2 00:00:01,180 --> 00:00:07,150 I now call to order the fourth general 3 00:00:04,150 --> 00:00:10,650 session of the 57th General Assembly of 4 00:00:07,150 --> 00:00:12,880 the Unitarian Universalist Association 5 00:00:10,650 --> 00:00:19,860 so they can't hear me 6 00:00:12,880 --> 00:00:19,860 I can hear me is that better 7 00:00:25,110 --> 00:00:29,890 all right so how's this all right 8 00:00:29,320 --> 00:00:32,410 perfect 9 00:00:29,890 --> 00:00:34,540 so let me try that again I now call to 10 00:00:32,410 --> 00:00:37,210 order the fourth general session of the 11 00:00:34,540 --> 00:00:44,200 57th General Assembly of the Unitarian 12 00:00:37,210 --> 00:00:47,710 Universalist Association just a 13 00:00:44,200 --> 00:00:50,979 procedural note when we get to our 14 00:00:47,710 --> 00:00:53,080 discussions and voting I'd ask that 15 00:00:50,979 --> 00:00:56,470 those of you who are delegates and have 16 00:00:53,080 --> 00:00:58,720 yellow cards that you move into the 17 00:00:56,470 --> 00:01:01,720 middle sections if you could those far 18 00:00:58,720 --> 00:01:04,810 left and far right sections are really 19 00:01:01,720 --> 00:01:06,250 challenging for us to see from here and 20 00:01:04,810 --> 00:01:11,940 we want to make sure that we catch your 21 00:01:06,250 --> 00:01:11,940 vote and I know 22 00:01:16,920 --> 00:01:20,120 good afternoon 23 00:01:21,229 --> 00:01:29,009 EB white wrote if the world were merely 24 00:01:25,350 --> 00:01:31,710 seductive that would be easy if we're 25 00:01:29,009 --> 00:01:35,609 merely challenging that would be no 26 00:01:31,710 --> 00:01:38,759 problem but I arise in the morning torn 27 00:01:35,609 --> 00:01:42,179 between the desire to improve or save 28 00:01:38,759 --> 00:01:45,659 the world and a desire to enjoy or 29 00:01:42,179 --> 00:01:50,819 savour the world this makes it hard to 30 00:01:45,659 --> 00:01:54,000 plan the day I think white poses a false 31 00:01:50,819 --> 00:01:57,540 dichotomy all are called 32 00:01:54,000 --> 00:02:00,959 to simultaneously save and savor the 33 00:01:57,540 --> 00:02:03,690 world indeed we cannot achieve the 34 00:02:00,959 --> 00:02:06,209 Beloved Community without saving the 35 00:02:03,690 --> 00:02:09,510 world from what is broken and harmful 36 00:02:06,209 --> 00:02:13,500 and savoring what is beautiful and 37 00:02:09,510 --> 00:02:17,069 worthy as we engage in the work of this 38 00:02:13,500 --> 00:02:22,530 General Assembly may we be mindful of 39 00:02:17,069 --> 00:02:24,709 the calls to both save and savor blessed 40 00:02:22,530 --> 00:02:24,709 be 41 00:02:32,280 --> 00:02:38,680 founded in 1963 through consolidation of 42 00:02:36,459 --> 00:02:41,439 Unitarian and Universalist women's 43 00:02:38,680 --> 00:02:43,599 organizations the uu Women's Federation 44 00:02:41,439 --> 00:02:47,140 or uuwf 45 00:02:43,599 --> 00:02:50,109 has evolved into an education advocacy 46 00:02:47,140 --> 00:02:53,590 and funding organization with a vital 47 00:02:50,109 --> 00:02:55,870 mission to advance justice for women and 48 00:02:53,590 --> 00:02:59,769 girls and to promote their spiritual 49 00:02:55,870 --> 00:03:03,189 growth uuwf is one of two associate 50 00:02:59,769 --> 00:03:05,139 members organizations of the UUA along 51 00:03:03,189 --> 00:03:05,739 with the unitarian universalist service 52 00:03:05,139 --> 00:03:09,400 committee 53 00:03:05,739 --> 00:03:23,739 please welcome uuwf president Claire 54 00:03:09,400 --> 00:03:27,010 Sexton thank you good afternoon I am so 55 00:03:23,739 --> 00:03:30,400 happy to be here and so honored to be a 56 00:03:27,010 --> 00:03:32,979 part of the uu Women's Federation it's 57 00:03:30,400 --> 00:03:35,319 been quite a year from the energy of the 58 00:03:32,979 --> 00:03:36,430 women's march to the explosion of the 59 00:03:35,319 --> 00:03:39,959 me2 movement 60 00:03:36,430 --> 00:03:42,609 to the smaller quieter daily activities 61 00:03:39,959 --> 00:03:45,970 millions of people have spoken out and 62 00:03:42,609 --> 00:03:48,849 called out gender and justice lately we 63 00:03:45,970 --> 00:03:51,940 seek to push our society further and 64 00:03:48,849 --> 00:03:54,900 faster toward the end of the imperialist 65 00:03:51,940 --> 00:03:57,989 white supremacist white supremacist 66 00:03:54,900 --> 00:04:01,299 capitalist hetero patriarchy as 67 00:03:57,989 --> 00:04:03,940 Unitarian Universalists we are called to 68 00:04:01,299 --> 00:04:07,840 break the cycles of oppression within 69 00:04:03,940 --> 00:04:09,940 and beyond our denomination our small an 70 00:04:07,840 --> 00:04:12,280 active board is comprised of passionate 71 00:04:09,940 --> 00:04:16,300 volunteers committed to gender justice 72 00:04:12,280 --> 00:04:19,599 and intersectionality as announced at 73 00:04:16,300 --> 00:04:22,330 last year's GA we are proceeding for uu 74 00:04:19,599 --> 00:04:24,419 women and religion to become a key 75 00:04:22,330 --> 00:04:27,610 program of the uuwf 76 00:04:24,419 --> 00:04:30,400 combining forces in our mutual quest 77 00:04:27,610 --> 00:04:34,210 toward diverse religious feminism's and 78 00:04:30,400 --> 00:04:37,440 gender equity the new prophetic 79 00:04:34,210 --> 00:04:39,270 sisterhood a project of the uuwf 80 00:04:37,440 --> 00:04:41,880 continues its work 81 00:04:39,270 --> 00:04:44,400 to amplify the voices and ministries of 82 00:04:41,880 --> 00:04:47,070 women identified religious professionals 83 00:04:44,400 --> 00:04:50,100 and serve as a platform for sharing 84 00:04:47,070 --> 00:04:53,130 their sermons and other public acts of 85 00:04:50,100 --> 00:04:55,260 ministry this year we expanded the scope 86 00:04:53,130 --> 00:04:57,840 of this project to include not only 87 00:04:55,260 --> 00:05:02,070 clergy but all religious professionals 88 00:04:57,840 --> 00:05:03,780 and now engage over 250 colleagues one 89 00:05:02,070 --> 00:05:06,330 of the initiatives of the new prophetic 90 00:05:03,780 --> 00:05:08,820 sisterhood is the annual justice for 91 00:05:06,330 --> 00:05:11,790 women and girls sermon award this year's 92 00:05:08,820 --> 00:05:16,800 submissions most frequently addressing 93 00:05:11,790 --> 00:05:19,410 me - both inside and outside uu the 94 00:05:16,800 --> 00:05:22,320 award recipient for 2018 was Clare 95 00:05:19,410 --> 00:05:25,320 fortune lad the director of religious 96 00:05:22,320 --> 00:05:28,320 education in Haverhill Massachusetts she 97 00:05:25,320 --> 00:05:31,520 delivered her sermon me too now what 98 00:05:28,320 --> 00:05:34,500 during the last program slot our 99 00:05:31,520 --> 00:05:37,590 Margaret Fuller funding projects this 100 00:05:34,500 --> 00:05:40,500 year include major funding to document 101 00:05:37,590 --> 00:05:42,890 uu women's herstory in the heresies 102 00:05:40,500 --> 00:05:45,360 special collection at Meadville Lombard 103 00:05:42,890 --> 00:05:48,270 one that was close to Denny David offs 104 00:05:45,360 --> 00:05:50,520 heart she asked uuwf 105 00:05:48,270 --> 00:05:52,980 to contribute to the preparation of the 106 00:05:50,520 --> 00:05:55,440 heresies archive to be converted to 107 00:05:52,980 --> 00:05:57,470 searchable online documents to be more 108 00:05:55,440 --> 00:05:59,880 accessible to everyone 109 00:05:57,470 --> 00:06:02,370 additionally we are providing funding 110 00:05:59,880 --> 00:06:05,520 for the authors of an upcoming upcoming 111 00:06:02,370 --> 00:06:08,220 Skinner houseboat project speaking our 112 00:06:05,520 --> 00:06:10,830 stories and telling our truths black 113 00:06:08,220 --> 00:06:14,490 women clergy in Unitarian Universalism 114 00:06:10,830 --> 00:06:16,740 to share their stories in person in 115 00:06:14,490 --> 00:06:20,550 promotion of this important and timely 116 00:06:16,740 --> 00:06:22,860 anthology an equity and justice grant 117 00:06:20,550 --> 00:06:25,110 this year provided funds for a 118 00:06:22,860 --> 00:06:27,810 congregation in Harrisburg to offer 119 00:06:25,110 --> 00:06:29,460 childcare during the 40-day season of 120 00:06:27,810 --> 00:06:32,250 civil actions by the Poor People's 121 00:06:29,460 --> 00:06:34,590 Campaign of Pennsylvania at the state 122 00:06:32,250 --> 00:06:38,970 capital as part of the larger campaign 123 00:06:34,590 --> 00:06:41,010 the national call for moral revival the 124 00:06:38,970 --> 00:06:43,860 marjorie Bowens Wheatley scholarship 125 00:06:41,010 --> 00:06:46,470 program provides direct financial 126 00:06:43,860 --> 00:06:48,389 support to aspirants for candidates to 127 00:06:46,470 --> 00:06:51,599 the Unitarian Universalist minister 128 00:06:48,389 --> 00:06:54,120 or candidates in the UAE's religious 129 00:06:51,599 --> 00:06:57,599 education or music leadership programs 130 00:06:54,120 --> 00:07:01,409 who identify as women of color latina or 131 00:06:57,599 --> 00:07:03,330 Hispanic this past year's recipients 132 00:07:01,409 --> 00:07:07,349 were Diane Daniels of Norwich 133 00:07:03,330 --> 00:07:09,530 Connecticut and son acai of Arlington 134 00:07:07,349 --> 00:07:09,530 Massachusetts 135 00:07:11,190 --> 00:07:16,380 we are so pleased to support Diane and 136 00:07:14,370 --> 00:07:19,380 Sonam on their paths in ministry and 137 00:07:16,380 --> 00:07:21,060 encourage others to apply the next 138 00:07:19,380 --> 00:07:24,740 application first the scholarship is 139 00:07:21,060 --> 00:07:27,660 October 1st our interfaith 140 00:07:24,740 --> 00:07:31,580 intersectional equity and justice work 141 00:07:27,660 --> 00:07:35,250 in 2018 just from January to may 142 00:07:31,580 --> 00:07:37,260 included supported will pay with an 143 00:07:35,250 --> 00:07:39,270 ongoing commitment to recognizing the 144 00:07:37,260 --> 00:07:41,660 even greater disparity for women of 145 00:07:39,270 --> 00:07:44,430 color and women with disabilities 146 00:07:41,660 --> 00:07:48,120 advocacy for a federal paid family leave 147 00:07:44,430 --> 00:07:50,720 policy with n continued fierce 148 00:07:48,120 --> 00:07:54,390 opposition to efforts to overturn 149 00:07:50,720 --> 00:07:56,850 reproductive rights and choices many 150 00:07:54,390 --> 00:07:59,430 thanks to the UWF Minister Reverend 151 00:07:56,850 --> 00:08:01,440 Marty Keller for her expertise and her 152 00:07:59,430 --> 00:08:07,630 energy for this important ongoing 153 00:08:01,440 --> 00:08:10,330 advocacy she's back 154 00:08:07,630 --> 00:08:13,480 these are just examples over of our work 155 00:08:10,330 --> 00:08:15,460 over the past year and we regularly post 156 00:08:13,480 --> 00:08:18,150 actions and information to our members 157 00:08:15,460 --> 00:08:22,750 in the public through social media 158 00:08:18,150 --> 00:08:24,970 the uuwf seeks to amplify the voices of 159 00:08:22,750 --> 00:08:27,729 women in the unitarian universalist 160 00:08:24,970 --> 00:08:30,280 movement and the voices of uu women in 161 00:08:27,729 --> 00:08:32,500 our country we are committed to engaging 162 00:08:30,280 --> 00:08:35,770 you use in the work for gender justice 163 00:08:32,500 --> 00:08:38,290 in an intersectional way for more 164 00:08:35,770 --> 00:08:41,140 information here at GA come talk with us 165 00:08:38,290 --> 00:08:43,960 at booth 322 in the exhibit hall just 166 00:08:41,140 --> 00:08:46,090 look for the red tent and for updates 167 00:08:43,960 --> 00:08:48,280 throughout the year like us on facebook 168 00:08:46,090 --> 00:08:52,810 follow us on Twitter and visit our 169 00:08:48,280 --> 00:08:57,040 website uuwf gorg we invite you to join 170 00:08:52,810 --> 00:08:59,190 us in our quest for gender justice thank 171 00:08:57,040 --> 00:08:59,190 you 172 00:09:06,250 --> 00:09:11,620 five years ago you created the 173 00:09:09,140 --> 00:09:14,510 first-ever presidential search committee 174 00:09:11,620 --> 00:09:16,790 the committee was charged to present at 175 00:09:14,510 --> 00:09:20,120 least two names for election to the 176 00:09:16,790 --> 00:09:23,089 office of uu a president their final 177 00:09:20,120 --> 00:09:24,860 report is online in Matthew Johnson and 178 00:09:23,089 --> 00:09:27,050 Jackie Williams joined by other 179 00:09:24,860 --> 00:09:35,660 committee members will give us their 180 00:09:27,050 --> 00:09:39,770 highlights what did we do 181 00:09:35,660 --> 00:09:43,339 over five years we created a process we 182 00:09:39,770 --> 00:09:44,330 researched listened a lot wrote a job 183 00:09:43,339 --> 00:09:47,839 description 184 00:09:44,330 --> 00:09:52,310 there wasn't one encouraged took 185 00:09:47,839 --> 00:09:56,120 suggestions recruited widely received 186 00:09:52,310 --> 00:09:58,640 eight applications all white female 187 00:09:56,120 --> 00:10:02,209 ministers a group of powerful leaders 188 00:09:58,640 --> 00:10:06,260 reviewed checked references interviewed 189 00:10:02,209 --> 00:10:08,320 discerned and nominated - we thought we 190 00:10:06,260 --> 00:10:13,610 were done 191 00:10:08,320 --> 00:10:15,770 not exactly we improvised thankfully 192 00:10:13,610 --> 00:10:19,670 there was another then we stepped back 193 00:10:15,770 --> 00:10:24,050 and watched after the election we 194 00:10:19,670 --> 00:10:27,440 researched we interviewed we discerned 195 00:10:24,050 --> 00:10:29,740 and reported our committee was created 196 00:10:27,440 --> 00:10:32,990 because we the UUA 197 00:10:29,740 --> 00:10:37,250 wanted a different way of doing this and 198 00:10:32,990 --> 00:10:39,680 we did a lot different but here's the 199 00:10:37,250 --> 00:10:43,010 truth the Presidential Search Committee 200 00:10:39,680 --> 00:10:46,370 was instituted as an attempt to change 201 00:10:43,010 --> 00:10:47,240 the entire system of electing a UA 202 00:10:46,370 --> 00:10:50,180 president 203 00:10:47,240 --> 00:10:56,440 by changing only one small part of that 204 00:10:50,180 --> 00:10:58,779 system our final report contains 14 205 00:10:56,440 --> 00:11:02,450 recommendations you should read them all 206 00:10:58,779 --> 00:11:07,420 among other things we call for a much 207 00:11:02,450 --> 00:11:07,420 shorter election process in 208 00:11:09,680 --> 00:11:15,690 including congregational based voting in 209 00:11:13,649 --> 00:11:19,290 the fall before the president takes 210 00:11:15,690 --> 00:11:22,170 office a closer relationship with the 211 00:11:19,290 --> 00:11:24,529 board clearer Authority about what 212 00:11:22,170 --> 00:11:29,310 happens if someone drops out 213 00:11:24,529 --> 00:11:32,610 no more running by petitions three 214 00:11:29,310 --> 00:11:41,070 candidates an opportunity for a team of 215 00:11:32,610 --> 00:11:44,519 people to run and serve together and a 216 00:11:41,070 --> 00:11:48,329 study of the whole area by the board and 217 00:11:44,519 --> 00:11:52,010 the staff including how we might have a 218 00:11:48,329 --> 00:11:56,519 fully publicly funded campaign and 219 00:11:52,010 --> 00:11:59,790 clarity about how and if a uu a staff 220 00:11:56,519 --> 00:12:03,209 person can actually run among other 221 00:11:59,790 --> 00:12:05,850 questions these and other 222 00:12:03,209 --> 00:12:09,060 recommendations are designed to provoke 223 00:12:05,850 --> 00:12:12,149 and encourage us to go further than we 224 00:12:09,060 --> 00:12:14,370 were allowed to go to serve the 225 00:12:12,149 --> 00:12:17,160 Association our congregations and 226 00:12:14,370 --> 00:12:21,329 potential candidates in ways that are 227 00:12:17,160 --> 00:12:24,540 more just humane and faithful we are 228 00:12:21,329 --> 00:12:26,970 very proud of our work this was an 229 00:12:24,540 --> 00:12:30,690 extraordinary group of people to work 230 00:12:26,970 --> 00:12:34,279 with we look forward to how the next 231 00:12:30,690 --> 00:12:34,279 process unfolds 232 00:12:53,590 --> 00:12:59,380 all right so let's talk a little bit 233 00:12:55,420 --> 00:13:03,360 about rules and process because really 234 00:12:59,380 --> 00:13:07,360 who isn't a church geek or nerd Here I 235 00:13:03,360 --> 00:13:10,360 am I want you to know that before debate 236 00:13:07,360 --> 00:13:12,940 begins time will be provided for you to 237 00:13:10,360 --> 00:13:15,220 informally discuss the agenda item that 238 00:13:12,940 --> 00:13:16,720 has been presented we want you to 239 00:13:15,220 --> 00:13:19,270 discuss it with others sitting around 240 00:13:16,720 --> 00:13:21,760 you that this informal discussion time 241 00:13:19,270 --> 00:13:25,060 will not count towards the 30 minute 242 00:13:21,760 --> 00:13:28,000 time limit we have for each item there 243 00:13:25,060 --> 00:13:30,130 will be a timer on the screens to let 244 00:13:28,000 --> 00:13:35,320 you know when you know it'll count the 245 00:13:30,130 --> 00:13:37,570 time or it'll count down the time it'll 246 00:13:35,320 --> 00:13:39,340 go in one direction or the other and 247 00:13:37,570 --> 00:13:43,230 it'll be labeled speaker that means 248 00:13:39,340 --> 00:13:43,230 you're speaking or communicating 249 00:13:44,370 --> 00:13:51,940 amendments you must for both amendments 250 00:13:48,940 --> 00:13:54,220 and all of the discussion in debate you 251 00:13:51,940 --> 00:13:55,420 must be a delegate to speak at one of 252 00:13:54,220 --> 00:13:58,060 the microphones whether that's 253 00:13:55,420 --> 00:14:00,250 microphone amendment one so we've got 254 00:13:58,060 --> 00:14:02,490 amendment mics over here microphone one 255 00:14:00,250 --> 00:14:04,960 procedural mic right in front of me and 256 00:14:02,490 --> 00:14:06,820 microphone number two so you must be a 257 00:14:04,960 --> 00:14:10,660 delegate to speak at one of those 258 00:14:06,820 --> 00:14:12,520 microphones amendments must have been 259 00:14:10,660 --> 00:14:14,470 submitted for consideration at the 260 00:14:12,520 --> 00:14:17,560 appropriate mini assembly in order to be 261 00:14:14,470 --> 00:14:19,810 offered in this general session there 262 00:14:17,560 --> 00:14:22,090 has to be 15 minutes of discussion 263 00:14:19,810 --> 00:14:25,300 before amendments to the main motion can 264 00:14:22,090 --> 00:14:28,780 be considered and let's talk about time 265 00:14:25,300 --> 00:14:31,420 limits no one can speak for more than 266 00:14:28,780 --> 00:14:33,910 two minutes and not more than once on an 267 00:14:31,420 --> 00:14:37,210 issue unless no one else wants to speak 268 00:14:33,910 --> 00:14:43,000 or unless the person standing at the 269 00:14:37,210 --> 00:14:45,910 podium offers more time as I said 270 00:14:43,000 --> 00:14:50,050 there's a 30 minute total time limit per 271 00:14:45,910 --> 00:14:53,080 item after 15 minutes of debate motions 272 00:14:50,050 --> 00:14:56,020 to table or refer are in order if that 273 00:14:53,080 --> 00:14:57,970 much time is needed and motions must 274 00:14:56,020 --> 00:15:00,210 come to the procedural mic here in front 275 00:14:57,970 --> 00:15:00,210 of me 276 00:15:00,920 --> 00:15:06,500 a motion to call the previous question 277 00:15:03,829 --> 00:15:09,410 is an order once seven minutes has 278 00:15:06,500 --> 00:15:12,190 expired and there are people at and 279 00:15:09,410 --> 00:15:15,529 there are no more people at either the 280 00:15:12,190 --> 00:15:17,089 one or two microphones though 281 00:15:15,529 --> 00:15:21,470 specifically labeled one or two not just 282 00:15:17,089 --> 00:15:23,510 random one or two microphones once five 283 00:15:21,470 --> 00:15:25,459 minutes has expired and no one is at 284 00:15:23,510 --> 00:15:27,470 either of those microphones the motion 285 00:15:25,459 --> 00:15:32,510 to call the previous question is in 286 00:15:27,470 --> 00:15:34,790 order and time taken at the procedural 287 00:15:32,510 --> 00:15:38,839 microphone will not count against 288 00:15:34,790 --> 00:15:42,639 discussion time it will count against 289 00:15:38,839 --> 00:15:42,639 just lifetime 290 00:15:45,510 --> 00:15:54,990 just being honest in a final note a 291 00:15:52,230 --> 00:15:56,610 couple of final notes delegates as I 292 00:15:54,990 --> 00:15:58,410 said you must be a delegate so that blue 293 00:15:56,610 --> 00:16:00,950 ribbon on your badge must be a delegate 294 00:15:58,410 --> 00:16:05,430 to speak at one of those microphones and 295 00:16:00,950 --> 00:16:09,320 delegates can ask to suspend the rules 296 00:16:05,430 --> 00:16:13,950 by going to this procedural microphone 297 00:16:09,320 --> 00:16:16,020 one last note there are delegates 298 00:16:13,950 --> 00:16:17,940 joining us online who will be 299 00:16:16,020 --> 00:16:20,010 participating in this debate by 300 00:16:17,940 --> 00:16:23,160 submitting typed statements and voting 301 00:16:20,010 --> 00:16:25,020 via a secure polling app submitted 302 00:16:23,160 --> 00:16:28,470 statements will be read by our volunteer 303 00:16:25,020 --> 00:16:30,810 teller team who will be the voice if you 304 00:16:28,470 --> 00:16:32,430 will of our off-site delegates and the 305 00:16:30,810 --> 00:16:35,250 statements they read do not necessarily 306 00:16:32,430 --> 00:16:36,990 reflect it their own personal views but 307 00:16:35,250 --> 00:16:41,370 the views of the those that they are 308 00:16:36,990 --> 00:16:44,640 bringing into the room and we have the 309 00:16:41,370 --> 00:16:46,170 procedural mic Thank You Carl pond Onan 310 00:16:44,640 --> 00:16:48,830 from the Unitarian Universalist Church 311 00:16:46,170 --> 00:16:51,660 of Greater Lansing in Lansing Michigan I 312 00:16:48,830 --> 00:16:54,420 thank the moderator for clarifying how 313 00:16:51,660 --> 00:16:57,870 these rules procedure work one thing I 314 00:16:54,420 --> 00:17:02,339 am confused on on looking at page 70 of 315 00:16:57,870 --> 00:17:03,630 my my general by my program book where 316 00:17:02,339 --> 00:17:08,390 these rules and procedures are set out 317 00:17:03,630 --> 00:17:12,089 I'm looking at rule six paragraphs see 318 00:17:08,390 --> 00:17:14,220 I'm not sure if this says exactly what 319 00:17:12,089 --> 00:17:16,110 you said before what it says here is a 320 00:17:14,220 --> 00:17:18,270 motion to call the previous question on 321 00:17:16,110 --> 00:17:20,850 the main motion shall not be in order if 322 00:17:18,270 --> 00:17:23,430 there are potential speakers at both pro 323 00:17:20,850 --> 00:17:26,070 and con microphones whether on-site or 324 00:17:23,430 --> 00:17:29,970 off-site and seven minutes for 325 00:17:26,070 --> 00:17:33,810 discussion has not expired so if both of 326 00:17:29,970 --> 00:17:36,810 those criteria happen then the motion is 327 00:17:33,810 --> 00:17:39,810 is not the motion for previous question 328 00:17:36,810 --> 00:17:42,840 is not in order but if only one of those 329 00:17:39,810 --> 00:17:45,270 things is taking place then the motion 330 00:17:42,840 --> 00:17:47,240 for previous question I understand since 331 00:17:45,270 --> 00:17:49,260 the word and is used here instead of or 332 00:17:47,240 --> 00:17:52,200 that would mean that a motion for 333 00:17:49,260 --> 00:17:54,060 previous question would be in order so 334 00:17:52,200 --> 00:17:56,430 I'm a visual learner give me one sec to 335 00:17:54,060 --> 00:17:57,510 grab my book so that I can be looking at 336 00:17:56,430 --> 00:17:59,810 what you're talking about 337 00:17:57,510 --> 00:17:59,810 if you would 338 00:18:17,480 --> 00:18:22,490 thanks for your patience so for clarity 339 00:18:19,880 --> 00:18:24,919 both of those things have to happen no 340 00:18:22,490 --> 00:18:30,139 one at either microphone and seven 341 00:18:24,919 --> 00:18:33,230 minutes have passed okay so I'm sorry if 342 00:18:30,139 --> 00:18:38,539 I if I understand if there is anyone 343 00:18:33,230 --> 00:18:40,130 left at either microphone then a motion 344 00:18:38,539 --> 00:18:45,980 for the previous question is never an 345 00:18:40,130 --> 00:18:48,860 order it's it's it's both okay so the 346 00:18:45,980 --> 00:18:52,429 motion for previous question is not in 347 00:18:48,860 --> 00:18:54,760 order if both people at both microphones 348 00:18:52,429 --> 00:18:57,950 and there hasn't been seven minutes 349 00:18:54,760 --> 00:19:01,510 correct okay otherwise it would be an 350 00:18:57,950 --> 00:19:01,510 order yes okay 351 00:19:03,610 --> 00:19:08,760 [Music] 352 00:19:05,980 --> 00:19:08,760 hang on 353 00:19:59,940 --> 00:20:04,020 all right so I think I can break it down 354 00:20:02,130 --> 00:20:07,230 into easier to understand language at 355 00:20:04,020 --> 00:20:09,480 least for me I don't know about you if 356 00:20:07,230 --> 00:20:11,370 let's say for example we make it to 357 00:20:09,480 --> 00:20:15,030 eight minutes so we've gone past the 358 00:20:11,370 --> 00:20:17,820 seven minutes and there are no other 359 00:20:15,030 --> 00:20:20,210 folks waiting to be at either of the 360 00:20:17,820 --> 00:20:24,330 microphones or our on-site off-site 361 00:20:20,210 --> 00:20:28,440 queue then you can move the motion okay 362 00:20:24,330 --> 00:20:30,900 but if we get to 28 minutes and there 363 00:20:28,440 --> 00:20:33,180 are still people at both microphones 364 00:20:30,900 --> 00:20:35,100 we'll have gone past the seven minutes 365 00:20:33,180 --> 00:20:37,310 then I can make then the motion for 366 00:20:35,100 --> 00:20:39,840 previous question is in order 367 00:20:37,310 --> 00:20:42,060 yes as long as welcome to at least 15 368 00:20:39,840 --> 00:20:43,650 minutes but well I don't know why I 369 00:20:42,060 --> 00:20:45,780 bring 15 minutes into the previous 370 00:20:43,650 --> 00:20:47,220 question because it's not in that's 15 371 00:20:45,780 --> 00:20:50,580 minutes doesn't come into this go ahead 372 00:20:47,220 --> 00:20:51,570 so you've got multiple times going on 373 00:20:50,580 --> 00:20:55,500 yes 374 00:20:51,570 --> 00:20:58,320 which ie is always our challenge so 375 00:20:55,500 --> 00:21:01,500 there's a 7 minute and a 15 minute 376 00:20:58,320 --> 00:21:07,770 mm-hmm right so the 7 is if people are 377 00:21:01,500 --> 00:21:10,080 at both pro and con right and then at 15 378 00:21:07,770 --> 00:21:12,600 minutes it is time that we can someone 379 00:21:10,080 --> 00:21:14,520 can call okay that's this now you're 380 00:21:12,600 --> 00:21:16,710 introducing another new rule no I'm not 381 00:21:14,520 --> 00:21:18,210 it's literally the next one it's just 382 00:21:16,710 --> 00:21:22,650 they're different bullets it's different 383 00:21:18,210 --> 00:21:24,830 letters no it is it is not it is not in 384 00:21:22,650 --> 00:21:28,650 that section of these rules of procedure 385 00:21:24,830 --> 00:21:31,100 okay so here we go I can read it to you 386 00:21:28,650 --> 00:21:31,100 mm-hmm 387 00:21:32,750 --> 00:21:38,250 are you ready yes I am ready already 388 00:21:35,760 --> 00:21:40,470 30 minutes are allowed for discussion in 389 00:21:38,250 --> 00:21:43,950 all total alrighty 390 00:21:40,470 --> 00:21:46,200 Moses to refer table will only be in 391 00:21:43,950 --> 00:21:48,380 order after 15 minutes correct right so 392 00:21:46,200 --> 00:21:51,210 I'm just trying to give all the time 393 00:21:48,380 --> 00:21:52,740 then there's the piece around 7 minutes 394 00:21:51,210 --> 00:21:55,740 so that's what I was saying there's a 30 395 00:21:52,740 --> 00:21:58,230 minute for everything a 15 minute for 396 00:21:55,740 --> 00:22:00,510 one thing motion to refer or table yes 397 00:21:58,230 --> 00:22:02,520 okay what it says here what you have 398 00:22:00,510 --> 00:22:04,770 just read to me 30 minutes for 399 00:22:02,520 --> 00:22:07,620 everything right 15 minutes for a motion 400 00:22:04,770 --> 00:22:09,000 to refer or a motion to table yes and 7 401 00:22:07,620 --> 00:22:11,040 minutes for the motion to previous 402 00:22:09,000 --> 00:22:13,680 question right I am only asking about 403 00:22:11,040 --> 00:22:15,720 the motion for previous question right 404 00:22:13,680 --> 00:22:16,860 other people might get confused too if 405 00:22:15,720 --> 00:22:18,900 you want to help help everybody that's 406 00:22:16,860 --> 00:22:20,490 fine but but I'm still confused about 407 00:22:18,900 --> 00:22:24,390 the potion for previous question which 408 00:22:20,490 --> 00:22:26,010 was my original question so say it one 409 00:22:24,390 --> 00:22:29,760 more time so I can completely okay we 410 00:22:26,010 --> 00:22:33,240 can understand it here right okay if we 411 00:22:29,760 --> 00:22:35,250 go five or six minutes yep and nobody's 412 00:22:33,240 --> 00:22:37,920 at the mic that's right we can make a 413 00:22:35,250 --> 00:22:38,520 motion for previous question yes if we 414 00:22:37,920 --> 00:22:40,800 go 415 00:22:38,520 --> 00:22:42,600 eight minutes we can also make a motion 416 00:22:40,800 --> 00:22:46,860 for previous question even if there's 417 00:22:42,600 --> 00:22:49,290 people at the mic at one mic at one mic 418 00:22:46,860 --> 00:22:55,080 yes because witasick of seven minutes 419 00:22:49,290 --> 00:22:56,880 has not expired so there yes okay right 420 00:22:55,080 --> 00:22:59,340 so the only reason it would not be an 421 00:22:56,880 --> 00:23:01,530 order if it's less than seven minutes 422 00:22:59,340 --> 00:23:03,150 and there's somebody at a mic though it 423 00:23:01,530 --> 00:23:09,750 mics yeah that would be the only reason 424 00:23:03,150 --> 00:23:13,010 why it's not in order right okay we did 425 00:23:09,750 --> 00:23:13,010 a thing we clarified the rules 426 00:23:24,679 --> 00:23:36,780 so I gotta flip papers in accordance 427 00:23:32,340 --> 00:23:39,750 with section 4.12 a three of the bylaws 428 00:23:36,780 --> 00:23:42,390 at least 25% of certified congregations 429 00:23:39,750 --> 00:23:44,460 must participate in the ballot vote to 430 00:23:42,390 --> 00:23:47,400 place four pros study action issues on 431 00:23:44,460 --> 00:23:49,950 the ballot the chair of the Commission 432 00:23:47,400 --> 00:23:51,539 on social witness susan Keckler will 433 00:23:49,950 --> 00:23:54,270 introduce the issues that met the 434 00:23:51,539 --> 00:23:56,940 threshold then a proposer of each CSA I 435 00:23:54,270 --> 00:23:59,340 will have two minutes to explain the 436 00:23:56,940 --> 00:24:02,220 proposed issue and invites your vote up 437 00:23:59,340 --> 00:24:04,309 to four others makes me each speak for 438 00:24:02,220 --> 00:24:06,960 up to two minutes in favor of each issue 439 00:24:04,309 --> 00:24:09,780 following their presentations delegates 440 00:24:06,960 --> 00:24:12,240 will vote to select one for four years 441 00:24:09,780 --> 00:24:15,980 of study in action so please have your 442 00:24:12,240 --> 00:24:15,980 delegate cards ready Susan 443 00:24:35,090 --> 00:24:41,010 so I just want to clarify that and I'll 444 00:24:38,580 --> 00:24:42,600 Andrea can back you know if I say 445 00:24:41,010 --> 00:24:44,910 something wrong 446 00:24:42,600 --> 00:24:48,780 well you've just gone over all the rules 447 00:24:44,910 --> 00:24:50,420 and procedures for debate but this what 448 00:24:48,780 --> 00:24:55,280 we're getting ready for is not a debate 449 00:24:50,420 --> 00:24:58,730 so there's no pro or con or concern Mike 450 00:24:55,280 --> 00:25:01,350 there's just a 1 in a 2 for 451 00:24:58,730 --> 00:25:05,130 congregational study action issues there 452 00:25:01,350 --> 00:25:07,950 are no amendments we only hear from 453 00:25:05,130 --> 00:25:09,960 people who are for each of those so 454 00:25:07,950 --> 00:25:13,080 we're not having a debate about pro and 455 00:25:09,960 --> 00:25:15,630 con so and then there's a vote between 456 00:25:13,080 --> 00:25:21,440 the two of them so it's it's not like 457 00:25:15,630 --> 00:25:26,250 yes or no to this one it's one or two so 458 00:25:21,440 --> 00:25:28,140 hopefully that's clear clear so based on 459 00:25:26,250 --> 00:25:30,780 the results of the congregational poll 460 00:25:28,140 --> 00:25:33,270 the Commission on social witness submits 461 00:25:30,780 --> 00:25:37,050 the following issues from which 462 00:25:33,270 --> 00:25:40,430 delegates may select one for multiple 463 00:25:37,050 --> 00:25:44,160 years of study and action as a new 464 00:25:40,430 --> 00:25:47,460 congregational study action issue or CSA 465 00:25:44,160 --> 00:25:53,640 I the text of each proposal is in the 466 00:25:47,460 --> 00:25:56,420 