Four Responsive Resolutions Relating to the
Proposal of the Commission on Appraisal
for Changes in Article II of the Bylaws
All four of
these resolutions passed on Sunday,
June 28, 2009, by a vote of two-thirds or more
1. Responsive Resolution on Article II
The 2009 General Assembly of the UUA strongly urges the UUA Board of Trustees to facilitate a continuation and further deepening of the discussion of the Principles and Purposes begun by the review conducted by the UUA Commission on Appraisal, and that such discussion should continue throughout all levels of the Association, at least until such time as further revisions to Article II may be presented to a General Assembly.
2. Responsive Resolution on Article XV
WHEREAS the Commission on Appraisal submitted a proposal to amend Article II after a period of study and review as allowed by Article XV section C-1 5.1. (c)(4), a process begun in 2006, while Article XV C-15.1. (c)(3) prevents such a proposal from being amended, and
WHEREAS there was an apparent confusion around the application of Article XV section C-15.1 (c), all sub-sections, during the Plenary of the 2009 General Assembly,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the 2009 General Assembly submits to the Board of Trustees a review of the entirety of Section C- 15.1 (c) in order to clarify the process and limitations of a proposal to amend a bylaw in Article II.
3. Responsive Resolution on Inclusion
In response to the changes to Article II reported by the Commission on Appraisal and subsequent discussion of those recommendations at this General Assembly, the delegates request that the UUA Board of Trustees place a motion to substitute the recommended language of Section C-2.4 “Inclusion” for the current bylaw C-2.3 “Non-discrimination” on a General Assembly agenda as soon as possible.
4. Responsive Resolution on Inclusion
The Commission on Appraisal report on Article II of the UUA Bylaws includes section C-2.4 entitled “Inclusion.” This section calls us to do all we can to replace barriers for persons and groups with particular identities, ages, abilities, and histories with ever-widening circles of solidarity and mutual respect. This section also expresses a covenant among our congregations to strive to truly welcome all persons and commit to structuring congregational and associational life in ways that empower and enhance everyone’s participation.
In response to this section of the Commission’s report, be it resolved that:
1. the delegates at this General Assembly are urged to act upon the pledge and covenant expressed in proposed Section C-2.4; and further that
2. the congregations represented here report to the UUA Board of Trustees before the 2010 General Assembly on their actions in response to this charge.