1 00:00:00,000 --> 00:00:07,550 2 00:00:07,550 --> 00:00:09,990 Jim Key: Our next item of business is to consider 3 00:00:09,990 --> 00:00:14,890 and vote on the proposed changes to section C-2.3, 4 00:00:14,890 --> 00:00:16,040 regarding inclusion. 5 00:00:16,040 --> 00:00:19,820 The text is found at page 97 of the final agenda. 6 00:00:19,820 --> 00:00:23,230 The mini assembly concerning this amendment was held Friday. 7 00:00:23,230 --> 00:00:25,850 You will recall that this is C bylaw which 8 00:00:25,850 --> 00:00:28,050 is one that takes two years for two 9 00:00:28,050 --> 00:00:32,380 successive general assemblies to ratify by a majority vote. 10 00:00:32,380 --> 00:00:35,060 This was passed overwhelmingly last year 11 00:00:35,060 --> 00:00:37,170 and awaits a second vote. 12 00:00:37,170 --> 00:00:41,910 Will a Vice Moderator make the appropriate motion? 13 00:00:41,910 --> 00:00:45,580 Speaker 1: Moved that the proposed changes to section 14 00:00:45,580 --> 00:00:52,940 C-2.3, regarding inclusion, found at page 97 of the final 15 00:00:52,940 --> 00:00:59,810 agenda, be adopted by this assembly. 16 00:00:59,810 --> 00:01:02,460 Jim Key: I call upon Michael Salwasser, UUA trustee 17 00:01:02,460 --> 00:01:08,950 at large, to give the position of the board of trustees. 18 00:01:08,950 --> 00:01:11,577 Michael Salwasser: 50 years ago, when we first included a-- 19 00:01:11,577 --> 00:01:12,410 [INTERPOSING VOICES] 20 00:01:12,410 --> 00:01:13,590 Jim Key: Michael, wait. 21 00:01:13,590 --> 00:01:15,400 I recognize you at the pro microphone. 22 00:01:15,400 --> 00:01:18,040 That's the cue to the people tending to the microphones. 23 00:01:18,040 --> 00:01:21,354 So you may now speak. 24 00:01:21,354 --> 00:01:23,270 Michael Salwasser: 50 years ago, when we first 25 00:01:23,270 --> 00:01:26,870 included a nondiscrimination clause in our bylaws, 26 00:01:26,870 --> 00:01:30,390 discrimination was the law in many states. 27 00:01:30,390 --> 00:01:32,640 For our congregations to include this statement 28 00:01:32,640 --> 00:01:35,050 in the same article as our principles, 29 00:01:35,050 --> 00:01:37,190 our sources, and our purposes was 30 00:01:37,190 --> 00:01:40,180 important and groundbreaking. 31 00:01:40,180 --> 00:01:43,080 In 2009, your commission on appraisal, 32 00:01:43,080 --> 00:01:46,850 acting as a steady commission, called for a new era-- 33 00:01:46,850 --> 00:01:49,770 an era of inclusion, in which the challenge put 34 00:01:49,770 --> 00:01:52,660 before our congregations is not merely 35 00:01:52,660 --> 00:01:57,080 passive nondiscrimination but active dismantling 36 00:01:57,080 --> 00:02:01,620 of the persistent systems of power, privilege, 37 00:02:01,620 --> 00:02:05,650 and oppression that diminish us all. 38 00:02:05,650 --> 00:02:08,400 This new language for Article II compels 39 00:02:08,400 --> 00:02:12,460 us to intentionally build the world we dream about 40 00:02:12,460 --> 00:02:16,320 right here, right now. 41 00:02:16,320 --> 00:02:19,310 At our 2009 General Assembly, the language of inclusion 42 00:02:19,310 --> 00:02:21,230 did not pass because it could not 43 00:02:21,230 --> 00:02:24,770 be separated from other proposed amendments, 44 00:02:24,770 --> 00:02:28,730 and it did not attain the required super majority. 45 00:02:28,730 --> 00:02:33,390 Deeply frustrated but undaunted, the delegates in Salt Lake City 46 00:02:33,390 --> 00:02:37,080 instructed your board to bring the language of inclusion 47 00:02:37,080 --> 00:02:40,230 back to you as soon as possible. 48 00:02:40,230 --> 00:02:42,250 We did that last year. 49 00:02:42,250 --> 00:02:46,200 And you voted overwhelmingly in the affirmative to adopt 50 00:02:46,200 --> 00:02:50,010 new inclusive language for Article II. 51 00:02:50,010 --> 00:02:52,180 Changes to Article II, because it 52 00:02:52,180 --> 00:02:57,970 is so important to our identity, requires a second vote of 2/3 53 00:02:57,970 --> 00:03:04,230 in favor, one year later, which brings us to today. 