agenda on pages 73 to 75 the first ones 467 00:25:53,640 --> 00:25:59,760 the essay I number one is entitled 468 00:25:56,420 --> 00:26:03,390 undoing intersectional white supremacy 469 00:25:59,760 --> 00:26:05,640 and the second CSA I number two is 470 00:26:03,390 --> 00:26:08,240 entitled dismantling intersectional 471 00:26:05,640 --> 00:26:08,240 oppression 472 00:26:12,010 --> 00:26:19,660 can the delegates that are speaking to 473 00:26:15,200 --> 00:26:19,660 the propose he say eyes become bored 474 00:26:20,300 --> 00:26:23,420 [Applause] 475 00:26:46,770 --> 00:26:51,630 okay so we're gonna start with number 476 00:26:49,170 --> 00:26:54,270 one then we'll go to number two in order 477 00:26:51,630 --> 00:26:57,780 I recognize a delegate at the number one 478 00:26:54,270 --> 00:26:59,400 mic thank you hello my name is Leslie 479 00:26:57,780 --> 00:27:01,410 Runnels and I'm a member of First 480 00:26:59,400 --> 00:27:06,090 Unitarian Universalist Church of New 481 00:27:01,410 --> 00:27:08,250 Orleans our congregation has been 482 00:27:06,090 --> 00:27:10,350 meeting for two and a half years every 483 00:27:08,250 --> 00:27:13,590 Sunday to have uncomfortable 484 00:27:10,350 --> 00:27:15,540 conversations on racism it has been hard 485 00:27:13,590 --> 00:27:17,580 and uncomfortable work but it is 486 00:27:15,540 --> 00:27:20,910 important work that is vital to our 487 00:27:17,580 --> 00:27:23,610 faith while doing this work we have had 488 00:27:20,910 --> 00:27:28,290 glimpses into what liberation could feel 489 00:27:23,610 --> 00:27:30,660 and look like and it feels good and this 490 00:27:28,290 --> 00:27:33,150 is what gets us excited knowing that 491 00:27:30,660 --> 00:27:36,840 this liberation could be available for 492 00:27:33,150 --> 00:27:41,760 all of us our faith calls us to deepen 493 00:27:36,840 --> 00:27:44,400 and extend our work this CSA I answers 494 00:27:41,760 --> 00:27:47,490 the calls of the white supremacy 495 00:27:44,400 --> 00:27:51,240 teachings the results of the Commission 496 00:27:47,490 --> 00:27:53,760 on institutional change the leadership 497 00:27:51,240 --> 00:27:56,340 of Reverend Susan Frederick gray the 498 00:27:53,760 --> 00:27:58,590 safety team the right relationship team 499 00:27:56,340 --> 00:28:02,670 who we've heard from in this assembly 500 00:27:58,590 --> 00:28:05,010 the ongoing organizing work of black 501 00:28:02,670 --> 00:28:07,800 lives of Unitarian Universalism 502 00:28:05,010 --> 00:28:10,500 and the many voices of color who have 503 00:28:07,800 --> 00:28:15,059 waited too long for us to take this work 504 00:28:10,500 --> 00:28:17,250 as a faith collective we need this focus 505 00:28:15,059 --> 00:28:19,980 on white supremacy and it's 506 00:28:17,250 --> 00:28:22,080 intersections to analyze the multiple 507 00:28:19,980 --> 00:28:25,290 ways white supremacy damages our 508 00:28:22,080 --> 00:28:29,130 communities and limits our potential we 509 00:28:25,290 --> 00:28:32,520 need to focus on how we can work toward 510 00:28:29,130 --> 00:28:34,830 our collective liberation together we 511 00:28:32,520 --> 00:28:36,600 must equip Unitarian Universalists to 512 00:28:34,830 --> 00:28:39,809 work inside and outside of our 513 00:28:36,600 --> 00:28:42,600 congregations through a reflection and 514 00:28:39,809 --> 00:28:47,010 action these courageous conversations 515 00:28:42,600 --> 00:28:49,470 will foster our abilities to understand 516 00:28:47,010 --> 00:28:52,230 and challenge white privilege to D 517 00:28:49,470 --> 00:28:54,570 Center whiteness to undo internalized 518 00:28:52,230 --> 00:28:56,370 and systemic white supremacy and to 519 00:28:54,570 --> 00:28:59,250 dismantle racism and it's 520 00:28:56,370 --> 00:29:06,780 you're sexy oppressions and this csa i 521 00:28:59,250 --> 00:29:08,670 will make it happen thank you and I now 522 00:29:06,780 --> 00:29:13,559 recognize a delegate at the number two 523 00:29:08,670 --> 00:29:16,140 mic yes thank you my name is Carla 524 00:29:13,559 --> 00:29:17,850 golden and I'm from the uu congregation 525 00:29:16,140 --> 00:29:22,050 of the low country and bluffed in South 526 00:29:17,850 --> 00:29:24,570 Carolina this CSA I is a call to expand 527 00:29:22,050 --> 00:29:27,390 our determined focus on solving the 528 00:29:24,570 --> 00:29:28,980 problem of white supremacy to include 529 00:29:27,390 --> 00:29:32,190 solving the problem of human 530 00:29:28,980 --> 00:29:35,190 exceptionalism historically being fully 531 00:29:32,190 --> 00:29:38,420 human has meant being fully white male 532 00:29:35,190 --> 00:29:41,900 wealthy able-bodied and heterosexual 533 00:29:38,420 --> 00:29:45,620 anyone of any other color gender class 534 00:29:41,900 --> 00:29:49,320 ability or sexuality was deemed inferior 535 00:29:45,620 --> 00:29:53,910 less than human subhuman three-fifths 536 00:29:49,320 --> 00:29:57,300 human savage or animal this unscientific 537 00:29:53,910 --> 00:30:00,000 human versus animal scale of privilege 538 00:29:57,300 --> 00:30:03,540 and oppression is rooted in America's 539 00:30:00,000 --> 00:30:06,750 400 year old Eurocentric patriarchal 540 00:30:03,540 --> 00:30:09,330 system of domination maligning people 541 00:30:06,750 --> 00:30:11,670 with animals is one way oppressors 542 00:30:09,330 --> 00:30:14,880 justify actions of power and 543 00:30:11,670 --> 00:30:17,970 exploitation white supremacy intersects 544 00:30:14,880 --> 00:30:20,010 with human exceptionalism and both share 545 00:30:17,970 --> 00:30:23,390 a core oppression of domination 546 00:30:20,010 --> 00:30:26,850 for example our enormous industrial 547 00:30:23,390 --> 00:30:29,900 capitalistic food system results in food 548 00:30:26,850 --> 00:30:33,179 disparity negative health outcomes 549 00:30:29,900 --> 00:30:36,540 environmental injustice 'as domestic and 550 00:30:33,179 --> 00:30:39,000 substance abuse and economic slavery at 551 00:30:36,540 --> 00:30:41,640 rates disproportionately higher for 552 00:30:39,000 --> 00:30:44,850 people of color and the poor because 553 00:30:41,640 --> 00:30:48,150 commodifying and consuming animals flow 554 00:30:44,850 --> 00:30:50,940 from a domination mindset as long as we 555 00:30:48,150 --> 00:30:53,640 maintain a demand for exploited animals 556 00:30:50,940 --> 00:30:57,330 we will uphold intersecting systems of 557 00:30:53,640 --> 00:31:00,290 domination this CSA I is a call to go 558 00:30:57,330 --> 00:31:03,450 wider and deeper with science and 559 00:31:00,290 --> 00:31:06,900 compassion into the interdependent web 560 00:31:03,450 --> 00:31:09,580 of all existence to seek holistic 561 00:31:06,900 --> 00:31:12,399 intersectional justice for every being 562 00:31:09,580 --> 00:31:15,190 we need not accept a forced choice 563 00:31:12,399 --> 00:31:18,129 between protecting people and animals 564 00:31:15,190 --> 00:31:20,739 when the shared bedrock of intersected 565 00:31:18,129 --> 00:31:24,549 oppressions can be fraction Kiang 566 00:31:20,739 --> 00:31:26,320 spinning so I want him I want to explain 567 00:31:24,549 --> 00:31:28,869 something we're gonna take four people 568 00:31:26,320 --> 00:31:31,409 from number one then for people from 569 00:31:28,869 --> 00:31:35,169 number two so people do not get confused 570 00:31:31,409 --> 00:31:37,929 also we are only taking four so even if 571 00:31:35,169 --> 00:31:38,559 not known you for 20 years I cannot call 572 00:31:37,929 --> 00:31:40,210 on you 573 00:31:38,559 --> 00:31:42,580 so I'm just making sure you know that 574 00:31:40,210 --> 00:31:45,489 only four in this bunch will get to talk 575 00:31:42,580 --> 00:31:47,769 okay thank you so I recognize the 576 00:31:45,489 --> 00:31:49,690 delegate at the number one mic my name 577 00:31:47,769 --> 00:31:53,730 is aja Hauser I am a member of the 578 00:31:49,690 --> 00:31:53,730 Church of the larger fellowship and I am 579 00:31:55,769 --> 00:32:00,940 director of lifelong learning at Eastern 580 00:31:58,029 --> 00:32:03,759 Unitarian Church so wider is more 581 00:32:00,940 --> 00:32:06,659 shallow we will take every opportunity 582 00:32:03,759 --> 00:32:09,850 to avoid talking about white supremacy 583 00:32:06,659 --> 00:32:13,440 this is the action that needs to be 584 00:32:09,850 --> 00:32:16,389 taken this is what needs to be studied I 585 00:32:13,440 --> 00:32:19,869 actually had a physical reaction to the 586 00:32:16,389 --> 00:32:21,399 idea that we need to expand this and we 587 00:32:19,869 --> 00:32:23,649 are not gonna go deeper 588 00:32:21,399 --> 00:32:25,779 when Ethel Roy brown asked for support 589 00:32:23,649 --> 00:32:27,340 from the Unitarian Association to start 590 00:32:25,779 --> 00:32:29,710 a black church he was told no we're 591 00:32:27,340 --> 00:32:33,309 going to stay multicultural and that 592 00:32:29,710 --> 00:32:35,889 meant white so if we go wider we will 593 00:32:33,309 --> 00:32:37,749 stay white and we will focus on animal 594 00:32:35,889 --> 00:32:40,739 rights and not what's happening to black 595 00:32:37,749 --> 00:32:40,739 and brown people 596 00:32:43,230 --> 00:32:49,929 if there were words that kept white 597 00:32:47,380 --> 00:32:51,580 people comfort comfortable that free 598 00:32:49,929 --> 00:32:54,010 black and brown people they would have 599 00:32:51,580 --> 00:33:00,490 been used already we need to study white 600 00:32:54,010 --> 00:33:05,500 supremacy thank you I'm now calling the 601 00:33:00,490 --> 00:33:07,299 delegate at the number two mic my name 602 00:33:05,500 --> 00:33:09,730 is Laura Kim Joyner and I serve as a 603 00:33:07,299 --> 00:33:11,500 community minister at the community 604 00:33:09,730 --> 00:33:13,960 union congregation of White Plains New 605 00:33:11,500 --> 00:33:16,390 York my ministry is as a wildlife 606 00:33:13,960 --> 00:33:20,440 veterinarian working with marginalized 607 00:33:16,390 --> 00:33:23,110 communities in Latin America just 608 00:33:20,440 --> 00:33:24,040 checking with the moderators doing I'm 609 00:33:23,110 --> 00:33:27,360 going to keep going 610 00:33:24,040 --> 00:33:31,000 one indigenous leader Tomas from 611 00:33:27,360 --> 00:33:33,850 Honduras was shot four times because he 612 00:33:31,000 --> 00:33:35,860 tried to protect his people and his 613 00:33:33,850 --> 00:33:37,000 parents that fly over his diminished 614 00:33:35,860 --> 00:33:39,790 forest 615 00:33:37,000 --> 00:33:41,740 I asked Tomas why are you willing to 616 00:33:39,790 --> 00:33:44,250 risk your life for birds and for a wild 617 00:33:41,740 --> 00:33:46,720 life he told me doctora 618 00:33:44,250 --> 00:33:49,419 everything is at risk and I am willing 619 00:33:46,720 --> 00:33:53,049 to risk everything if the parrots don't 620 00:33:49,419 --> 00:33:55,270 make it neither do my people my work 621 00:33:53,049 --> 00:33:58,090 with Tomas and others in this region is 622 00:33:55,270 --> 00:34:00,310 intersectional work for ween also know 623 00:33:58,090 --> 00:34:03,220 that if people don't make it neither do 624 00:34:00,310 --> 00:34:05,859 the animals in the earth all people must 625 00:34:03,220 --> 00:34:08,710 flourish for none are free until all are 626 00:34:05,859 --> 00:34:11,109 free last September hurricane Maria 627 00:34:08,710 --> 00:34:13,750 decimated the infrastructure and forests 628 00:34:11,109 --> 00:34:15,879 of Puerto Rico taking the lives the 629 00:34:13,750 --> 00:34:18,399 people and many other beings on that 630 00:34:15,879 --> 00:34:20,669 island these populations were made 631 00:34:18,399 --> 00:34:22,990 vulnerable by centuries of domination 632 00:34:20,669 --> 00:34:25,290 domination which takes the form of 633 00:34:22,990 --> 00:34:28,840 colonialism white supremacy and 634 00:34:25,290 --> 00:34:30,879 patriarchy and the consequent economic 635 00:34:28,840 --> 00:34:33,730 exploitation climate change and 636 00:34:30,879 --> 00:34:36,429 environmental injustice his domination 637 00:34:33,730 --> 00:34:38,320 is killing bodies and cultures I longed 638 00:34:36,429 --> 00:34:40,470 for coal iteration from this core 639 00:34:38,320 --> 00:34:44,200 oppression that harms us all and 640 00:34:40,470 --> 00:34:46,810 benefits all of us as oppressor and 641 00:34:44,200 --> 00:34:49,119 oppressed I ate for the healing for the 642 00:34:46,810 --> 00:34:50,570 people beings ravaged by domination in 643 00:34:49,119 --> 00:34:53,570 all its forms 644 00:34:50,570 --> 00:34:56,540 I invite you to intersectional dialogue 645 00:34:53,570 --> 00:35:00,410 and work whether it's through this CSI 646 00:34:56,540 --> 00:35:03,920 process or not so much is that risk 647 00:35:00,410 --> 00:35:05,840 let us risk with one another thank you 648 00:35:03,920 --> 00:35:09,590 I recognize the delegate at the number 649 00:35:05,840 --> 00:35:11,690 one - Ashly her an executive director of 650 00:35:09,590 --> 00:35:13,430 the Minnesota Unitarian Universalist 651 00:35:11,690 --> 00:35:15,140 social justice Alliance and delegate 652 00:35:13,430 --> 00:35:19,280 from First Universalist Church of 653 00:35:15,140 --> 00:35:21,970 Minneapolis as we debate these proposals 654 00:35:19,280 --> 00:35:24,920 let's remember the origins of the term 655 00:35:21,970 --> 00:35:27,830 intersectionality a term coined by a 656 00:35:24,920 --> 00:35:31,550 black woman dr. Kimberly Williams 657 00:35:27,830 --> 00:35:34,100 Crenshaw and it denotes the various ways 658 00:35:31,550 --> 00:35:36,850 in which race and gender interact to 659 00:35:34,100 --> 00:35:40,790 shape black woman's experiences 660 00:35:36,850 --> 00:35:42,920 dr. Crenshaw recently said some people 661 00:35:40,790 --> 00:35:45,530 look to intersectionality as a grand 662 00:35:42,920 --> 00:35:46,900 theory of everything but that is not my 663 00:35:45,530 --> 00:35:49,250 intention 664 00:35:46,900 --> 00:35:52,270 intersectionality can get used as a 665 00:35:49,250 --> 00:35:56,120 blanket term to mean it's complicated 666 00:35:52,270 --> 00:35:59,870 sometimes it's complicated is an excuse 667 00:35:56,120 --> 00:36:02,960 not to do anything in the context of 668 00:35:59,870 --> 00:36:05,480 this discussion I fear that si si I - is 669 00:36:02,960 --> 00:36:07,700 the equivalent of it's complicated and 670 00:36:05,480 --> 00:36:11,810 will lead us to water down our 671 00:36:07,700 --> 00:36:14,810 commitment to the work of unwaveringly 672 00:36:11,810 --> 00:36:16,580 confronting white supremacy it is not 673 00:36:14,810 --> 00:36:18,800 that the environment and animal rights 674 00:36:16,580 --> 00:36:21,050 are not important or even that they're 675 00:36:18,800 --> 00:36:24,890 not related to white supremacy because 676 00:36:21,050 --> 00:36:26,750 they certainly are but si si I - is so 677 00:36:24,890 --> 00:36:29,420 broad that it will set us up to 678 00:36:26,750 --> 00:36:32,480 privilege our individual passion causes 679 00:36:29,420 --> 00:36:35,240 over a shared commitment to confronting 680 00:36:32,480 --> 00:36:37,880 the bowl of white supremacy delegate 681 00:36:35,240 --> 00:36:40,130 from the one mind just to delegate from 682 00:36:37,880 --> 00:36:44,660 the one mic you have to only speak in 683 00:36:40,130 --> 00:36:46,880 favor of your motion I support si si I 684 00:36:44,660 --> 00:36:49,010 won because just as it's important that 685 00:36:46,880 --> 00:36:51,740 we specifically say black lives matter 686 00:36:49,010 --> 00:36:52,610 because the world has and does so often 687 00:36:51,740 --> 00:36:55,160 say otherwise 688 00:36:52,610 --> 00:36:58,030 it is imperative that we spoke focus 689 00:36:55,160 --> 00:37:00,890 specifically on white supremacy I 690 00:36:58,030 --> 00:37:02,100 support si si I won because I believe 691 00:37:00,890 --> 00:37:04,650 Unitarian universe 692 00:37:02,100 --> 00:37:06,780 lists are being called by our ancestors 693 00:37:04,650 --> 00:37:09,470 and our descendants to do something we 694 00:37:06,780 --> 00:37:12,330 don't always do well which is focus I 695 00:37:09,470 --> 00:37:14,610 believe that doing so will in fact serve 696 00:37:12,330 --> 00:37:16,980 as