
Surving Allergy Season
PREVIOUS POLL RESULTS
Decorative
Have you received your COVID vaccine?
▇ Yes, fully vaccinated! 60%
▇ Almost, one down and one to go. 28%
▇ No, but I have an appointment. 4%
▇ Can’t find an appointment anywhere! 7%
▇ I will not be getting the vaccine. 1%
REGISTER NOW!
If you haven’t registered for Virtual GA 2021 already, there is no better time than right now! Registered attendees are among the first to hear program announcements, such as the Ware Lecturer, and only registered attendees will have access to the NEW! GA app. So, register early to join online discussions, familiarize yourself with the GA schedule, and find your place in our community of communities.

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