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Off-site delegate participation provides an alternative way for congregations to participate in the business of the Association when their delegates cannot physically attend General Assembly (GA).
Even if they cannot be physically present at GA, congregational delegates, ministers, and credentialed directors of religious education can participate in the business of GA by serving as off-site delegates. Pre-registration is required. Questions and technical support: firstname.lastname@example.org
Off-site delegates can:
Using a telephone and a computer with high-speed access to the Internet, off-site delegates participate in the Plenary business sessions and mini-assemblies right along with the delegates who are on-site.
All delegates are required to submit a certified GA credential from their congregation. An off-site delegate will count against a congregation's total number of delegates allowed; so off-site participation is not recommended for congregations that can send a full delegation to attend GA in person.
Congregations are encouraged to provide resources for off-site delegates (ie., meeting space, technology, telecommunication), as much as is possible.
In order to participate off-site, delegates must:
Registered off-site delegates will receive instructions via email regarding credentials and training.
Off-site delegates will also receive access to the complete set of recordings of GA workshops.
Off-site delegates are also asked to furnish a photograph of their congregation’s banner for inclusion in the Virtual Banner Parade during the Opening Ceremony. If your congregation’s banner isn’t going to be physically present at GA you can send us a photo of your banner to email@example.com, which we’ll display on the large screens in the plenary hall during the procession.
Please note the following:
Off-site delegates may vote online ONLY on business items in Plenary sessions or Mini-Assemblies. To vote for elected positions such as President and Moderator, off-site delegates must cast a written absentee ballot prior to GA. Certified congregations are mailed an absentee ballot for every delegate/vote to which they are entitled. To vote absentee, obtain a ballot from your congregation. More on UUA elections.
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Last updated on Thursday, July 17, 2014.
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