1 00:00:00,030 --> 00:00:06,450 I now call to order the fifth general session of the 57th General Assembly of 2 00:00:06,450 --> 00:00:10,189 the Unitarian Universalist Association 3 00:00:12,620 --> 00:00:18,560 okay so if the crowd could come to a Shh 4 00:00:19,340 --> 00:00:24,090 because I want to explain what is about to happen today and I don't want you to 5 00:00:24,090 --> 00:00:30,240 say I didn't hear it because somebody else was talking all righty and then you 6 00:00:30,240 --> 00:00:35,790 can explain to new people as they come in is that okay thank you so we have two 7 00:00:35,790 --> 00:00:39,379 bylaws that are being moved to the front of the agenda okay 8 00:00:39,379 --> 00:00:45,090 that's velour ADA and then the Youth trustee alrighty 9 00:00:45,090 --> 00:00:49,649 the elections are moving to Sunday because the candidate forum needs to 10 00:00:49,649 --> 00:00:56,160 happen before we elect people right so and then here's the line so you're ready 11 00:00:56,160 --> 00:01:02,430 people ready alrighty so we're doing this now then we're doing opening words 12 00:01:02,430 --> 00:01:07,680 the right relationship team and the jpc then we're gonna do a quick rules or 13 00:01:07,680 --> 00:01:12,479 process review bylaws we're gonna sing will ever sing then we're gonna do axis 14 00:01:12,479 --> 00:01:16,680 of immediate witness more singing so that people can vote we're going to do 15 00:01:16,680 --> 00:01:20,939 the Distinguished Service Award the USC report that you call it view you 16 00:01:20,939 --> 00:01:25,920 college of social justice report and the rest of the agenda is the way it was in 17 00:01:25,920 --> 00:01:32,360 your program does that make sense wonderful 18 00:01:45,150 --> 00:01:54,520 communities of memory and promised by Kendall our Gibbons our communities of 19 00:01:54,520 --> 00:02:01,299 memory and promise are founded upon covenants because we all need a defense 20 00:02:01,299 --> 00:02:06,880 against the impulse of immediate feelings that challenge our best 21 00:02:06,880 --> 00:02:15,069 intentions it is necessary to be reminded from time to time of what you 22 00:02:15,069 --> 00:02:21,730 said you were going to do and what you really want over and above the lure of 23 00:02:21,730 --> 00:02:29,800 momentary comfort covenant is our word for the solemn promises that counteract 24 00:02:29,800 --> 00:02:36,940 the randomness of a future in which anything and everything is possible by 25 00:02:36,940 --> 00:02:42,910 committing us in advance to certain relationships and values we do this 26 00:02:42,910 --> 00:02:51,190 because what we build with intention and even with difficulty is more satisfying 27 00:02:51,190 --> 00:02:59,459 in the long run than the pleasures that we happen to encounter we do it in 28 00:02:59,459 --> 00:03:06,720 time-consuming rituals invoking powers that we scarcely know how to name 29 00:03:06,720 --> 00:03:14,260 because we are seeking some way to give our lives the density and dignity and 30 00:03:14,260 --> 00:03:22,829 depth that we suspect with longing might yet be possible 31 00:03:29,690 --> 00:03:34,700 now I see our chairs of the GA planning committee and the right relationship 32 00:03:34,700 --> 00:03:43,970 team hanging out come on over friends come on over they've got some important 33 00:03:43,970 --> 00:03:47,080 information for us this morning 34 00:03:49,090 --> 00:03:56,150 good morning General Assembly for those that don't remember don't know me my 35 00:03:56,150 --> 00:03:59,750 name is Lila Cleon and I'm chair of the General Assembly planning committee and 36 00:03:59,750 --> 00:04:03,940 I have two things I want to talk to you about really quickly today number one 37 00:04:03,940 --> 00:04:09,200 nametags I'm not wearing one now because we are not allowed to wear them on stage 38 00:04:09,200 --> 00:04:14,870 but I have to wear one when I enter the building and so do you I apologize if 39 00:04:14,870 --> 00:04:20,989 that hurts people it was never our intent we have had some confusion this 40 00:04:20,989 --> 00:04:26,330 week over how and who will be checking those nametags as chair of the committee 41 00:04:26,330 --> 00:04:32,210 I apologize for that as well in our effort to serve we have changed the 42 00:04:32,210 --> 00:04:37,910 times that people will check them and it has caused more confusion and more pain 43 00:04:37,910 --> 00:04:46,280 and for that I take responsibility so please be aware that they the staff that 44 00:04:46,280 --> 00:04:51,110 has been hired is required by this Convention Center they have been 45 00:04:51,110 --> 00:04:55,280 instructed to check everyone's name everyone's tagged or that they are 46 00:04:55,280 --> 00:05:00,470 wearing a tag when you come into the Convention Center there are many of you 47 00:05:00,470 --> 00:05:07,040 entering at one time there was only one or two people checking tags so be 48 00:05:07,040 --> 00:05:11,120 prepared to be checked but not everybody will be checked because 50 people 49 00:05:11,120 --> 00:05:17,600 walking in with two people you can't check 50 tags at one time they are told 50 00:05:17,600 --> 00:05:27,669 to check everyone regardless of height weight mobility age color hair color 51 00:05:27,669 --> 00:05:35,630 shoe size they have been told to check everyone equally if you'd find that that 52 00:05:35,630 --> 00:05:42,090 has not occurred please let us know note that the people checking your tag 53 00:05:42,090 --> 00:05:47,340 are not police they are security company hired through 54 00:05:47,340 --> 00:05:53,910 local Kansas City businesses we have one police officer on site that police 55 00:05:53,910 --> 00:05:59,640 officer is here for other reasons but a police officer will not be checking your 56 00:05:59,640 --> 00:06:08,820 tag Thank You number two we have been very intentionally created some safe 57 00:06:08,820 --> 00:06:13,440 spaces for our traditionally marginalized folks here at General 58 00:06:13,440 --> 00:06:18,780 Assembly please respect those safe those spaces as members of the community you 59 00:06:18,780 --> 00:06:26,130 are entitled to be in those spaces regardless of age as long as you fall 60 00:06:26,130 --> 00:06:32,430 within the parameters of those spaces so if you do not fall within the parameter 61 00:06:32,430 --> 00:06:37,920 of those spaces please respect those that need those healing and safe spaces 62 00:06:37,920 --> 00:06:44,820 and allow them their own space and find somewhere else for you to get the 63 00:06:44,820 --> 00:06:49,740 nourishment and healing that you may need but please respect the spaces that 64 00:06:49,740 --> 00:06:54,060 we've created thank you for your time I hope you enjoy the rest of general 65 00:06:54,060 --> 00:06:56,540 assembly 66 00:06:59,729 --> 00:07:04,719 hello ga I'm yah Denis hi Lu and I'm Hanna Roberts ville knave and we're the 67 00:07:04,719 --> 00:07:08,740 co-chairs of your right relationship team today is Saturday and many of us 68 00:07:08,740 --> 00:07:13,990 have been here for a day already or more and others are just arriving welcome to 69 00:07:13,990 --> 00:07:23,589 all let's all take a breath and begin this morning's report our first point is 70 00:07:23,589 --> 00:07:28,330 to recognize there have been community members particularly those of color and 71 00:07:28,330 --> 00:07:32,229 youth who've been asked to show their GA name badges in the