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Friday, February 26, 2021

Virtual General Assembly 2021

The items below are from two e-newsletters: the monthly from the Central East Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association, and the latest update on the 2021 UUA General Assembly. At the bottom I've also included a graph with the result of a poll regarding thoughts about GA in 2022.

Just announced - Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore, minister for Lifespan Religious Education at the UU Congregation of Shelter Rock in Manhasset, NY, will be the preacher for the 2021 Service of the Living Tradition. The service will take place on Thursday, June 24 at 7 pm ET.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 (coming soon). So register early to join online discussions, familiarize yourself with the GA schedule, and find your place in our community of communities. Cost is $200 and financial aid and volunteer positions to help defray the cost are available. Registration and details at the UUA GA Website.

The Accessibility and Inclusion Team assists registered attendees of Virtual General Assembly with questions or concerns around accessibility, disability, equity, and social justice that are inherent in producing large-scale annual conferences. Team members will work in conjunction with volunteers providing Accessibility Services to GA participants.

The 2021 co-leads for this team are Patty Cameron and Mary Beth Spencer.

Patty Cameron has coordinated Accessibility Services at GA for more than 15 years. Now that we're virtual, and likely to keep a robust virtual presence in the future, accessibility has expanded to serve a wider audience of participants who wouldn't be able to attend GA in person. Patty is a member of the Winchester Unitarian Society. 

Mary Beth Spencer has been volunteering for a number of years under Patty's amazing direction with Accessibility Services at GA. In our ever-changing world, they are thrilled to be able to help serve an ever-increasing part of our denomination. Mary Beth attends Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church in Walnut Creek, California. 

Apply to be a GA Volunteer

We are excited to announce that the 2021 Youth and YA@GA staff teams have been hired by the UUA. Look forward to public introductions from the teams in early March! The youth and young adult leaders will be training in the spring in emergent facilitation, hoping to help craft spaces for young UUs that are responsive, engaging, and fun!

New this year: Financial aid for General Assembly will be distributed via self-selection. If you need to take advantage of sliding scale pricing, please use one of the cost reduction options available during registration. Additional funding from the Office of Lifespan Faith Engagement for UU young people will be advertised in early April.

Register Now!


The GA Music Coordinator provides music leadership, general oversight, coordination, communication, and support for all aspects of music production during Virtual General Assembly.

We will also consider the possibility of dividing the scope of the GA Music Coordinator's duties among 2 or 3 candidates.

Music Coordinator Job Description (PDF)