Hundreds of people have already gathered in St. Louis for pre-GA events, including Professional Days (for ministers, religious educators, and other professional groups) and the first-ever "UU University" mini-conference for congregational leaders. The formal program of the General Assembly kicks off with Wednesday evening's Opening Celebration, Banner Parade, and perfunctory opening plenary session. By then, a couple thousand Unitarian Universalists will have arrived in St. Louis. I fly in first thing Wednesday morning.
A few handy links for following the proceedings this week: If you're trying to keep up from afar--or get tired of sitting in the plenary hall and think you'd rather watch GA on your computer screen--here's a schedule of programs that will be broadcast live on the Web. High-tech GA-goers can load the General Assembly schedule onto their PDAs for easy reference. And UU bloggers are already testing the convention center's free but not especially strong wireless Internet access. True gluttons for information overload can track the blog commentary about GA here (UUpdates), here (Google), here (Technorati), and here (Blogpulse).
More to come!
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Christopher L. Walton is editor of UU World. He holds degrees from Harvard Divinity School and the University of Utah and is a member of the Church of the Larger Fellowship.