1 00:00:00,885 --> 00:00:02,885 NEXT FOR THE COMMISSION ON SOCIAL WITNESS IS SUSAN GOEKLER. 2 00:00:05,161 --> 00:00:08,239 [APPLAUSE] >> 3 00:00:12,525 --> 00:00:16,597 THANK YOU, AND WELCOME TO ALL THE DELEGATES HERE AND OFF-SITE. 4 00:00:17,359 --> 00:00:20,608 ON BEHALF OF THE COMMISSION ON SOCIAL WITNESS, I AM PLEASED TO 5 00:00:20,609 --> 00:00:24,517 PRESENT THIS REPORT. THE COMMISSION REPORTS DIRECTLY TO 6 00:00:24,518 --> 00:00:30,355 YOU, THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, AND NOT TO THE U. A BOARD. YOU 7 00:00:30,356 --> 00:00:33,027 ELECT THE MAJORITY OF THE COMMISSION MEMBERS, WHO YOU CAN 8 00:00:33,028 --> 00:00:35,028 IDENTIFY BY THE BLUE BASEBALL 9 00:00:36,582 --> 00:00:39,620 CAPS WE WEAR WHEN ON DUTY. WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU NAVIGATE 10 00:00:39,621 --> 00:00:41,621 THE OPPORTUNITIES AT GA TO 11 00:00:44,738 --> 00:00:46,738 CONTRIBUTE TO SOCIAL WITNESS STATEMENTS. 12 00:00:49,331 --> 00:00:51,331 WE HAVE TWO KEY RESPONSIBILITIES 13 00:00:54,679 --> 00:00:56,679 - TO FACILITATE THE PROCESS FOR 14 00:00:59,310 --> 00:01:00,839 DEVELOPING UUA POSITION STATEMENTS ON SOCIAL JUSTICE 15 00:01:00,840 --> 00:01:02,840 ISSUES. THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF POSITION STATEMENTS - STATEMENTS 16 00:01:04,673 --> 00:01:06,673 OF CONSCIENCE AND ACTIONS OF 17 00:01:08,265 --> 00:01:11,820 IMMEDIATE WITNESS. DELEGATES CONSIDER ONE STATEMENT OF 18 00:01:11,821 --> 00:01:13,821 CONSCIENCE EVERY ODD NUMBERED 19 00:01:15,893 --> 00:01:19,256 YEAR, SO THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN 2018, SO THAT MEANS THAT THERE 20 00:01:19,257 --> 00:01:26,633 IS NOT A STATEMENT OF CONSCIENCE THIS YEAR. BECAUSE WE'RE 2018. 21 00:01:27,401 --> 00:01:33,283 ODD NUMBERED YEARS WHO HAVE BEEN 17 AND 19. BUT IT IS ABOUT AN 22 00:01:33,284 --> 00:01:36,092 ISSUE THAT WAS SELECTED THREE YEARS PRIOR AS A CONGREGATIONAL 23 00:01:36,093 --> 00:01:38,093 STUDY 24 00:01:39,422 --> 00:01:43,236 ACTION ISSUE CSAI. THIS YEAR YOU WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO SELECT A 25 00:01:43,237 --> 00:01:45,237 NEW CSAI. 26 00:01:48,016 --> 00:01:50,016 BECAUSE ISSUES SOMETIMES ARISE 27 00:01:51,837 --> 00:01:53,837 POSITION STATEMENT IS AN ACTION 28 00:01:52,337 --> 00:01:53,837 POSITION STATEMENT IS AN ACTION 29 00:01:53,837 --> 00:01:55,501 THAT CALL FOR A MORE IMMEDIATE RESPONSE, ANOTHER TYPE OF 30 00:01:55,501 --> 00:01:57,501 OF IMMEDIATE