Having attended many General Assemblies over the years, I know first hand the power of thousands of Unitarian Universalist voices raised in song. I know the power of people from across the globe coming together to craft social justice statements. I know the power of great orators addressing our body and inspiring us to action. I intend to continue attending GA in the future and will strongly encourage others to join me.
Many other opportunities exist for denominational involvement. Our summer camps provide amazing experiences. Having led youth and young adult programs at the Ohio-Meadville District Summer Institute many times, I know the connections forged there can endure for many years.
Social justice trips also provide life-changing experiences for congregations. I led a trip to New Orleans when serving as student minister in Pittsburgh. The week afforded participants the opportunity to contribute to so many lives and to live our principles concretely.
We can do much to reach out to people in virtual ways or through nontraditional venues. Millennials in particular demand relevance of their churches, and we must show young adults our willingness to adapt to new technologies and new strategic directions if our denomination is to thrive.