1 00:00:00,000 --> 00:00:10,110 y'all ready time for bylaws baby so we have for ready 1 2 3 & 4 2 00:00:10,110 --> 00:00:20,160 it's 2:51 all right so this remote this we're about to do with the change the 3 00:00:20,160 --> 00:00:24,779 principles and purposes I just want to say this before we do the motion as its 4 00:00:24,779 --> 00:00:29,070 proposed bylaw change received over 1/4 this vote at last year's General 5 00:00:29,070 --> 00:00:34,320 Assembly no amendment so this proposed chains are allowed this year and so it 6 00:00:34,320 --> 00:00:39,719 was submitted by from over 15 certified congregations in 2017 final adoptions to 7 00:00:39,719 --> 00:00:43,559 require a two-thirds vote at this General Assembly I recognize the people 8 00:00:43,559 --> 00:00:59,789 at the procedure First Unitarian Church of Toledo from Toledo Ohio where I serve 9 00:00:59,789 --> 00:01:06,650 the community as a hospice chaplain and I'm responsible for this change update 10 00:01:06,650 --> 00:01:11,939 removing women and men and updating that language to prophetic people allows for 11 00:01:11,939 --> 00:01:16,710 the inclusion of all persons of all gender identities and expressions our 12 00:01:16,710 --> 00:01:21,810 polity is such that we are able to shine the spotlight on our own covenant the 13 00:01:21,810 --> 00:01:25,110 strength of our living tradition means we are a part of the covenant in which 14 00:01:25,110 --> 00:01:31,350 revelation is always being revealed we're at that moment right now I want to 15 00:01:31,350 --> 00:01:36,150 thank my mentor Reverend dr. Susan Ritchie my church First Unitarian Church 16 00:01:36,150 --> 00:01:41,159 of Toledo the 16 churches that submitted paperwork so that we could get to this 17 00:01:41,159 --> 00:01:46,430 point the folks who voted last year to pass this through a preliminary vote and 18 00:01:46,430 --> 00:01:53,420 all the have helped and by strengthening the voice of the marginalized among us 19 00:01:53,420 --> 00:01:57,479 working together we're able to do the larger work in the world 20 00:01:57,479 --> 00:02:01,040 so you please make the motion 21 00:02:04,390 --> 00:02:08,170 you know I'm one second 22 00:02:14,360 --> 00:02:18,920 so I have a little bit of anxiety I would like to make the motion that we 23 00:02:18,920 --> 00:02:24,250 changed the wording from women and men to people I think you can have a second 24 00:02:24,250 --> 00:02:33,950 all right the motions on the floor okay so before 25 00:02:33,950 --> 00:02:45,050 we vote yeah before we vote we'd like you to have an opportunity to reflect a 26 00:02:45,050 --> 00:02:48,890 little bit some of you were not at General Assembly last year and so this 27 00:02:48,890 --> 00:02:55,459 may be a new concept for you so please turn to the people sitting around you 28 00:02:55,459 --> 00:02:59,780 try to talk to somebody you don't already know and consider these 29 00:02:59,780 --> 00:03:05,900 questions in what ways does this proposed change improve the language of 30 00:03:05,900 --> 00:03:12,430 our second source what concerns do you have about the proposed change and 31 00:03:12,430 --> 00:03:17,680 overall how are you feeling about this proposed amendment to our bylaws and 32 00:03:17,680 --> 00:03:22,970 specifically one of the sources of our living tradition and you have three 33 00:03:22,970 --> 00:03:25,330 minutes 34 00:05:57,220 --> 00:06:00,600 thirty seconds 35 00:06:29,910 --> 00:06:38,490 all right we are ready to come back to a discussion of our like and concerns for 36 00:06:38,490 --> 00:06:42,540 this particular bylaw amendment before we move on I'd like to announce the vote 37 00:06:42,540 --> 00:06:51,200 of the proposed congregational study action issues with 1100 or 1101 votes to 38 00:06:51,200 --> 00:07:02,660 108 votes we will be studying number one 39 00:07:02,660 --> 00:07:14,640 I recognize the delegate at the pro mic I have been a member of First Unitarian 40 00:07:14,640 --> 00:07:21,720 Church of Toledo for 20 years I am one of the commission lay Minister 41 00:07:21,720 --> 00:07:29,310 candidates leading this church this change to all persons reflects that we 42 00:07:29,310 --> 00:07:38,970 can indeed be a bold people bold people can be prophetic bold people are in 43 00:07:38,970 --> 00:07:45,960 mutual relationships with each other bold people radically care for each 44 00:07:45,960 --> 00:07:57,950 other and bold people listen and show up for justice when someone is hurting my 45 00:07:57,950 --> 00:08:06,530 sibling thank you I recognize the delegate at the concern Mike 46 00:08:10,020 --> 00:08:16,630 sixty four and a half year member of the Willmar Unitarian Universalist 47 00:08:16,630 --> 00:08:24,850 congregation in Minnesota and I am for inclusive language and I think with 48 00:08:24,850 --> 00:08:30,790 gratitude of the work of Drusilla Cummins now long deceased but who led 49 00:08:30,790 --> 00:08:40,590 for the