Oh dear, I really did intend on going to the Unitarian Universalist Assembly General Assembly (GA) last year. I haven't been to one since 2003 and, with the new church plant very slowly developing, I though it would be a good place to meet and consult. But perhaps not.
- Last year, before GA 2007, I noticed the convention center is very convenient to a port and petroleum tanks and less convenient to hotels and restaurants, which never bodes well.
- Then the Great Scraping Off of Affiliates means that many of the stakeholders I'd be going to visit might no longer have a presence.
- Then the notoriously anti-gay preachments of the mayor of Ft. Lauderdale caused a stir about what the appropriate and ethical response may be.
- And recently and most potently, there has been a huge furore about having to show identification -- which I don't mind, but that's the subject of another post -- because the convention center is in a port security area. This has led to calls to action ranging from financially ruinous to politically laughable. Some have called for a boycott of GA, which reminds me of the "liberals and their circular firing squad" joke.
I'm worried that the factors will lead a good number of people to make GA 2008 a miss: a kind of soft boycott, if you will. I think I might be one of them, because it hardly sounds conductive to getting any real business done. Not that GA's been great for that at the best of times.
What do you think? Or intend to do? I don't see much of a public space for the laity to share thoughts, so the non-ordained are especially welcome to comment.
Note, I may, if I feel inspired, share some thoughts on the latest controversy, so save those comments for later.