GA BLAST – June, 2014

General Assembly is almost here-

June 25 – 29 in Providence. Don’t miss it!

 Not sure what to expect?  Check out all the events online!

You can now read or download the complete GA Program Book and the full business agenda at http://www.uua.org/ga/program/book/index.shtml.  You can also put it all on your smartphone with the GA Mobile App. You’ll get a full printed book when you check in at GA, but meanwhile you can start making your plans. (With 17 offerings in each workshop time slot, you might want to coordinate with others from your congregation to ‘cover’ key topics.)

Sign up!

You can register online, for the whole GA or by the day, at www.uua.org/ga right up until GA starts.  (To be an offsite delegate, you must register by June 20.) You can also just show up and register onsite at the RI Convention Center, Room 558, at no extra cost, but you might have to stand in line. So why not simplify your life and register now?  That way your badge and program book will be waiting for you.

 Coming in by the day?  Not a problem!

Share a ride with your fellow congregants. Save money, burn less carbon, and enjoy a built-in discussion group about GA experiences. There’s also convenient train and bus service that brings you very near the Convention Center. You’ll find lots of information on transportation and parking at http://www.uua.org/ga/travel/index.shtml

 Drop in at the BCD Commuter Lounge.You can retreat to Salons 4 and 5 on the 18th floor of the Biltmore Hotel, overlooking the city, during the day Thursday through Saturday to relax, together or alone. (There’s also a great Starbucks in the Biltmore.)

We’ve also added a Family Respite Room in the Dunkin Donuts Center, right near the General Sessions, where anyone, including parents with infants and children, can take a comfortable break but stay near the action.

Come to WaterFire on Saturday night!

The theme of this General Assembly is “Love Reaches Out,” and we’re reaching out in a new way as an active sponsor of this beautiful Providence event. (Not familiar with WaterFire? Check it out at www.waterfire.org).  Be a part of a very different public witness, as we Stand on the Side of Love (wear your yellow shirt if you have one) and witness for the power of love through music, words, visual expressions and action.

You don’t need to be registered at GA to be a part of WaterFire, or the “Make Way for Love” service at 7:30 in the Dunk and the sunset procession to the rivers. All are invited-bring your friends.  Even better, volunteer to help out!  You’ll find a volunteer interest form at http://www.uua.org/ga/justice/witness/295042.shtml .

Shop, learn and dine in the GA Exhibit Hall.Browse close to a hundred exhibitors and vendors, do socially conscious shopping, and break bread with your fellow congregants and UUs from around the country.While you’re there, stop by the GA Service Project booth to learn about hunger and homelessness and how UUs are working to end them in Rhode Island. Want to help their ’empty bowls’ project? Contact Service Project Coordinator Nori Duncan (nori.duncan@gmail.com) about donating some of the handcrafted or handpainted bowls that will be offered at the booth. (She can even help you with ideas of how to make one.)

Enjoy historic Providence. Local UUs, in collaboration with the Rhode Island Historical Society and the Roger Williams National Park, have arranged low-cost or free tour opportunities of all sorts, open to anyone. Some require reservation by June 20; others are open without reservations. Learn more at http://www.uua.org/ga/travel/285334.shtml . Even without a tour, just wandering the historic streets can be a real pleasure.

Worship together with thousands on Sunday.

Sunday morning worship at 11 AM is open to all, and the Exhibit Hall will be open to all following the service, from 12:30-3:30. Some BCD congregations are organizing buses and car pools to Providence.  Some are also planning to live stream it for their congregations at home. You can also watch the service and other major GA events on your own. Check out http://www.uua.org/ga/virtual/index.shtml for how to be a part of GA even if you can’t be there physically.

COME, COME, WHOEVER YOU ARE – SEE YOU AT GENERAL ASSEMBLY!

 

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