effort to bring inclusive language the word women into our 50 00:08:40,590 --> 00:08:50,080 literature our bylaws and I I wish that the language could include the prophetic 51 00:08:50,080 --> 00:08:57,520 words of women and men and all people whose wisdom inspires us you know and I 52 00:08:57,520 --> 00:09:04,120 don't think we're moving forward if we remove the specific language recognizing 53 00:09:04,120 --> 00:09:13,570 women's contributions I feel very strongly about that I think I understand 54 00:09:13,570 --> 00:09:19,860 the pain of exclusion I don't know how many decades I heard that mankind 55 00:09:19,860 --> 00:09:24,400 included women it was great relief to start to see 56 00:09:24,400 --> 00:09:31,720 women included and I would like to not lose that thank you 57 00:09:31,720 --> 00:09:36,760 I recognize the delegate at the pro mic hello I'm David Strickler from the First 58 00:09:36,760 --> 00:09:42,340 Unitarian Church of Toledo Ohio as a Unitarian Universalists I affirm and 59 00:09:42,340 --> 00:09:47,080 support the inherited Worth and dignity of all people and I think our second 60 00:09:47,080 --> 00:09:51,730 source needs to use that language to affirm the inherent Worth and dignity of 61 00:09:51,730 --> 00:09:57,510 all people regardless of race or gender or sexual identity thank you thank you I 62 00:09:57,510 --> 00:10:03,250 recognize the delegate at the concern mic thank you I'm Lorelai has the Conejo 63 00:10:03,250 --> 00:10:07,990 Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship I was a delegate at the General Assembly 64 00:10:07,990 --> 00:10:14,110 in 1984 when we ask for principles and purposes at that 65 00:10:14,110 --> 00:10:21,460 time I was completely oblivious to gender non-binary issues I have learned 66 00:10:21,460 --> 00:10:30,640 since then I thank the people who have helped me learn my concern about this 67 00:10:30,640 --> 00:10:38,140 change arises from something I learned at that GA and 84 when we passed the 68 00:10:38,140 --> 00:10:46,480 principles and purposes we attempted to read them in unison from the completely 69 00:10:46,480 --> 00:10:53,650 unscientific survey the people standing around me about two thirds said men and 70 00:10:53,650 --> 00:11:00,339 women rather than women and men and I thought wow a group of Unitarian 71 00:11:00,339 --> 00:11:06,940 Universalists cannot say women and men when they are reading it that's a 72 00:11:06,940 --> 00:11:13,839 problem I'd like to refer you to page 67 of the program guide for this General 73 00:11:13,839 --> 00:11:21,430 Assembly and which on this agenda notes that we are now voting changing men and 74 00:11:21,430 --> 00:11:28,510 women to people somebody wrote that I don't know how many levels of 75 00:11:28,510 --> 00:11:37,560 proofreading it went through to get there but that's my concern 76 00:11:37,920 --> 00:11:42,210 thank you for sharing your concern 77 00:11:44,000 --> 00:11:51,290 I recognize the delegate at the pro mic my name is Rena Kaler I am from the 78 00:11:51,290 --> 00:11:57,020 smooch congregation this is written by my friend 79 00:11:57,020 --> 00:12:04,100 Icarus when I started using they/them pronouns I was scared to tell people it 80 00:12:04,100 --> 00:12:10,520 was always just he slash hurt I currently used he day and Icarus but I'm 81 00:12:10,520 --> 00:12:16,010 still scared to tell them I didn't know very many non very non-binary people I 82 00:12:16,010 --> 00:12:21,770 even felt like I was going to be judged by those people I was told that I was 83 00:12:21,770 --> 00:12:26,720 invalid by someone so I went back to the closet I finally came back out again and 84 00:12:26,720 --> 00:12:34,130 I felt free now I can feel like I can tell people so that's a pro from one of 85 00:12:34,130 --> 00:12:48,350 my friends thank you there is no one at the concern mic I have no one in the 86 00:12:48,350 --> 00:12:55,790 off-site queue which tells me you are ready to vote so that you remember we 87 00:12:55,790 --> 00:13:01,310 are not able to amend this final passage requires a two-thirds majority vote I 88 00:13:01,310 --> 00:13:05,780 have a little tablet that tells me when the off-site delegates are voting it 89 00:13:05,780 --> 00:13:10,700 takes them more time to see the livestream so it will take a little bit 90 00:13:10,700 --> 00:13:14,560 more time for us to know what the final vote is make sense to everyone 91 00:13:14,560 --> 00:13:21,170 fantastic ok we are ready to vote all those in favor of changing the language 92 00:13:21,170 --> 00:13:27,890 of women and men to people please indicate by raising your yellow delegate 93 00:13:27,890 --> 00:13:30,790 voting cards now 94 00:13:34,770 --> 00:13:38,790 all those opposed 95 00:13:41,120 --> 00:13:46,450 you can put your cards down we'll wait for the off-site 96 00:14:09,410 --> 00:14:12,939 let's see the off-site vote 97 00:14:15,830 --> 00:14:26,360 the motion clearly passes