54 00:03:04,230 --> 00:03:09,160 Your board strongly urges you to again vote in the affirmative 55 00:03:09,160 --> 00:03:13,610 to adopt this groundbreaking amendment to our bylaws, 56 00:03:13,610 --> 00:03:17,200 right here, right now. 57 00:03:17,200 --> 00:03:23,020 Jim Key: Thank you, Michael. 58 00:03:23,020 --> 00:03:26,450 As a reminder, those speaking in favor of this bylaw amendment 59 00:03:26,450 --> 00:03:29,200 should use the pro microphone, and those 60 00:03:29,200 --> 00:03:33,420 who wish to speak against should use the con microphone. 61 00:03:33,420 --> 00:03:37,400 Is there anyone who wishes to speak? 62 00:03:37,400 --> 00:03:42,161 I see someone moving to microphones. 63 00:03:42,161 --> 00:03:43,660 Let's wait for a moment and see what 64 00:03:43,660 --> 00:03:57,200 we're doing with our off-site delegates. 65 00:03:57,200 --> 00:04:00,610 I recognize the delegate at the procedure microphone. 66 00:04:00,610 --> 00:04:02,700 Jennifer White: Thank you, Moderator Key. 67 00:04:02,700 --> 00:04:04,510 My name is Jennifer White. 68 00:04:04,510 --> 00:04:09,500 I'm a member of Summit UU Fellowship in Santee, 69 00:04:09,500 --> 00:04:14,460 which is in San Diego, California. 70 00:04:14,460 --> 00:04:16,910 I am totally in favor of this, but I 71 00:04:16,910 --> 00:04:20,339 don't understand exactly what the wording would be. 72 00:04:20,339 --> 00:04:27,210 Are we voting for the underlying part, the not underlying part? 73 00:04:27,210 --> 00:04:30,660 I would like to have it up on the screen as it would read. 74 00:04:30,660 --> 00:04:39,554 And tell me what it is we're voting on. 75 00:04:39,554 --> 00:04:40,470 Jim Key: Explain the-- 76 00:04:40,470 --> 00:04:42,875 Speaker 1: Subtext. 77 00:04:42,875 --> 00:04:44,072 You want to take it? 78 00:04:44,072 --> 00:04:45,280 Jim Key: You want to take it? 79 00:04:45,280 --> 00:04:47,690 Speaker 2: Sure. 80 00:04:47,690 --> 00:04:48,700 Good question. 81 00:04:48,700 --> 00:04:51,230 Hi, everybody. 82 00:04:51,230 --> 00:04:55,280 So what we are voting on is the underlined part, 83 00:04:55,280 --> 00:05:02,730 lines 429 to 434, that is not in brackets. 84 00:05:02,730 --> 00:05:07,430 You may see that in the line 431, about 3/4 85 00:05:07,430 --> 00:05:09,220 of the way across the page, there 86 00:05:09,220 --> 00:05:14,250 are five words in brackets, to do all we can. 87 00:05:14,250 --> 00:05:18,350 Those have been deleted, frankly, at my suggestion, 88 00:05:18,350 --> 00:05:21,522 because while there are many people supportive of this, 89 00:05:21,522 --> 00:05:23,730 there was some question about whether that might mean 90 00:05:23,730 --> 00:05:28,350 we would have to spend every UUA dollar on achieving this goal. 91 00:05:28,350 --> 00:05:29,920 And as a lawyer, it's my job to help 92 00:05:29,920 --> 00:05:32,540 people do reasonable things. 93 00:05:32,540 --> 00:05:35,330 So I suggested this be removed a year ago. 94 00:05:35,330 --> 00:05:39,580 And you all passed this by majority vote, last year 95 00:05:39,580 --> 00:05:41,480 at GA 2013. 96 00:05:41,480 --> 00:05:45,230 And so, under the bylaws, this must be passed this year, 97 00:05:45,230 --> 00:05:48,440 if it's to be passed by a 2/3 vote. 98 00:05:48,440 --> 00:05:50,280 So to answer the question, we're voting 99 00:05:50,280 --> 00:05:54,540 on lines 429 through 434, without those five 100 00:05:54,540 --> 00:05:57,533 words in brackets in line 431. 101 00:05:57,533 --> 00:06:01,954 Speaker 3: On page 97! 102 00:06:01,954 --> 00:06:02,620 Jim Key: Got it. 103 00:06:02,620 --> 00:06:04,920 Page 97. 104 00:06:04,920 --> 00:06:05,600 Thank you, Tom. 105 00:06:05,600 --> 00:06:07,680 Couldn't have said it better, myself. 106 00:06:07,680 --> 00:06:10,027 I recognize the delegate at the procedure microphone. 