convention hallway 72 00:07:32,229 --> 00:07:36,520 and are hurt when others weren't we now have heard from the Planning 73 00:07:36,520 --> 00:07:41,080 Committee and understand the procedures recommended this year and want to 74 00:07:41,080 --> 00:07:45,580 publicly recognize the two common experience of having to prove one's 75 00:07:45,580 --> 00:07:50,830 legitimacy to be in a space that people of color and youth unequally deal with 76 00:07:50,830 --> 00:08:01,449 ouch another breath the second point is accessibility resources like hymns 77 00:08:01,449 --> 00:08:05,439 lyrics haven't been available to community members before worship and 78 00:08:05,439 --> 00:08:10,839 that limits participation for those who use screen reading technology let's do 79 00:08:10,839 --> 00:08:16,990 better this extends to our embodiment of a culture that's starting point is one 80 00:08:16,990 --> 00:08:23,080 that welcomes not manages so instead of speaking to someone only when you notice 81 00:08:23,080 --> 00:08:28,089 they aren't following the rules let us employ hospitality rooted in love 82 00:08:28,089 --> 00:08:35,039 for example hey how are you can I help you with anything 83 00:08:35,039 --> 00:08:45,579 sounds ordinary eh that's love an action y'all right there another breath alright 84 00:08:45,579 --> 00:08:54,710 the final point y'all I want to make this real simple microaggressions suck 85 00:08:54,710 --> 00:09:00,500 they isolate individuals and often those who are called out and at fault get lost 86 00:09:00,500 --> 00:09:08,779 and shame beloved's right relationship team is here to encourage the discomfort 87 00:09:08,779 --> 00:09:17,839 and invite us to responsibility and action and transformation not shame so 88 00:09:17,839 --> 00:09:24,920 things like touching someone's hair touching someone's service animal giving 89 00:09:24,920 --> 00:09:30,589 unsolicited advice to youth interchanging the names of people of 90 00:09:30,589 --> 00:09:36,440 color and going into exclusively people of color exclusively black or 91 00:09:36,440 --> 00:09:44,810 exclusively LGBTQ plus spaces and you are not of those identities that's not 92 00:09:44,810 --> 00:09:51,100 Beloved Community making stuff stop it 93 00:09:54,060 --> 00:09:59,280 we have an opportunity to transform the right relationship of what right 94 00:09:59,280 --> 00:10:07,440 relationship is and here is an invitation to humility grace rooted and 95 00:10:07,440 --> 00:10:15,690 love can you can he'll do that yeah so while we discuss and vote today 96 00:10:15,690 --> 00:10:21,780 can you put some grace on it yes while we interact with one another here 97 00:10:21,780 --> 00:10:27,210 in the Convention Center and beyond can you have that rooted in love yeah that's 98 00:10:27,210 --> 00:10:35,690 what I thought what final breath happy Saturday off 99 00:10:41,720 --> 00:10:50,970 time for rules and process with you your favorite parts of the agenda so just a 100 00:10:50,970 --> 00:10:55,830 few quick reminders before we discuss them vote on the bylaw changes you must 101 00:10:55,830 --> 00:11:01,530 be a delegate to speak at the mic we're all in the same page right so that 102 00:11:01,530 --> 00:11:05,730 doesn't mean exchanging someone's else's delegate for yours you must be a 103 00:11:05,730 --> 00:11:11,430 delegate there are three minutes of informal discussion the time will be 104 00:11:11,430 --> 00:11:15,930 tracked on the screen by this speaker time but does not count for the 30 105 00:11:15,930 --> 00:11:21,030 minute limit the 30 minutes of the debate time does include time devoted to 106 00:11:21,030 --> 00:11:26,070 discussing any amendments to the proposed amendment amendments must have 107 00:11:26,070 --> 00:11:30,180 been submitted for consideration at the appropriate min assembly in order to be 108 00:11:30,180 --> 00:11:35,160 offered in the general session there has to be 15 minutes of discussion before 109 00:11:35,160 --> 00:11:40,710 amendments the main motion can be considered time limits no one can speak 110 00:11:40,710 --> 00:11:45,390 for more than two minutes and not more than once unless no one else wants to 111 00:11:45,390 --> 00:11:49,710 speak except by permission from the moderator there are 30 minutes total 112 00:11:49,710 --> 00:11:55,110 Tom allow for by law or rule amendments resolutions or actions after 15 minutes 113 00:11:55,110 --> 00:11:59,660 of debate most of the table or refer in order if that much time is needed 114 00:11:59,660 --> 00:12:04,560 motions must come from the procedural mic a motion to call the previous 115 00:12:04,560 --> 00:12:08,970 question is in order once 7 minutes has expired and there are people at the pro 116 00:12:08,970 --> 00:12:13,500 and con mic once five minutes has expired and no one is at the pro or con 117 00:12:13,500 --> 00:12:18,930 mic and the motion to call the previous question is in order time take another 118 00:12:18,930 --> 00:12:23,070 procedural mic will not count and remember that delegates can suspend the 119 00:12:23,070 --> 00:12:29,070 rules at any time let me say again delegates can suspend the rules at any 120 00:12:29,070 --> 00:12:33,240 time there are delegates joining us online 121 00:12:33,240 --> 00:12:37,590 you will be participating in this debate by submitting type statements and voting 122 00:12:37,590 --> 00:12:42,270 via secure polling app submitted state must be read by our volunteer teller 123 00:12:42,270 --> 00:12:47,330 team which are amazing can we give it up for the telogen please 124 00:12:50,900 --> 00:12:58,050 they do a lot of work y'all and they need more love everyday submitted 125 00:12:58,050 --> 00:13:01,620 statements will be read by our volunteer teller team who will be the voice of our 126 00:13:01,620 --> 00:13:05,100 off-site delegates and the statements they read do not necessarily reflect 127 00:13:05,100 --> 00:13:09,330 their own personal views and remember yesterday we had to do a count of votes 128 00:13:09,330 --> 00:13:31,350 so just be patient and we'll do more thing is by longtime can you see all 129 00:13:31,350 --> 00:13:34,070 right so 130 00:13:38,320 --> 00:13:44,250 so we will now consider an amendment to the UUA bylaws section four point eight 131 00:13:44,250 --> 00:13:49,149 changing the requirements for religious educators to be granted voting delegates 132 00:13:49,149 --> 00:13:53,649 status at General Assembly by removing the requirement that religious educators 133 00:13:53,649 --> 00:13:58,449 must have masters level credential status all other voting requirements 134 00:13:58,449 --> 00:14:02,500 remain the same the amendment was proposed by the liberal religious 135 00:14:02,500 --> 00:14:07,870 educators Association the Board of Trustees has incorporated some of the 136 00:14:07,870 --> 00:14:13,329 amendments offered in the mini-assembly please refer to the screen rather than 137 00:14:13,329 --> 00:14:18,519 the program book so that you have the complete list of changes handouts are 138 00:14:18,519 --> 00:14:23,290 available for those who need them and the unincorporated amendments will be at 139 00:14:23,290 --> 00:14:28,389 the bottom of the paper copies I recognize the delegate at the pro mic to 140 00:14:28,389 --> 00:14:35,079 make the motion on voting for religious educators hi I'm Robin Pugh I'm a 141 00:14:35,079 --> 00:14:38,589 delegate of the church of the larger fellowship 142 00:14:38,589 --> 00:14:42,639 I'm the religious educator at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 143 00:14:42,639 --> 00:14:48,639 Washington Crossing I'm also vice president of Loretta I move that we 144 00:14:48,639 --> 00:14:53,319 amend the bylaws to give religious educators who are active members of 145 00:14:53,319 --> 00:15:02,529 Loretta and employed by congregations delegate status thank you is there a 146 00:15:02,529 --> 00:15:07,860 second thank you 147 00:15:11,040 --> 00:15:16,210 good morning General Assembly so those of you who are with us yesterday noticed 148 00:15:16,210 --> 00:15:21,130 that we're creating a little bit of time for each of our proposals for you all to 149 00:15:21,130 --> 00:15:25,930 engage in conversation reflection and dialogue briefly with one another this 150 00:15:25,930 --> 00:15:29,770 will be for a three minute period and we'd like to invite you into such a time 151 00:15:29,770 --> 00:15:34,720 of dialogue and reflection with those seated near you so no need to go further 152 00:15:34,720 --> 00:15:40,090 afield than that and our question that we invite you to be in conversation and 153 00:15:40,090 --> 00:15:45,220 reflection around is what are the roles and privileges of delegates at General 154 00:15:45,220 --> 00:15:47,640 Assembly 155 00:18:49,990 --> 00:18:54,620 Thank You delegates we invite you to come back together as a larger community 156 00:18:54,620 --> 00:19:01,870 as our co-moderator al Andrea Williams leads us in moderating this conversation 157 00:19:16,710 --> 00:19:23,789 so I recognize the delegate at the pro mic hi my name is Robin Pugh I am a CLF 158 00:19:23,789 --> 00:19:29,159 delegate and a employee at the Unitarian Universalist Church at Washington 159 00:19:29,159 --> 00:19:41,999 Crossing this is an amazing day for religious educators for over 50 years 160 00:19:41,999 --> 00:19:47,279 religious educators have been asking for delegate status and this is the first 161 00:19:47,279 --> 00:19:54,529 time this vote has made it to the floor why do we need this bylaw amendment 162 00:19:54,529 --> 00:20:00,029 religious educators are encouraged not to be members of our congregations 163 00:20:00,029 --> 00:20:05,809 because of healthy boundaries and best practices so we can't be a 164 00:20:05,809 --> 00:20:12,899 congregational delegate today we are living in to our Unitarian Universalist 165 00:20:12,899 --> 00:20:17,909 values especially the fifth principle about the right of conscience and the 166 00:20:17,909 --> 00:20:24,419 use of the democratic process or as religious educators teach our children 167 00:20:24,419 --> 00:20:31,769 each person deserves a voice and a vote so what we're proposing is that 168 00:20:31,769 --> 00:20:37,799 automatic delegate status be given to active members of Loretto who are 169 00:20:37,799 --> 00:20:44,549 employed by a congregation we want religious educators delegates to be held 170 00:20:44,549 --> 00:20:49,220 accountable and Loretta is the organization that can support that 171 00:20:49,220 --> 00:20:55,019 accountability it has a code of conduct professional accountability and ongoing 172 00:20:55,019 --> 00:21:02,159 professional development an active member is a category of membership that 173 00:21:02,159 --> 00:21:06,990 requires a religious educator to be working in a congregation for three 174 00:21:06,990 --> 00:21:16,379 years our prophetic faith is going to be mirrored right now with this vote it is 175 00:21:16,379 --> 00:21:21,789 about damn time 176 00:21:21,960 --> 00:21:28,799 I recognize the delegate at the procedure mic this question is from 177 00:21:28,799 --> 00:21:32,750 Michael Harris Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church Bethesda Maryland 178 00:21:32,750 --> 00:21:38,100 point of information if this passes what would the percentage mix be of 179 00:21:38,100 --> 00:21:43,760 professional versus lay delegates that 180 00:21:44,360 --> 00:21:49,850 is a good question we but 181 00:21:56,440 --> 00:22:01,930 I recognize you can't do it yet I recognize the delegate at the pro mic we 182 00:22:01,930 --> 00:22:08,160 think that the the active members is about 300 people 183 00:22:08,940 --> 00:22:23,700 so the ratio 900 ministers 300 religious educators 4000 congregational delegates 184 00:22:29,280 --> 00:22:38,180 is there any other off-site there's one do you want to read it 185 00:22:46,789 --> 00:22:53,419 I recognize the delegate at the pro mic I'm reading for John Cavallaro community 186 00:22:53,419 --> 00:22:59,419 uu congregation White Plains New York it is time to welcome religious educators 187 00:22:59,419 --> 00:23:04,609 into the uu decision-making procedure best practice recommends again 188 00:23:04,609 --> 00:23:09,739 congregational membership for dr es and thus they are not eligible for delegate 189 00:23:09,739 --> 00:23:15,649 designation by their congregation dr es are committed to the work of faith are 190 00:23:15,649 --> 00:23:20,359 more informed than most congregational leaders and bring valuable voice to the 191 00:23:20,359 --> 00:23:36,919 process I recognize the delegate at the con mic may be madam moderator I do not 192 00:23:36,919 --> 00:23:42,769 like standing at this con mic but can you state your name Paul origin Reverend 193 00:23:42,769 --> 00:23:47,569 paula meyer on o of the unitarian universalist fellowship of Newark 194 00:23:47,569 --> 00:23:54,949 Delaware I just realized this morning that you do not have it to be a uu to be 195 00:23:54,949 --> 00:24:03,669 a member of Laredo and I find that automatically having non uu delegates is 196 00:24:03,669 --> 00:24:12,139 not something I can support I recognize the delegate at the pro mic good morning 197 00:24:12,139 --> 00:24:16,909 my name is Anna leader Lynn Jones and I am from the Thomas Jefferson Memorial 198 00:24:16,909 --> 00:24:20,959 Church Unitarian Universalist in Charlottesville Virginia I'm also senior 199 00:24:20,959 --> 00:24:26,109 business manager so I'm here with about 100 of my closest friends 200 00:24:26,109 --> 00:24:31,849 we as the UUA 2018 youth caucus want to state our support for delegate status 201 00:24:31,849 --> 00:24:36,859 for our active religious educators we as a religious education educators have 202 00:24:36,859 --> 00:24:41,089 helped us to grow into the Unitarian Universalist youth that we are today and 203 00:24:41,089 --> 00:24:46,940 we have witnessed that this mentorship is ministry our religious educators have 204 00:24:46,940 --> 00:24:50,719 been on the forefront of institutionalized change demonstrated 205 00:24:50,719 --> 00:24:56,119 through our our curriculums which have educated us to be smarter safer and more 206 00:24:56,119 --> 00:25:00,320 aware about ourselves our religious educators have led 207 00:25:00,320 --> 00:25:04,550 in the fight for a collective liberation by creating two white supremacy 208 00:25:04,550 --> 00:25:07,430 teach-ins they have helped us to lovingly call 209 00:25:07,430 --> 00:25:11,870 each other back into covenant and to live our faith as Unitarian 210 00:25:11,870 --> 00:25:16,070 Universalists our religious educators have performed life-changing and 211 00:25:16,070 --> 00:25:20,240 life-saving work which has an influential impact on not only the youth 212 00:25:20,240 --> 00:25:25,730 but everyone within our congregation our religious educators helped to give us 213 00:25:25,730 --> 00:25:29,690 youth a voice in our congregations and now we believe that it is time that our 214 00:25:29,690 --> 00:25:34,070 congregations further recognize the work of our religious educators they deserve 215 00:25:34,070 --> 00:25:39,190 to receive automatic delegate status particularly as they amplify our voices 216 00:25:39,190 --> 00:25:46,130 often more than our ministers do therefore the youth caucus staff of g8 217 00:25:46,130 --> 00:25:51,410 and all of youth caucus hold that our religious educators deserve the delegate 218 00:25:51,410 --> 00:25:55,910 status that represent the support of a congregation and the right to vote 219 00:25:55,910 --> 00:26:00,500 in general sessions we want to thank our religious educators for all the work 220 00:26:00,500 --> 00:26:05,420 they have done and will do to support youth voices and that we believe that in 221 00:26:05,420 --> 00:26:09,920 order to support religious educators voices in General Assembly we must give 222 00:26:09,920 --> 00:26:24,170 them their rightfully deserved automatic delegate status I recognize a delegate 223 00:26:24,170 --> 00:26:28,610 at the procedure mic I am Rebecca albergue from First Unitarian Church of 224 00:26:28,610 --> 00:26:32,050 Providence and I would like to call the question 225 00:26:32,050 --> 00:26:38,690 alrighty so are we ready to call the question so if you are ready to call the 226 00:26:38,690 --> 00:26:42,400 question please raise your voting cards 227 00:26:46,559 --> 00:26:49,820 all righty 228 00:26:55,280 --> 00:26:59,300 thank you please put your cards down if you are not ready to call the question 229 00:26:59,300 --> 00:27:07,490 please raise your voting cards alrighty all those in favor please raise your 230 00:27:07,490 --> 00:27:17,380 voting cards all those opposed 231 00:27:21,540 --> 00:27:24,260 okay 232 00:27:29,650 --> 00:27:34,300 okay I think everyone knows I really don't like Roberts rules but here we go 233 00:27:34,300 --> 00:27:40,450 so we are voting on the motion whether to pass status no we've already people 234 00:27:40,450 --> 00:27:45,630 you already did the previews vote to call the question it was overwhelmingly 235 00:27:45,630 --> 00:27:57,910 what so we are waiting on the offside vote to call the question so we're going 236 00:27:57,910 --> 00:28:01,240 to start again where it's ice very early I'm sorry 237 00:28:01,240 --> 00:28:06,809 so can we please vote one more time if you're ready to call the question 238 00:28:21,389 --> 00:28:25,049 all righty please put your cards down if you are not ready to call it the 239 00:28:25,049 --> 00:28:33,690 question thank you now we just need to wait on offside delegates and while 240 00:28:33,690 --> 00:28:39,899 we're waiting I recognize the delegate procedure mic Society of Milwaukee can 241 00:28:39,899 --> 00:28:46,440 we get up on the screen the wording of what we're actually voting on yes thank 242 00:28:46,440 --> 00:28:48,529 you 243 00:28:59,100 --> 00:29:04,860 while we're waiting for that information if you are somebody who's voting and are 244 00:29:04,860 --> 00:29:09,990 sitting on the far far ends and have the ability and willingness to move closer 245 00:29:09,990 --> 00:29:16,039 to the middle it will make it a lot easier for us to see your votes 246 00:29:23,500 --> 00:29:33,210 so 77% in favor all righty now we're calling the question so if you huh oh 247 00:29:33,210 --> 00:29:42,010 okay I love you too thank you so if you were voting in favor for giving delegate 248 00:29:42,010 --> 00:29:46,570 status to religious educators who are members of Loretto please raise your 249 00:29:46,570 --> 00:29:58,570 voting cards thank you please put them down if you are not in favor please 250 00:29:58,570 --> 00:30:04,900 raise your voting cards thank you now we've had to wait for the off-site 251 00:30:04,900 --> 00:30:11,350 delegates but we do not actually have to call for extensions but I will do that 252 00:30:11,350 --> 00:30:19,799 if you were abstaining please raise your delegate cart thank you 253 00:30:25,030 --> 00:30:28,380 we were waiting them off-site 254 00:30:36,080 --> 00:30:40,040 93% in favorite passes 255 00:30:57,740 --> 00:31:05,600 I recognize the off-site delegate oh you just left the procedural mic okay like I 256 00:31:05,600 --> 00:31:08,090 said we have a little tablet up here that's how we keep track of the people 257 00:31:08,090 --> 00:31:10,809 who are off-site 258 00:31:24,500 --> 00:31:29,160 may I ask the youth observers to go to the pro mic which is where we move 259 00:31:29,160 --> 00:31:34,049 amendments to the bylaws while I explain what high school age for the Unitarian 260 00:31:34,049 --> 00:31:38,730 Universalist Association we have a policy that states that high school age 261 00:31:38,730 --> 00:31:46,380 is grades 9 through 12 or their equivalent in homeschool or 14 to 18 if 262 00:31:46,380 --> 00:31:51,960 an 18 year old is still in high school that person is high school age if a 263 00:31:51,960 --> 00:31:56,880 person is younger than 18 but taking primarily college courses or not in high 264 00:31:56,880 --> 00:32:03,110 school that person is not a youth by our policy does that make sense to everyone 265 00:32:03,200 --> 00:32:09,900 very well I recognize Bailey saddle Meyer senior 266 00:32:09,900 --> 00:32:14,850 youth observer to the Board of Trustees and Tanner Linden junior youth observer 267 00:32:14,850 --> 00:32:21,000 to the Board of Trustees Tanner will you please make the appropriate motion moves 268 00:32:21,000 --> 00:32:26,070 that the proposed bylaw amendments to alter language to bylaw article 6 269 00:32:26,070 --> 00:32:35,150 section 6.3 membership section 6.4 election of Trustees section 6.5 term 270 00:32:35,150 --> 00:32:46,530 section 6.6 qualifications of trustees and rule g9 point 13.2 order of names on 271 00:32:46,530 --> 00:32:53,520 ballots as detailed on page 77 of the final agenda and as amended in the 272 00:32:53,520 --> 00:33:02,640 mini-assembly be adopted by the assembly is there a second very well the motion 273 00:33:02,640 --> 00:33:07,880 has been moved and seconded we are ready for discussion 274 00:33:12,040 --> 00:33:19,700 here's your question how do you honor youth who contribute to our and your 275 00:33:19,700 --> 00:33:22,420 communities 276 00:33:57,159 --> 00:34:00,840 oh we didn't do the board seat 277 00:36:24,240 --> 00:36:29,850 all right before we start with our list of line of folks at the procedural mic 278 00:36:29,850 --> 00:36:36,960 I've been asked to read mind or to say that the there are some according to the 279 00:36:36,960 --> 00:36:40,200 rules of Massachusetts to loss of Massachusetts there are some things that 280 00:36:40,200 --> 00:36:45,540 youth are not would not be able to put on that is in our board policies and 281 00:36:45,540 --> 00:36:49,980 procedures what you are able to though and not able to vote on I recognize the 282 00:36:49,980 --> 00:36:54,990 delegate at the procedural microphone I need of Anita Farber Robertson Melrose 283 00:36:54,990 --> 00:36:59,310 Unitarian Universalist Church Melrose Massachusetts I'm the minister there and 284 00:36:59,310 --> 00:37:05,490 my concern is about inclusion that the definition of youth was bracketed by 285 00:37:05,490 --> 00:37:09,810 where they are in relation to a high school schooling whether it's 286 00:37:09,810 --> 00:37:15,090 home-schooled or in a