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An Invitation to Remember, Reflect and Aspire at General Assembly


50th Anniversary Perspectives:

The Spirit and Necessity of Liberal Theology
Dr. Gary Dorrien, Leading American theologian Union Theological Seminary New York
Friday 1:00 PM  Ballroom A&D

A People’s History of Universalists and Unitarians
Rev. Dr. John Buehrens
Thursday 2:45 PM Ballroom C

Community Churches and Consolidation: John Haynes Holmes and Clarence Skinner
Dr. Dan McKanan, UUA Senior Lecturer
Harvard Divinity School
Friday 10:45 AM 213 D

Moral Imagination: 50 Years of UU Social Justice
Panel Discussion
Thursday 9:00 AM Ballroom A&D
Looking Forward, Looking Back: UU Scholars of Color Assess our History Panel Discussion
Saturday 1:00 PM 208 A

Fifty Years of Sexual Justice
Rev. Debra Haffner
Thursday 10:45 AM 218-219

Rewriting the UU Narrative: Where We Went Wrong
Rev. Dr. Mark Morrison-Reed
Friday 2:45 PM Ballroom A&D

Meet the UUA Presidents
The Revs. Schulz, Buehrens, Sinkford and Morales
Thursday 10:45 AM Ballroom A&D

50th Anniversary Worship Services:

Opening Worship: Re-Covenanting after 50 Years
Wednesday 7:45 PM  Hall C

Love, Unity, Aspiration: Blended Family as Metaphor
Dr. Leon Spencer
Friday 8 AM  Hall C

A Promise We Will Keep: Synergy Bridging Worship
Friday 8 PM  Hall C

What They Dreamed Is Ours to Do
Rev. Claire Feingold Thoryn
Saturday 8 AM  Hall C

And more:

Visit the Fiftieth Anniversary Booth (#921) in the Exhibit Hall
Share your UU memories in our recording booth and get your free 50th Anniversary pin!

50th UUA Birthday Party
Join the Celebration in the Exhibit Hall immediately following Opening Worship

New Epiphany Revival Hour
with UU composer and songster Nick Page, Friday 7 PM Hall C

Sing Fifty Years of UU Music
Saturday 7 PM in Hall C, before the Ware Lecture by Karen Armstrong

Welcome Message to Future GA Choir Members

Hello Future GA Choir Members!

I am thrilled to be the GA Choir Director for 2011! John Herrick (from Charlotte, NC) will be our fabulous GA Accompanist. I want to invite you to join the GA Choir this year, and let you know some of the changes and special things we’ll be doing this year.

Registration NEW!
This year, registration for the GA Choir will be done differently. The intention is to minimize the chaos and delay of registering for choir immediately before the first choir rehearsal. Instead of lining up to register for choir before the first rehearsal outside the rehearsal room, you will be able to register for choir and pick up your music, for a fee of $10, at the main GA registration area anytime during regular conference registration hours, which will begin on Tuesday, June 21st, 2:00-6:00 pm.

Registration for choir will continue at the main registration area on Wednesday from noon until 2:45. At 2:45, we will move registration outside the choir rehearsal room. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. If all available choir spots fill, we will keep a waiting list for spots that may open after the first rehearsal and notify you in time for the second rehearsal.

The GA choir rehearsals will be Wednesday, 3:00-4:15 pm, and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 1:00-2:15. Participation in the GA Choir is a large time commitment and will limit the number of the wonderful workshops you can attend. I appreciate your commitment to this important and valued part of GA.

Choir Attire
This year, choir members will wear all black. If you have a stole of scarf that you wear as part of your home choir, please bring it. If not, please bring a long scarf from home to wear over your black shirt.

This year, the repertoire, particularly for the Sunday morning service, will be more contemporary. The Sunday morning music will be lively, solo-driven, and will be accompanied by both John Herrick and the amazing GA Band. Ideally, we would learn some of these pieces aurally rather than with written music and sing them with our hands free. In the interest of time, we will have written music, but it is my hope that we can shed the sheet music as the week progresses and have our hands open when we sing for morning worship. Think, “open minds and open hands”!

There are two opportunities for the GA Choir to sing. We will sing for Sunday morning worship, 8:45-10:15 am. and for the Closing Celebration, 5:00-6:00 pm.

I look forward to making music with you!

Amber Fetner
Music Director
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens

Choir at GA

‘Charlotte’s Got a Lot’ iPhone App & Mobile Site

Available for free download in the Apple App Store, the ‘Charlotte’s got a lot’ iPhone App identifies your location and maps nearby restaurants, hotels, attractions and more!

If your a Smartphone user, you’re in luck, too. The ‘Charlotte’s got a lot’ Mobile Site serves up a “stripped down” version of the Charlotte Travel and Tourism site offering pertinent information: upcoming events, hotel, dining, shopping, nightlife and attractions listings and more!

GA Planning Committe Doubles Scholarship Funding

The General Assembly Planning Committee is thrilled to announce that the amount designated for Financial Need and Scholarships has been doubled for the 50th Anniversary General Assembly in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Planning Committee’s matching-fund scholarship program was created to increase economic accessibility for folks who want to attend General Assembly and to encourage congregations to send delegates to our annual meeting of congregations. (more…)

Proposing a program for the 2011 General Assembly

New this year, there is a unified process to propose a program for the 2011 General Assembly. Beginning September 1, GA program proposals may be submitted by way of an online proposal form at uua.org/ga.

Proposals submitted via the 2011 General Assembly Program Proposal Form will be reviewed by both the GA Program Development Group (PDG) and the GA Planning Committee. The PDG is a diverse team of Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) staff and GA Planning Committee representatives committed to providing excellent General Assembly programs that are aligned with the vision and mission of the UUA and its member congregations. The PDG will review program proposals with the goal of filling over 100 program slots. The GA Planning Committee will also review proposals seeking innovative programs and distinguished speakers that will appeal to many UUs attending GA.

The  deadline for submitting a GA program proposal is November 1.

Advance Sign up for the 2010 GA Service Project: Hope Community

Our 2010 Service Project with nearby Hope Community will offer opportunities for hands-on service as well as donations.

There will be a wide range of tasks including gardening, landscaping and painting. The “Hope Block” (22 units of affordable housing scattered throughout 10 buildings) and Dundry property are the two volunteering sites the week of GA. General Assembly registrants may sign up to volunteer on Friday, June 25 or Saturday, June 26. Those wishing to participate should bring long pants, close-toed shoes, and other “work clothes.” (more…)