107 00:06:10,027 --> 00:06:10,860 Elaine Mcmillan: Hi. 108 00:06:10,860 --> 00:06:12,190 I'm Elaine McMillan. 109 00:06:12,190 --> 00:06:14,590 And I'm a delegate from the Church of the Larger 110 00:06:14,590 --> 00:06:16,560 Fellowship. 111 00:06:16,560 --> 00:06:19,290 And I'm just a little confused because at the top 112 00:06:19,290 --> 00:06:21,500 it says "Rule G." 113 00:06:21,500 --> 00:06:22,750 Jim Key: Let me-- I see what-- 114 00:06:22,750 --> 00:06:25,450 Elaine Mcmillan: And I think that's supposed to be C, maybe? 115 00:06:25,450 --> 00:06:26,130 Jim Key: No. 116 00:06:26,130 --> 00:06:28,790 We're separate-- we're voting on a bylaw now. 117 00:06:28,790 --> 00:06:30,540 The thing that you're holding in your hand 118 00:06:30,540 --> 00:06:33,850 comes later in the agenda, and that 119 00:06:33,850 --> 00:06:35,427 will be a rules discussion. 120 00:06:35,427 --> 00:06:36,260 Elaine Mcmillan: OK. 121 00:06:36,260 --> 00:06:38,019 But it is on nondiscrimination. 122 00:06:38,019 --> 00:06:38,560 Jim Key: Yes. 123 00:06:38,560 --> 00:06:39,130 That's a separate-- 124 00:06:39,130 --> 00:06:39,460 Elaine Mcmillan: [INAUDIBLE]. 125 00:06:39,460 --> 00:06:40,835 Jim Key: --discussion and debate. 126 00:06:40,835 --> 00:06:43,590 Thank you. 127 00:06:43,590 --> 00:06:48,310 Do we have anybody in the procedure cue off-site? 128 00:06:48,310 --> 00:06:50,692 I don't believe so. 129 00:06:50,692 --> 00:06:52,400 Do we have a delegate who wished to speak 130 00:06:52,400 --> 00:06:55,820 at the pro microphone in favor of this? 131 00:06:55,820 --> 00:06:57,590 Do you wish to speak? 132 00:06:57,590 --> 00:07:01,085 I recognize the delegate at the pro microphone. 133 00:07:01,085 --> 00:07:02,710 Brenda Murphy: My name is Brenda Murphy 134 00:07:02,710 --> 00:07:07,020 from Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York City. 135 00:07:07,020 --> 00:07:11,220 I came to the pro microphone to be ready in the unlikely event 136 00:07:11,220 --> 00:07:15,260 that someone spoke con to this-- 137 00:07:15,260 --> 00:07:17,240 Jim Key: Well, it was much appreciated. 138 00:07:17,240 --> 00:07:18,841 But we have no one at the con mic, 139 00:07:18,841 --> 00:07:20,340 so I'm getting a sense from the hall 140 00:07:20,340 --> 00:07:21,756 that you're ready to vote on this. 141 00:07:21,756 --> 00:07:23,060 Yes? 142 00:07:23,060 --> 00:07:24,450 All right. 143 00:07:24,450 --> 00:07:27,760 All of those in favor of doing the second year 144 00:07:27,760 --> 00:07:28,865 vote on the-- oops. 145 00:07:28,865 --> 00:07:29,365 Excuse me. 146 00:07:29,365 --> 00:07:31,820 Our head teller says we have another question. 147 00:07:31,820 --> 00:07:34,300 I recognize the delegate at the procedures microphone. 148 00:07:34,300 --> 00:07:35,050 Elaine Arnold: Hi. 149 00:07:35,050 --> 00:07:39,280 My name is Elaine Arnold and I am a board president 150 00:07:39,280 --> 00:07:41,890 from Modesto, California. 151 00:07:41,890 --> 00:07:46,670 And I noticed that on page 97, where we're looking at, just 152 00:07:46,670 --> 00:07:50,040 above the part where we're voting to-- Amended-- 153 00:07:50,040 --> 00:07:53,270 it says that underlining indicates insertion, 154 00:07:53,270 --> 00:07:55,660 brackets indicate deletion. 155 00:07:55,660 --> 00:08:00,060 So from line 423, where a bracket begins, 156 00:08:00,060 --> 00:08:03,170 to the end of line 428, there's a bracket that ends. 157 00:08:03,170 --> 00:08:06,750 So there's an entire paragraph that would be deleted. 158 00:08:06,750 --> 00:08:07,999 And is this correct? 159 00:08:07,999 --> 00:08:09,040 Jim Key: That is correct. 160 00:08:09,040 --> 00:08:09,790 Elaine Arnold: OK. 161 00:08:09,790 --> 00:08:11,750 I just wanted to make sure everyone was clear. 162 00:08:11,750 --> 00:08:13,310 Jim Key: Thank you. 163 00:08:13,310 --> 00:08:15,330 So now I think we're ready to vote. 164 00:08:15,330 --> 00:08:17,880 All of those in favor of a second year positive vote 165 00:08:17,880 --> 00:08:21,030 on this, please raise your cards. 