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Programming Highlights

Posted by Jeremie Bateman // June 9th 2014 // Youth Caucus Prepacket 2014 // one comment

From workshops to worships, there are any number of things you can do at General Assembly. Below are some highlights of what’s happening in the Youth Caucus room and throughout General Assembly.

If you want to check out the entire schedule:

Download the topical guide for summaries by topic, including the entire Youth Caucus schedule and the Young Adults @ General Assembly schedule.

Download the daily programming PDF or even the entire Program Book to see the full range of what’s offered at General Assembly, including workshop descriptions. Note: all Youth Caucus workshop descriptions are included in these resources.

Download the GA App for a digital copy of the Program Book content, as well as a number of other tools.

Download a blank schedule to plan out your week!


Youth Caucus Highlights

See the whole schedule in the topical guide. Remember, orientation is mandatory. Everything else is up to you.

Opening Worship – Youth will have their own opening worship on Wednesday evening following the Opening Celebration.

Creating Connections – On Thursday morning and Saturday afternoon, Youth Caucus offers two workshops with connections as a central theme. On Thursday (10:15am) the workshop emphasizes Youth Group Games that you can learn to lead to take home. Saturday (12:30pm) is on UU identity and interfaith partnerships, with a visit from a special guest!

Are you a Superhero? – Thursday afternoon (4:00pm) find out what you and a whole host of Superheroes have in common while you explore what it means to be a leader.

Business Matters – There are opportunities every day for youth to get involved with the business of the Association. Come to FUN TIMES on Thursday (12:30) for an introduction to business and discussion of the Congregational Study/Action Issues. Friday at 12:30 is your chance to talk bylaws questions and get help crafting statements you may want to make as a delegate. Then, Saturday at 10:15am is the FUN TIMES session on Actions of Immediate Witness.

Be the Change! – Friday morning (10:15am), experience a taste of the new youth program on anti-racism and multiculturalism, Be the Change!

Spiritual Practices – Can’t get your worship fix? In addition to all of the great opportunities to worship at GA with the Youth Caucus and the larger community, there will be a new addition this year of a spiritual practices workshop, happening on Friday (5pm) in the Youth Caucus space. Come join us to dabble in a mixture of fun, introspective, thoughtful, and interactive forms from many different traditions. Even more awesome? The Youth Caucus Chaplains will also lead spiritual practices each morning (Thurs, Fri and Sat) at 7:30am.

Games, Games, Games! – Thursday evening join the Youth Caucus for team games like Pictionary and a spin on Jeopardy. There will also be plenty of board and card games for small groups to play.

Closing Circle – Begin the last day of General Assembly reflecting on the connections made and the things learned during the week.


Large GA Events to Get Excited For!

At all events held in the Dunk Arena, Youth Caucus has special reserved seating. Find out the location at orientation or look for the giant inflatable palm tree!

Synergy Bridging Worship – the annual General Assembly Bridging Service, open to all, and especially honoring youth transitioning into young adulthood.

Some notes for Bridgers:

  • Sign up at General Assembly in the Youth Caucus Room on the sheet on the wall.
  • We need a few volunteers to come to rehearsal. See details on the Take the Lead page.
  • Arrive no later than 7pm on Thursday in the Dunk Arena on the floor near the stage. We also encourage your youth groups and family to sit up front.
  • You will be on stage during the service and asked to speak your name and congregation into a microphone. Some choose to dress up for this worship but you are not required to do so.

Witness @ Waterfire – This event is sure to be amazing. Learn more in the Witness section.


Sampling of Suggested Workshops

Youth Caucus “top picks” for workshops to attend that are NOT hosted by Youth Caucus. A more robust list of suggested workshops will be made available in print at Youth Orientation and will also be posted in the Youth Caucus room. Below is just a sample. Read the full descriptions in the program book.

Check out the entire Young Adults @ General Assembly Schedule, including workshops on multigenerational feminisms, social media and a special workshop for Bridgers.

GA Talks – three TED-talk style workshops on innovations in Unitarian Universalism (Thurs 12:30, Fri 10:15, and Sat 12:30)

Transformational Worship with the Sanctuary Boston (Thursday, 10:15)

Music and the Message (Thursday, 12:30)

An Intercultural Approach to Reaching out with Love (Thursday, 12:30)

Learn, Love, Act: Catalyzing Youth-Led Social Change (Friday, 12:30)

Writing as a Spiritual Practice (Friday, 12:30)

What’s Love Got to Do With It?: #SSL@5! (Friday, 5:00pm)

Embracing Difference: A Multi-Sensory Worship Experience (Saturday 10:15)

Be the Change: Activist Worship Theatre (Saturday 12:30)


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About the Author

Jeremie Bateman is the Leadership Development Associate in the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at the UUA. He can be reached at jbateman@uua.org.
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