formal institution I presume we are allowed to have youth 287 00:37:15,090 --> 00:37:19,260 in our congregations who for whatever reason are not in high school either 288 00:37:19,260 --> 00:37:24,030 they've dropped out or been expelled or whatever and I would want those youth to 289 00:37:24,030 --> 00:37:30,360 be able to also participate thank you for that I understand the definition of 290 00:37:30,360 --> 00:37:39,180 youth does include age yes not just high school status I reckon we recognized 291 00:37:39,180 --> 00:37:44,490 they'll get the procedure on microphone thank you good morning I'm Kathy Hickok 292 00:37:44,490 --> 00:37:50,880 from Honda Shobha Church in Memphis I'm not completely clear how many voting 293 00:37:50,880 --> 00:37:56,040 members there are on the board now and whether these two youth trustees that we 294 00:37:56,040 --> 00:38:00,690 might elect would be full voting members with the rest of the board making a 295 00:38:00,690 --> 00:38:05,720 total of how many members on the board good question 296 00:38:12,640 --> 00:38:17,030 alright there are 11 trustees plus the financial advisor plus the moderator 297 00:38:17,030 --> 00:38:24,190 which makes 13 so adding to youth trustee so that would be a total of 15 298 00:38:26,260 --> 00:38:34,520 correct except most things we do by consensus and we don't do voting any 299 00:38:34,520 --> 00:38:43,780 more that way so that you that are on our board do get safe and voice oh yes 300 00:38:43,780 --> 00:38:47,870 but then they don't get to vote but now they will get to vote if this if this 301 00:38:47,870 --> 00:38:54,920 were to pass yes thank you I reckon for the board statement I recognize the 302 00:38:54,920 --> 00:39:01,550 youth observers at the pro mic my name is Bailey saddle Meyer I am a member of 303 00:39:01,550 --> 00:39:05,960 the First Unitarian Church in Providence and I will be reading the board 304 00:39:05,960 --> 00:39:11,930 statement the proposed bylaw amendments which have been most closely formulated 305 00:39:11,930 --> 00:39:17,570 by Tanner Linden and Bailey Saddlemire in the past fiscal year include changes 306 00:39:17,570 --> 00:39:22,910 to five different sections these amendments will give the youth observers 307 00:39:22,910 --> 00:39:28,130 the opportunity to become youth trustees by shifting the role of this position 308 00:39:28,130 --> 00:39:33,460 the youth trustees would now be elected through the nominating committee in 309 00:39:33,460 --> 00:39:39,410 addition there will be a set term limit for youth trustees as they may only 310 00:39:39,410 --> 00:39:45,440 serve that two-year role once but afterwards may serve two other full 311 00:39:45,440 --> 00:39:51,320 terms on the board as a trustee at large the most important aspect of these 312 00:39:51,320 --> 00:39:56,120 proposed bylaw amendments is that the youth members of the board would be 313 00:39:56,120 --> 00:40:03,200 given an official vote they do not currently possess that power thank you I 314 00:40:03,200 --> 00:40:06,650 recognize the delegate at the concern microphone 315 00:40:06,650 --> 00:40:11,720 Christina hobby from the Unitarian Church of Evanston I am for youth 316 00:40:11,720 --> 00:40:17,540 trustees but I am NOT for the fact that this neglects the ability for 16 17 and 317 00:40:17,540 --> 00:40:23,330 18 year olds because they have to come their term by high school age this means 318 00:40:23,330 --> 00:40:27,560 it cannot be elected in this league means that older youth who may have not 319 00:40:27,560 --> 00:40:34,220 made this decision to run are not being able to so as an inclusive community we 320 00:40:34,220 --> 00:40:39,500 are neglecting to include the older youth thank you I recognize the delegate 321 00:40:39,500 --> 00:40:49,910 at the hello my name is Rory anima cannon and I attend a you Church of 322 00:40:49,910 --> 00:40:54,170 Medford Massachusetts and this is Julia Landis who is a member at Thomas 323 00:40:54,170 --> 00:40:59,150 Jefferson Memorial Church you you we are speaking on behalf of the 2018 youth 324 00:40:59,150 --> 00:41:06,140 caucus Wyatt GA current former and uncommon youth trustees and observers as 325 00:41:06,140 --> 00:41:10,730 well as former youth the board should represent the entire community of 326 00:41:10,730 --> 00:41:16,010 Unitarian Universalism this community includes a large proportion of youth who 327 00:41:16,010 --> 00:41:21,860 are strong passionate and powerful as youth we believe it is our right to have 328 00:41:21,860 --> 00:41:26,150 a vote in the largest governing body of our association for it is important to 329 00:41:26,150 --> 00:41:30,350 have our opinions included every single person has a different perspective on 330 00:41:30,350 --> 00:41:33,860 the world and while every perspective is different there are similarities 331 00:41:33,860 --> 00:41:39,230 depending on their culture age background etc the board is missing the 332 00:41:39,230 --> 00:41:45,380 perspective of the youth by changing the youth observer position to a youth 333 00:41:45,380 --> 00:41:49,400 trustee we are committing ourselves to upholding the inherent Worth and dignity 334 00:41:49,400 --> 00:41:55,270 of every dedicated individual currently the youth observers have the same 335 00:41:55,270 --> 00:42:01,190 responsibilities as all the trustees at large but do not have an official vote 336 00:42:01,190 --> 00:42:08,270 this means the youth are being listened to but never truly heard as the upcoming 337 00:42:08,270 --> 00:42:14,030 generation we are the present and the future of this faith if we are not 338 00:42:14,030 --> 00:42:19,700 trusted now with the responsibility of a vote we will never be prepared to move 339 00:42:19,700 --> 00:42:27,020 our community forward we are graying we are divided and this vote is one step 340 00:42:27,020 --> 00:42:31,200 toward a more liberal and unified future for unitarian 341 00:42:31,200 --> 00:42:40,800 universalism thank you I recognize the delegate at the concern 342 00:42:40,800 --> 00:42:47,040 microphone robert van from westside uu in Fort Worth Texas 343 00:42:47,040 --> 00:42:55,080 I commend the board for including youth on the board I spent the past part of 344 00:42:55,080 --> 00:43:00,960 the past year at my church enabling and encouraging passing the 345 00:43:00,960 --> 00:43:06,800 bylaws that enable and encourage the inclusion of a youth on our board 346 00:43:06,800 --> 00:43:12,450 however I think this particular the way this particular bylaw is written is 347 00:43:12,450 --> 00:43:20,130 still flawed and the first thing is I think that having two youth on this 348 00:43:20,130 --> 00:43:27,420 smaller board with their particular outlook I think is including to making 349 00:43:27,420 --> 00:43:33,530 it making it given them too powerful a vote on the board my second point I 350 00:43:33,530 --> 00:43:38,850 think you've probably answered in that you there there's our legal problems 351 00:43:38,850 --> 00:43:44,430 with the youth being able to vote I would include that in the bylaw limiting 352 00:43:44,430 --> 00:43:50,780 the vote rather than in a policy matter which can be easily changed I think that 353 00:43:50,780 --> 00:43:57,000 because of legal ramifications that there should be a limit the third thing 354 00:43:57,000 --> 00:44:02,970 is Bailey herself had pointed out in her earlier presentation to us how difficult 