I've been following the online coverage of GA, and like a good trooper, looked to see what events on the docket I would have attended. Let's just say I think I chose the better part by staying at home. The entertainment to business ratio is disturbing.
But, even I've been one to say that the real work of the General Assembly is in the establishment and re-establishment of relationships. But I note how a lot of my friends have opted out of this one.
So, a question: how much does it cost the UUA to hold a General Assembly? How much does it cost churches? ministers and others with professional expenses? Those that don't, whether ordained or not, and including the lay delegates?
I'm not going to drift off into a classism discussion since that seems to go nowhere. But it does seem to be a huge expense, and I'm not getting the sense there's the payoff.