Brian Kiely (UU Without Borders)Â blogs about the current annual meeting of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches (UK), gathered in Nottingham.
For years, I’ve loved seeing pictures of these meetings. Their scale is far more manageable than Unitarian Universalist Association General Assemblies, which are days longer, have several times more attendees (though the British have proportionally more people attending) and (seem) to have more packed schedules. You need a vacation after attending one.
Perhaps I like the look of the British meetings because you so often see the delegates in assembly halls with desks, which suggests a more active deliberative process. (Suggests, but does not prove.) Â Or perhaps the scale and format is more like the meetings of the Universalist General Convention, a predecessor body of the UUA, and I can imagine what they might have been like. Or perhaps it’s the worship services sometimes pictured from inside an actual church. In any case, I think you could talk me into one of their meetings faster than one of ours. I’d even staff a table in the (more modest) exhibits hall.
A word about terms: in the UK, the General Assembly is the governing body; in the US, it’s the annual meeting. In case that wasn’t clear.