Are you ready to be transformed in the service of our shared faith?
There is no doubt that this year’s General Assembly in Spokane will be pivotal for Unitarian Universalism. Are you ready?
Here at ARE, we’ve been planning for months for the deeper work we are being called to do together this June. To respond to the urgency of our time, we’ll be doubling down on our presence at GA this year and have 14 people from the ARE Leadership Collective committed to support our collective efforts to transform our faith.
The ARE booth (#341—right alongside DRUUMM) will be “Collaboration^3” and we’ll be partnering with more groups than ever before in advocacy, outreach, and movement-building! ARE members who commit to volunteering might be called to do various solidarity actions during their scheduled time-slot, along with staffing the booth to connect with GA attendees.
We’ve got a couple of new activities planned to engage folks more deeply in disrupting white supremacy throughout the week, cool ribbons and swag ordered . . . and you might just find Dr. Shelly Tochluk there! We’re doubling down on GA coordinators this year too—and are excited to have Laura Bolletino joining Carolina Krawarik-Graham to help keep the chaos at bay. To get involved, you can sign up to volunteer here, or reach out to them directly at theTeam@uuare.org
SUPPORT ARE's OUTREACH AT GA
As usual—to prepare ourselves well—we’ll be hosting two online conversations via Zoom to connect with ARE members and white allies. Want the “real inside scoop” of what ARE is planning? Join via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/532628682
Wednesday, 6/5, 8pm EDT
Monday, 6/10, 9pm EDT
If this is your first GA and/or your first time volunteering with ARE, these calls, as well as reviewing last year’s GA report are a great way to get oriented before the wild rush begins in Spokane.
Be sure to stop by the ARE Booth (#341) in the Exhibit Hall. You can pick up resources and swag as well as get recommendations on which workshops to attend.
While weARE@GA, join us for our off-grid events, too!
We'll be livestreaming whatever we can from our facebook page so you can check in there if you miss out.
We’ve scheduled 30-minute daily Zoom debriefs Wed. 6/19–Sat. 6/22 at 1:00 PM PDT primarily for off-site ARE participants to keep them connected to what’s happening on the ground. Onsite attendees are also welcome to attend—the more, the merrier!
Sunday’s debrief will be at 3pm PDT, shortly after the exhibit hall closes.
Monday, July 1, 6:00–7:30 PM PDT, we’ll be hosting a full GA debrief via Zoom so we can build collective understanding and include more participant feedback in our 2019 GA report.
We hope to see you in Spokane!
Events and Actions Team
ARE Leadership Collective
P.S. Don’t miss chances to participate with the UUA Commission on Institutional Change while at GA! We’ll have more information during our online prep conversations and in our next email, but you can find details and signups for the CoIC here. For those who missed the online focus groups in the last few months, it looks like there will be more opportunities in Spokane.
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