1 00:00:38,570 --> 00:00:45,200 Barb Greve: I now call to order the Fifty- Seventh General Assembly of 2 00:00:45,200 --> 00:00:55,800 the Unitarian Universalist Association. 3 00:00:55,800 --> 00:01:02,940 Family of faith we are gathered here once again 4 00:01:02,940 --> 00:01:08,440 and we begin our gathering by centering ourselves and opening our hearts to one another 5 00:01:12,440 --> 00:01:17,280 Spirit of life, 6 00:01:22,480 --> 00:01:27,620 we recognize that we gather in a time of tremendous heartbreak 7 00:01:27,620 --> 00:01:33,700 We bring grief, loss, anger, and pain, weighing heavy on our hearts and on our spirits 8 00:01:42,520 --> 00:01:47,700 We are mindful of the ways that the forces of criminalization and militarism 9 00:01:47,960 --> 00:01:56,580 are denigrating and dehumanizing lives all over this country and all over the planet. 10 00:01:59,220 --> 00:02:04,700 And it is not right. And it has not been right. 11 00:02:08,380 --> 00:02:14,400 Even as we gather there were several police shootings here right in Kansas City 12 00:02:14,400 --> 00:02:18,160 right here near the convention center. 13 00:02:18,520 --> 00:02:27,040 Police-related shootings both in Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, KS. 14 00:02:33,040 --> 00:02:41,780 We gather to call ourselves back to the deepest sources of our humanity. 15 00:02:44,220 --> 00:02:50,220 to be nurtured this week by the resources of love and fellowship 16 00:02:50,220 --> 00:02:56,320 resources of music and song - the resources of joy 17 00:02:57,920 --> 00:03:01,900 which we need to survive and which remind us why we struggle 18 00:03:05,600 --> 00:03:11,500 for liberation of our own and for those across the world. 19 00:03:12,440 --> 00:03:18,140 for the human spirit to be liberated 20 00:03:18,140 --> 00:03:22,700 broken free of the chains of oppression 21 00:03:23,500 --> 00:03:32,940 Spirit of life, gather us together this week as a family of faith in care and safety 22 00:03:32,940 --> 00:03:42,400 and in joy. May we be renewed and strengthened through this gathering 23 00:03:43,120 --> 00:03:48,700 that we may keep showing up faithfully each day 24 00:03:48,700 --> 00:03:54,040 answering the call to love, answering the call of our values. 25 00:03:54,040 --> 00:03:58,840 It is good to be together. May we be nourished by this community and our faith, 26 00:03:58,840 --> 00:04:08,280 just as we are nourished by this earth and the resources on which we depend for life. 27 00:04:11,020 --> 00:04:14,080 Blessed be and amen. 28 00:04:18,200 --> 00:04:22,000 Elandria: The proposed Rules of Procedure 29 00:04:22,120 --> 00:04:25,620 can be found on pages 70 through 72 of the Final Agenda or Program Book. 30 00:04:25,630 --> 00:04:30,700 These rules will govern our consideration of, and voting upon, the business items that 31 00:04:30,700 --> 00:04:33,870 come before us during our general sessions. 32 00:04:33,870 --> 00:04:37,470 The rules are largely the same as in previous years. 33 00:04:37,470 --> 00:04:41,430 There are a couple of items that I want to direct your attention to. 34 00:04:41,430 --> 00:04:48,389 Please note that Rule 5 provides that no amendments to a business resolution, bylaw change or 35 00:04:48,389 --> 00:04:53,290 rule change will be in order unless submitted 36 00:04:53,290 --> 00:04:57,100 for consideration at the mini- assembly for that item. 37 00:04:57,100 --> 00:05:07,200 Also, please note that Rule 6b indicates that 38 00:05:07,200 --> 00:05:13,690 thirty minutes are allowed for discussion of any proposed bylaw or rule amendment, resolution, 39 00:05:13,690 --> 00:05:18,420 or action on a report that is on or admitted to the Final agenda. 40 00:05:18,420 --> 00:05:23,650 Before debate begins, time will be provided for you to informally discuss the agenda item 41 00:05:23,650 --> 00:05:28,810 with others sitting around you; this informal discussion time will not count towards the 42 00:05:28,810 --> 00:05:29,810 thirty-minute limit. 43 00:05:29,810 --> 00:05:34,650 The thirty minutes of debate time does include time devoted to discussing any amendments 44 00:05:34,650 --> 00:05:36,070 to the proposed amendment. 