Since I’m leaving for Salt Lake City in a couple of days, I thought I would write what I’ve been thinking about GA recently.
I am a self-described GA junkie. I work my a** off to get there every year. One of the reasons that GA is really important to me is that it is the one time in the year that it’s guaranteed that there will be more than a couple of people of color at a UU meeting. And as someone who doesn’t live on the east coast (where the majority of UUs of color are), it gets very lonely (and tiring) being one of maybe a couple of persons of color in the room.
So I’m more than a little interested in the 5th Principle Project. And I have to say that what I’m hearing disturbs me. Mainly because I’m trying to see what benefit there would be for me to go to yet another regional assembly in a region where there are few UUs of color. (For those of you who don’t know, my home is in the Central Midwest District, which includes Chicago, and at our district assembly in April there were 5 people of color. Did I mention that this district includes Chicago?) The only time that there is a critical mass of people of color is at GA….and now they’re talking about changing it.
This is not to say that there aren’t some things I think need to be changed about GA. I do. I think there are too many reports done and what gets plenary time boggles my mind. I would get rid of the Actions of Immediate Witness (of course, I’m not a fan of the statements of conscience). But on the whole, I think GA works as it is. Any issue I have with it is minor compared to everything I get from going.
So the big thing for me is being in the same place as so many other UUs of color. And I have the feeling that is going to be taken away from me.