166 00:08:21,030 --> 00:08:22,560 You may lower them now. 167 00:08:22,560 --> 00:08:24,670 Opposed to this. 168 00:08:24,670 --> 00:08:26,510 I think I can report that we have 169 00:08:26,510 --> 00:08:28,960 an overwhelming support of the second year. 170 00:08:28,960 --> 00:08:30,340 So now it goes into effect. 171 00:08:30,340 --> 00:08:39,276 Thank you. 172 00:08:39,276 --> 00:08:42,159 All right. 173 00:08:42,159 --> 00:08:50,500 You want to take up rule? 174 00:08:50,500 --> 00:08:53,080 How many of you were here last year? 175 00:08:53,080 --> 00:08:54,340 A good number. 176 00:08:54,340 --> 00:08:57,820 You may recall that before the inclusion bylaw we just 177 00:08:57,820 --> 00:09:01,700 passed was passed la-- before it was passed last year, 178 00:09:01,700 --> 00:09:03,890 we had a nondiscrimination provision that 179 00:09:03,890 --> 00:09:07,330 appeared as that bylaw, C2-3. 180 00:09:07,330 --> 00:09:09,930 Last year's GA wanted to substitute 181 00:09:09,930 --> 00:09:13,870 the bylaw on inclusion for the one on nondiscrimination, 182 00:09:13,870 --> 00:09:17,670 but did not want to eliminate the nondiscrimination provision 183 00:09:17,670 --> 00:09:19,740 from our bylaws and rules together. 184 00:09:19,740 --> 00:09:23,640 So that GA adopted the nondiscrimination provision 185 00:09:23,640 --> 00:09:30,100 as Rule G2-3, which appears on pages 119 and 120 186 00:09:30,100 --> 00:09:31,900 of your program book. 187 00:09:31,900 --> 00:09:35,090 Last year's GA anticipated that the board 188 00:09:35,090 --> 00:09:37,970 would return this year with proposed amendments 189 00:09:37,970 --> 00:09:42,950 to this language to substitute racialized identity for race, 190 00:09:42,950 --> 00:09:46,930 and gender identity or expression for gender. 191 00:09:46,930 --> 00:09:49,590 This history and expectation are described 192 00:09:49,590 --> 00:09:53,880 on page 97 of your agenda, which was emailed to congregations 193 00:09:53,880 --> 00:09:59,152 over 30 days ago in compliance with our bylaw 4-14. 194 00:09:59,152 --> 00:10:00,610 We learned during the mini assembly 195 00:10:00,610 --> 00:10:03,060 that some people came to GA for the express 196 00:10:03,060 --> 00:10:07,270 purpose of including this language in Rule G2-3 197 00:10:07,270 --> 00:10:09,520 because it was on the agenda. 198 00:10:09,520 --> 00:10:12,410 The mini assembly voted specific changes 199 00:10:12,410 --> 00:10:17,330 to Rule G2-3, some of which had been contemplated last year 200 00:10:17,330 --> 00:10:21,720 and were specifically listed in the agenda. 201 00:10:21,720 --> 00:10:24,710 The language that is proposed is on the piece of paper 202 00:10:24,710 --> 00:10:27,220 that was handed out when you entered the hall, although I 203 00:10:27,220 --> 00:10:29,550 will suggest to you that there is a typo in there, 204 00:10:29,550 --> 00:10:33,010 and we'll get to that in just a minute. 205 00:10:33,010 --> 00:10:35,570 If you did not get the piece of paper, you can look it up, 206 00:10:35,570 --> 00:10:37,361 you can look over your neighbor's shoulder, 207 00:10:37,361 --> 00:10:39,760 or you could get the language on the GA app 208 00:10:39,760 --> 00:10:44,140 or the larger screens-- we have it up there. 209 00:10:44,140 --> 00:10:46,860 Does everybody got it, either in the front, or on their app, 210 00:10:46,860 --> 00:10:49,340 or can see it on the screen? 211 00:10:49,340 --> 00:10:51,470 The words that have been added are 212 00:10:51,470 --> 00:10:55,590 in line 1934, Racialized Identity, 213 00:10:55,590 --> 00:11:00,660 and in line 1935, Gender Expression, Gender Identity, 214 00:11:00,660 --> 00:11:03,580 and Family and Relationship Structures. 215 00:11:03,580 --> 00:11:06,060 If you want to see this rule in context, 216 00:11:06,060 --> 00:11:07,650 the line numbers we are referring to 217 00:11:07,650 --> 00:11:11,920 are in the bylaws on pages 119 and 120. 