Believe it, or Not – It is time to begin thinking about General Assembly

The 2020 General Assembly will be held in Providence, RI – June 24th thru June 28th.  

Early Bird Registration has been open since Nov 1st (new this year) and the Early Bird rate (full adult) of $400 will continue, in effect, through March 15th. On March 16th, the registration rate will increase to $500 — through April 30th. On May 1st, the rate again increases to $525, and after June 15th you can only register “on-site” in Providence.

Further details, about the other registration options are all available at:  uua.org/ga/registration  

This same link can be used to find information on Financial Aid and Volunteer opportunities. A link to the Volunteer application process will be posted at:  uua.org/ga/registration/volunteer  on February 28th. Job descriptions, and other related information is available now.

It requires about 180 Volunteers to make a General Assembly happen. In return for a minimum of 18 hours of effort — Volunteers are compensated by having their Registration fees waived. An application for a Volunteer position must be submitted no later than March 31st. You will be notified of acceptance, no later than April 25th, and unsuccessful applicants will be given an opportunity to register at the Early Bird rate, for a limited time. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, or would like more information, talk to Fred Cole.  

Actually, you can talk to Fred and/or Barb Richards about any of this General Assembly “stuff”, at any time!

As of this writing, the 2020 Ware Lecturer has not yet been announced.

Finally, the General Assembly Hotel & Hospitality reservation system will open on Monday March 2nd at 7:00 am (MST). The special hotel rates, negotiated for this event, are available only through this system!

Additionally, there are 5-day university dormitory packages; and Home Hospitality available. Reservations for these cheaper options must also be made via this system.  Warning – these options go very fast!  

Descriptions of the eight GA hotels, and the other lodging options, are available now at:  uua.org/ga/housing.  Travel and transportation information about Providence is also available via this link.  

The Omni Providence is this year’s GA headquarters hotel. Most of the GA workshops, etc. will be in the adjacent Rhode Island Convention Center. General Sessions and Worship will be in the Dunkin’ Donuts Arena (a hockey and basketball venue) which is also part of the same complex. This is an interesting experience, because you can watch the proceedings on the Jumbo-tron! 

 Fred M. Cole, UUCB Denominational Affairs Representative