Participating in General Assembly via the web

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Can’t go to the UUA’s General Assembly in person? Participating in General Assembly via the web is getting easier and more interactive every year.

This year I’ll be in the middle of a move to Boston and will not be attending in person. However I will be participating. Let me tell you my GA plan.

Identify the portion of  GA streaming video schedule we want to host a group to watch together.  I like the idea of organizing a series of evening gatherings.You could easily do this with a small group ministry / covenant group, but it could be with anyone. If you’re going to be watching, why not invite a few others? Here’s what a series of evenings would look like – all times are local.

Wednesday, June 23
Plenary I and Opening Worship
8:00 – 9:45 p.m

Thursday, June 24
Service of Living Tradition
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Friday, June 25th
Synergy Worship
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 26
Ware Lecture
8:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 27
Closing Celebration
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

For a few people watching on a laptop or desktop computer is probably sufficient.  That’s what we did last year.  If you can get organized to host an event with a larger scree,  even better.Don’t want to commit to multiple nights?  Do what you can.

Plenary and other daytime events we’ll have on a laptop as much as possible.  It is a little harder to stay focused on plenary remotely, especially on a small screen.

To stay focused and build community I highly recommend planning a fun outing or meal with the group you are “doing iGA” with.  When people go to GA they try and take in some of the local city.  Don’t miss out on this GA essential!

Before each evening gathering we’ll check for coverage of the days events. This year the UU World is taking over primary role of reporting on General Assembly.This will allow for us to share news and updates with the group giving everyone the feeling of being more involved.

Using social media tools I will participate in a more active fashion.  While watching plenary meetings and other steamed events I will be on Twitter.  All tweets related to General Assembly will be tagged with #uuga.  This will allow all of us tweeting GA and participating in an iGA experience to see all related tweets.Many people on Twitter use programs such as Tweetdeck and Hootsuite which allow the creation a column featuring specific search results. That makes tweeting a specific event much easier.  If you want to see what’s tweetin’ at GA click here for a Twitter search of all #uuga tweets.Tweeting thoughts, opinions and questions in this way will allow us to share the experience with eacother and those at GA using Twitter on mobile devices.

For the growing number of UUs connected on Facebook, many in the Unitarian Universalism  group, commenting on streaming video events, UU World reporting and related news, blog and Youtube coverage is a great way to participate remotely.

That’s our plan so far. If you have ideas  or past remote participation experience, please share.  This is new for all of us. Let’s learn how best to participate in GA from afar and increase participation in this important event.

Hope to see you online for General Assembly!

10 thoughts on “Participating in General Assembly via the web

  1. I’m really interested in this idea. Our congregation hopes to have a projector and sound system up and running by then, so we could offer a theater experience to all of the churches in our cluster. Now, my big worry is this. What kind of internet speed and laptop power do I need to avoid a choppy transmission? We only have the lowest level of internet speed into our building. Some things, like you tube, seem to play fine. Others things have been less smooth.

    1. Jeff,

      Glad to hear that Chalice Lighters grant is getting good use.


      Will there be video available for those of us who can’t watch GA in real time? Will it include events other than those that are being live streamed?


      1. HI Ward, The video is being archived within 24 hours for viewing at your convenience. Other programs are going to be available to purchase on DVD and audio CD.

  2. Thank you for the GA online coverage. So far I have watched the opening ceremonies and the Service of the Living Tradition. Last year I watched via internet also. The simultaneity this year gives even a better sense of participating, even while sitting alone 2000 miles away.

  3. A live audio stream would be great for those of us who can’t use Flash. At least we could hear the discussions.
    Thanks for all your work!!

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