the gateway through which we begin to 697 00:37:14,610 --> 00:37:22,070 understand and address all other banking 698 00:37:16,980 --> 00:37:24,960 oppression so I need to remind people 699 00:37:22,070 --> 00:37:27,750 there there are multiple accessibility 700 00:37:24,960 --> 00:37:29,730 needs in the house so if yours if you 701 00:37:27,750 --> 00:37:32,220 scream and shout it means that people 702 00:37:29,730 --> 00:37:35,040 who have a hard time hearing can't hear 703 00:37:32,220 --> 00:37:37,770 so if you could silently do whatever it 704 00:37:35,040 --> 00:37:39,930 is you want to do that would be really 705 00:37:37,770 --> 00:37:44,100 appreciated even if it's not my own 706 00:37:39,930 --> 00:37:46,860 general cultural form so I recognize the 707 00:37:44,100 --> 00:37:49,020 delegate at the number two months my 708 00:37:46,860 --> 00:37:50,280 name is camellia Allen table and I am a 709 00:37:49,020 --> 00:37:54,420 delegate from the Unitarian Universalist 710 00:37:50,280 --> 00:37:56,670 Church of Cheyenne this CAS AI intends 711 00:37:54,420 --> 00:37:59,040 to address broadly all systems of 712 00:37:56,670 --> 00:38:01,650 superiority which are intertwined and 713 00:37:59,040 --> 00:38:04,440 mutually supportive a few of these 714 00:38:01,650 --> 00:38:07,170 include white supremacy imperialism 715 00:38:04,440 --> 00:38:09,570 religious hegemony economic and 716 00:38:07,170 --> 00:38:12,090 education inequalities and environmental 717 00:38:09,570 --> 00:38:14,850 Dominion they must be addressed in a 718 00:38:12,090 --> 00:38:17,280 holistic manner to be successful if we 719 00:38:14,850 --> 00:38:19,410 do not change our economic system and 720 00:38:17,280 --> 00:38:21,660 address our educational system white 721 00:38:19,410 --> 00:38:24,720 supremacy will continue to be taught and 722 00:38:21,660 --> 00:38:26,730 reinforced in senior generations I am 723 00:38:24,720 --> 00:38:28,620 attracted to this CSA I because it 724 00:38:26,730 --> 00:38:30,390 offers multiple entry points so that 725 00:38:28,620 --> 00:38:32,490 anyone when you enter its work 726 00:38:30,390 --> 00:38:35,430 regardless of where they are beginning 727 00:38:32,490 --> 00:38:37,380 and offers the opportunity to see the 728 00:38:35,430 --> 00:38:40,440 interrelated nature of all these 729 00:38:37,380 --> 00:38:43,410 different oppressions as one example 730 00:38:40,440 --> 00:38:45,660 my father is Egyptian when I learned his 731 00:38:43,410 --> 00:38:48,630 first language Arabic as an adult I 732 00:38:45,660 --> 00:38:50,820 quickly became aware of how superiority 733 00:38:48,630 --> 00:38:53,370 is in fully enforced through language 734 00:38:50,820 --> 00:38:55,980 conventions such as always preferring 735 00:38:53,370 --> 00:38:57,750 male pronouns using different language 736 00:38:55,980 --> 00:39:00,210 to address older males but not 737 00:38:57,750 --> 00:39:03,450 necessarily females and the use of 738 00:39:00,210 --> 00:39:05,880 animals as insult and yet I know that 739 00:39:03,450 --> 00:39:07,680 most of my Arab friends cannot see that 740 00:39:05,880 --> 00:39:10,800 this beautiful and ancient language 741 00:39:07,680 --> 00:39:13,740 implies and reinforces harmful systems 742 00:39:10,800 --> 00:39:15,480 the work of dismantling entrenched 743 00:39:13,740 --> 00:39:18,300 systems of superiority 744 00:39:15,480 --> 00:39:20,580 and impression is long and hard it is 745 00:39:18,300 --> 00:39:22,380 time to create a movement of movements 746 00:39:20,580 --> 00:39:24,990 that draws all of this important in 747 00:39:22,380 --> 00:39:30,090 tareq together for the liberation of all 748 00:39:24,990 --> 00:39:32,820 thank you I now recognize delegate at 749 00:39:30,090 --> 00:39:34,290 the one mic I'm Chris Jimerson Minister 750 00:39:32,820 --> 00:39:36,359 for program development at First 751 00:39:34,290 --> 00:39:38,250 Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin 752 00:39:36,359 --> 00:39:40,320 and a member of the allies for racial 753 00:39:38,250 --> 00:39:42,359 equity steering committee and it's on 754 00:39:40,320 --> 00:39:44,760 behalf of the allies for racial equity 755 00:39:42,359 --> 00:39:48,570 that I speak today to express our strong 756 00:39:44,760 --> 00:39:52,440 support for CSA i number one undoing 757 00:39:48,570 --> 00:39:54,210 white supremacy given the events we have 758 00:39:52,440 --> 00:39:56,609 experienced within our unitarian 759 00:39:54,210 --> 00:39:58,619 universalist movement related to our 760 00:39:56,609 --> 00:40:01,260 culture of white supremacy over the past 761 00:39:58,619 --> 00:40:03,060 weeks months and years given the new 762 00:40:01,260 --> 00:40:05,820 beginning we have recently made with our 763 00:40:03,060 --> 00:40:08,570 white supremacy teach-ins we believe we 764 00:40:05,820 --> 00:40:11,730 are called here and now to not only 765 00:40:08,570 --> 00:40:15,630 continue but to expand our focus on 766 00:40:11,730 --> 00:40:18,960 undoing white supremacy given that daily 767 00:40:15,630 --> 00:40:22,320 we witness images and stories of black 768 00:40:18,960 --> 00:40:25,350 and brown bodies being decimated in fact 769 00:40:22,320 --> 00:40:28,170 and indeed far too often destroyed 770 00:40:25,350 --> 00:40:31,200 people of colors families being ripped 771 00:40:28,170 --> 00:40:34,470 apart we believe we are called here and 772 00:40:31,200 --> 00:40:38,640 now to dismantle our culture of white 773 00:40:34,470 --> 00:40:41,250 supremacy I believe that doing this work 774 00:40:38,640 --> 00:40:44,160 together dismantling our culture of 775 00:40:41,250 --> 00:40:47,220 white supremacy within ourselves among 776 00:40:44,160 --> 00:40:49,830 us and beyond us out in our world will 777 00:40:47,220 --> 00:40:52,380 put us on a path away from rampant 778 00:40:49,830 --> 00:40:54,480 individualism within which so many 779 00:40:52,380 --> 00:40:58,410 different forms of oppression can not 780 00:40:54,480 --> 00:41:02,880 only survive but thrive and toward 781 00:40:58,410 --> 00:41:06,119 toward collective liberation for us all 782 00:41:02,880 --> 00:41:09,240 so on behalf of allies for racial equity 783 00:41:06,119 --> 00:41:14,359 I urge my fellow delegates to vote for 784 00:41:09,240 --> 00:41:14,359 CSA I number one undoing white supremacy 785 00:41:14,890 --> 00:41:23,200 I recognize the delegate at the to Mike 786 00:41:18,299 --> 00:41:25,809 my name is larry Calend I'm a member of 787 00:41:23,200 --> 00:41:30,609 the congregation of South County Rhode 788 00:41:25,809 --> 00:41:34,089 Island and I believe we have another 789 00:41:30,609 --> 00:41:40,170 issue issue that is not possible to 790 00:41:34,089 --> 00:41:44,079 ignore and I am very happy that that 791 00:41:40,170 --> 00:41:47,109 president Susan Gray brought up the 792 00:41:44,079 --> 00:41:50,190 climate change problem it's happening 793 00:41:47,109 --> 00:41:54,549 fast it's going faster all the time and 794 00:41:50,190 --> 00:41:59,140 I have to say that it several things are 795 00:41:54,549 --> 00:42:01,869 involved here the climate itself the 796 00:41:59,140 --> 00:42:04,569 loss of habitat and the loss of wildlife 797 00:42:01,869 --> 00:42:07,569 I don't know what a world without any 798 00:42:04,569 --> 00:42:12,430 wildlife would look like but but it 799 00:42:07,569 --> 00:42:15,150 wouldn't be me happy and the the other 800 00:42:12,430 --> 00:42:19,180 other matter that's going on right now 801 00:42:15,150 --> 00:42:21,940 it's very serious is the sixth 802 00:42:19,180 --> 00:42:26,680 extinction the mass extinction of 803 00:42:21,940 --> 00:42:30,150 species is happening right now and I 804 00:42:26,680 --> 00:42:35,259 think that the Unitarian Church has to 805 00:42:30,150 --> 00:42:41,009 acknowledge this and I know that it 806 00:42:35,259 --> 00:42:45,519 isn't it is not explicit in our seven 807 00:42:41,009 --> 00:42:49,859 principles but I wanted to have in some 808 00:42:45,519 --> 00:42:53,559 way a greater status for us because to 809 00:42:49,859 --> 00:42:58,509 be honest no matter how many schemes 810 00:42:53,559 --> 00:43:01,660 people come up with there is no planet B 811 00:42:58,509 --> 00:43:05,369 and the earth is apparently a very rare 812 00:43:01,660 --> 00:43:10,180 planet to be able to support life and 813 00:43:05,369 --> 00:43:15,489 let let's not blow it thank you very 814 00:43:10,180 --> 00:43:19,390 much I recognize the delegate from the 815 00:43:15,489 --> 00:43:21,640 one link I am Carol Carter Walker a 816 00:43:19,390 --> 00:43:24,230 delegate from paint branch Unitarian 817 00:43:21,640 --> 00:43:27,710 Universalist Church and Adelphi Maryland 818 00:43:24,230 --> 00:43:29,920 I've been auu for 30 years active at the 819 00:43:27,710 --> 00:43:34,400 church district regional and national 820 00:43:29,920 --> 00:43:38,030 levels like many of you I am a person of 821 00:43:34,400 --> 00:43:41,240 words I live almost exclusively in my 822 00:43:38,030 --> 00:43:44,540 head but today I am doing something 823 00:43:41,240 --> 00:43:50,420 uncomfortable I am speaking from the 824 00:43:44,540 --> 00:43:53,210 heart I am sad and I am hurt and I'm 825 00:43:50,420 --> 00:43:57,140 asking for your help and taking away my 826 00:43:53,210 --> 00:44:00,530 pain in my 30 years as a uu I've seen 827 00:43:57,140 --> 00:44:03,410 many manifestations of how skillfully we 828 00:44:00,530 --> 00:44:07,370 you use can dodge the issue that is at 829 00:44:03,410 --> 00:44:11,360 the core of our faith and threatens its 830 00:44:07,370 --> 00:44:13,700 vitality white supremacy we said that if 831 00:44:11,360 --> 00:44:17,360 we changed our music and worship styles 832 00:44:13,700 --> 00:44:19,520 then black people would come we said 833 00:44:17,360 --> 00:44:21,890 that we were not as attractive to people 834 00:44:19,520 --> 00:44:24,620 who were black and brown because they 835 00:44:21,890 --> 00:44:26,990 were mostly Christian not acknowledging 836 00:44:24,620 --> 00:44:30,320 the theological diversity of people of 837 00:44:26,990 --> 00:44:34,040 color we focused on climate change 838 00:44:30,320 --> 00:44:37,190 classes and income equality gender and 839 00:44:34,040 --> 00:44:40,370 sexual expression issues ills that are 840 00:44:37,190 --> 00:44:42,820 important and it but external rather 841 00:44:40,370 --> 00:44:46,550 than internal to our movement our 842 00:44:42,820 --> 00:44:48,680 posture is and has been solved these 843 00:44:46,550 --> 00:44:53,960 problems first and we'll get to your 844 00:44:48,680 --> 00:44:56,920 concerns later we refuse to slay the 845 00:44:53,960 --> 00:45:02,540 dragon of white supremacy 846 00:44:56,920 --> 00:45:06,500 we'd assemble we defer we divert we 847 00:45:02,540 --> 00:45:09,310 derail we pit the rights of animals in 848 00:45:06,500 --> 00:45:11,900 the concept of human exceptionalism 849 00:45:09,310 --> 00:45:14,750 against the need to clean up our own 850 00:45:11,900 --> 00:45:17,630 house so now's the time to look the 851 00:45:14,750 --> 00:45:20,270 Dragons squarely in the face name it 852 00:45:17,630 --> 00:45:24,650 call it out fearlessly and boldly and 853 00:45:20,270 --> 00:45:25,680 work to slay it now is the time thank 854 00:45:24,650 --> 00:45:29,220 you 855 00:45:25,680 --> 00:45:38,160 I recognize the delegate from the to 856 00:45:29,220 --> 00:45:42,960 Mike I have a concern about terminology 857 00:45:38,160 --> 00:45:45,329 I have a concern about terminology I'm 858 00:45:42,960 --> 00:45:48,240 well aware that Western culture is 859 00:45:45,329 --> 00:45:50,250 steeped in racism I have a 860 00:45:48,240 --> 00:45:52,819 seven-year-old afro-american 861 00:45:50,250 --> 00:45:55,859 granddaughter who is told by a 862 00:45:52,819 --> 00:45:57,359 euro-american classmate that they should 863 00:45:55,859 --> 00:46:01,470 not play together because they are 864 00:45:57,359 --> 00:46:04,829 different so racism is a huge problem 865 00:46:01,470 --> 00:46:07,650 for me but so are all other forms of 866 00:46:04,829 --> 00:46:10,740 oppression which are mostly not rooted 867 00:46:07,650 --> 00:46:14,280 in white supremacy but in greed for 868 00:46:10,740 --> 00:46:17,400 money and power while white supremacy is 869 00:46:14,280 --> 00:46:19,890 growing it is not the only oppression 870 00:46:17,400 --> 00:46:23,010 and the terminology misses many 871 00:46:19,890 --> 00:46:24,780 intersections nor does the terminology 872 00:46:23,010 --> 00:46:27,000 acknowledge that people like Clarence 873 00:46:24,780 --> 00:46:30,359 Thomas are sometimes the instruments of 874 00:46:27,000 --> 00:46:32,849 white power elites the terminology 875 00:46:30,359 --> 00:46:37,200 certainly has no attraction for poor 876 00:46:32,849 --> 00:46:42,380 whites nor for those of us upset with 877 00:46:37,200 --> 00:46:42,380 the mayhem brought by militarism 878 00:46:44,540 --> 00:46:52,230 identity issues do not fundamentally 879 00:46:48,960 --> 00:46:55,680 threaten the power structure so they are 880 00:46:52,230 --> 00:46:58,530 encouraged by elite media and used to 881 00:46:55,680 --> 00:47:04,400 divide the population and distract us 882 00:46:58,530 --> 00:47:07,579 from issues that do I support CSA I - 883 00:47:04,400 --> 00:47:07,579 thank you 884 00:47:08,540 --> 00:47:12,680 as your co-moderators and your Board of 885 00:47:11,420 --> 00:47:14,840 Trustees have shared with you we're 886 00:47:12,680 --> 00:47:17,630 hoping to help model during this General 887 00:47:14,840 --> 00:47:19,750 Assembly how we can be in relationship 888 00:47:17,630 --> 00:47:23,270 and deeper conversation with one another 889 00:47:19,750 --> 00:47:26,240 even as we are advancing the work we do 890 00:47:23,270 --> 00:47:29,150 together forward it's in that spirit 891 00:47:26,240 --> 00:47:31,940 we're going to invite us to take three 892 00:47:29,150 --> 00:47:33,260 minutes and we'll replicate this as we 893 00:47:31,940 --> 00:47:35,360 continue through our business agenda 894 00:47:33,260 --> 00:47:36,680 you'll see this happen again we're gonna 895 00:47:35,360 --> 00:47:39,230 invite you to take about three minutes 896 00:47:36,680 --> 00:47:41,090 to turn to people who you are seated 897 00:47:39,230 --> 00:47:43,430 near you so no need to get up and do 898 00:47:41,090 --> 00:47:45,920 anything complicated but folks near you 899 00:47:43,430 --> 00:47:48,650 and engage in some intentional 900 00:47:45,920 --> 00:47:52,670 thoughtful reflection dialogue listening 901 00:47:48,650 --> 00:47:55,700 to one another around this question how 902 00:47:52,670 --> 00:47:58,070 do these csa is that have been offered 903 00:47:55,700 --> 00:48:01,970 how do they address what our 904 00:47:58,070 --> 00:48:04,550 congregations need to witness in these 905 00:48:01,970 --> 00:48:06,800 particular times we're going to invite 906 00:48:04,550 --> 00:48:11,200 you to engage with one another in 907 00:48:06,800 --> 00:48:11,200 dialogue and reflection on that question 908 00:50:07,360 --> 00:50:11,479 [Music] 909 00:50:54,140 --> 00:51:02,230 [Applause] 910 00:51:11,330 --> 00:51:17,700 I'd like to invite us back together if 911 00:51:14,609 --> 00:51:22,290 you could close out your conversations 912 00:51:17,700 --> 00:51:23,849 thank you for engaging in that my 913 00:51:22,290 --> 00:51:25,290 colleague on the board Greg Boyd will 914 00:51:23,849 --> 00:51:31,260 now explain and lead us through the 915 00:51:25,290 --> 00:51:33,420 voting process on these two CSA eyes our 916 00:51:31,260 --> 00:51:35,760 voting process for congregational study 917 00:51:33,420 --> 00:51:38,250 action issues makes use of the bottom 918 00:51:35,760 --> 00:51:40,230 portion of our yellow delegate voting 919 00:51:38,250 --> 00:51:42,720 cars your off-site obviously you'll have 920 00:51:40,230 --> 00:51:44,760 another way of doing this but at this 921 00:51:42,720 --> 00:51:52,650 time you can go ahead and tear off that 922 00:51:44,760 --> 00:51:54,150 most bottom part and ushers and tellers 923 00:51:52,650 --> 00:51:56,550 do we have pencils for people that 924 00:51:54,150 --> 00:51:58,230 didn't bring pens into the hall can you 925 00:51:56,550 --> 00:52:02,760 give me a thumbs up if that's something 926 00:51:58,230 --> 00:52:04,470 you have all right I see that pens and 927 00:52:02,760 --> 00:52:06,450 pencils are coming from the back of the 928 00:52:04,470 --> 00:52:10,560 hall so those who did not bring them 929 00:52:06,450 --> 00:52:17,369 along with you at any point you can go 930 00:52:10,560 --> 00:52:20,160 ahead and at any point can you hear me 931 00:52:17,369 --> 00:52:22,500 now yes at any point you can go ahead 932 00:52:20,160 --> 00:52:27,780 and write a little number inside of this 933 00:52:22,500 --> 00:52:32,940 box but at this point I invite you to 934 00:52:27,780 --> 00:52:35,520 pray with me spirit of our living 935 00:52:32,940 --> 00:52:37,530 tradition that guides us to make ethical 936 00:52:35,520 --> 00:52:41,670 statements on the things that matter to 937 00:52:37,530 --> 00:52:45,270 us most let our hearts be moved by all 938 00:52:41,670 --> 00:52:48,750 that we have heard and know that we can 939 00:52:45,270 --> 00:52:51,359 discern well together we know truly the 940 00:52:48,750 --> 00:52:54,000 deep hurts we caused to one another and 941 00:52:51,359 --> 00:52:58,080 this world and we know that moving 942 00:52:54,000 --> 00:53:02,670 together we are able to do more blessed 943 00:52:58,080 --> 00:53:05,339 be and ahmen please complete your voting 944 00:53:02,670 --> 00:53:07,290 and then your asurs and tellers will be 945 00:53:05,339 --> 00:53:09,180 able to collect them in a basket and 946 00:53:07,290 --> 00:53:11,670 take them to the back we will announce 947 00:53:09,180 --> 00:53:13,580 the votes later in our debate in 948 00:53:11,670 --> 00:53:16,790 conversation sound good 949 00:53:13,580 --> 00:53:16,790 thank you 950 00:53:36,710 --> 00:53:39,760 [Music] 951 00:53:46,369 --> 00:53:50,839 as you're completing your voting I'd 952 00:53:48,529 --> 00:53:53,660 like to welcome the Reverend Vail Weller 953 00:53:50,839 --> 00:53:56,170 the director of congregational giving to 954 00:53:53,660 --> 00:53:59,630 give the annual program fund report 955 00:53:56,170 --> 00:54:01,309 Thank You Val and thank you to the 956 00:53:59,630 --> 00:54:10,430 office of stewardship and development 957 00:54:01,309 --> 00:54:13,759 for all the work that you do our uua 958 00:54:10,430 --> 00:54:16,730 bylaws state a congregation becomes a 959 00:54:13,759 --> 00:54:19,249 member of the UUA upon acceptance by the 960 00:54:16,730 --> 00:54:22,039 Board of Trustees of the Association of 961 00:54:19,249 --> 00:54:25,249 its written application for membership 962 00:54:22,039 --> 00:54:28,700 in which it subscribes to the principles 963 00:54:25,249 --> 00:54:32,930 of and pledges to support the 964 00:54:28,700 --> 00:54:36,619 Association our principles and purpose 965 00:54:32,930 --> 00:54:40,509 is close with this promise as free 966 00:54:36,619 --> 00:54:43,249 congregations we enter into covenant 967 00:54:40,509 --> 00:54:47,809 promising to one another our mutual 968 00:54:43,249 --> 00:54:50,420 trust and support the vehicle for 969 00:54:47,809 --> 00:54:53,660 congregational support is the annual 970 00:54:50,420 --> 00:54:55,640 program fund I am the Reverend Val 971 00:54:53,660 --> 00:54:57,680 Weller and I have the privilege of 972 00:54:55,640 --> 00:55:01,849 serving as your congregational giving 973 00:54:57,680 --> 00:55:04,660 director thank you for your support of 974 00:55:01,849 --> 00:55:08,779 the annual program fund it is your 975 00:55:04,660 --> 00:55:09,829 generosity that powers Unitarian 976 00:55:08,779 --> 00:55:15,759 Universalism 977 00:55:09,829 --> 00:55:19,099 and now I'd like to introduce myself I 978 00:55:15,759 --> 00:55:22,369 visit many of our congregations and in 979 00:55:19,099 --> 00:55:26,180 each and every place I go I am inspired 980 00:55:22,369 --> 00:55:28,670 I am moved by the thoughtful hard work 981 00:55:26,180 --> 00:55:32,049 that our congregations are doing to 982 00:55:28,670 --> 00:55:33,920 bring our shared uu principles to life 983 00:55:32,049 --> 00:55:36,739 when I'm with you 984 00:55:33,920 --> 00:55:41,059 with our congregations with our 985 00:55:36,739 --> 00:55:41,960 ministers my faith in who we are and who 986 00:55:41,059 --> 00:55:45,890 we are becoming 987 00:55:41,960 --> 00:55:48,999 as Unitarian Universalist is enriched it 988 00:55:45,890 --> 00:55:52,489 is truly a privilege to witness 989 00:55:48,999 --> 00:55:54,349 faithfulness in our congregations and to 990 00:55:52,489 --> 00:55:56,420 help each congregation know its 991 00:55:54,349 --> 00:55:57,970 importance to the rest of the 992 00:55:56,420 --> 00:56:00,760 Association 993 00:55:57,970 --> 00:56:03,530 friends your generosity 994 00:56:00,760 --> 00:56:06,920 powers the Unitarian Universalist 995 00:56:03,530 --> 00:56:10,330 Association and the UUA is here to 996 00:56:06,920 --> 00:56:13,280 support and amplify what you are doing 997 00:56:10,330 --> 00:56:15,680 the UUA equips and supports 998 00:56:13,280 --> 00:56:18,980 congregations for vital and thriving 999 00:56:15,680 --> 00:56:22,010 ministry in all areas of congregational 1000 00:56:18,980 --> 00:56:25,360 life from publishing and online 1001 00:56:22,010 --> 00:56:28,610 resources to training and coaching to 1002 00:56:25,360 --> 00:56:31,220 ministerial search and settlement the 1003 00:56:28,610 --> 00:56:34,370 UUA provides essential foundational 1004 00:56:31,220 --> 00:56:38,270 resources for sustaining transformative 1005 00:56:34,370 --> 00:56:41,270 and liberating ministry for staff and 1006 00:56:38,270 --> 00:56:44,570 volunteer leaders the UUA offers 1007 00:56:41,270 --> 00:56:47,530 values-based training professional 1008 00:56:44,570 --> 00:56:49,810 credentialing and support services and 1009 00:56:47,530 --> 00:56:53,060 comprehensive leadership development 1010 00:56:49,810 --> 00:56:56,150 experiences to prepare for faithful 1011 00:56:53,060 --> 00:56:59,570 leadership of uu congregations and 1012 00:56:56,150 --> 00:57:02,990 communities our faith calls us to take 1013 00:56:59,570 --> 00:57:06,230 action for justice and liberation in our 1014 00:57:02,990 --> 00:57:09,830 communities as the national voice of 1015 00:57:06,230 --> 00:57:12,890 Unitarian Universalism the UUA shows up 1016 00:57:09,830 --> 00:57:17,270 with campaigns and partnerships to bring 1017 00:57:12,890 --> 00:57:21,650 uu values into the wider world online on 1018 00:57:17,270 --> 00:57:24,440 paper in-person and around the world 1019 00:57:21,650 --> 00:57:28,640 the UUA helps people stay connected to 1020 00:57:24,440 --> 00:57:31,510 our shared faith my friends it is your 1021 00:57:28,640 --> 00:57:33,890 support which makes all of this possible 1022 00:57:31,510 --> 00:57:36,800 your generosity 1023 00:57:33,890 --> 00:57:40,070 powers the Unitarian Universalist 1024 00:57:36,800 --> 00:57:42,740 Association we know that generosity is 1025 00:57:40,070 --> 00:57:45,860 an important component of the spiritual 1026 00:57:42,740 --> 00:57:48,320 life similarly your congregations 1027 00:57:45,860 --> 00:57:51,980 commitment to the annual program fund is 1028 00:57:48,320 --> 00:57:54,080 a coven ental spiritual practice it is 1029 00:57:51,980 --> 00:57:56,570 one of the ways in which you demonstrate 1030 00:57:54,080 --> 00:57:59,180 that we are an association of 1031 00:57:56,570 --> 00:58:03,340 congregations by supporting not only 1032 00:57:59,180 --> 00:58:06,260 your own but all Unitarian Universalists 1033 00:58:03,340 --> 00:58:07,549 the other congregations across our 1034 00:58:06,260 --> 00:58:10,609 association 1035 00:58:07,549 --> 00:58:14,449 depend upon your generosity as you 1036 00:58:10,609 --> 00:58:19,039 depend upon theirs we need each other in 1037 00:58:14,449 --> 00:58:21,819 so many ways through your support of the 1038 00:58:19,039 --> 00:58:25,399 annual program fund you help to embolden 1039 00:58:21,819 --> 00:58:28,549 congregations across our land to do the 1040 00:58:25,399 --> 00:58:31,309 work of justice to love more deeply and 1041 00:58:28,549 --> 00:58:31,909 to grow to meet the challenges of our 1042 00:58:31,309 --> 00:58:36,769 time 1043 00:58:31,909 --> 00:58:40,369 your generosity powers the Unitarian 1044 00:58:36,769 --> 00:58:42,859 Universalist Association on behalf of 1045 00:58:40,369 --> 00:58:46,699 all of the congregations that your 1046 00:58:42,859 --> 00:58:52,419 generosity benefits thank you for your 1047 00:58:46,699 --> 00:58:52,419 generous steadfast ongoing support 1048 00:59:00,910 --> 00:59:09,350 Thank You self wave your arms if you 1049 00:59:07,040 --> 00:59:13,670 believe in the importance of our 1050 00:59:09,350 --> 00:59:16,850 religious communities in this time wave 1051 00:59:13,670 --> 00:59:21,920 if you know that this is no time to go 1052 00:59:16,850 --> 00:59:24,830 it alone wave if you are a member of a 1053 00:59:21,920 --> 00:59:29,210 congregation that proudly gives to 1054 00:59:24,830 --> 00:59:32,020 support the annual program fund wave 1055 00:59:29,210 --> 00:59:34,250 your hand if you are from an honor 1056 00:59:32,020 --> 00:59:36,890 congregation contributing the full 1057 00:59:34,250 --> 00:59:39,830 requested amount in support of the other 1058 00:59:36,890 --> 00:59:42,020 congregations please look around keep 1059 00:59:39,830 --> 00:59:44,330 those hands in the air make it a point 1060 00:59:42,020 --> 00:59:46,520 to thank at least one of these 1061 00:59:44,330 --> 00:59:48,770 representatives from congregations 1062 00:59:46,520 --> 00:59:52,370 across our Association who helped to 1063 00:59:48,770 --> 00:59:54,320 support your own and please do stop by 1064 00:59:52,370 --> 00:59:56,200 to see us in the stewardship and 1065 00:59:54,320 --> 00:59:58,940 development booth at the bottom of the 1066 00:59:56,200 --> 01:00:03,830 escalator so that we can also appreciate 1067 00:59:58,940 --> 01:00:07,900 you in person your generosity powers the 1068 01:00:03,830 --> 01:00:11,300 Unitarian Universalist Association and 1069 01:00:07,900 --> 01:00:14,600 Unitarian Universalism thank you for 1070 01:00:11,300 --> 01:00:18,220 your care for your love for our faith 1071 01:00:14,600 --> 01:00:18,220 and for your support 1072 01:00:25,960 --> 01:00:30,980 please welcome the Reverend Elisha Ford 1073 01:00:28,790 --> 01:00:32,810 the professional development director 1074 01:00:30,980 --> 01:00:37,300 and ministries and faith development for 1075 01:00:32,810 --> 01:00:37,300 the legacy society memoriam thank you 1076 01:00:44,740 --> 01:00:50,690 this is our time to honor some of the 1077 01:00:48,440 --> 01:00:54,350 generous Unitarian Universalists who 1078 01:00:50,690 --> 01:00:56,930 have died this year their gifts of time 1079 01:00:54,350 --> 01:00:59,390 talent and treasure have profoundly 1080 01:00:56,930 --> 01:01:03,110 transformed their congregations and our 1081 01:00:59,390 --> 01:01:05,180 Unitarian Universalist community their 1082 01:01:03,110 --> 01:01:07,220 dedication to love and justice will 1083 01:01:05,180 --> 01:01:10,760 continue to enrich the lives they 1084 01:01:07,220 --> 01:01:12,980 touched as we remember these friends who 1085 01:01:10,760 --> 01:01:15,410 loved our faith with all their hearts 1086 01:01:12,980 --> 01:01:19,460 and whose hopes for the future 1087 01:01:15,410 --> 01:01:22,210 now rest with us may we renew our own 1088 01:01:19,460 --> 01:01:24,830 commitments to this faith we share a 1089 01:01:22,210 --> 01:01:29,380 faith that connects us to generations 1090 01:01:24,830 --> 01:01:29,380 gone and generations to come 1091 01:01:49,690 --> 01:01:51,750 you 1092 01:02:16,510 --> 01:02:19,609 [Music] 1093 01:03:41,220 --> 01:03:45,440 [Applause] 1094 01:05:37,020 --> 01:05:40,620 [Music] 1095 01:05:38,560 --> 01:05:40,620 you 1096 01:07:37,950 --> 01:07:43,260 we celebrate the many lives friendships 1097 01:07:41,220 --> 01:07:47,070 and memories that have been lifted up 1098 01:07:43,260 --> 01:07:49,440 here today may we honor those who died 1099 01:07:47,070 --> 01:07:53,220 with our own commitment to answer the 1100 01:07:49,440 --> 01:07:55,560 call of Unitarian Universalism and build 1101 01:07:53,220 --> 01:08:00,170 the Beloved Community in our faith and 1102 01:07:55,560 --> 01:08:00,170 in our world so may it be 1103 01:08:11,759 --> 01:08:14,720 hey Leon 1104 01:08:16,299 --> 01:08:20,500 there's some beautiful music but I'm 1105 01:08:18,339 --> 01:08:23,380 feeling like we could do some singing as 1106 01:08:20,500 --> 01:08:25,750 we move into my favorite part of General 1107 01:08:23,380 --> 01:08:31,920 Assembly which is the work on our bylaws 1108 01:08:25,750 --> 01:08:31,920 I am not kidding 1109 01:08:33,520 --> 01:08:40,480 well you got a good song for us I'm just 1110 01:08:37,210 --> 01:08:42,640 the thing first of all I'd like to let 1111 01:08:40,480 --> 01:08:46,720 everyone know I'm wearing my I am a uu 1112 01:08:42,640 --> 01:08:48,880 MN being I'm a human being today because 1113 01:08:46,720 --> 01:08:51,130 I'm so proud of my credentialed music 1114 01:08:48,880 --> 01:08:53,050 leaders and certified music leaders who 1115 01:08:51,130 --> 01:08:56,290 walked last night along with all you 1116 01:08:53,050 --> 01:08:58,360 beautiful clergy and so I just liked one 1117 01:08:56,290 --> 01:09:06,370 of these people that walked last night 1118 01:08:58,360 --> 01:09:09,580 was mr. Scott DeVoe and so right now 1119 01:09:06,370 --> 01:09:15,990 would you rise join mr. grubo and me in 1120 01:09:09,580 --> 01:09:15,990 body and spirit and sing blue boat home 1121 01:09:23,960 --> 01:09:30,940 don't forget to breathe don't be mean I 1122 01:09:28,580 --> 01:09:35,470 feel 1123 01:09:30,940 --> 01:09:42,460 standing on these mountains and bass far 1124 01:09:35,470 --> 01:09:42,460 away from still mine 1125 01:09:47,490 --> 01:10:01,890 never port my phone the mic universe is 1126 01:09:53,800 --> 01:10:01,890 the ocean I travel and the is my point 1127 01:10:06,410 --> 01:10:12,290 here we go son my favor 1128 01:10:12,820 --> 01:10:20,400 as I plied the starving 1129 01:10:20,550 --> 01:10:26,070 the fasting questions into 1130 01:10:32,460 --> 01:10:42,660 Crimson's making my way by the lights of 1131 01:10:36,850 --> 01:10:42,660 the heavens in a beautiful blue 1132 01:10:48,050 --> 01:10:57,510 last verse I give flags to the waves of 1133 01:10:53,760 --> 01:10:58,320 holding the pill the trade winds hurting 1134 01:10:57,510 --> 01:11:03,540 people 1135 01:10:58,320 --> 01:11:15,930 reach the infinite see before me sing 1136 01:11:03,540 --> 01:11:21,320 was time I say my god the wide universe 1137 01:11:15,930 --> 01:11:21,320 is the ocean I travel 1138 01:11:35,610 --> 01:11:45,490 thank you was that about what you wanted 1139 01:11:40,270 --> 01:11:47,860 all right so thank you so I what I said 1140 01:11:45,490 --> 01:11:50,920 that was my bridging song like a lot of 1141 01:11:47,860 --> 01:11:57,270 us and so gin hazel is listening so 1142 01:11:50,920 --> 01:12:01,930 thank you Jen and Eric st so y'all ready 1143 01:11:57,270 --> 01:12:05,590 time for BIOS baby so we have four ready 1144 01:12:01,930 --> 01:12:13,420 1 2 3 & 4 1145 01:12:05,590 --> 01:12:15,460 it's 251 all right so this remote this 1146 01:12:13,420 --> 01:12:17,740 we're about to do with the change the 1147 01:12:15,460 --> 01:12:20,050 principles and purposes I just want to 1148 01:12:17,740 --> 01:12:22,330 say this before we do the motion as its 1149 01:12:20,050 --> 01:12:24,340 proposed bylaw change received over a 1150 01:12:22,330 --> 01:12:26,470 fourth is vote at last year's General 1151 01:12:24,340 --> 01:12:29,590 Assembly no amendments to this proposed 1152 01:12:26,470 --> 01:12:31,930 chains are allowed this year and so it 1153 01:12:29,590 --> 01:12:34,990 was submitted by from over 15 certified 1154 01:12:31,930 --> 01:12:36,880 congregations in 2017 final adoptions to 1155 01:12:34,990 --> 01:12:39,070 require a 2/3 vote at this General 1156 01:12:36,880 --> 01:12:50,650 Assembly I recognize