Derrick’s GA Adventure
We repost the second installment in Derrick Christopher’s account of his experience as a member of the Young Adult Caucus at General Assembly 2013 in Louisville, Ky. You can follow Derrick on his blog, “Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami“. – Ed.
Derrick’s General Assembly Recap – Part 2 – WEDNESDAY (Day 1: Roots, Wings, Banners, and Humility)
The bark represented the present, the roots, the past, and the leaves, the future. Three specific questions were asked for each:
After YA Orientation, I wandered the exhibit hall with Erik and Jessica (whom everyone else had met the night before while I was screaming at a television set–OK, just kidding, I actually did partake in some conversation at halftime and after the game). We chit-chatted with a few nice folks, especially the folks at the UUA Youth and Young Adult Offices booth.
|Left to Right: Jeremy, Kayla, and me|
After an awesome banner parade and a rousing Opening Celebration came one of the MOST humbling moments of the week: I was invited by UUA Florida District Board President (and über sweetheart) Ila Klion to attend UUA Moderator Gini Courter’s reception at the Marriott. Wow. Imagine just about every mover and shaker in Unitarian Universalism in one room sharing cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and conversation. What an amazing experience. I had a lengthy discussion with Rev. Darrick Jackson, Director of Contextual Ministry at Meadville Lombard Theological School on why he felt Meadville was the right place for me to pursue the ministry–and also had a similar conversation with Justine Urbikas, Meadville’s Assistant Director for Recruitment and Communications. I also had a really awesome conversation with Standing on the Side of Love campaign manager Jennifer Toth that started out being about Immigration issues, then transitioned to being about Florida, and ended up with us making plans to meet up the next night with some other Miami folks to watch Game 7 of the NBA Finals!
All that would have been the perfect end to a perfect first day of GA but just for the icing on the cake, a bunch of us went down the street and hung out at a bar called BBC with a handful of awesome YAs for some “small group ministry” and a bunch of awesome conversations! But the night still didn’t end there because I went back to the hotel room a little early and Erik and Jamie (our other roommate for the week) were still up watching “Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman” and having some deep discussion about the universe. We all continued to theorize and philosophize about the vastness of the universe and our place in it and time travel and all sorts of other craziness until we could barely keep our eyes open anymore and then it was finally time for bed…