355 00:44:02,970 --> 00:44:07,440 this has been for her how and how much she's learned and how much she's been 356 00:44:07,440 --> 00:44:11,700 able to do but how much she's been she's been hurt in her high school how much 357 00:44:11,700 --> 00:44:17,040 she's left out of many of the things that are going on with her school so I I 358 00:44:17,040 --> 00:44:26,280 think that limiting the term to one year would be much better giving these the 359 00:44:26,280 --> 00:44:30,810 students than a chance to do something else for another year and when they're 360 00:44:30,810 --> 00:44:35,430 are going up before a college board I'm not sure exactly what the college boards 361 00:44:35,430 --> 00:44:39,630 are looking for now but generally speaking I what I understand is they're 362 00:44:39,630 --> 00:44:43,660 looking for multiple different types of activities in the 363 00:44:43,660 --> 00:44:51,010 community and if these students do one year in the community all right I 364 00:44:51,010 --> 00:44:56,830 recognize the off-site delegate at the procedural microphone are we ready up 365 00:44:56,830 --> 00:45:03,670 site delegate procedural mic okay we were not I recognize the other 366 00:45:03,670 --> 00:45:07,110 delegate at the procedural microphone 367 00:45:08,940 --> 00:45:13,930 I'd like it clarify or Daniel from the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist 368 00:45:13,930 --> 00:45:17,470 Society I have a question about clarifying the rules 369 00:45:17,470 --> 00:45:22,180 since a motion to call the question is in order as I recall after seven minutes 370 00:45:22,180 --> 00:45:25,840 depending on other conditions and since a motion to call the question is non 371 00:45:25,840 --> 00:45:32,260 debatable I want to be clear that doing that before 15 minutes of debate have 372 00:45:32,260 --> 00:45:37,210 elapsed precludes the opportunity of making any amendments to the amendment 373 00:45:37,210 --> 00:45:40,570 correct so a vote to call the question who's 374 00:45:40,570 --> 00:45:45,210 also a vote to have no amendments correct thank you 375 00:45:49,560 --> 00:45:52,500 I recognize the delegate at the procedural microphone 376 00:45:52,500 --> 00:45:57,510 I'm aja Hauser I'm a delegate for a church of the larger fellowship I would 377 00:45:57,510 --> 00:46:02,520 like to thank you I would like to remind folks coming up to mics please don't 378 00:46:02,520 --> 00:46:06,150 speak for other people people can speak for themselves don't name other people 379 00:46:06,150 --> 00:46:18,090 and speak for them thank you I'm going to recognize the off-site delegate at 380 00:46:18,090 --> 00:46:26,280 the pro microphone I'm speaking for Joseph Barker uu Church of the South 381 00:46:26,280 --> 00:46:31,200 Hills Pittsburgh we need to support this amendment and take advantage of the 382 00:46:31,200 --> 00:46:38,460 value talents I'd end ideas of our incredible youth okay thank you I 383 00:46:38,460 --> 00:46:42,780 recognize the delegate the concern microphone my name is patty Potter I'm a 384 00:46:42,780 --> 00:46:48,660 member of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Fresno California and I just 385 00:46:48,660 --> 00:46:53,730 wanted to point out that this is age discrimination the same way there can be 386 00:46:53,730 --> 00:46:59,840 h discrimination of people of my age and older this is discrimination based on 387 00:46:59,840 --> 00:47:05,280 people of high school age that a more appropriate way to do it would be to 388 00:47:05,280 --> 00:47:10,400 change the culture within our congregations because youth can be 389 00:47:10,400 --> 00:47:16,620 delegates already so I'm encouraging that and saying that it's not 390 00:47:16,620 --> 00:47:24,450 appropriate for a bylaws I recognize the delegate at the procedural microphone 391 00:47:24,450 --> 00:47:29,990 hi I'm Reverend Nina gray and I'm the minister of merida at first human 392 00:47:29,990 --> 00:47:38,190 society of chicago and the question i have i want a clarification did you say 393 00:47:38,190 --> 00:47:47,990 that if a person is say 17 years old but in college that they are excluded yes i 394 00:47:47,990 --> 00:47:52,570 would like to get some clarification on why that would be 395 00:47:52,570 --> 00:47:59,590 because they are of of high school age but happened to be really smart to 396 00:47:59,590 --> 00:48:04,130 answer that question I am going to ask Bart Frost director of 397 00:48:04,130 --> 00:48:08,120 the youth young adults at the UUA to answer at the amendment microphone and 398 00:48:08,120 --> 00:48:13,220 kids recognize Bart Frost at the amendment microphone Bart frost director 399 00:48:13,220 --> 00:48:17,110 of youth and young adult ministries at our Unitarian Universalist Association 400 00:48:17,110 --> 00:48:23,030 so within our uu a we are focused within the office of youth and young adult 401 00:48:23,030 --> 00:48:27,440 ministries are focused on two areas of lifespan faith development youth and 402 00:48:27,440 --> 00:48:33,950 young adults and by having a focus on 14 to 18 year olds or youth as we define 403 00:48:33,950 --> 00:48:39,140 them high school aged as Greg thank you define for y'all that allows us to 404 00:48:39,140 --> 00:48:44,720 really focus in now we know that our young people are in a very wide range of 405 00:48:44,720 --> 00:48:49,460 educational opportunities but when a young person moves off into university 406 00:48:49,460 --> 00:48:54,380 or out of the high school age their community they're they're entering into 407 00:48:54,380 --> 00:48:59,390 a new developmental stage and that new developmental stage is what we term 408 00:48:59,390 --> 00:49:03,800 emerging adult which comes out of academia and in that stage they need 409 00:49:03,800 --> 00:49:08,680 they have different needs and and different wants and that is how we help 410 00:49:08,680 --> 00:49:15,140 serve and minister to them and so 7 a 17 year old in college is considered 411 00:49:15,140 --> 00:49:20,720 actually would be considered a young adult but still a minor it is some you 412 00:49:20,720 --> 00:49:26,690 know it's it's complicated and it does and has worked well for us so far and I 413 00:49:26,690 --> 00:49:31,220 also note that a 17 year old who's in college could run for trustee through 414 00:49:31,220 --> 00:49:37,610 our normal processes I recognize the delegate at the pro microphone I am 415 00:49:37,610 --> 00:49:42,610 Larry Ladd a delegate from the uu congregation in Falmouth Massachusetts 416 00:49:42,610 --> 00:49:52,180 the first time I was a delegate was 1969 the first year we had a youth caucus 417 00:49:54,369 --> 00:50:03,790 that year we youth ran a candidate for the UUA board and that candidate lost a 418 00:50:03,790 --> 00:50:13,520 youth would not run again or be elected until 2003 after the General Assembly 419 00:50:13,520 --> 00:50:19,849 had created a Youth trustee position that successful candidate who stands 420 00:50:19,849 --> 00:50:25,580 behind beside me and each candidate since many of whom stand beside me and 421 00:50:25,580 --> 00:50:32,060 behind me have contained continued to be strong leaders within our faith 422 00:50:32,060 --> 00:50:40,210 community in 2013 the youth trustee position disappeared 423 00:50:40,210 --> 00:50:48,440 as an afterthought in an otherwise transformational governance change the 424 00:50:48,440 --> 00:50:54,770 elimination of district