WITNESS. BECAUSE 31 00:02:00,095 --> 00:02:03,904 THESE ISSUES ARE PROPOSED AND ACTED ON DURING 1 GENERAL 32 00:02:03,905 --> 00:02:05,905 ASSEMBLY, THERE IS NO OPPORTUNITY FOR CONGREGATION 33 00:02:09,553 --> 00:02:13,340 STUDY AND INPUT. THUS AIWS ONLY CARRY THE WEIGHT OF THE 34 00:02:13,341 --> 00:02:15,341 DELEGATES PRESENT AT ONE GA. 35 00:02:16,629 --> 00:02:18,925 GA.BUT THEY STILL HAVE VALUE. OUR SECOND KEY RESPONSIBILITY IS 36 00:02:20,265 --> 00:02:23,550 TO ENCOURAGE CONGREGATIONAL ENGAGEMENT ON COMMON UUA SOCIAL 37 00:02:23,551 --> 00:02:25,551 JUSTICE ISSUES. 38 00:02:28,391 --> 00:02:31,628 ISSUES.SO LET ME GIVE THE REPORT ON WHAT WE HAVE DONE THIS YEAR, 39 00:02:31,629 --> 00:02:35,836 SINCE I'M REPORTING TO YOU. BETWEEN 2017 AND 2018 GENERAL 40 00:02:35,837 --> 00:02:38,636 ASSEMBLIES OF THE UUA, THE COMMISSION ON SOCIAL WITNESS 41 00:02:38,637 --> 00:02:40,643 (CSW) REVIEWED COMMENTS WE RECEIVED FROM CONGREGATIONS 42 00:02:44,009 --> 00:02:46,009 ON OUR CURRENT CSAI - THE 43 00:02:48,090 --> 00:02:50,090 CORRUPTION OF DEMOCRACY, WHICH THE 2016 GENERAL ASSEMBLY 44 00:02:53,137 --> 00:02:55,489 SELECTED. WE ALSO INVITED PROPOSALS FOR NEW CSAIS AND 45 00:02:59,071 --> 00:03:01,071 RECEIVED THREE PROPOSALS. 46 00:03:02,631 --> 00:03:07,240 BECAUSE TWO WERE ALMOST IDENTICAL, WE ASKED THE 47 00:03:07,241 --> 00:03:09,241 PROPOSERS TO COMBINE THEM AND 48 00:03:10,280 --> 00:03:14,624 THEY DID. THEN, AT THE REQUEST OF ONE OF THE PROPOSERS, WE 49 00:03:14,625 --> 00:03:18,940 FACILITATED MEETINGS OF THE PROPOSERS OF THE REMAINING TWO 50 00:03:18,941 --> 00:03:20,941 TO SEE IF THEY COULD FIND COMMON 51 00:03:22,753 --> 00:03:24,753 GROUND AND THUS SUBMIT ONLY ONE 52 00:03:26,059 --> 00:03:28,849 CSAI FOR CONSIDERATION. WE ALL HOPED THAT IN THE SPIRIT OF 53 00:03:32,527 --> 00:03:37,460 BEING MORE COOPERATIVE AND LESS COMPETITIVE WE COULD AVOID 54 00:03:37,461 --> 00:03:40,144 PITTING ONE ISSUE AGAINST ANOTHER, AND THUS FORCING 55 00:03:40,145 --> 00:03:42,195 DELEGATES TO SELECT ONLY ONE ISSUE EVEN THOUGH ALL PROPOSED 56 00:03:46,817 --> 00:03:48,817 CSAIS ARE WORTHY OF STUDY AND 57 00:03:50,089 --> 00:03:52,089 ACTION. WE GOT CLOSE, BUT DID 58 00:03:53,384 --> 00:03:55,384 NOT SUCCEED, SO YOU HAVE TWO TO 59 00:03:58,769 --> 00:04:03,294 CHOOSE FROM. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT EACH PLEASE COME TO THE CSAI 60 00:04:03,295 --> 00:04:05,295 MINI-ASSEMBLY THIS AFTERNOON AT 4:30. 