the people at the 1157 01:12:39,070 --> 01:12:53,920 procedure an affiliate Minister of First 1158 01:12:50,650 --> 01:12:55,840 Unitarian Church of Toledo from Toledo 1159 01:12:53,920 --> 01:12:58,450 Ohio where I serve the community as a 1160 01:12:55,840 --> 01:13:03,430 hospice chaplain and I'm responsible for 1161 01:12:58,450 --> 01:13:05,110 this change update removing women and 1162 01:13:03,430 --> 01:13:07,330 men and updating that language to 1163 01:13:05,110 --> 01:13:09,640 prophetic people allows for the 1164 01:13:07,330 --> 01:13:12,640 inclusion of all persons of all gender 1165 01:13:09,640 --> 01:13:14,410 identities and expressions our polity is 1166 01:13:12,640 --> 01:13:16,369 such that we are able to shine the 1167 01:13:14,410 --> 01:13:18,559 spotlight on our own 1168 01:13:16,369 --> 01:13:20,360 the strength of our living tradition 1169 01:13:18,559 --> 01:13:21,980 means we are a part of a covenant in 1170 01:13:20,360 --> 01:13:24,199 which revelation is always being 1171 01:13:21,980 --> 01:13:28,579 revealed we're at that moment right now 1172 01:13:24,199 --> 01:13:31,039 I want to thank my mentor Reverend dr. 1173 01:13:28,579 --> 01:13:34,369 Susan Richie my church First Unitarian 1174 01:13:31,039 --> 01:13:36,170 Church of Toledo the 16 churches that 1175 01:13:34,369 --> 01:13:38,630 submitted paperwork so that we could get 1176 01:13:36,170 --> 01:13:40,940 to this point the folks who voted last 1177 01:13:38,630 --> 01:13:44,659 year to pass this through a preliminary 1178 01:13:40,940 --> 01:13:46,429 vote and all that have helped and by 1179 01:13:44,659 --> 01:13:50,030 strengthening the voice of the 1180 01:13:46,429 --> 01:13:52,369 marginalized among us working together 1181 01:13:50,030 --> 01:13:52,760 we're able to do the larger work in the 1182 01:13:52,369 --> 01:13:56,320 world 1183 01:13:52,760 --> 01:13:56,320 so you please make the motion 1184 01:14:09,619 --> 01:14:14,210 so I have a little bit of anxiety I 1185 01:14:11,719 --> 01:14:16,250 would like to make the motion that we 1186 01:14:14,210 --> 01:14:20,510 change the wording from women and men to 1187 01:14:16,250 --> 01:14:21,110 people thank you can I have a second all 1188 01:14:20,510 --> 01:14:29,210 right 1189 01:14:21,110 --> 01:14:38,179 the motions on the floor okay so before 1190 01:14:29,210 --> 01:14:40,310 we vote yeah before we vote we'd like 1191 01:14:38,179 --> 01:14:41,989 you to have an opportunity to reflect a 1192 01:14:40,310 --> 01:14:44,119 little bit some of you were not at 1193 01:14:41,989 --> 01:14:48,290 General Assembly last year and so this 1194 01:14:44,119 --> 01:14:50,719 may be a new concept for you so please 1195 01:14:48,290 --> 01:14:52,580 turn to the people sitting around you 1196 01:14:50,719 --> 01:14:55,040 try to talk to somebody you don't 1197 01:14:52,580 --> 01:14:58,130 already know and consider these 1198 01:14:55,040 --> 01:15:01,159 questions in what ways does this 1199 01:14:58,130 --> 01:15:05,030 proposed change improves the language of 1200 01:15:01,159 --> 01:15:07,690 our second source what concerns do you 1201 01:15:05,030 --> 01:15:10,489 have about the proposed change and 1202 01:15:07,690 --> 01:15:12,980 overall how are you feeling about this 1203 01:15:10,489 --> 01:15:15,560 proposed amendment to our bylaws and 1204 01:15:12,980 --> 01:15:18,260 specifically one of the sources of our 1205 01:15:15,560 --> 01:15:20,619 living tradition and you have three 1206 01:15:18,260 --> 01:15:20,619 minutes 1207 01:16:14,850 --> 01:16:17,969 [Music] 1208 01:17:09,500 --> 01:17:17,829 [Applause] 1209 01:17:20,920 --> 01:17:23,970 [Music] 1210 01:17:49,240 --> 01:17:52,359 [Music] 1211 01:17:52,489 --> 01:17:55,870 thirty seconds 1212 01:18:25,170 --> 01:18:33,780 all right we are ready to come back to a 1213 01:18:28,170 --> 01:18:35,460 discussion of our like and concerns for 1214 01:18:33,780 --> 01:18:37,860 this particular bylaw amendment before 1215 01:18:35,460 --> 01:18:39,690 we move on I'd like to announce the vote 1216 01:18:37,860 --> 01:18:46,489 of the proposed congregational study 1217 01:18:39,690 --> 01:18:52,190 action issues with 1100 or 1101 votes to 1218 01:18:46,489 --> 01:18:57,310 108 votes we will be studying number one 1219 01:18:52,190 --> 01:18:57,310 [Applause] 1220 01:18:58,010 --> 01:19:09,929 I recognize the delegate at the pro mic 1221 01:19:02,969 --> 01:19:14,520 I have been a member of First Unitarian 1222 01:19:09,929 --> 01:19:17,010 Church of Toledo for 20 years I am one 1223 01:19:14,520 --> 01:19:20,850 of the commission lay Minister 1224 01:19:17,010 --> 01:19:24,600 candidates leading this church this 1225 01:19:20,850 --> 01:19:29,730 change to all persons reflects that we 1226 01:19:24,600 --> 01:19:34,260 can indeed be a bold people bold people 1227 01:19:29,730 --> 01:19:37,199 can be prophetic bold people are in 1228 01:19:34,260 --> 01:19:41,219 mutual relationships with each other 1229 01:19:37,199 --> 01:19:46,770 bold people radically care for each 1230 01:19:41,219 --> 01:19:53,239 other and bold people listen and show up 1231 01:19:46,770 --> 01:19:58,560 for justice when someone is hurting my 1232 01:19:53,239 --> 01:20:01,820 sibling thank you I recognize the 1233 01:19:58,560 --> 01:20:01,820 delegate at the concern Mike 1234 01:20:05,300 --> 01:20:11,910 sixty four and a half year member of the 1235 01:20:08,550 --> 01:20:16,350 Willmar Unitarian Universalist 1236 01:20:11,910 --> 01:20:20,130 congregation in Minnesota and I am for 1237 01:20:16,350 --> 01:20:22,110 inclusive language and I think with 1238 01:20:20,130 --> 01:20:26,070 gratitude of the work of Drusilla 1239 01:20:22,110 --> 01:20:31,320 Cummins now long deceased but who led 1240 01:20:26,070 --> 01:20:35,870 for the effort to bring inclusive 1241 01:20:31,320 --> 01:20:41,730 language the word women into our 1242 01:20:35,870 --> 01:20:45,240 literature our bylaws and I I wish that 1243 01:20:41,730 --> 01:20:49,050 the language could include the prophetic 1244 01:20:45,240 --> 01:20:52,800 words of women and men and all people 1245 01:20:49,050 --> 01:20:55,380 whose wisdom inspires us you know and I 1246 01:20:52,800 --> 01:20:59,400 don't think we're moving forward if we 1247 01:20:55,380 --> 01:21:06,330 remove the specific language recognizing 1248 01:20:59,400 --> 01:21:08,820 women's contributions I feel very 1249 01:21:06,330 --> 01:21:12,120 strongly about that I think I understand 1250 01:21:08,820 --> 01:21:15,110 the pain of exclusion I don't know how 1251 01:21:12,120 --> 01:21:17,550 many decades I heard that mankind 1252 01:21:15,110 --> 01:21:19,650 included women 1253 01:21:17,550 --> 01:21:24,390 it was great relief to start to see 1254 01:21:19,650 --> 01:21:27,000 women included and I would like to not 1255 01:21:24,390 --> 01:21:29,450 lose that thank you 1256 01:21:27,000 --> 01:21:32,010 I recognize the delegate at the pro mic 1257 01:21:29,450 --> 01:21:35,340 hello I'm David Strickler from the First 1258 01:21:32,010 --> 01:21:37,590 Unitarian Church of Toledo Ohio as a 1259 01:21:35,340 --> 01:21:39,660 Unitarian Universalists I affirm and 1260 01:21:37,590 --> 01:21:42,360 support the inherited Worth and dignity 1261 01:21:39,660 --> 01:21:44,850 of all people and I think our second 1262 01:21:42,360 --> 01:21:47,010 source needs to use that language to 1263 01:21:44,850 --> 01:21:48,810 affirm the inherent Worth and dignity of 1264 01:21:47,010 --> 01:21:52,790 all people regardless of race or gender 1265 01:21:48,810 --> 01:21:54,900 or sexual identity thank you thank you I 1266 01:21:52,790 --> 01:21:58,530 recognize the delegate at the concern 1267 01:21:54,900 --> 01:22:00,150 mic thank you I'm Lorelai has the Conejo 1268 01:21:58,530 --> 01:22:03,270 Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 1269 01:22:00,150 --> 01:22:05,269 I was a delegate at the General Assembly 1270 01:22:03,270 --> 01:22:07,309 in 1985 1271 01:22:05,269 --> 01:22:11,480 when we passed the principles and 1272 01:22:07,309 --> 01:22:15,400 purposes at that time I was completely 1273 01:22:11,480 --> 01:22:19,190 oblivious to gender non-binary issues I 1274 01:22:15,400 --> 01:22:23,449 have learned since then I thank the 1275 01:22:19,190 --> 01:22:27,920 people who have helped me learn my 1276 01:22:23,449 --> 01:22:31,150 concern about this change arises from 1277 01:22:27,920 --> 01:22:34,099 something I learned at that GA and 84 1278 01:22:31,150 --> 01:22:37,789 when we passed the principles and 1279 01:22:34,099 --> 01:22:42,260 purposes we attempted to read them in 1280 01:22:37,789 --> 01:22:45,369 unison from the completely unscientific 1281 01:22:42,260 --> 01:22:49,280 survey the people standing around me 1282 01:22:45,369 --> 01:22:52,730 about two-thirds said men and women 1283 01:22:49,280 --> 01:22:56,360 rather than women and men and I thought 1284 01:22:52,730 --> 01:22:59,570 wow a group of Unitarian Universalists 1285 01:22:56,360 --> 01:23:05,210 cannot say women and men when they are 1286 01:22:59,570 --> 01:23:08,090 reading it that's a problem I'd like to 1287 01:23:05,210 --> 01:23:10,610 refer you to page 67 of the program 1288 01:23:08,090 --> 01:23:13,639 guide for this General Assembly and 1289 01:23:10,610 --> 01:23:17,960 which on this agenda notes that we are 1290 01:23:13,639 --> 01:23:22,909 now voting changing men and women to 1291 01:23:17,960 --> 01:23:24,650 people somebody wrote that I don't know 1292 01:23:22,909 --> 01:23:30,559 how many levels of proofreading it went 1293 01:23:24,650 --> 01:23:32,829 through to get there but that's my 1294 01:23:30,559 --> 01:23:32,829 concern 1295 01:23:33,190 --> 01:23:37,480 thank you for sharing your concern 1296 01:23:39,150 --> 01:23:46,560 I recognize the delegate at the pro mic 1297 01:23:42,980 --> 01:23:51,690 my name is Rena Kaler I am from the 1298 01:23:46,560 --> 01:23:52,290 smooch congregation this is written by 1299 01:23:51,690 --> 01:23:56,820 my friend 1300 01:23:52,290 --> 01:23:59,369 Icarus when I started using they/them 1301 01:23:56,820 --> 01:24:02,150 pronouns I was scared to tell people it 1302 01:23:59,369 --> 01:24:05,639 was always just he slash hurt I 1303 01:24:02,150 --> 01:24:08,070 currently used he they and Icarus but 1304 01:24:05,639 --> 01:24:10,349 I'm still scared to tell them I didn't 1305 01:24:08,070 --> 01:24:13,860 know very many non very non-binary 1306 01:24:10,349 --> 01:24:16,440 people I even felt like I was going to 1307 01:24:13,860 --> 01:24:18,840 be judged by those people I was told 1308 01:24:16,440 --> 01:24:21,420 that I was invalid by someone so I went 1309 01:24:18,840 --> 01:24:24,000 back to the closet I finally came back 1310 01:24:21,420 --> 01:24:28,619 out again and I felt free now I can feel 1311 01:24:24,000 --> 01:24:39,420 like I can tell people so that's a pro 1312 01:24:28,619 --> 01:24:42,989 from one of my friends thank you there 1313 01:24:39,420 --> 01:24:45,960 is no one at the concern mic I have no 1314 01:24:42,989 --> 01:24:49,860 one in the off-site queue which tells me 1315 01:24:45,960 --> 01:24:52,530 you are ready to vote so that you 1316 01:24:49,860 --> 01:24:55,290 remember we are not able to amend this 1317 01:24:52,530 --> 01:24:58,080 final passage requires a two-thirds 1318 01:24:55,290 --> 01:24:59,940 majority vote I have a little tablet 1319 01:24:58,080 --> 01:25:02,099 that tells me when the off-site 1320 01:24:59,940 --> 01:25:05,310 delegates are voting it takes them more 1321 01:25:02,099 --> 01:25:06,929 time to see the livestream so it will 1322 01:25:05,310 --> 01:25:08,580 take a little bit more time for us to 1323 01:25:06,929 --> 01:25:09,830 know what the final vote is make sense 1324 01:25:08,580 --> 01:25:13,920 to everyone 1325 01:25:09,830 --> 01:25:16,440 fantastic ok we are ready to vote all 1326 01:25:13,920 --> 01:25:20,909 those in favor of changing the language 1327 01:25:16,440 --> 01:25:23,190 of women and men to people please 1328 01:25:20,909 --> 01:25:24,510 indicate by raising your yellow delegate 1329 01:25:23,190 --> 01:25:29,449 voting cards now 1330 01:25:24,510 --> 01:25:29,449 [Music] 1331 01:25:30,080 --> 01:25:34,040 all those opposed 1332 01:25:36,380 --> 01:25:41,710 you can put your cards down we'll wait 1333 01:25:38,690 --> 01:25:41,710 for the off-site 1334 01:26:04,699 --> 01:26:08,230 let's see the off-site vote 1335 01:26:11,159 --> 01:26:14,630 the motion clearly passes 1336 01:26:35,559 --> 01:26:40,750 would somebody from the joseph priestley 1337 01:26:37,690 --> 01:26:42,340 district who is prepared to make the 1338 01:26:40,750 --> 01:26:44,730 next motion come to the procedural mic 1339 01:26:42,340 --> 01:26:44,730 please 1340 01:26:47,410 --> 01:26:51,319 [Music] 1341 01:27:03,369 --> 01:27:07,919 I recognize the delegate at the pro mic 1342 01:27:09,059 --> 01:27:16,300 I'm Dennis wellnitz a representative of 1343 01:27:14,099 --> 01:27:19,419 delegate from the Unitarian Universalist 1344 01:27:16,300 --> 01:27:20,979 congregation of Rockville I am also 1345 01:27:19,419 --> 01:27:25,629 president of the joseph priestley 1346 01:27:20,979 --> 01:27:28,989 district the joseph priestley district 1347 01:27:25,629 --> 01:27:32,919 organized 27 congregations to petition 1348 01:27:28,989 --> 01:27:37,239 to have this proposed amendment put on 1349 01:27:32,919 --> 01:27:41,199 the agenda for this General Assembly do 1350 01:27:37,239 --> 01:27:46,469 I need to say anything more should I 1351 01:27:41,199 --> 01:27:51,219 read it yeah go for reading it okay 1352 01:27:46,469 --> 01:27:54,309 section six point one six congregational 1353 01:27:51,219 --> 01:27:57,249 linkage this will be a new sections the 1354 01:27:54,309 --> 01:28:00,999 board of trustees shall establish and 1355 01:27:57,249 --> 01:28:04,139 maintain means by which congregations 1356 01:28:00,999 --> 01:28:06,879 may communicate directly with the board 1357 01:28:04,139 --> 01:28:09,219 concerning governance of the Association 1358 01:28:06,879 --> 01:28:12,070 and receive from the board timely 1359 01:28:09,219 --> 01:28:14,619 responses to such communications the 1360 01:28:12,070 --> 01:28:17,019 means established by the board shall be 1361 01:28:14,619 --> 01:28:22,809 distributed to the congregation's 1362 01:28:17,019 --> 01:28:27,179 do I have a second during a second we 1363 01:28:22,809 --> 01:28:27,179 now have a motion on the floor thank you 1364 01:28:28,730 --> 01:28:34,260 just to note that there was an 1365 01:28:31,110 --> 01:28:36,360 incorporated amendment to amendment two 1366 01:28:34,260 --> 01:28:38,250 you can find it either on the app or on 1367 01:28:36,360 --> 01:28:40,200 one of these people you may have got 1368 01:28:38,250 --> 01:28:43,290 picked up when he got in incorporate 1369 01:28:40,200 --> 01:28:45,810 amendment changes it checks to word Amy 1370 01:28:43,290 --> 01:28:48,870 a in front of means to allow for the 1371 01:28:45,810 --> 01:28:50,160 possibility of plural means so that was 1372 01:28:48,870 --> 01:28:52,980 the only amendment offered at the 1373 01:28:50,160 --> 01:28:54,420 mini-assembly so now is the time we want 1374 01:28:52,980 --> 01:28:56,490 you to form a small group with folks 1375 01:28:54,420 --> 01:28:59,160 around you and try to include some folks 1376 01:28:56,490 --> 01:29:01,500 you might not already know take three 1377 01:28:59,160 --> 01:29:03,090 minutes to discuss this amendment what 1378 01:29:01,500 --> 01:29:05,250 sort of linkage would you like to see 1379 01:29:03,090 --> 01:29:07,830 from the UUA board and how does this 1380 01:29:05,250 --> 01:29:10,130 amendment move us toward that three 1381 01:29:07,830 --> 01:29:10,130 minutes 1382 01:29:13,490 --> 01:29:53,640 [Music] 1383 01:29:50,160 --> 01:29:53,640 [Applause] 1384 01:31:00,280 --> 01:31:02,850 yeah 1385 01:32:13,050 --> 01:32:20,840 I invite you to come back together as a 1386 01:32:15,050 --> 01:32:20,840 community as we move into discussion I 1387 01:32:20,929 --> 01:32:28,949 recognize the delegate at the pro mic 1388 01:32:25,400 --> 01:32:31,440 hello I am Dennis wellnitz of the uu 1389 01:32:28,949 --> 01:32:33,989 congregation of Rockville in Rockville 1390 01:32:31,440 --> 01:32:37,880 Maryland and also the president the 1391 01:32:33,989 --> 01:32:44,489 Joseph Priestley District Board of 1392 01:32:37,880 --> 01:32:47,730 Directors policy governance requires 1393 01:32:44,489 --> 01:32:51,120 that there be governance linkage between 1394 01:32:47,730 --> 01:32:55,020 the constituents and the Board of 1395 01:32:51,120 --> 01:32:57,510 Trustees of an organization and that 1396 01:32:55,020 --> 01:33:00,210 needs to be a formal linkage formal 1397 01:32:57,510 --> 01:33:03,090 governance linkage what we are asking is 1398 01:33:00,210 --> 01:33:06,239 that the Board of Trustees follow its 1399 01:33:03,090 --> 01:33:09,600 own requirements of policy governance 1400 01:33:06,239 --> 01:33:12,540 and establish preferably multiple means 1401 01:33:09,600 --> 01:33:16,170 by which congregations can communicate 1402 01:33:12,540 --> 01:33:20,699 directly with the Board of Trustees and 1403 01:33:16,170 --> 01:33:24,110 get timely responses this is important 1404 01:33:20,699 --> 01:33:27,210 because getting together 15 1405 01:33:24,110 --> 01:33:31,790 congregations to petition the Board of 1406 01:33:27,210 --> 01:33:35,159 Trustees cost us two years of effort and 1407 01:33:31,790 --> 01:33:37,920 thousands of dollars of and many many 1408 01:33:35,159 --> 01:33:41,670 many thousands of hours of organizing 1409 01:33:37,920 --> 01:33:44,790 time that shouldn't be necessary we 1410 01:33:41,670 --> 01:33:48,420 should be at seeing the UUA Board of 1411 01:33:44,790 --> 01:33:51,360 Trustees as friendly as our districts 1412 01:33:48,420 --> 01:33:57,090 were and as close and personable and 1413 01:33:51,360 --> 01:33:59,670 lovable so please be loveable thank you 1414 01:33:57,090 --> 01:34:02,580 very much thank you recognize the 1415 01:33:59,670 --> 01:34:05,280 delegate at the procedural mic thank you 1416 01:34:02,580 --> 01:34:09,960 James Snell First Unitarian Church of 1417 01:34:05,280 --> 01:34:11,730 Dallas plenty of information and I could 1418 01:34:09,960 --> 01:34:14,010 be ignorant but I was on the board of 1419 01:34:11,730 --> 01:34:16,260 trustees for three years and the 1420 01:34:14,010 --> 01:34:17,730 question that my delegation has is there 1421 01:34:16,260 --> 01:34:20,580 an obstacle now 1422 01:34:17,730 --> 01:34:24,810 for congregations communicating directly 1423 01:34:20,580 --> 01:34:26,940 with the Board of Trustees so our sense 1424 01:34:24,810 --> 01:34:30,720 is that if this bylaw passes this would 1425 01:34:26,940 --> 01:34:33,780 further clarify and and and make 1426 01:34:30,720 --> 01:34:35,970 intentional the intention to have 1427 01:34:33,780 --> 01:34:38,310 linkage and communication with the board 1428 01:34:35,970 --> 01:34:40,650 there certainly are available mechanisms 1429 01:34:38,310 --> 01:34:42,090 now that allow both individuals and 1430 01:34:40,650 --> 01:34:43,590 congregations to commute with 1431 01:34:42,090 --> 01:34:47,400 communicate with the Board of Trustees 1432 01:34:43,590 --> 01:34:51,420 this would deepen codify and maybe 1433 01:34:47,400 --> 01:34:51,830 expand those existing mechanisms thank 1434 01:34:51,420 --> 01:34:55,820 you 1435 01:34:51,830 --> 01:35:07,500 recognize the speaker at the con mic I'm 1436 01:34:55,820 --> 01:35:13,230 sorry I want to say that this is a very 1437 01:35:07,500 --> 01:35:17,150 good idea and a very bad bylaw this is 1438 01:35:13,230 --> 01:35:20,070 how bylaws go wrong it's a one-time 1439 01:35:17,150 --> 01:35:22,440 directive it's a good resolution to ask 1440 01:35:20,070 --> 01:35:24,930 the board to do this but to put this in 1441 01:35:22,440 --> 01:35:30,030 the bylaws for something that is done 1442 01:35:24,930 --> 01:35:31,680 once and done is simply misguided this 1443 01:35:30,030 --> 01:35:34,160 is not the sort of thing you put in 1444 01:35:31,680 --> 01:35:40,140 bylaws bylaws are for continuing 1445 01:35:34,160 --> 01:35:41,850 conditions not for one-time actions you 1446 01:35:40,140 --> 01:35:44,580 recognize the speaker the delegate at 1447 01:35:41,850 --> 01:35:45,570 the procedural mic Thank You Carl Pond 1448 01:35:44,580 --> 01:35:47,970 Onan from the Unitarian Universalist 1449 01:35:45,570 --> 01:35:49,790 Church of Greater Lansing in Lansing 1450 01:35:47,970 --> 01:35:52,350 Michigan just on a point of procedure 1451 01:35:49,790 --> 01:35:55,290 sorry a point of information 1452 01:35:52,350 --> 01:35:58,410 I apologize point of information as the 1453 01:35:55,290 --> 01:36:01,800 board taken a position in for or against 1454 01:35:58,410 --> 01:36:04,800 this proposed amendment thank you for 1455 01:36:01,800 --> 01:36:06,510 that question we have not taken a 1456 01:36:04,800 --> 01:36:09,600 position for or against this amendment 1457 01:36:06,510 --> 01:36:12,960 we're allowing the assembled delegates 1458 01:36:09,600 --> 01:36:15,500 to decide that recognize the delegate at 1459 01:36:12,960 --> 01:36:15,500 the pro mic 1460 01:36:16,860 --> 01:36:22,480 I'm Jim Turner from Salt Lake City I had 1461 01:36:20,710 --> 01:36:23,710 the privilege of serving as a district 1462 01:36:22,480 --> 01:36:28,540 president for the mountain desert 1463 01:36:23,710 --> 01:36:30,820 district at one time and unfortunately I 1464 01:36:28,540 --> 01:36:34,150 was unable to attend in Charlotte when 1465 01:36:30,820 --> 01:36:36,070 we made two major revisions to the size 1466 01:36:34,150 --> 01:36:38,380 of the board and the manner in which the 1467 01:36:36,070 --> 01:36:41,020 board was elected I had the privilege 1468 01:36:38,380 --> 01:36:45,040 last night of having dinner with my 1469 01:36:41,020 --> 01:36:49,120 former board member from the mountain 1470 01:36:45,040 --> 01:36:52,469 desert district Lou Finney and I had a 1471 01:36:49,120 --> 01:36:55,060 lot of problem with changing the 1472 01:36:52,469 --> 01:36:56,460 election of the board to make it at 1473 01:36:55,060 --> 01:37:00,070 large 1474 01:36:56,460 --> 01:37:03,670 downsizing I thought was a good idea but 1475 01:37:00,070 --> 01:37:06,730 what we don't have is the formalized 1476 01:37:03,670 --> 01:37:09,190 connection it seems like so much of what 1477 01:37:06,730 --> 01:37:11,230 we've done over these last few years has 1478 01:37:09,190 --> 01:37:12,670 moved the congregations further and 1479 01:37:11,230 --> 01:37:16,420 further from the National Association 1480 01:37:12,670 --> 01:37:19,690 and I feel like this it's not a one-time 1481 01:37:16,420 --> 01:37:21,550 thing it's a mandate in the bylaws that 1482 01:37:19,690 --> 01:37:23,830 we establish some procedure whereby 1483 01:37:21,550 --> 01:37:27,300 there is a continuing communication from 1484 01:37:23,830 --> 01:37:30,280 congregations to their two board members 1485 01:37:27,300 --> 01:37:33,070 that affords a two-way flow of 1486 01:37:30,280 --> 01:37:36,130 information it's not to bother the board 1487 01:37:33,070 --> 01:37:38,380 members with some menial little ongoing 1488 01:37:36,130 --> 01:37:40,540 well sometimes it doesn't seem menial 1489 01:37:38,380 --> 01:37:43,210 but some of the operational issues that 1490 01:37:40,540 --> 01:37:46,570 we encounter but rather it affords the 1491 01:37:43,210 --> 01:37:48,940 opportunity to exchange information to 1492 01:37:46,570 --> 01:37:52,300 get feedback from the congregations as 1493 01:37:48,940 --> 01:37:55,330 the Board considers this or that and as 1494 01:37:52,300 --> 01:37:57,610 a result I'm very much in favor of this 1495 01:37:55,330 --> 01:37:59,830 and I applaud the fact that it was 1496 01:37:57,610 --> 01:38:02,949 constructed in a manner that does not 1497 01:37:59,830 --> 01:38:05,710 dictate the mechanism and leaves to the 1498 01:38:02,949 --> 01:38:08,170 board the opportunity to do that at the 1499 01:38:05,710 --> 01:38:10,620 same time the board can't ignore be 1500 01:38:08,170 --> 01:38:12,850 imperative it be done 1501 01:38:10,620 --> 01:38:14,680 thank you we recognize the delegate at 1502 01:38:12,850 --> 01:38:20,530 that do we have a delegate at the 1503 01:38:14,680 --> 01:38:22,870 procedural mic you do now hi Diane 1504 01:38:20,530 --> 01:38:25,090 Daniels Unitarian Universalist Church of 1505 01:38:22,870 --> 01:38:29,980 Norwich question the 1506 01:38:25,090 --> 01:38:33,929 procedural mic is not on I'm not usually 1507 01:38:29,980 --> 01:38:33,929 accused of being too quiet 1508 01:38:34,559 --> 01:38:38,789 Diane Daniels 1509 01:38:36,159 --> 01:38:41,889 Unitarian Universalist Church of Norwich 1510 01:38:38,789 --> 01:38:46,179 question regarding this item has there 1511 01:38:41,889 --> 01:38:49,630 been a cost estimate for changing the 1512 01:38:46,179 --> 01:38:51,820 linkage and or adding linkage to make 1513 01:38:49,630 --> 01:38:53,590 this happen to the best of my knowledge 1514 01:38:51,820 --> 01:38:55,989 there has not been a cost estimate 1515 01:38:53,590 --> 01:38:57,550 because then if the bylaw passes the 1516 01:38:55,989 --> 01:38:59,889 means by which it would be implemented 1517 01:38:57,550 --> 01:39:04,170 are yet to be determined and it would be 1518 01:38:59,889 --> 01:39:04,170 dependent upon the means thank you 1519 01:39:04,440 --> 01:39:12,190 recognize the delegate at the con mic 1520 01:39:08,489 --> 01:39:13,809 good afternoon I'm Barbara de Leo from 1521 01:39:12,190 --> 01:39:17,050 Rochester New York First Unitarian 1522 01:39:13,809 --> 01:39:21,190 Church I want to speak against this 1523 01:39:17,050 --> 01:39:23,400 amendment I mean this a bylaw change I'm 1524 01:39:21,190 --> 01:39:27,179 an agreement with the previous con 1525 01:39:23,400 --> 01:39:29,739 speaker this is not a bylaw issue 1526 01:39:27,179 --> 01:39:32,710 linkage is part of the John Carver 1527 01:39:29,739 --> 01:39:34,530 policy governance model it is how the 1528 01:39:32,710 --> 01:39:38,050 board it should be in your board 1529 01:39:34,530 --> 01:39:41,500 policies of how the board operates it is 1530 01:39:38,050 --> 01:39:44,920 not a bylaw issue bylaws are how the 1531 01:39:41,500 --> 01:39:49,449 organization is run the governance model 1532 01:39:44,920 --> 01:39:53,469 for the board is how the board is run so 1533 01:39:49,449 --> 01:39:55,360 this would be a place to put a policy in 1534 01:39:53,469 --> 01:39:58,210 place that the board will respond to 1535 01:39:55,360 --> 01:40:01,300 concerns from various congregations or 1536 01:39:58,210 --> 01:40:04,409 however that gets worked through but it 1537 01:40:01,300 --> 01:40:06,190 does not belong in the bylaws thank you 1538 01:40:04,409 --> 01:40:07,809 thank you we're going to go to our 1539 01:40:06,190 --> 01:40:10,270 off-site delegates and invite the 1540 01:40:07,809 --> 01:40:16,480 off-site delegate at the pro mic to 1541 01:40:10,270 --> 01:40:24,360 speak I'm speaking for Michelle Collins 1542 01:40:16,480 --> 01:40:24,360 you I'm speaking for Michelle Collins 1543 01:40:26,470 --> 01:40:34,870 I'm speaking for Michelle Collins you 1544 01:40:31,250 --> 01:40:38,090 use of southern Delaware lose Delaware 1545 01:40:34,870 --> 01:40:39,800 hello I am Reverend Michelle Collins 1546 01:40:38,090 --> 01:40:42,830 from the you use of southern Delaware 1547 01:40:39,800 --> 01:40:43,370 and lose Delaware pronounced Lewis I'm 1548 01:40:42,830 --> 01:40:46,100 sorry 1549 01:40:43,370 --> 01:40:48,440 under policy governance as implemented 1550 01:40:46,100 --> 01:40:50,590 in the uua staff is not involved in 1551 01:40:48,440 --> 01:40:52,880 governance issues governance 1552 01:40:50,590 --> 01:40:56,120 responsibilities is shared between the 1553 01:40:52,880 --> 01:40:58,790 congregation's and the UUA Board this 1554 01:40:56,120 --> 01:41:01,010 responsibility depends on intentional 1555 01:40:58,790 --> 01:41:04,100 communication and connection between 1556 01:41:01,010 --> 01:41:05,720 them this bylaw has changed supports 1557 01:41:04,100 --> 01:41:08,950 that shared responsibility and 1558 01:41:05,720 --> 01:41:11,210 accountability for it and ensures that 1559 01:41:08,950 --> 01:41:14,510 congregations know how to communicate 1560 01:41:11,210 --> 01:41:18,890 with the UUA board on governance manners 1561 01:41:14,510 --> 01:41:20,450 please vote for this change thank you we 1562 01:41:18,890 --> 01:41:23,540 go to the off-site delegate at the con 1563 01:41:20,450 --> 01:41:25,340 mic this is from Joseph Parker from the 1564 01:41:23,540 --> 01:41:27,650 uu Church of the South Hills in 1565 01:41:25,340 --> 01:41:29,840 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania the language 1566 01:41:27,650 --> 01:41:31,760 quote means established by the board 1567 01:41:29,840 --> 01:41:33,920 end quote seems like a hierarchical 1568 01:41:31,760 --> 01:41:35,900 approach congregations need to be 1569 01:41:33,920 --> 01:41:37,270 involved in the means approach and 1570 01:41:35,900 --> 01:41:39,710 process 1571 01:41:37,270 --> 01:41:44,750 thank you we go to the delegate at the 1572 01:41:39,710 --> 01:41:47,060 pro mic this is Paul Pinson from the 1573 01:41:44,750 --> 01:41:49,580 First Unitarian Church of Wilmington 1574 01:41:47,060 --> 01:41:52,750 Delaware also a member of the joseph 1575 01:41:49,580 --> 01:41:55,820 priestley district board our 1576 01:41:52,750 --> 01:41:58,400 congregations take seriously the wrote 1577 01:41:55,820 --> 01:42:00,650 their role in the governance of the 1578 01:41:58,400 --> 01:42:04,910 Association since it is an association 1579 01:42:00,650 --> 01:42:08,120 of congregations and when they voted to 1580 01:42:04,910 --> 01:42:11,270 become part of the Central East region 1581 01:42:08,120 --> 01:42:13,700 and allow us to dissolve the board they 1582 01:42:11,270 --> 01:42:17,000 put a restriction on that they said we 1583 01:42:13,700 --> 01:42:19,970 could only dissolve our board when all 1584 01:42:17,000 --> 01:42:22,370 the duties that the board performed had 1585 01:42:19,970 --> 01:42:26,420 been successfully handed off to other 1586 01:42:22,370 --> 01:42:29,000 entities the one remaining issue is 1587 01:42:26,420 --> 01:42:30,680 governance linkage which the district 1588 01:42:29,000 --> 01:42:33,310 boards used to provide to the 1589 01:42:30,680 --> 01:42:35,130 congregations and have in the past 1590 01:42:33,310 --> 01:42:39,160 exercised 1591 01:42:35,130 --> 01:42:41,340 they are also acting in response to 1592 01:42:39,160 --> 01:42:44,470 concerns they heard from another region 1593 01:42:41,340 --> 01:42:46,720 that after the dissolution of their 1594 01:42:44,470 --> 01:42:48,670 boards it became more difficult to 1595 01:42:46,720 --> 01:42:51,700 communicate with the board we also 1596 01:42:48,670 --> 01:42:54,850 understand that the board realizes that 1597 01:42:51,700 --> 01:42:56,800 it had become more difficult and for 1598 01:42:54,850 --> 01:42:59,500 that reason we've been encouraged to go 1599 01:42:56,800 --> 01:43:02,710 ahead with this bylaws change the change 1600 01:42:59,500 --> 01:43:03,580 was also written with the involvement of 1601 01:43:02,710 --> 01:43:06,760 the UUA 1602 01:43:03,580 --> 01:43:09,670 legal staff so that it represents the 1603 01:43:06,760 --> 01:43:14,200 appropriate formation so we would like 1604 01:43:09,670 --> 01:43:16,690 to see this bylaws change implemented so 1605 01:43:14,200 --> 01:43:20,170 that we can be assured of proper 1606 01:43:16,690 --> 01:43:24,190 governance linkage and go ahead with our 1607 01:43:20,170 --> 01:43:27,550 complete absorption into the Central 1608 01:43:24,190 --> 01:43:30,580 East region please vote for this this 1609 01:43:27,550 --> 01:43:32,980 communication is essential thank you 1610 01:43:30,580 --> 01:43:35,950 thank you do we have a delegate at the 1611 01:43:32,980 --> 01:43:38,680 procedural mic no recognize the delegate 1612 01:43:35,950 --> 01:43:41,170 at the con mic hi I'm the Reverend 1613 01:43:38,680 --> 01:43:42,910 Jennifer Nordstrom I serve as the senior 1614 01:43:41,170 --> 01:43:45,520 minister of the First Unitarian society 1615 01:43:42,910 --> 01:43:48,400 of Milwaukee and