218 00:11:11,920 --> 00:11:15,750 Did you get all of those numbers and references? 219 00:11:15,750 --> 00:11:18,080 I now ask the Vice Moderator to make the motion 220 00:11:18,080 --> 00:11:23,230 to amend Rule G2-3, which is on page 119 and 120 221 00:11:23,230 --> 00:11:25,860 of your program, to incorporate the changes voted 222 00:11:25,860 --> 00:11:29,930 by the mini assembly. 223 00:11:29,930 --> 00:11:31,600 Speaker 1: So, before I make the motion, 224 00:11:31,600 --> 00:11:34,940 I'll point out the typo that is in the printed material 225 00:11:34,940 --> 00:11:37,820 but is correct both on the screens, in the app, 226 00:11:37,820 --> 00:11:39,460 and online. 227 00:11:39,460 --> 00:11:41,660 In the text that we are not changing, 228 00:11:41,660 --> 00:11:44,290 it should say "national origin." 229 00:11:44,290 --> 00:11:46,520 And in the printed version, I believe 230 00:11:46,520 --> 00:11:49,200 it says "national original." 231 00:11:49,200 --> 00:11:51,610 So that wasn't quite right. 232 00:11:51,610 --> 00:11:52,599 So that's the typo. 233 00:11:52,599 --> 00:11:53,890 So we'll just correct the typo. 234 00:11:53,890 --> 00:11:57,010 So we're voting on it with the typo corrected. 235 00:11:57,010 --> 00:11:58,780 So the motion. 236 00:11:58,780 --> 00:12:02,710 Moved that the proposed changes to Rule G-2.3, 237 00:12:02,710 --> 00:12:05,860 regarding nondiscrimination, found in your handouts 238 00:12:05,860 --> 00:12:10,244 and appearing on the screen, be adopted by this assembly. 239 00:12:10,244 --> 00:12:11,208 Jim Key: Thank you. 240 00:12:11,208 --> 00:12:20,801 [SIDE CONVERSATION] 241 00:12:20,801 --> 00:12:21,300 Jim Key: OK. 242 00:12:21,300 --> 00:12:24,220 We'll now hear from speakers at the pro 243 00:12:24,220 --> 00:12:25,530 and at the pro microphone. 244 00:12:25,530 --> 00:12:27,380 We have a question from the procedures mic. 245 00:12:27,380 --> 00:12:29,936 I recognize the delegate at the procedure mic. 246 00:12:29,936 --> 00:12:30,910 Speaker 4: Hello. 247 00:12:30,910 --> 00:12:33,118 This is [INAUDIBLE] Williams from Tennessee Valley UU 248 00:12:33,118 --> 00:12:33,750 Church. 249 00:12:33,750 --> 00:12:40,070 And number 1934-- I'm clear to what race means, 250 00:12:40,070 --> 00:12:41,520 as most of the world. 251 00:12:41,520 --> 00:12:45,300 I am not clear at all on what racialized identity means. 252 00:12:45,300 --> 00:12:48,900 And so I feel like I need a suggestion or to go back 253 00:12:48,900 --> 00:12:51,290 to what the world says is race. 254 00:12:51,290 --> 00:12:51,790 Thank you. 255 00:12:51,790 --> 00:12:53,270 Jim Key: Thank You. 256 00:12:53,270 --> 00:12:55,040 Let me try to answer that. 257 00:12:55,040 --> 00:13:00,230 The board dealt with that last year, quite extensively. 258 00:13:00,230 --> 00:13:03,190 And it was brought to us that the board agreed 259 00:13:03,190 --> 00:13:07,610 that that was a better language to deal with today. 260 00:13:07,610 --> 00:13:09,900 So I can only answer it that way. 261 00:13:09,900 --> 00:13:12,900 The writers of the rule felt that that 262 00:13:12,900 --> 00:13:15,960 was appropriate language for these days. 263 00:13:15,960 --> 00:13:18,340 I recognize the delegate at the procedure microphone. 264 00:13:18,340 --> 00:13:19,090 Alexa Fraser: Yes. 265 00:13:19,090 --> 00:13:19,590 Hello. 266 00:13:19,590 --> 00:13:22,510 Alexa Fraser from Unitarian Universalist Church 267 00:13:22,510 --> 00:13:26,680 of Silver Spring, as well as an incoming student at Starr King. 268 00:13:26,680 --> 00:13:30,030 I had a class at the time of the mini workshop, 269 00:13:30,030 --> 00:13:32,460 so I was unable to attend that. 270 00:13:32,460 --> 00:13:35,840 I've sort of been sent back and forth to different mics. 271 00:13:35,840 --> 00:13:38,220 I'm not exactly certain I'm at the right place 272 00:13:38,220 --> 00:13:39,880 or at the right time. 273 00:13:39,880 --> 00:13:43,120 But it does seem to me that the more specific 274 00:13:43,120 --> 00:13:47,720 you make the details of this, the more omissions 275 00:13:47,720 --> 00:13:49,230 become critical. 