I’ve noticed some changes in General Assembly since my last one in 2003. Something about it seems a bit more solid, more put together. For one thing, I approve of the schedule, which front-loads the workshop programming — but, alas put the Unitarian Universalist Christian Fellowship communion service on Thursday! That leaves the weekend for the proper, legislative business of the Association. That’s never much interested me — the Assembly rarely bucks what’s proposed to it — but thus leaves time to conduct the over-lunch and hallway business that makes GA so valuable.
People, too, seem a bit more put together, reflecting perhaps a calm (or resignation) that, while not healthy over time, makes a nice institutional change. There seems to be less to fight for or fight over, in both the positive and negative senses of the word. Or perhaps it may be things as simple as less paper given (thus less to clutter arms) or even the tightened up honor ribbon desgined, that once made delegates look a bit like generals in a very strange banana-republic army.
Let’s see if this impression holds up.