trustees and reduction in board size has resulted in 425 00:50:54,770 --> 00:51:01,460 a more diverse and innovative board but the at-large elections that enhanced 426 00:51:01,460 --> 00:51:10,030 racial gender and age diversity has failed to reach below the age of 28 427 00:51:10,030 --> 00:51:17,450 despite the best of intentions to honor nineteen sixty nine to cast a more 428 00:51:17,450 --> 00:51:22,720 expansive vision let us fix it 429 00:51:26,230 --> 00:51:32,680 I recognize the delegate of the concern microphone good morning my name is 430 00:51:32,680 --> 00:51:35,890 Reverend Joe cherry I'm a delegate from the Unitarian universal Society of 431 00:51:35,890 --> 00:51:41,320 Cleveland and I come to you today as chair of the nominating committee and 432 00:51:41,320 --> 00:51:48,010 I'm talking to the next chair on phone our concern my concern is in recruiting 433 00:51:48,010 --> 00:51:55,000 and sharing of data of minors so I don't oppose this I'm just asking my concern 434 00:51:55,000 --> 00:52:02,140 is for guidance from the board about how to share data of minors safely and so we 435 00:52:02,140 --> 00:52:08,740 would like if this passes some help with that well her and I think we at the UA 436 00:52:08,740 --> 00:52:11,200 will certainly partner with the nominating committee and doing that me a 437 00:52:11,200 --> 00:52:15,490 thumbs up from our CEO so yes I recognize the delegate the procedural 438 00:52:15,490 --> 00:52:19,900 microphone Orlando Montoya a Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah I would 439 00:52:19,900 --> 00:52:22,660 like to call the question all right motion to call the question 440 00:52:22,660 --> 00:52:28,000 it's not debatable so get your voting cards ready if you would like to call 441 00:52:28,000 --> 00:52:32,790 the question and move directly to a vote please raise your voting card 442 00:52:43,060 --> 00:52:46,720 thank you you can put them down if you would not like to call the question and 443 00:52:46,720 --> 00:52:58,420 keep hearing debate please raise your voting cards off-site votes all right 444 00:52:58,420 --> 00:53:04,980 the question has been called all those in favor of the amendment on youth 445 00:53:04,980 --> 00:53:12,270 trustee as amended in the mini-assembly please raise your voting card 446 00:53:20,910 --> 00:53:29,250 okay thank you all those opposed please release your voting card in our off-site 447 00:53:29,250 --> 00:53:32,090 votes please 448 00:53:38,390 --> 00:53:41,800 the motion clearly passes 449 00:53:57,380 --> 00:54:01,770 and before before I give up this podium I recognize the delegate at the 450 00:54:01,770 --> 00:54:07,380 procedural microphone moderator I ask for a point of personal privilege my 451 00:54:07,380 --> 00:54:11,190 name is the Reverend dear kamenetsky I serve our congregation as a part of the 452 00:54:11,190 --> 00:54:14,730 ministry team at the Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church I also serve as vice 453 00:54:14,730 --> 00:54:18,300 president of the Unitarian Universalist ministers Association Board of Trustees 454 00:54:18,300 --> 00:54:21,600 and on behalf of the ministers Association we would like to be the 455 00:54:21,600 --> 00:54:25,830 first of our professional organizations to welcome the youth trustees back to 456 00:54:25,830 --> 00:54:28,550 their voting status 457 00:54:38,490 --> 00:54:43,109 thank you and we are proud to be the first professional organization to 458 00:54:43,109 --> 00:54:50,940 welcome our new religious educator colleagues to delegate status Thank You 459 00:54:50,940 --> 00:54:59,460 moderator I believe that was well received thank you there's a lot of 460 00:54:59,460 --> 00:55:05,240 excitement in the house and hey Leon 461 00:55:07,820 --> 00:55:13,500 there's a song that we could just a quick song that would give us an 462 00:55:13,500 --> 00:55:18,540 opportunity to enjoy the celebration and also begin to settle back down into the 463 00:55:18,540 --> 00:55:29,810 rest of our business it's probably better that way that you can't hear me I 464 00:55:29,810 --> 00:55:36,060 have this one that we don't sing very much here at GA but I would like to 465 00:55:36,060 --> 00:55:42,750 invite everyone to rise in body and spirit and join me in singing I wish I 466 00:55:42,750 --> 00:55:50,450 knew how -- one two three 467 00:55:51,200 --> 00:56:01,640 oh that's right different patch there you go see it usually because sometimes 468 00:56:01,640 --> 00:56:09,760 not pretty here we go there we go 469 00:56:17,760 --> 00:56:25,220 here we go I wish I knew it would feel to be free 470 00:56:25,860 --> 00:56:33,640 I wish I could break all these chains holding me 471 00:56:33,640 --> 00:56:43,360 I wish I could say all the things I could say 472 00:56:43,360 --> 00:56:58,300 say em loud say em clear for the whole world to hear 473 00:56:59,920 --> 00:57:06,640 I wish I could share All the love that's in my heart 474 00:57:06,640 --> 00:57:13,500 Remove all the bars That keep us apart 475 00:57:13,800 --> 00:57:21,680 I wish you could know What it means to be me 476 00:57:21,680 --> 00:57:37,860 Then you'd see and agree That every one should be free 477 00:57:37,860 --> 00:57:45,260 I wish I could give All I'm longin' to give 478 00:57:45,260 --> 00:57:52,980 I wish I could live Like I'm longin' to live 479 00:57:52,980 --> 00:58:00,020 I wish I could do All the things that I can do 480 00:58:00,020 --> 00:58:15,560 Though I'm way overdue I'd be starting anew. 481 00:58:16,140 --> 00:58:33,040 I wish I could be like a bird in the sky How sweet it would be If I found I could fly 482 00:58:33,560 --> 00:58:43,300 I'd soar to the sun And look down at the sea 483 00:58:43,860 --> 00:58:59,060 And I sing 'cause I know How it feels to be free 484 00:58:59,900 --> 00:59:07,280 ah Thank You GA! beautiful singing 485 00:59:16,869 --> 00:59:25,339 let's call brain the big book I have to move my mother would get mad okay so 486 00:59:25,339 --> 00:59:29,950 it's now time for axis of immediate witness in accordance with section of 487 00:59:29,950 --> 00:59:37,700 4.16 - C ( 3 ) of the bylaws the conventional social witness should 488 00:59:37,700 --> 00:59:41,690 submit submit up to six proposed actions of immediate witness that meet the 489 00:59:41,690 --> 00:59:46,099 published criteria to the agenda of the General Assembly for possible admission 490 00:59:46,099 --> 00:59:50,180 to the General Assembly's agenda after this chair of the commission of social 491 00:59:50,180 --> 00:59:54,799 witness submits those issues the proposer of each will have two minutes 492 00:59:54,799 --> 00:59:58,700 to describe the issue and please if you're going to do that please go to the 493 00:59:58,700 --> 01:00:04,729 pro mic then delegates may vote for up to three issues that they would like to 494 01:00:04,729 --> 01:00:08,599 place on the final agenda for consideration tomorrow delegates will 495 01:00:08,599 --> 01:00:13,430 indicate their choices using this dub on the bottom of their voting card please 496 01:00:13,430 --> 01:00:17,180 clearly mark up to three choices so if you put your voting card away 497 01:00:17,180 --> 01:00:21,229 you've immediately a ballot contains more than three choices it will be 498 01:00:21,229 --> 01:00:25,400 discarded let me say this one more time if a ballot contains more than three 499 01:00:25,400 --> 01:00:31,329 choices it