GA Update for Friday, March 26, 2021 - Archived

Unitarian Universalist Association Virtual General Assembly in June 2021
In the fall of 2013, the GA Planning Committee, out of a desire to streamline the process of presenting a cohesive arc of worship to GA, created the Worship Arts Team (WAT). The WAT’s mission is to support the creation of thoughtful, uplifting worship experiences worthy of our highest ideals and responsive to our deepest longings as Unitarian Universalists. The arc of worship across GA powerfully and effectively embodies the theme of GA by supporting worship leaders across our faith as they craft transformational worship experiences. Please welcome, the GA 2021 Worship Arts Team:
Rev. Kimberly Quinn Johnson
Rev. Kimberly Quinn Johnson, minister of the UU Congregation of the South Fork. Among her specialties are anti-racism and youth ministry.
Kari Gottfried
Karishma Gottfried, a Religion Major at Wellesley College, MA and Communications Ministry Specialist as First UU Ann Arbor, MI. She was raised in the UU Fellowship of Corvallis, OR and is an alumna of Summer Seminary, Thrive, Luminary Leaders, and GA Youth Staff.
Sam Wilson
Sam Wilson, Director of Youth Ministries for the Winchester Unitarian Society. He is also a Program Leader for the UU College of Social Justice, a leader in LREDA, & a Youth Ministry and Social Action Consultant.
The Worship Arts Team is proud and excited to be elevating worship leaders with a diverse array of identities, backgrounds, and lived experiences to better represent the broad range of UUs who will gather with us at GA this year.
The Daily Grounding Worship on Thursday, June 24 will be coordinated by DRUUMM – Diverse Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries. Worship leaders for this service are Indigenous Caucus members Kia Bordner, Rev. Dr. María Cristina Vlassidis Burgoa, Rev. Dr. Clyde Grubbs, and Nina Lytton. DRUUMM is a UU People of Color Ministry and anti-racist collective bringing lay and religious professionals together to overcome racism through resistance and transform Unitarian Universalism through our multicultural experiences.
The Daily Grounding Worship for Friday, June 25 will be coordinated by UUSC – Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Worship leaders for this service are Rev. Jacqueline Brett, Rev. Aisha Ansano, and Rev. Ned Wight. The UUSC advances human rights and social justice around the world, partnering with those who confront unjust power structures and mobilizing to challenge oppressive policies. Their work is grounded in the belief that all people have inherent power and dignity.
The Daily Grounding Worship for Saturday, June 26 will be coordinated by the worship staff of the Universalist Church of West Hartford, the Unitarian Society of Hartford, and Unitarian Universalist Society: East. Worship leaders for this service will be Rev. Dr. Adam Robersmith, Dianne Daniels, and Rev. Josh Pawelek, and Rayla Mattson. The three congregations of greater Hartford, Connecticut have been growing in collaboration and covenant for years.
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.
General Assembly planners are seeking volunteers with experience applying a Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression, Multicultural lens to help review materials for General Assembly, including pre-recorded video, written materials, and musical content.
This year, GA choir members will record a video of themselves singing, and those individual videos will be edited together into a combined video to be premiered during GA. Choir registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Soprano and Alto sections are nearly full, but Tenors are needed.
Thank you to Starr King School for the Ministry for becoming a Platinum GA Sponsor!
Starr King School for the Ministry educates UU and progressive religious leaders to counter oppressions, dismantle white supremacy culture, and create just and sustainable communities.
Thank you to Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) for becoming a Platinum GA Sponsor!
UUSC strives to advance human rights, dismantle systems of oppression, and affirm the dignity of all. Take action for social justice with UUSC!
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I'm already registered!	46% I don't have the funds	15% I'm waiting for more information	14% I haven't had the time	14% I'm not interested in attending this year	10%
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 featured speakers, 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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