45 00:05:36,070 --> 00:05:45,780 As a reminder, Rule 7 provides that separate microphones will be designated as pro and 46 00:05:45,780 --> 00:06:01,560 concern for discussion of proposed bylaw amendments, rules, resolutions or actions. 47 00:06:01,560 --> 00:06:06,650 The pro microphone is up front on the left. 48 00:06:06,650 --> 00:06:15,060 The concern microphone is up front on the right. 49 00:06:15,060 --> 00:06:19,920 There is also an amendment microphone which has been placed at the front of the arena, 50 00:06:19,920 --> 00:06:25,520 and a procedural microphone which has been placed immediately in front of me 51 00:06:26,770 --> 00:06:31,460 Please note that points of personal privilege and points of information must be made from 52 00:06:31,460 --> 00:06:38,770 the procedural mike, not from the pro or concern mikes or the amendment mike. 53 00:06:38,770 --> 00:06:40,139 By the way, 54 00:06:40,139 --> 00:06:50,370 only delegates may speak from the microphones, except by express permission of a Co-Moderator. 55 00:06:50,370 --> 00:06:54,740 I strongly urge those of you who are attending General Assembly General Sessions for the 56 00:06:54,740 --> 00:06:58,360 first time to read the Rules of Procedure. 57 00:06:58,360 --> 00:07:02,620 Particularly look at Rule 6 on page 70 of the Rules, so that you understand the time 58 00:07:02,620 --> 00:07:04,240 limits in effect. 59 00:07:04,240 --> 00:07:08,680 No person may speak on any motion for more than two minutes. 60 00:07:08,680 --> 00:07:10,870 We will actually do a review of the rules before every time we vote. 61 00:07:10,870 --> 00:07:29,120 Before proceeding with our business, I want to introduce you to Tom Bean, our legal counsel 62 00:07:29,120 --> 00:07:31,580 and Nina Elmo parliamentarian. 63 00:07:31,580 --> 00:07:34,910 All clear? 64 00:07:34,910 --> 00:07:43,520 Will the Board Secretary make the appropriate motion with respect to the Rules of Procedure? 65 00:07:43,520 --> 00:07:54,169 Christina Rivera: Moved that the Rules of Procedure of this General Assembly as set 66 00:07:54,169 --> 00:08:02,880 forth in full on pages 70 through 72 of the Final Agenda be adopted. 67 00:08:02,880 --> 00:08:12,130 Co-Moderator: Is there a second? 68 00:08:12,130 --> 00:08:30,180 Does anyone want to discuss the rules? 69 00:08:30,180 --> 00:08:34,070 There being no [time for further] discussion of the Rules of Procedure, discussion is now 70 00:08:34,070 --> 00:08:36,729 closed, and a vote is in order. 71 00:08:36,729 --> 00:08:39,130 All those in favor of adopting the Rules of Procedure, 72 00:08:39,130 --> 00:08:42,169 please do so by raising your voting card. 73 00:08:45,070 --> 00:08:47,960 All those opposed. 74 00:08:50,860 --> 00:08:55,540 Let's wait for the off-site delegates to vote on these rules. 75 00:09:12,360 --> 00:09:16,000 Wonderful. The motion carries. We did a thing! 76 00:09:16,000 --> 00:09:24,691 Barb Greve: My name is Barb Greve, and I serve 77 00:09:24,691 --> 00:09:31,760 as a Hospice Chaplain, the Religious Education Assistant at the UU Church of Palo Alto, and 78 00:09:31,760 --> 00:09:36,800 am one of the Co-Moderators of this Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. 79 00:09:36,800 --> 00:09:46,030 Elandria Williams: Hello, my name is Elandria Williams and I am a member of Tennessee Valley 80 00:09:46,030 --> 00:09:51,820 UU Church in Knoxville, TN. 81 00:09:51,820 --> 00:09:56,350 I am also the Training Director of People’s Hub and Cooperative Developer for Cooperation 82 00:09:56,350 --> 00:10:07,630 Jackson and am one of the Co- Moderators of this Unitarian Universalist Association of 83 00:10:07,630 --> 00:10:10,350 Congregations 84 00:10:10,350 --> 00:10:17,140 Barb: As we gather here at this General Assembly, we do so in with awareness of all that is 85 00:10:17,140 --> 00:10:23,550 happening in the world around us and here within our own faith tradition. 86 00:10:23,550 --> 00:10:28,640 Each one of us has different sources of strength and inspiration. 