61 00:04:08,003 --> 00:04:12,088 4:30.AND ALSO TO READ THEM IN YOUR PROGRAM BOOK ON PAGES 73 62 00:04:12,089 --> 00:04:17,692 THROUGH THROUGH 75. ONE WAY WE FULFILL OUR SECOND KEY 63 00:04:17,693 --> 00:04:22,534 RESPONSIBILITY OF ENCOURAGING CONGREGATIONS TO ENGAGE WITH 64 00:04:22,535 --> 00:04:27,351 SELECTED CSAIS IS BY WORKING WITH THE UU MINISTERS 65 00:04:27,352 --> 00:04:29,352 ASSOCIATION TO SPONSOR A SOCIAL 66 00:04:30,629 --> 00:04:32,252 JUSTICE SERMON CONTEST. THE WINNING SERMON WILL BE PRESENTED 67 00:04:32,253 --> 00:04:34,253 AT 68 00:04:37,585 --> 00:04:40,596 AT3:00 O'CLOCK TODAY. THE SERMON TITLE IS WHY THE RIGHT 69 00:04:40,597 --> 00:04:45,048 GETS IT WRONG AND THE LEFT JUST DOESN'T GET IT. 70 00:04:48,617 --> 00:04:52,681 RECOGNIZING THAT THE PRESCRIPTIVE NATURE OF THE CSW- 71 00:04:52,682 --> 00:04:54,682 RELEVANT SECTIONS OF UUA BYLAWS 72 00:04:55,997 --> 00:04:57,997 HINDERS INNOVATION, WE WORKED 73 00:05:01,889 --> 00:05:03,889 WITH THE UUA BOARD TO SUGGEST CHANGES TO THE BYLAWS. THESE 74 00:05:08,261 --> 00:05:13,650 PROPOSED BY-LAWS CHANGES DO NOT CHANGE ANY PROCESSES, THEY JUST 75 00:05:13,651 --> 00:05:17,681 REMOVE FROM THE BYLAWS THE DETAILS, WHICH ARE STILL 76 00:05:17,682 --> 00:05:22,020 INCLUDED IN THE CSW'S PROPOSERS' GUIDES FOR BOTH CSAIS AND AIWS. 77 00:05:22,021 --> 00:05:24,021 THE ONLY SIGNIFICANT 78 00:05:25,802 --> 00:05:27,802 CHANGE IS THAT THE BYLAWS WOULD 79 00:05:30,154 --> 00:05:32,501 NOT REQUIRE GATHERING SIGNATURES AT GA FOR ACTIONS OF IMMEDIATE 80 00:05:35,531 --> 00:05:37,844 WITNESS, ALLOWING THE CSW TO CONSIDER MODIFICATIONS OF THAT 81 00:05:37,845 --> 00:05:39,845 PROCESS. 82 00:05:41,875 --> 00:05:47,112 PROCESS.IF YOU, THE DELEGATES, DECIDED TO AN APPROVE THAT. 83 00:05:47,113 --> 00:05:49,870 FACILITATION OF THE CSAI PROCESS ALSO REQUIRES GETTING INPUT FROM 84 00:05:53,153 --> 00:05:57,020 CONGREGATIONS - THE UUA'S MEMBERS. AS PART OF THE ANNUAL 85 00:05:57,021 --> 00:05:59,021 CONGREGATIONAL POLL, 86 00:06:00,809 --> 00:06:02,809 CONGREGATIONS CAN VOTE ON 87 00:06:04,879 --> 00:06:08,254 WHETHER TO INCLUDE PROPOSED CSAIS ON THE FINAL GA AGENDA. 88 00:06:08,255 --> 00:06:10,255 THIS YEAR, SLIGHTLY MORE THAN HALF THE CERTIFIED CONGREGATIONS 89 00:06:11,814 --> 00:06:16,120 DID VOTE AND THE VAST MAJORITY VOTED TO INCLUDE BOTH PROPOSED 90 00:06:16,121 --> 00:06:18,121 CSAIS FOR CONSIDERATION. 