276 00:13:49,230 --> 00:13:54,340 And body shape is a major issue in our world 277 00:13:54,340 --> 00:13:57,980 and is an area of discrimination that some 278 00:13:57,980 --> 00:14:03,360 face both in our world at large and within our congregations 279 00:14:03,360 --> 00:14:04,800 and faith. 280 00:14:04,800 --> 00:14:07,852 Is there a place I can stand, to put that forward as a future-- 281 00:14:07,852 --> 00:14:08,810 Jim Key: Yes, there is. 282 00:14:08,810 --> 00:14:09,710 year amendment? 283 00:14:09,710 --> 00:14:12,350 Jim Key: You will be pl-- you could make it today, 284 00:14:12,350 --> 00:14:14,590 after we vote on this, up or down. 285 00:14:14,590 --> 00:14:17,800 Of course, if it's voted up, then you 286 00:14:17,800 --> 00:14:19,996 could make an amendment that we'll discuss. 287 00:14:19,996 --> 00:14:21,370 So I would take you over to the-- 288 00:14:21,370 --> 00:14:21,544 Speaker 2: No. 289 00:14:21,544 --> 00:14:21,660 No amendments. 290 00:14:21,660 --> 00:14:22,330 amendment mic. 291 00:14:22,330 --> 00:14:22,885 No. 292 00:14:22,885 --> 00:14:23,385 No. 293 00:14:23,385 --> 00:14:24,612 The lawyers say no. 294 00:14:24,612 --> 00:14:25,320 Alexa Fraser: OK. 295 00:14:25,320 --> 00:14:25,920 That's why I've-- 296 00:14:25,920 --> 00:14:26,150 Speaker 2: It was not made at the mini assembly. 297 00:14:26,150 --> 00:14:26,220 It can't go. 298 00:14:26,220 --> 00:14:27,850 been pushed to different mics. 299 00:14:27,850 --> 00:14:28,590 Jim Key: Ah. 300 00:14:28,590 --> 00:14:30,150 There you go. 301 00:14:30,150 --> 00:14:32,310 The amendment was not made at the mini assembly, 302 00:14:32,310 --> 00:14:33,660 so it is not in order today. 303 00:14:33,660 --> 00:14:37,110 So we'll have to come back at a future GA. 304 00:14:37,110 --> 00:14:42,420 Thank you for your question. 305 00:14:42,420 --> 00:14:45,160 I recognize the delegate at the procedure microphone, 306 00:14:45,160 --> 00:14:49,054 or as I call it, the stump the chump microphone. 307 00:14:49,054 --> 00:14:50,970 Peter Friedrichs: Good morning, Mr. Moderator. 308 00:14:50,970 --> 00:14:53,780 I hope I don't need to stump the chump. 309 00:14:53,780 --> 00:14:55,570 My name is Reverend Peter Friedrichs. 310 00:14:55,570 --> 00:14:58,010 I proudly serve the Unitarian Universalist Church 311 00:14:58,010 --> 00:15:01,010 of Delaware County in Media, Pennsylvania. 312 00:15:01,010 --> 00:15:04,298 And I am here to declare my ignorance. 313 00:15:04,298 --> 00:15:08,184 Jim Key: We could do this together. 314 00:15:08,184 --> 00:15:10,600 Peter Friedrichs: I'm confident in the meaning of the term 315 00:15:10,600 --> 00:15:12,140 gender expression. 316 00:15:12,140 --> 00:15:15,320 I'm confident in the meaning of the term gender identity. 317 00:15:15,320 --> 00:15:17,780 And I think I know what sex is. 318 00:15:17,780 --> 00:15:20,780 But I don't know what sex means in the context 319 00:15:20,780 --> 00:15:22,290 of this statement. 320 00:15:22,290 --> 00:15:24,060 So I'd like a clarification on how 321 00:15:24,060 --> 00:15:27,570 that term is being used in this particular amendment. 322 00:15:27,570 --> 00:15:30,192 Jim Key: Wow. 323 00:15:30,192 --> 00:15:31,185 Wow. 324 00:15:31,185 --> 00:15:32,560 Peter Friedrichs: It's all yours. 325 00:15:32,560 --> 00:15:34,143 Jim Key: It is a stump the chump line. 326 00:15:34,143 --> 00:15:36,234 Thank you for that. 327 00:15:36,234 --> 00:15:37,650 I was hoping we would get to that. 328 00:15:37,650 --> 00:15:43,829 Just a moment-- I'm going to consult with my lawyer. 