I agree with my 1616 01:43:45,520 --> 01:43:51,580 previous two con mic speakers that 1617 01:43:48,400 --> 01:43:54,130 linkage is essential communication is 1618 01:43:51,580 --> 01:43:57,190 essential in policy governance but this 1619 01:43:54,130 --> 01:44:00,100 is not a bylaws issue it should be 1620 01:43:57,190 --> 01:44:02,680 designed by the board and we should 1621 01:44:00,100 --> 01:44:04,930 continue to communicate effectively with 1622 01:44:02,680 --> 01:44:07,240 the board and if you're feeling 1623 01:44:04,930 --> 01:44:10,420 concerned about your ability to 1624 01:44:07,240 --> 01:44:12,460 communicate with the board perhaps you 1625 01:44:10,420 --> 01:44:17,800 should do so but not put it in the 1626 01:44:12,460 --> 01:44:20,470 bylaws thank you do we have a delegate 1627 01:44:17,800 --> 01:44:21,180 at the procedural mic we do I'm Eric 1628 01:44:20,470 --> 01:44:24,220 Dolphy 1629 01:44:21,180 --> 01:44:29,970 University Unitarian Church in Seattle I 1630 01:44:24,220 --> 01:44:29,970 moved to call the question thank you 1631 01:44:30,399 --> 01:44:35,949 okay this is that's not a debatable 1632 01:44:32,959 --> 01:44:38,449 motion it requires a two-thirds majority 1633 01:44:35,949 --> 01:44:42,280 open voting for our off-site delegates 1634 01:44:38,449 --> 01:44:44,899 on this motion as well and invite us to 1635 01:44:42,280 --> 01:44:47,649 get ready to vote so if you're in favor 1636 01:44:44,899 --> 01:44:47,649 of this motion 1637 01:44:47,709 --> 01:44:52,519 what the call to question 1638 01:44:49,519 --> 01:44:53,329 if you're in favor of the motion to call 1639 01:44:52,519 --> 01:44:57,909 to question 1640 01:44:53,329 --> 01:44:57,909 we invite you to raise your voting cards 1641 01:45:06,700 --> 01:45:10,510 think you can put your cards down if you 1642 01:45:08,350 --> 01:45:11,650 would like to vote against the motion to 1643 01:45:10,510 --> 01:45:19,360 call the question please raise your 1644 01:45:11,650 --> 01:45:20,590 cards thank you and do we have any tally 1645 01:45:19,360 --> 01:45:23,950 of votes on me from the off-site 1646 01:45:20,590 --> 01:45:26,470 delegates on this motion the motion 1647 01:45:23,950 --> 01:45:28,870 clearly passes with that we're gonna 1648 01:45:26,470 --> 01:45:32,700 move immediately to a vote on this 1649 01:45:28,870 --> 01:45:35,140 proposal the amendment it require the 1650 01:45:32,700 --> 01:45:36,810 bylaw the amendment to the bylaws it 1651 01:45:35,140 --> 01:45:40,270 requires a two-thirds majority 1652 01:45:36,810 --> 01:45:42,370 affirmative vote we're going to invite 1653 01:45:40,270 --> 01:45:46,230 you to raise your vote and we will open 1654 01:45:42,370 --> 01:45:46,230 voting for our off-site delegates please 1655 01:45:46,320 --> 01:45:51,940 if you're in favor of this amendment to 1656 01:45:50,500 --> 01:45:54,990 our bylaws I invite you to raise your 1657 01:45:51,940 --> 01:45:54,990 called voting cards please 1658 01:46:10,410 --> 01:46:13,479 [Music] 1659 01:46:14,139 --> 01:46:18,070 thank you please lower your cards if 1660 01:46:16,150 --> 01:46:21,179 you're against this amendment to our 1661 01:46:18,070 --> 01:46:21,179 bylaws please raise your cards 1662 01:46:48,750 --> 01:46:52,110 could we get the tally thank you please 1663 01:46:50,910 --> 01:46:55,220 lower your cards could we get the tally 1664 01:46:52,110 --> 01:46:55,220 on the offside folks please 1665 01:47:16,450 --> 01:47:19,930 okay it's too close to do a visual 1666 01:47:18,400 --> 01:47:22,180 sighting on that we're gonna invite the 1667 01:47:19,930 --> 01:47:27,040 tellers to assist us in the counting of 1668 01:47:22,180 --> 01:47:30,220 this boat so we're gonna vote again if 1669 01:47:27,040 --> 01:47:31,420 you take a moment to please rate we're 1670 01:47:30,220 --> 01:47:32,950 going to invite you to raise your cards 1671 01:47:31,420 --> 01:47:35,020 again if you're in favor of this 1672 01:47:32,950 --> 01:47:36,910 amendment to our bylaws and we're gonna 1673 01:47:35,020 --> 01:47:43,660 raise keep your cards raised as our 1674 01:47:36,910 --> 01:47:45,820 tellers do the count and we'll need a 1675 01:47:43,660 --> 01:47:48,060 physical count of the off-site delegates 1676 01:47:45,820 --> 01:47:48,060 please 1677 01:48:18,939 --> 01:48:23,489 please keep your cards wrists high until 1678 01:48:20,979 --> 01:48:23,489 they're counted 1679 01:49:26,020 --> 01:49:30,850 just so people understand we have to 1680 01:49:28,810 --> 01:49:35,730 move the other to bylaw so tomorrow 1681 01:49:30,850 --> 01:49:35,730 because we have to do synergy tonight 1682 01:49:51,730 --> 01:49:56,420 not yet 1683 01:49:53,959 --> 01:49:57,889 the are the are the ushers still Kai see 1684 01:49:56,420 --> 01:50:04,789 the ushers may still be counting a few 1685 01:49:57,889 --> 01:50:08,079 votes could I get confirmation please 1686 01:50:04,789 --> 01:50:08,079 that the ushers have counted all votes 1687 01:50:10,780 --> 01:50:14,260 we still counting 1688 01:50:17,050 --> 01:50:21,190 okay it appears that the ushers have 1689 01:50:18,910 --> 01:50:23,470 completed the the pro vote count I'm 1690 01:50:21,190 --> 01:50:25,960 going to invite you now to please raise 1691 01:50:23,470 --> 01:50:28,780 your cards if you're voting against this 1692 01:50:25,960 --> 01:50:31,200 bylaw amendment and the ushers will take 1693 01:50:28,780 --> 01:50:31,200 that count 1694 01:51:19,540 --> 01:51:23,590 please keep your cards up until our 1695 01:51:21,700 --> 01:51:25,830 ushers have completed their vote vote 1696 01:51:23,590 --> 01:51:25,830 count 1697 01:52:13,960 --> 01:52:17,739 while our incredible tellers are 1698 01:52:15,820 --> 01:52:20,230 counting your cards I just want to make 1699 01:52:17,739 --> 01:52:21,760 an announcement that we will do the two 1700 01:52:20,230 --> 01:52:24,489 bylaws that we had planned on doing 1701 01:52:21,760 --> 01:52:28,420 tonight right after the opening of 1702 01:52:24,489 --> 01:52:30,550 tomorrow morning session and we do this 1703 01:52:28,420 --> 01:52:32,920 so that we can have enough time our 1704 01:52:30,550 --> 01:52:35,140 youth can have enough time to reset and 1705 01:52:32,920 --> 01:52:36,730 center in order to give us the 1706 01:52:35,140 --> 01:52:38,650 incredible worship that we know they 1707 01:52:36,730 --> 01:52:47,980 will be offering us as we celebrate our 1708 01:52:38,650 --> 01:52:50,170 youth bridging for those of you that got 1709 01:52:47,980 --> 01:52:52,600 handouts about those two amendments are 1710 01:52:50,170 --> 01:52:54,250 those two pieces of business please hold 1711 01:52:52,600 --> 01:52:58,300 on to them for tomorrow so that we don't 1712 01:52:54,250 --> 01:53:08,020 need to reprint it any for then oh sure 1713 01:52:58,300 --> 01:53:09,340 ask the hard questions so so the opening 1714 01:53:08,020 --> 01:53:10,770 session the general session tomorrow 1715 01:53:09,340 --> 01:53:14,469 begins at 9:00 a.m. 1716 01:53:10,770 --> 01:53:21,489 assuming we start on time nine ten ish 1717 01:53:14,469 --> 01:53:23,230 in standard uu time Thank You barb it 1718 01:53:21,489 --> 01:53:27,880 appears our ushers are almost done 1719 01:53:23,230 --> 01:53:30,250 counting the those opposed I've asked 1720 01:53:27,880 --> 01:53:31,930 for again for our help of our Usher's 1721 01:53:30,250 --> 01:53:33,340 and taking a vote of abstentions if 1722 01:53:31,930 --> 01:53:36,239 you're abstaining on this vote please 1723 01:53:33,340 --> 01:53:36,239 raise your cards 1724 01:53:41,429 --> 01:53:47,030 I'd invite our Usher's to please take 1725 01:53:43,380 --> 01:53:47,030 the count on the abstentions 1726 01:54:00,130 --> 01:54:05,450 and as soon as our Usher's have 1727 01:54:02,720 --> 01:54:06,830 completed this vote count if they could 1728 01:54:05,450 --> 01:54:09,610 bring the results forward then we'll 1729 01:54:06,830 --> 01:54:09,610 announce them 1730 01:55:18,520 --> 01:55:22,200 uh sure 'z do we have a vote count 1731 01:56:05,010 --> 01:56:08,580 okay we're still waiting on the route 1732 01:56:07,140 --> 01:56:09,840 count results from our Usher's but we 1733 01:56:08,580 --> 01:56:13,140 have a delegate at the procedural mic 1734 01:56:09,840 --> 01:56:15,900 that I recognize my name is Annie Scott 1735 01:56:13,140 --> 01:56:18,270 I'm the religious educator at Jefferson 1736 01:56:15,900 --> 01:56:20,400 Unitarian Church in Golden Colorado and 1737 01:56:18,270 --> 01:56:23,520 I'm the president of Laredo liberal 1738 01:56:20,400 --> 01:56:26,820 religious educators Association and I 1739 01:56:23,520 --> 01:56:29,880 just simply want to point out that it's 1740 01:56:26,820 --> 01:56:32,280 religious educators and youth who have 1741 01:56:29,880 --> 01:56:35,040 come at the bottom of the line that now 1742 01:56:32,280 --> 01:56:37,739 get bumped I understand of course we 1743 01:56:35,040 --> 01:56:40,560 want the youths energy service to be to 1744 01:56:37,739 --> 01:56:44,430 be held to have its place of honor but I 1745 01:56:40,560 --> 01:56:46,410 just wanted to point out again that we 1746 01:56:44,430 --> 01:56:48,510 are at the bottom of the line and get 1747 01:56:46,410 --> 01:56:50,730 bumped some of our religious educators 1748 01:56:48,510 --> 01:56:52,410 cannot stay an extra night we'll be 1749 01:56:50,730 --> 01:56:55,250 leaving before they get to vote 1750 01:56:52,410 --> 01:56:55,250 thank you 1751 01:57:02,940 --> 01:57:09,730 so I want to say I hear all of what you 1752 01:57:05,889 --> 01:57:13,179 said and legally we had to do the order 1753 01:57:09,730 --> 01:57:16,389 we had to put the first ones first 1754 01:57:13,179 --> 01:57:18,790 because you have to do those two first 1755 01:57:16,389 --> 01:57:21,070 the ones that are motions coming from 1756 01:57:18,790 --> 01:57:22,810 congregations they have to go in the 1757 01:57:21,070 --> 01:57:24,760 order and the other one had to go first 1758 01:57:22,810 --> 01:57:25,840 because I just wanted people to know we 1759 01:57:24,760 --> 01:57:28,150 weren't trying to put them at the bottom 1760 01:57:25,840 --> 01:57:30,310 of the heap we have four more tomorrow 1761 01:57:28,150 --> 01:57:37,000 and so that's so that's why they're 1762 01:57:30,310 --> 01:57:38,530 there the ushers are not coming forward 1763 01:57:37,000 --> 01:57:40,889 the vote will have results for you in 1764 01:57:38,530 --> 01:57:40,889 just a moment 1765 01:58:03,760 --> 01:58:07,870 in the interest of moving us along as 1766 01:58:06,160 --> 01:58:10,690 they're conferring I'm just gonna do the 1767 01:58:07,870 --> 01:58:13,000 announcements now how about that all 1768 01:58:10,690 --> 01:58:14,560 right as you prepare to leave please 1769 01:58:13,000 --> 01:58:18,370 look around you and collect all your 1770 01:58:14,560 --> 01:58:20,680 belongings and also do the ushers a big 1771 01:58:18,370 --> 01:58:22,630 favor and pick up any trash doesn't have 1772 01:58:20,680 --> 01:58:25,420 to be your own trash can be just any 1773 01:58:22,630 --> 01:58:28,480 trash take that on with you it's really 1774 01:58:25,420 --> 01:58:30,310 gonna help the ushers out and please 1775 01:58:28,480 --> 01:58:32,500 take a look at lost and found they're 1776 01:58:30,310 --> 01:58:34,660 getting a lovely collection of water 1777 01:58:32,500 --> 01:58:39,910 bottles that they would love to return 1778 01:58:34,660 --> 01:58:42,840 to owners that's in 22:04 we're almost 1779 01:58:39,910 --> 01:58:42,840 there folks 1780 01:58:46,250 --> 01:58:56,680 [Music] 1781 01:59:09,060 --> 01:59:12,310 [Music] 1782 01:59:26,239 --> 01:59:30,489 okay we had to do a little bit of math 1783 01:59:27,980 --> 01:59:32,960 there but we have your the results 1784 01:59:30,489 --> 01:59:36,650 including our off-site delegates we had 1785 01:59:32,960 --> 01:59:43,130 total in favor of that amendment 617 1786 01:59:36,650 --> 01:59:47,030 votes opposed 462 a total of 33 1787 01:59:43,130 --> 01:59:51,140 abstentions that four vote is a amounts 1788 01:59:47,030 --> 01:59:54,800 to a 57.2% it does not meet that 1789 01:59:51,140 --> 01:59:57,400 two-thirds required in order to pass the 1790 01:59:54,800 --> 01:59:59,570 amendment the proposed amendment fails 1791 01:59:57,400 --> 02:00:01,100 thank you for your participation in that 1792 01:59:59,570 --> 02:00:06,110 vote in your patience as we went through 1793 02:00:01,100 --> 02:00:09,200 the count I'm going to turn things now 1794 02:00:06,110 --> 02:00:12,800 over - we have a delegate at the 1795 02:00:09,200 --> 02:00:15,710 procedural mic thank you Mary Jane 1796 02:00:12,800 --> 02:00:18,080 Williams from unite Unitarian 1797 02:00:15,710 --> 02:00:21,920 Universalist Fellowship of Charlotte 1798 02:00:18,080 --> 02:00:24,890 County in Florida I was asked a point of 1799 02:00:21,920 --> 02:00:27,020 information is there any mechanism in 1800 02:00:24,890 --> 02:00:29,630 place for people that have to leave 1801 02:00:27,020 --> 02:00:34,969 delegates to be able to vote off-site 1802 02:00:29,630 --> 02:00:36,830 tomorrow let me turn that over yes so if 1803 02:00:34,969 --> 02:00:38,110 you are a registered delegate you will 1804 02:00:36,830 --> 02:00:41,150 be able to continue participating 1805 02:00:38,110 --> 02:00:44,530 off-site including voting through the 1806 02:00:41,150 --> 02:00:46,610 existing off-site mechanisms thank you 1807 02:00:44,530 --> 02:00:48,050 with that I'll swim things over to our 1808 02:00:46,610 --> 02:00:50,469 co-moderators for closing out our 1809 02:00:48,050 --> 02:00:50,469 session 1810 02:00:54,020 --> 02:00:59,570 I want to assure you that the board is 1811 02:00:57,230 --> 02:01:02,270 committed to linkage regardless of what 1812 02:00:59,570 --> 02:01:05,090 the vote has been that we had a 1813 02:01:02,270 --> 02:01:06,440 fantastic event in January with many of 1814 02:01:05,090 --> 02:01:08,930 our congregations in the greater 1815 02:01:06,440 --> 02:01:10,580 Knoxville Tennessee area you can read 1816 02:01:08,930 --> 02:01:11,570 about that in the Komada Raider report 1817 02:01:10,580 --> 02:01:15,130 and we continue to look for 1818 02:01:11,570 --> 02:01:21,920 opportunities to link with all of you 1819 02:01:15,130 --> 02:01:24,760 that said Greg do you have a closing 1820 02:01:21,920 --> 02:01:24,760 reading for us yeah 1821 02:01:29,820 --> 02:01:42,900 we close as we began in prayer find that 1822 02:01:36,989 --> 02:01:45,269 place of stillness and comfort that 1823 02:01:42,900 --> 02:01:49,500 draws you into a deeper sense of 1824 02:01:45,269 --> 02:01:51,719 connection know that so much work has 1825 02:01:49,500 --> 02:01:55,769 been done and yet so much work remains 1826 02:01:51,719 --> 02:02:00,119 to be done and none of it can be 1827 02:01:55,769 --> 02:02:02,760 business as usual we pray from that 1828 02:02:00,119 --> 02:02:04,800 place deep within side each of us that 1829 02:02:02,760 --> 02:02:08,670 connects each to all and beyond 1830 02:02:04,800 --> 02:02:14,099 throughout all space in all time knowing 1831 02:02:08,670 --> 02:02:19,260 that together we can do everything amen 1832 02:02:14,099 --> 02:02:21,030 and blessed be see us synergy there 1833 02:02:19,260 --> 02:02:22,889 being no further business to come before 1834 02:02:21,030 --> 02:02:24,809 us and in accordance with the schedule 1835 02:02:22,889 --> 02:02:26,789 set forth in your program book with some 1836 02:02:24,809 --> 02:02:28,469 changes I declare that this general 1837 02:02:26,789 --> 02:02:31,170 session of the General Assembly shall 1838 02:02:28,469 --> 02:02:33,980 stand in recess until Saturday June 23rd 1839 02:02:31,170 --> 02:02:33,980 at 9 a.m. 1840 02:02:56,660 --> 02:03:03,029 [Music] 1841 02:03:41,570 --> 02:03:44,740 [Music] 1842 02:10:56,400 --> 02:11:03,430 [Applause] 1843 02:11:05,720 --> 02:11:08,819 [Music] 1844 02:15:12,010 --> 02:15:20,239 [Applause] 1845 02:15:43,420 --> 02:15:46,479 [Music] 1846 02:16:31,240 --> 02:16:39,200 [Music] 1847 02:16:42,920 --> 02:16:46,049 [Music] 1848 02:17:51,570 --> 02:17:58,549 [Music] 1849 02:18:47,750 --> 02:18:50,879 [Music] 1850 02:18:59,330 --> 02:19:03,280 [Applause]