Post GA Update
Quick Links for GA via the web
Planning to participate in GA via the web
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.
WATCH WITH A GROUP
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
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 26
8:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 27
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.
GO OUT WITH YOUR GROUP – HAVE FUN
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!
READ DAILY COVERAGE BEFORE GROUP
Before each evening gathering we’ll check uuworld.org/ga 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.
CONNECT WITH OTHER GA and iGA PARTICIPANTS
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.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS?
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!