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Happy Holidays from the General Assembly team!
Warm wishes to you and yours for a joyful, safe holiday season! Please enjoy these virtual backgrounds that you may use on Zoom or the video conferencing platform of choice.
General Assembly Registration is Now Open
GA registration is now open! Adult registration is $280, and includes access to General Assembly 2024 in the Whova event app, as well as on-demand programming, featured speakers, and major worships. Register through February 29 with a down payment of $50 by selecting the Early Bird Payment Plan at checkout. Delegates participating only in General Sessions may use the “business only” registration option. A donation is strongly encouraged to offset production and labor costs for livestreaming content. Registration rates increase March 1.
GA Gift Certificates
This season, surprise your friends or loved ones with the gift of UU community and faith engagement! General Assembly gift certificates are available in any amount, allowing recipients complimentary registration or the opportunity to offset some of the expense. Refer to our 2024 GA Registration rates for details.
Secure your gift certificate today!
Five Reasons for Virtual GA 2024
Curious why GA 2024 is an online event? Here is a list of reasons collected by the GA Team.
  1. It’s more accessible – physically, financially, conceptually – and therefore attracts a bigger and more diverse audience of participants.
  2. It’s more sustainable – fewer planes, trains, and automobiles as well as less facility energy consumption.
  3. One impact of the pandemic was folks feeling less safe about travelling. The uncertainty about when and how many UUs would be ready to resume travel contributed to our inability to guarantee attendance numbers for the destinations interested in our business for 2024. To avoid potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in attrition or cancellation fees, it was a strategic decision to wait until the odds of solid participation could be more favorable.
  4. In the 2022 report from the Commission on Institutional Change, there was a suggestion for a more accessible General Assembly (GA), and possibly one that doesn’t happen every year. The idea of having a GA every two years has been discussed for a while. The Commission’s work was finished before our first all-virtual GA in the spring of 2020, so that option wasn’t included in the report. After successfully hosting a virtual GA in 2020, it strengthened the case for trying it again intentionally to see if participation remains strong, like in 2020 and 2021.
  5. Having received feedback from first-time GA attendees who participated online, we learned that participating in this way offers an easier opportunity to ‘test the waters’ compared to being in-person. Almost all online participants said they would attend in person next time. It’s a win-win situation.
Call for GA Program Proposals
We are excited to invite program proposals for the 2024 Virtual General Assembly’s on-demand library. We welcome submissions from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences, with a special emphasis on historically marginalized communities, people of color, and the voices of our youth.
Your proposed programs should offer enriching learning and skill-building experiences, all while aligning with our designated focus areas. Let’s collaborate in creating an inclusive and impactful virtual experience for all. The program proposal deadline is Friday, January 12, 2024. Join us in shaping the future of General Assembly!
Sponsorship •  Exhibiting •  Advertising
Interested in Exhibiting at virtual General Assembly? We are pleased to offer premium sponsorship packages, exhibit booths, and other advertising opportunities which will provide top-notch exposure to your organization. Virtual GA Sponsorship packages are designed to offer exceptional value, providing numerous direct avenues to connect with the GA audience. They not only showcase your brand but also foster meaningful engagement with the vibrant community that makes up General Assembly. This is your opportunity to stand out and make a significant impact. Don’t miss out on the chance to connect, inspire, and create lasting connections with our dynamic audience. Let’s make Virtual General Assembly an unforgettable experience together!
GA Marketing and Promotional Resources
In order to raise interest and to help Unitarian Universalist congregations and partner organizations learn more about General Assembly, we have assembled these promotional resources to share with your constituents. Additionally, we are excited to unveil this promotional video highlight. Feel free to use these materials to share the invitation to GA with your networks. Also, follow our social media platforms for additional updates and announcements to re-post in your feed!
UUA Winter Break
Reminder: The UUA is closed from 2:00pm ET Wednesday, December 20 through Tuesday, January 2. All virtual/home offices will be closed during this time. We wish you and your loved ones the happiest of holidays and a peaceful New Year.
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