87 00:10:28,640 --> 00:10:35,240 For many of us, one of these sources is our ancestors – those who have come before us, 88 00:10:35,240 --> 00:10:42,430 who have navigated troubled waters, and whose dreams, actions, wisdom, and strength we build 89 00:10:42,430 --> 00:10:44,060 upon. 90 00:10:44,060 --> 00:10:49,830 Each year, some of our contemporaries make the great transition to join the ancestors. 91 00:10:49,830 --> 00:10:52,920 This year is no different. 92 00:10:52,920 --> 00:11:00,450 For the second year in a row we honor one of our moderator predecessors, Denny Davidoff. 93 00:11:00,450 --> 00:11:06,210 Along with Denny, we honor Danielle Glad and Alyce Gowdy-Wright. 94 00:11:06,210 --> 00:11:11,890 All three were friends and mentors to many of us here in the hall. 95 00:11:11,890 --> 00:11:18,270 May this open chair, which will remain as such throughout General Assembly, honor them 96 00:11:18,270 --> 00:11:21,830 and all the other ancestors in our lives. 97 00:11:21,830 --> 00:11:23,870 All were important. 98 00:11:23,870 --> 00:11:29,750 Elandria: It is customary that when the Board meet together physically (as opposed to virtually), 99 00:11:29,750 --> 00:11:32,130 we leave an open chair at the board table. 100 00:11:32,130 --> 00:11:36,399 This chair honors the spirits that have blessed proceedings in the past, and leaves space 101 00:11:36,399 --> 00:11:40,089 for observers to join us when appropriate. 102 00:11:40,089 --> 00:11:43,350 It is an important and sacred custom. 103 00:11:43,350 --> 00:11:45,830 In the spirit of remembering and honoring 104 00:11:45,830 --> 00:11:51,770 our ancestors in some African and African American cultures we pour libations. 105 00:11:51,770 --> 00:11:55,430 Libations are poured to honor their lives, their courage and to remember the lessons 106 00:11:55,430 --> 00:11:57,250 that they taught us. 107 00:11:57,250 --> 00:12:03,870 As we pour libations this evening, we do so to remember and Denny Davidoff, Danielle Glad, 108 00:12:03,870 --> 00:12:08,360 and Alyce Gowdy-Wright, along with those in your life who have had great value. 109 00:12:08,360 --> 00:12:13,411 We will begin by first calling out some names from here and after we call each name we will 110 00:12:13,411 --> 00:12:18,410 pour some water onto this plant (bowl??) and we will all say Ashé. 111 00:12:18,410 --> 00:12:19,410 Can everyone say Ashé with me? 112 00:12:25,029 --> 00:12:51,430 Denny Davidoff - Danielle Glad - Alyce Gowdy-Wright - Marlys Brinkman - Ibrahim Baba Farajaje 113 00:12:51,430 --> 00:13:05,550 Now please say a name and during this process we will all say Ashé until all the water has 114 00:13:05,550 --> 00:13:23,410 been poured. 115 00:13:23,410 --> 00:13:39,550 We also want to recognize those that are still here and those yet to come. 116 00:13:39,550 --> 00:13:43,620 We know that we are joined by elders both of our faith and those we are in community with 117 00:13:45,060 --> 00:13:54,279 If you consider yourself an elder please raise your hand or make some noise. 118 00:13:54,279 --> 00:14:00,480 Let’s all say thank you for what they have and are giving us. 119 00:14:00,480 --> 00:14:16,010 Repeat after me: THANK YOU and we LOVE YOU! 120 00:14:16,010 --> 00:14:23,140 Now for those of us yelders or if you haven’t reached yelder status those of us that are 121 00:14:23,140 --> 00:14:28,470 in in the middle and providing care, balance and support to both the elders and the younger folks. 122 00:14:29,550 --> 00:14:35,070 If you are their raise your hand or make some noise. 123 00:14:35,070 --> 00:14:42,130 Let us all say thank you for what they have and are giving us. 124 00:14:42,130 --> 00:14:49,709 Repeat after me: THANK YOU AND LOVE YOU Now for those who are younger and not just 125 00:14:49,709 --> 00:14:51,480 young at heart. 126 00:14:51,480 --> 00:14:56,750 The youth that are leading the way in so many ways and helping the rest of us take notice. 127 00:14:56,750 --> 00:15:01,080 If you are a youth please either raise or hand or make some noise. 