91 00:06:20,772 --> 00:06:22,772 NOW, YOU HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY 92 00:06:24,331 --> 00:06:27,859 ALSO. IF YOU ARE A DELEGATE, YOU WILL VOTE TO SELECT ONE OF THE 93 00:06:27,860 --> 00:06:30,670 PROPOSED CSAIS. HERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES TO BE INFORMED. 94 00:06:35,605 --> 00:06:39,164 YOU CAN SEE THEM OR THAT I'VE ALREADY MENTIONED. AFTER YOU 95 00:06:39,165 --> 00:06:43,259 RETURN TO YOUR CONGREGATION, WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL INFORM THEM 96 00:06:43,260 --> 00:06:45,260 ABOUT THE 97 00:06:47,307 --> 00:06:49,307 SELECTED STUDY ACTION ISSUES. A STUDY GUIDE IS AVAILABLE FOR THE 98 00:06:54,963 --> 00:06:56,963 CORRUPTION OF DEMOCRACY AVAILABLE ON THE UUA WEBSITE AND 99 00:06:57,249 --> 00:06:59,846 BY NOVEMBER THERE WILL BE A STUDY GUIDE FOR ISSUE YOU SELECT 100 00:06:59,847 --> 00:07:01,847 HERE 101 00:07:04,161 --> 00:07:08,024 STUDY DIED THAT IS TO HELP YOU ENGAGE WITH YOUR CONGREGATION IN 102 00:07:08,025 --> 00:07:13,583 THAT STUDY AND ACTION. TO MEET OUR BYLAW REQUIREMENTS, THE CSW 103 00:07:13,584 --> 00:07:15,584 WILL CONDUCT A MINI-ASSEMBLY ON THE TWO 104 00:07:19,772 --> 00:07:23,064 PROPOSED CSAIS. WE ARE ALSO HOSTING A WORKSHOP WITH 105 00:07:23,065 --> 00:07:25,065 ACTIVISTS ENGAGED IN FIGHTING 106 00:07:26,591 --> 00:07:30,614 CORRUPTION IN OUR DEMOCRACY AND FACILITATING A WORSHIP SERVICE 107 00:07:30,615 --> 00:07:32,615 FEATURING THE WINNING SERMON. 108 00:07:34,345 --> 00:07:39,252 SERMON.AND FACILITATING THE SHARING AT 1:30 TODAY OF HOW 109 00:07:39,253 --> 00:07:41,620 CONGREGATIONS HAVE IMPLEMENTED THE STATEMENT OF CONSCIENCE 110 00:07:41,621 --> 00:07:48,584 ADOPTED LAST YEAR ON ESCALATING ECONOMIC INEQUITY. ACTION OF 111 00:07:48,585 --> 00:07:50,585 IMMEDIATE WITNESS PROPOSALS ARE DUE AT THE CSW 112 00:07:54,878 --> 00:07:58,787 BOOTH BY 5 TODAY - IF THERE IS AN ISSUE YOU FEEL CALLED TO 113 00:07:58,788 --> 00:08:01,296 SUGGEST THAT THE UUA HAVE A POSITION ABOUT, COME TO THE 114 00:08:07,761 --> 00:08:12,856 -- COME TO THE NUMBER OF THE BOOTH 610 AND FIND OUT HOW TO 115 00:08:12,857 --> 00:08:17,448 ENGAGE IN THE PROCESS 68 YESTERDAY 6AIW'S WERE ALREADY 116 00:08:17,449 --> 00:08:19,512 POSTED AND ON-SITE DELEGATES CAN ACCESS 117 00:08:22,817 --> 00:08:26,704 THOSE AT THE BOOTH. OFF-SITE DELEGATES CAN ACCESS THEM ONLINE 118 00:08:26,705 --> 00:08:29,664 ALREADY. AND THERE ARE ALSO PETITION SHEETS AVAILABLE FOR 119 00:08:29,665 --> 00:08:34,537 THE OFF-SITE DELEGATES IF THEY CHOOSE TO SUPPORT ONE OR MORE OF 120 