329 00:15:43,829 --> 00:15:46,079 Speaker 2: There are people who proposed the amendment 330 00:15:46,079 --> 00:15:48,580 at the pro microphone who can address this. 331 00:15:48,580 --> 00:15:51,850 Jim Key: OK. 332 00:15:51,850 --> 00:15:53,810 I'm going to turn to the pro microphone, 333 00:15:53,810 --> 00:15:56,240 to help us understand these words. 334 00:15:56,240 --> 00:15:58,760 Can I call on the delegate at the pro microphone? 335 00:15:58,760 --> 00:16:00,650 Angela Bridgeman: Thank you, Mr. Moderator. 336 00:16:00,650 --> 00:16:03,210 I'm sorry about my voice, too, because I'm just 337 00:16:03,210 --> 00:16:05,320 very hoarse because of all of the church 338 00:16:05,320 --> 00:16:06,390 we've been making here. 339 00:16:06,390 --> 00:16:09,210 But my name is Angela Bridgeman. 340 00:16:09,210 --> 00:16:12,110 And I'm the delegate from the Unitarian Universalist 341 00:16:12,110 --> 00:16:15,600 Fellowship of the Poconos in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. 342 00:16:15,600 --> 00:16:17,970 And I hope that, because I have something to add, 343 00:16:17,970 --> 00:16:20,590 that you'll give me more time when I run out. 344 00:16:20,590 --> 00:16:23,740 But racialized identity was discussed 345 00:16:23,740 --> 00:16:27,570 because race is an artificial construct, 346 00:16:27,570 --> 00:16:30,980 and racialized identity to replace that. 347 00:16:30,980 --> 00:16:33,290 And now with what I was actually going 348 00:16:33,290 --> 00:16:35,300 to say when I came up here. 349 00:16:35,300 --> 00:16:37,700 When I brought this issue forward last year 350 00:16:37,700 --> 00:16:41,110 in Louisville, the response was such an outpouring 351 00:16:41,110 --> 00:16:44,760 of love and support an affirmation 352 00:16:44,760 --> 00:16:47,870 as I had never before experienced. 353 00:16:47,870 --> 00:16:50,810 And when that happened, a part of my soul 354 00:16:50,810 --> 00:16:55,050 that I had thought forever dead was revived. 355 00:16:55,050 --> 00:17:01,730 I'm grateful for that. 356 00:17:01,730 --> 00:17:06,010 In our efforts, at the UUFP, to get this issue on the agenda, 357 00:17:06,010 --> 00:17:11,460 we collected 955 signatures from 35 congregations 358 00:17:11,460 --> 00:17:13,829 across 12 states. 359 00:17:13,829 --> 00:17:18,020 I, myself, have been a member of five different UU congregations 360 00:17:18,020 --> 00:17:20,940 and a visitor at more than I can count. 361 00:17:20,940 --> 00:17:25,040 So this amendment simply reflects our actual reality. 362 00:17:25,040 --> 00:17:28,069 But why it's important is because it empowers 363 00:17:28,069 --> 00:17:31,760 us-- the UUA-- to advocate businesses 364 00:17:31,760 --> 00:17:35,240 and other institutions to change their nondiscrimination 365 00:17:35,240 --> 00:17:36,820 policies. 366 00:17:36,820 --> 00:17:41,510 UUA successfully did this with Verizon in 2012. 367 00:17:41,510 --> 00:17:44,640 But imagine if Verizon's response had been, 368 00:17:44,640 --> 00:17:47,140 wait a minute, you're asking us to do something 369 00:17:47,140 --> 00:17:49,980 you, yourselves, haven't done. 370 00:17:49,980 --> 00:17:52,860 Now, the path I have followed, as a transgender person, 371 00:17:52,860 --> 00:17:54,600 has not been easy. 372 00:17:54,600 --> 00:17:59,320 But my way was smoothed a bit by those who went before me. 373 00:17:59,320 --> 00:18:01,630 And if what you do here today makes 374 00:18:01,630 --> 00:18:06,300 that road a little smoother for those who are currently on, 375 00:18:06,300 --> 00:18:09,630 and for those who will later begin upon that road, 376 00:18:09,630 --> 00:18:13,960 then you will have shown them the kind of love and support 377 00:18:13,960 --> 00:18:17,700 and affirmation that I was shown in Louisville. 378 00:18:17,700 --> 00:18:18,370 Thank you. 379 00:18:18,370 --> 00:18:24,590 Jim Key: Thank you. 380 00:18:24,590 --> 00:18:26,810 I recognize the delegate at the procedure mic. 381 00:18:26,810 --> 00:18:27,893 David Anderson: Thank you. 382 00:18:27,893 --> 00:18:30,580 David Anderson, University Unitarian Church in Seattle. 