Circle ‘Round for Justice • Healing • Courage – UUA General Assembly 2021
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Circle ‘Round for Justice ● Healing ● Courage was the theme for General Assembly 2021 (June 23-27). General Assembly was a time to circle ‘round in community. We circled ‘round in care and healing; for liberation and justice; and for love and courage. We shared stories of the work happening at our Association. and in our congregations. We studied ways to implement and live into our mission. UUA GA 2021 incorporated recommendations from the Commission on Institution Change report, “Widening the Circle of Concern” and dialogue with the Article II Commission about our Principles and Purposes. Through programs and workshops, professional and lay leaders learned and developed skills to equip them with tools to continue the mission of our faith. Featured speakers delved into theological analysis, working around organizing for liberation, and the ways we tend our spiritual resilience. Honoring the myriad of communities within Unitarian Universalism, there was time for networking, meetups and caucusing over the span of our 5-days together. During GA 2021, we preserved our connection to Milwaukee and the MidAmerica Region through special programming and activities.
UUA General Assembly Ware Lecture featured Stacey Abrams and Desmond Meade. After the largest election in U.S. history, with unprecedented access expanded under the pandemic, there has been a swift and severe backlash of even more extreme voter suppression laws sweeping across states. Stacey Abrams and Desmond Meade are on the front lines of this struggle to build the democracy we deserve—one that includes everyone. More about them here.
Virtual UUA General Assembly (GA) 2021 Report by Mike Greenwood (delegate)
A few notes and a few thoughts about our time at this year’s UUA General Assembly. As your voting delegates, Alan Moore and I each spent just under 12 hours in the Business component of GA. But before we get to the business component of GA, did you know that you can access most of the GA workshops for free at https://gaonline.uua.org/login?e=0006b077b0bb533e ? There you will find worships on equity, racism, spiritual healing, welcoming congregations and so much more. Check one out today! We hope you will join us as a delegate, either in-person or ZOOM. Next year GA will be in Portland Oregon June 22-26 and in 2023 Pittsburgh, PA. Now to the business component of GA. We passed several amendments to our UUA Bylaws and Rules and you can find more detail at www.uua.org
Bylaw Amendment #4: Timeline for President-Elect and Moderator-elect to Take Office was lengthened to a maximum of 45 days. Prior, our newly elected President was expected to take office in Boston immediately after GA regardless of current residency or family commitments.
Bylaw Amendment #6: Requested by the Religious Education Credentialing Committee, there is now more flexibility in the terms and levels of religious education credentialing.
Bylaw Amendment #1: Timeline for Submitting Actions of Immediate Witness was refined and shortened. Immediate Witness occurs at GA and allows GA participants the opportunity to respond to an immediate incident or crisis through a statement that demonstrates solidarity with those who are mistreated.
Bylaw Amendment #2: Timelines for Campaigns for President and Moderator were shortened.
Bylaw Amendment #5: GA Registration Requirements states that delegates must register but not necessarily pay any fee such as a registration fee in order to be a delegate.
The General Assembly affirmed these Actions of Immediate Witness
Defend and Advocate with Transgender, Nonbinary, and Intersex Communities (PDF); The COVID-19 Pandemic: Justice. Healing. Courage (PDF); Stop Voter Suppression and Partner for Voting Rights and a Multiracial Democracy (PDF).
We elected a number of individuals to UUA positions. The only contested election was for the position Board of Trustees. Sam Trumbore won the seat.
Statement of Conscience: The Statement of Conscience (SOC): Undoing Intersectional White Supremacy (PDF) was adopted. Delegates to the 2021 General Assembly affirmed two Responsive Resolutions: Include Systemic Anti-Racism in Principles (PDF) and Creating a More Just Future Through Divesting from Pipelines and Investing in Young People (PDF)