128 00:15:01,080 --> 00:15:05,930 Let us all say thank you for what they have and are giving us. 129 00:15:05,930 --> 00:15:22,110 Repeat after me: THANK YOU AND LOVE YOU Now for those that have yet to come. 130 00:15:22,110 --> 00:15:26,730 Some are almost here about to be born and others we don’t even now about. 131 00:15:26,730 --> 00:15:29,940 Let’s offer a moment of silence sending them love. 132 00:15:29,940 --> 00:15:34,100 Thanks. 133 00:15:34,200 --> 00:15:40,860 Barb Greve: We welcome our 2018 GA Chaplains. 134 00:15:40,860 --> 00:15:47,850 The chaplains are available during GA and will often be in the Chaplain Office in Room 135 00:15:47,850 --> 00:15:51,680 2206. 136 00:15:51,680 --> 00:16:10,310 Rebekah Savage: Greetings Beloved Unitarian Universalists far and wide! 137 00:16:10,310 --> 00:16:16,600 I am Rev. Rebekah Savage, your co-lead for the General Assembly Chaplains. 138 00:16:16,600 --> 00:16:20,420 This is Rev. Alex Holt also your co-lead chaplain. 139 00:16:20,420 --> 00:16:27,620 It is my honor to present to you our team of GA Chaplains: 140 00:16:27,620 --> 00:16:37,480 Rev. Neal Anderson Rev. Katie Romano Griffin Rev. Kate Landis Rev. Qiyamah Rahman and Rev. 141 00:16:37,480 --> 00:16:52,100 Cathy Harrington is serving as our offsite online chaplain. 142 00:16:52,100 --> 00:17:00,010 These generous souls will be available in Room 2206 next to the Right Relations Team 143 00:17:00,010 --> 00:17:02,200 in the Convention Center. 144 00:17:02,200 --> 00:17:08,230 Our GA Chaplains are available for pastoral and spiritual support for the duration of 145 00:17:08,230 --> 00:17:10,329 General Assembly. 146 00:17:10,329 --> 00:17:23,289 You can contact our team by calling 617-948-4244, 24 hours a day. 147 00:17:23,289 --> 00:17:37,429 All GA chaplains will be wearing a Chaplain hat to be recognizable during program 148 00:17:37,429 --> 00:17:38,429 hours. 149 00:17:38,429 --> 00:17:42,700 We are here to support and serve your spiritual needs. 150 00:17:42,700 --> 00:17:51,889 We will also be offering morning spiritual practice in the Meditation Room of the Convention 151 00:17:51,889 --> 00:17:55,519 Center from 7- 7:30am. 152 00:17:55,519 --> 00:18:01,580 So come by and say hi, ask for a blessing or lay your burden down. 153 00:18:01,580 --> 00:18:11,610 We are honored to journey with you while at GA. 154 00:18:16,619 --> 00:18:23,299 Elandria Williams: Please welcome the co- chairs of your 2018 Right Relationship Team, 155 00:18:23,299 --> 00:18:26,750 Hannah Roberts Villnave and Yadenee Hailu. 156 00:18:26,750 --> 00:18:38,049 Hannah Roberts Villnave / Yadenee Hailu: Welcome to this incredible gathering of Unitarian 157 00:18:38,049 --> 00:18:39,049 Universalists. 158 00:18:39,049 --> 00:18:43,710 It’s an honor to be serving as the co-chairs of your Right Relationship Team. 159 00:18:43,710 --> 00:18:50,149 I’m Yadenee Hailu and I’m Hannah Roberts Villnave, and we’re looking forward to spending 160 00:18:50,149 --> 00:18:58,789 this GA together engaged in the sticky, beautiful work of co-creating community that reflects 161 00:18:58,789 --> 00:19:01,169 our highest values. 162 00:19:01,169 --> 00:19:08,730 Joining us on the team this year are: Mary Early-Zald, Shari Halliday-Quan, Julian Sharp, 163 00:19:08,730 --> 00:19:16,019 Stephen Carmody, Jim Lewis, Miguel Rivera Young, Rachael Miles, and Elizabeth Mount. 164 00:19:16,019 --> 00:19:21,231 This year, we are particularly excited to be partnering with the new Safety Team, as 165 00:19:21,231 --> 00:19:26,029 well as continuing to work closely with our GA Chaplains. 166 00:19:26,029 --> 00:19:32,200 Maybe you’re wondering how the Right Relationship Team fits into that constellation of groups! 167 00:19:32,200 --> 00:19:37,650 We’re here to support you in working through issues that develop within the General Assembly 168 00:19:37,650 --> 00:19:39,609 community. 169 00:19:39,609 --> 00:19:47,549 Our support takes many forms, from holding space for your experiences, to acting as thought 170 00:19:47,549 --> 00:19:54,970 partners for participation, to accompanying and facilitating the conversations around 171 00:19:54,970 --> 00:19:56,340 transforming relationships. 