00:08:36,128 --> 00:08:40,803 THEM. FOR ON-SITE DELEGATES, THE PETITION SHEETS ARE 121 00:08:40,804 --> 00:08:48,356 AVAILABLE IN THE BOOTH. ANY NEW AIW'S THAT ARE SUBMITTED TODAY 122 00:08:48,357 --> 00:08:52,180 BY 5:00 O'CLOCK WILL BE POSTED TONIGHT FOR OFF-SITE DELEGATES 123 00:08:52,181 --> 00:08:55,274 TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW REVIEW. 124 00:09:00,081 --> 00:09:04,248 KELLY GAS WILL ALSO RECEIVE ALERTS AS AN E-MAIL TAPMENT. 125 00:09:04,249 --> 00:09:06,976 YOU SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED THAT IF YOU ARE A DELEGATE. TO SAVE 126 00:09:06,977 --> 00:09:11,579 TREES, DELEGATES WITH SMART ELECTRONIC DEVICES ARE 127 00:09:11,580 --> 00:09:16,904 ENCOURAGED TO DOWNLOAD THE CSW ALERT AND USE THAT VERSION WHEN 128 00:09:16,905 --> 00:09:23,248 YOU ARE TRYING TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON. 129 00:09:23,249 --> 00:09:28,797 DELEGATES WHO NEED PAPER COPIES IN EITHER REGULAR OR LARGE FONT 130 00:09:28,798 --> 00:09:31,651 MAY REQUEST THE PAPER COPIES FROM USHERS AS YOU LEAVE OR COME 131 00:09:32,324 --> 00:09:36,146 TO THE CSW BOOTH. AND THEY ARE AVAILABLE ELECTRONICALLY FOR THE 132 00:09:36,653 --> 00:09:38,949 OFF-SITE DELEGATES. 133 00:09:43,275 --> 00:09:45,288 THE CSW IS OFFERING A THIRD OPPORTUNITY FOR WITNESSING THIS 134 00:09:45,289 --> 00:09:47,840 YEAR. WE WILL OFFER ROOM AT THE CSW BOOTH IN THE EXHIBIT HALL 135 00:09:47,841 --> 00:09:51,648 (#610) FOR PEOPLE WISHING TO COLLECT SIGNATURES FOR SOCIAL 136 00:09:51,649 --> 00:09:53,649 JUSTICE -RELATED PETITIONS. 137 00:09:55,030 --> 00:09:59,322 PETITIONS.SO AIW'S ARE PETITIONS FOR OUR ACTION AS AN ASSOCIATION 138 00:09:59,693 --> 00:10:02,148 , BUT IF YOU WANTED TO GET PETITIONS FOR SOMETHING YOU 139 00:10:02,149 --> 00:10:04,948 WANTED TO SEND TO A MEMBER OF CONGRESS OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT 140 00:10:04,949 --> 00:10:09,344 AND YOU WANTED A PLACES, YOU COULD COLLECT THEM. YOU MAY DO 141 00:10:09,345 --> 00:10:12,401 THAT. WE WOULD LOVE TO LEARN HOW YOUR CONGREGATION HAS USED 142 00:10:12,402 --> 00:10:15,696 ANY ADOPTED STATEMENTS. PLEASE STOP BY OUR BOOTH OR SEND AN 143 00:10:15,697 --> 00:10:17,219 EMAIL TO SHARE WHAT YOUR CONGREGATION HAS DONE. THEN WE 144 00:10:17,220 --> 00:10:19,220 CAN SHARE THAT 145 00:10:21,553 --> 00:10:23,553 WITH OTHERS. 146 00:10:24,613 --> 00:10:26,613 OTHERS.IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, PLEASE LOOK FOR