General Assembly is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association. Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend. The 2018 General Assembly will be June 20-24 in Kansas City, Missouri. Most General Assembly events will be held in the Kansas City Convention Center.
Registration opens March 1; rates increase May 1. Housing and financial aid is available.
GA Theme: “All Are Called”
Grounded in a deep belief that we are all prophets, Unitarian Universalists ask, “How can we faithfully meet the demands of our time?” The call to witness and act for justice in our society and in the world is clear. So, too, is the call to examine our structures and practices, dismantling and transforming those which fail to recognize the full humanity of all people and to honor the interdependent web of life. Join us in Kansas City as we dive deeply into questions of mission for our Unitarian Universalist Association, for our congregations and communities, and for each of us as individuals.
The City of Fountains is practically overflowing with adventure. Whether it’s the scent of smoldering BBQ luring you to a plate of ribs, the sweet echo of jazz welcoming an evening of entertainment or the spray of fountains inviting you to kick off your shoes and make a splash, you’ll sense inspiration in the air – and find it along every boulevard.
As America’s most centrally located major metropolitan area, Kansas City’s location is a huge advantage for travelers. In fact, more than 55 million Americans can get to Kansas City in less than a day’s drive. And flying there is even easier—as Kansas City International Airport is just a three-hour flight away from each coast.
Join us for the following events:
- Opening Banner Parade
- Graduate Association Breakfast
- Friendship Breakfast
- Starr King President’s Lecture
- Service of the Living Tradition
- Seminary 101
- UU Polity Intensive Course
Opening Banner Parade
Wednesday 6/20/2018, 7:00 – 8:30 PM (arrive early!)
Gathering location TBA
Show your Starr King spirit alongside hundreds of Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations and organizations for the procession of banners. Check back later for our gathering time and place.
Thursday 6/21/2018, 8:00 – 9:00 AM
Crowne Plaza — Salon A
Start your morning off proper with Starr King! This is an opportunity for the larger Starr King community to connect over a free catered breakfast and catch up on new developments at the school. Attendees will be treated to a special video premiere!
Graduate Association Breakfast
Friday 6/22/2018, 8:00 – 9:00 AM
Crowne Plaza — Salon C
Similar to the Friendship Breakfast, this is an opportunity for Starr King graduates to connect over a free catered breakfast, catch up on new developments at the school, and reaffirm their commitment to the school. Attendees will also be treated to a special video premiere!
Starr King President’s Lecture
Thursday 6/21/2018, 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Kansas City Convention Center — 3501 GH
Join SKSM President, the Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt, for the 2018 President’s Lecture, Finding our Religion: A Guide to Faithful Resistance. Our government is moving toward authoritarianism, our rights are being steadily eroded, and an ugly pseudo religion is being used to justify it all. In order to resist and reclaim our nation, we must rediscover and reclaim our own progressive religious power and use it for good.
Service of the Living Tradition
Thursday 6/21/2018, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
SKSM Assistant Professor of Theology & Ethics, the Rev. Sofia Betancourt, will deliver this year’s sermon at the Service of the Living Tradition (SLT), which is open to the public and streamed online on uua.org.
6/20/2018 – 6/24/2018
Booth #123, Time TBA
Prospective seminary students are invited to stop by the Starr King booth during select hours (TBA) for special opportunities to meet our distinguished faculty and staff. Be sure to bring your questions and don’t forget to pick up some free swag along the way!
UU Polity Intensive Course
6/20/2018 – 6/24/2018
Time/location/registration details TBA
Discover the mechanics of governance by observing Unitarian Universalist polity in action. We will attend plenary sessions, business mini-assemblies and worship services, as well as meet together as a class to process our observations, learn the history of congregational polity in contrast to other polity paradigms, and thus locate our polity in its theological and cultural contexts. Read the full course description.
Note: We will continue to update this page as soon as event details are confirmed. Please check back for more information.
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