172 00:19:56,340 --> 00:20:03,299 If you need us, you can find us in room XXX here at the convention center, by calling 173 00:20:03,299 --> 00:20:12,950 us at the number in the program book and app, or by finding somebody in a stylish orange 174 00:20:12,950 --> 00:20:13,950 vest. 175 00:20:13,950 --> 00:20:20,169 As Unitarian Universalists, we strive to create community that honors the ways the divine 176 00:20:20,169 --> 00:20:23,299 shows up in each of us. 177 00:20:23,299 --> 00:20:28,490 And we are striving to root out white supremacy, the heteropatriarchy, disability erasure, 178 00:20:28,490 --> 00:20:31,539 and the many other 179 00:20:31,539 --> 00:20:41,340 ways our society fails to honor the divine in each and all. 180 00:20:41,340 --> 00:20:52,999 This work will create deep discomfort and uncertainty, particularly for those of us 181 00:20:52,999 --> 00:21:00,390 who move in the world with privileged identities. 182 00:21:00,390 --> 00:21:04,950 Breathe. 183 00:21:04,950 --> 00:21:14,509 We invite you to spend these days together letting go of being flawless or certain. 184 00:21:14,509 --> 00:21:28,879 Join us in finding new ways to be curious, open, courageous and humble with one another. 185 00:21:28,879 --> 00:21:45,840 Introduction: Safety Team Elandria Williams: Please welcome the co- 186 00:21:45,840 --> 00:23:59,249 chairs of your 2018 Safety Team, India Harris and Chris Crass. 187 00:23:59,249 --> 00:25:43,119 India Harris / Chris Crass: GA Accessibility 188 00:25:43,119 --> 00:27:16,149 Elandria Williams: Please 189 00:27:16,149 --> 00:27:35,869 welcome 190 00:27:35,869 --> 00:27:41,799 Patty Cameron, who is here to tell us about Accessibility Services at this General Assembly. 191 00:27:41,799 --> 00:27:48,009 The GA Planning Committee and Patty have done a great job over the years in making GA more 192 00:27:48,009 --> 00:27:53,629 and more accessible to more and more people. 193 00:27:53,629 --> 00:28:04,309 Patty Cameron: My name is Patty Cameron and it’s my great pleasure to coordinate Accessibility 194 00:28:04,309 --> 00:28:07,119 Services for General Assembly. 195 00:28:07,119 --> 00:28:11,330 But accessibility is not my job alone. 196 00:28:11,330 --> 00:28:19,399 It is our collective role to practice radical hospitality – a community that includes 197 00:28:19,399 --> 00:28:26,899 everyone – those who use mobility equipment, listening devices, interpreters, have 198 00:28:26,899 --> 00:28:30,859 chemical sensitivities, assist dogs, or need 199 00:28:30,859 --> 00:28:34,289 special seating to accommodate for vision or hearing. 200 00:28:34,289 --> 00:28:39,389 It’s our collective role to welcome all! 201 00:28:39,389 --> 00:28:44,860 Our services are available to anyone registered here at General Assembly, and our goal is 202 00:28:44,860 --> 00:28:52,200 to provide assistance that allows everyone to participate fully in GA. 203 00:28:52,200 --> 00:28:55,519 Come visit our table in the main lobby. 204 00:28:55,519 --> 00:29:01,759 I invite you to be with one another this week in ways that allow you to practice radical 205 00:29:01,759 --> 00:29:12,799 hospitality, stretch your comfort zone, enrich your spirit, and widen your field as you take 206 00:29:12,799 --> 00:29:19,479 in all those around you whether they walk or ride. 207 00:29:19,479 --> 00:29:25,139 Please reserve the elevators for people with mobility or health needs. 208 00:29:25,139 --> 00:29:32,779 We are all part of this General Assembly – one beloved community – a bright, wonderful 209 00:29:32,779 --> 00:29:37,159 community of people of all abilities. 210 00:29:37,159 --> 00:29:40,169 Be with each other in loving kindness. 211 00:29:40,169 --> 00:30:26,830 Enjoy GA! 212 00:30:26,830 --> 00:30:30,110 Thank you! 213 00:30:30,110 --> 00:31:13,330 Recess Barb Greve: There being no further business 214 00:31:13,330 --> 00:31:18,049 to come before us, and in accordance with the schedule set forth in your program book, 215 00:31:18,049 --> 00:31:23,250 I declare that this general session of the General Assembly shall stand in recess until 216 00:31:23,250 --> 00:31:44,080 9:15 AM on Thursday, June 21, 2018.