383 00:18:30,580 --> 00:18:34,499 Are amendments to disincorporate any of this language in order? 384 00:18:34,499 --> 00:18:35,790 Jim Key: They are not in order. 385 00:18:35,790 --> 00:18:36,520 David Anderson: Thank you. 386 00:18:36,520 --> 00:18:38,603 Jim Key: It didn't come through the mini assembly. 387 00:18:38,603 --> 00:18:43,177 Thank you. 388 00:18:43,177 --> 00:18:44,010 Elizabeth Mount: Hi. 389 00:18:44,010 --> 00:18:46,510 I'm Elizabeth Mount from the Unitarian Universalist 390 00:18:46,510 --> 00:18:49,590 Congregation of Asheville, North Carolina. 391 00:18:49,590 --> 00:18:53,100 And I'd like to ask if I could offer a point of information 392 00:18:53,100 --> 00:18:56,450 about what the actual language means. 393 00:18:56,450 --> 00:18:59,520 Jim Key: I would be delighted for you to share that with us. 394 00:18:59,520 --> 00:19:00,620 Elizabeth Mount: Awesome. 395 00:19:00,620 --> 00:19:04,930 In that case, so racialized identity 396 00:19:04,930 --> 00:19:08,810 is a change that was asked for, to acknowledge that race, 397 00:19:08,810 --> 00:19:12,610 rather than being anything inherent or biological, 398 00:19:12,610 --> 00:19:15,490 is, in fact, an identity which has 399 00:19:15,490 --> 00:19:20,400 been constructed by our society. 400 00:19:20,400 --> 00:19:26,160 Gender expression is the way in which we present our gender 401 00:19:26,160 --> 00:19:29,960 to the people around us, through our dress, our appearance, 402 00:19:29,960 --> 00:19:35,850 our addition or subtraction of makeup, facial hair, and so on. 403 00:19:35,850 --> 00:19:39,770 Gender identity is the feeling within us. 404 00:19:39,770 --> 00:19:47,450 It's how our brains believe our identity to exist internally. 405 00:19:47,450 --> 00:19:52,890 That may or may not correspond to biological sex, which 406 00:19:52,890 --> 00:19:57,540 is what is anatomically yours and assigned 407 00:19:57,540 --> 00:19:59,800 to you at the moment of birth. 408 00:19:59,800 --> 00:20:01,533 Does that help, folks? 409 00:20:01,533 --> 00:20:02,366 Jim Key: Yes, ma'am. 410 00:20:02,366 --> 00:20:03,352 [APPLAUSE] 411 00:20:03,352 --> 00:20:04,477 Elizabeth Mount: All right. 412 00:20:04,477 --> 00:20:09,670 Jim Key: Thank you for helping us there. 413 00:20:09,670 --> 00:20:12,904 I recognize the delegate at the procedure mic. 414 00:20:12,904 --> 00:20:14,570 Annie Simpson: My name is Annie Simpson, 415 00:20:14,570 --> 00:20:18,130 and I'm from the Unitarian Church in Reston, Virginia. 416 00:20:18,130 --> 00:20:21,350 I just wanted to add an old person's point of view 417 00:20:21,350 --> 00:20:22,140 about sex. 418 00:20:22,140 --> 00:20:24,140 You remember those forms? 419 00:20:24,140 --> 00:20:25,630 Male or female. 420 00:20:25,630 --> 00:20:27,030 Those are the choices on sex. 421 00:20:27,030 --> 00:20:29,140 And that's why we have all of these other terms, 422 00:20:29,140 --> 00:20:31,749 because we aren't just male or female. 423 00:20:31,749 --> 00:20:32,540 Jim Key: Thank you. 424 00:20:32,540 --> 00:20:34,900 Annie Simpson: But we don't want to exclude that. 425 00:20:34,900 --> 00:20:41,400 Jim Key: Thank you. 426 00:20:41,400 --> 00:20:44,230 Well, we do not have anybody at the con microphone. 427 00:20:44,230 --> 00:20:46,640 So I think we're ready to take up this rule change. 428 00:20:46,640 --> 00:20:48,242 Correct? 429 00:20:48,242 --> 00:20:50,810 Are we ready to vote? 430 00:20:50,810 --> 00:20:53,060 All of those in favor of adopting this rule, 431 00:20:53,060 --> 00:20:56,410 raise your cards. 432 00:20:56,410 --> 00:20:58,250 All opposed. 433 00:20:58,250 --> 00:21:00,130 And we have delegates voting offline. 434 00:21:00,130 --> 00:21:03,480 We have one pro, no cons, so the motion overwhelmingly carries. 435 00:21:03,480 --> 00:21:05,330 Thank you. 436 00:21:05,330 --> 00:21:13,776