will be discarded how many choice is going to contain three okay 500 01:00:31,329 --> 01:00:36,049 after you mark your ballot please tear off the mark stub and pass it to your 501 01:00:36,049 --> 01:00:44,180 right which way are we passing this time right for the tellers to collect Susan 502 01:00:44,180 --> 01:00:48,519 getler does the Commission have proposals 503 01:00:55,190 --> 01:01:01,220 thank you based on the published criteria and I will ask the tech tech if 504 01:01:01,220 --> 01:01:09,800 they can pull up the criteria the slide we have identified six actions the 505 01:01:09,800 --> 01:01:15,920 proposed actions of immediate witness for consideration by this body I have a 506 01:01:15,920 --> 01:01:24,290 confession to make the those of you that received the CSW alert on as an email 507 01:01:24,290 --> 01:01:28,220 this morning on so you would have had to download it before you come in here 508 01:01:28,220 --> 01:01:32,110 while you still have access that is correct 509 01:01:32,110 --> 01:01:37,820 unfortunately the version of the CSW alert that those of you that picked up a 510 01:01:37,820 --> 01:01:44,540 paper copy have is incorrect so before you mark your ballot please be 511 01:01:44,540 --> 01:01:51,500 sure that you get the right letter so if you'll pull up the next slide and then 512 01:01:51,500 --> 01:01:58,310 when it's time to vote we will leave that slide up so these are the ones that 513 01:01:58,310 --> 01:02:04,400 there were eight submitted there were we we as the Commission based on the bylaws 514 01:02:04,400 --> 01:02:10,040 have to reduce it to six for your consideration we did that last night 515 01:02:10,040 --> 01:02:17,360 but unfortunately all eight got in the printed version so the numbers on the 516 01:02:17,360 --> 01:02:26,030 printed version the letters are not correct for the six that remain so as we 517 01:02:26,030 --> 01:02:32,060 go through we will ask the proposers of each of the six that were we're 518 01:02:32,060 --> 01:02:42,530 submitting to do that so the ones that we will be submitting are proposed aiw A 519 01:02:42,530 --> 01:02:48,580 and family separation and detention of asylum seekers and abolished ice 520 01:02:48,580 --> 01:02:58,130 proposed aiw B and Israeli military detention of Palestinian children a IWC 521 01:02:58,130 --> 01:03:04,310 and prisons for profit dismantled predatory medical care practices in 522 01:03:04,310 --> 01:03:09,800 prisons proposed aiw D join the Poor People's 523 01:03:09,800 --> 01:03:18,920 Campaign proposed aiw E a moral response to the March for our lives and proposed 524 01:03:18,920 --> 01:03:28,610 aiw F we are all related solidarity now with an indigenous water protectors so 525 01:03:28,610 --> 01:03:33,110 before we get started I want to say something so we on the board and this 526 01:03:33,110 --> 01:03:37,790 mission of social witness understand and we're trying to fix you'll get to see 527 01:03:37,790 --> 01:03:40,280 the bylaw change later and then you'll see following tables later 528 01:03:40,280 --> 01:03:44,720 we're not saying that the six that are up here that any of them are 529 01:03:44,720 --> 01:03:49,610 not worthy of support does that make sense right now we have a system that is 530 01:03:49,610 --> 01:03:55,190 setting things against each other and it's slightly flawed do people 531 01:03:55,190 --> 01:03:59,090 understand why it's slightly flawed okay so I just want to say that so when 532 01:03:59,090 --> 01:04:03,050 you're voting we understand that we're that we're in this is where we're 533 01:04:03,050 --> 01:04:06,740 constrained by right now but we're trying to get to a different place I 534 01:04:06,740 --> 01:04:09,680 just want to say that so people don't feel really hurt that when they're if 535 01:04:09,680 --> 01:04:16,450 you're E&C wasn't voted on all right is there a procedural question I 536 01:04:16,450 --> 01:04:20,510 recognize the delegate at the procedure mic it's Heather Cleland host I'm the 537 01:04:20,510 --> 01:04:25,730 delegate for immunity of fellowship of Midland I had a question regarding to 538 01:04:25,730 --> 01:04:30,380 the fact that the paper copy we had some that were renumber I was wondering if we 539 01:04:30,380 --> 01:04:35,840 could to make it a little less confusing just go through like a is crossed off 540 01:04:35,840 --> 01:04:42,920 and then I think it's G is crossed off is that correct and then everything else 541 01:04:42,920 --> 01:04:47,900 is numbered in order ABCDE is that correct that's correct okay 542 01:04:47,900 --> 01:04:52,310 that's what I wanted to clarify thank you thank you I recognize the delegate 543 01:04:52,310 --> 01:04:58,610 at the pro microphone okay hello my name is Karen muñoz and I'm a delegate from 544 01:04:58,610 --> 01:05:03,740 the San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in San Marcos Texas I'm 545 01:05:03,740 --> 01:05:08,660 speaking on behalf of Aiwa and family separation and detention of asylum 546 01:05:08,660 --> 01:05:13,820 seekers and abolish ice this AIW was created in a collaborative process that 547 01:05:13,820 --> 01:05:18,570 included you rise and uu immigration activists including young adults 548 01:05:18,570 --> 01:05:24,150 seeking asylum is a human right taking children by force with no plan to 549 01:05:24,150 --> 01:05:29,910 reunite them with their families has a name kidnapping ice Immigration and 550 01:05:29,910 --> 01:05:34,050 Customs Enforcement was only created in 2003 and is the federal government's 551 01:05:34,050 --> 01:05:39,150 military force in the criminalization of black and brown people as you use we are 552 01:05:39,150 --> 01:05:43,320 called to awareness of our interconnectedness we are connected to 553 01:05:43,320 --> 01:05:48,240 our neighbors and our connection is not broken by any nations border we are 554 01:05:48,240 --> 01:05:53,010 connected with the nearly 3000 children from whom ice has been has ripped from 555 01:05:53,010 --> 01:05:57,960 their families in the last six weeks alone we are connected every moment with 556 01:05:57,960 --> 01:06:01,830 those precious babies when they are refused the comfort of a hug and are 557 01:06:01,830 --> 01:06:06,480 sent to detention the zero tolerance policy of detaining 558 01:06:06,480 --> 01:06:10,800 every asylum seeker who presents themselves legally at our border is a 559 01:06:10,800 --> 01:06:15,240 new practice do not trust this administration's deflections ice 560 01:06:15,240 --> 01:06:19,800 racially profiles black and brown people they imprisoned traumatized people they 561 01:06:19,800 --> 01:06:23,850 separate and detain families they punished the very people fleeing the 562 01:06:23,850 --> 01:06:27,900 consequences of u.s. foreign policy in their own countries and now they're 563 01:06:27,900 --> 01:06:34,620 locking toddlers in cages this is an urgent crisis we the UUA are all called 564 01:06:34,620 --> 01:06:40,260 to add our voice to immigrant led groups who seek an end to family separation the 565 01:06:40,260 --> 01:06:43,380 detention of asylum seekers and all others pursuing a better life for 566 01:06:43,380 --> 01:06:48,870 themselves or their family and the abolition of ice join me in supporting a 567 01:06:48,870 --> 01:06:59,340 iw8 thank you I recognize the delegate at the pro mic my name is Curtis Bell 568 01:06:59,340 --> 01:07:04,260 I'm a delegate from First Unitarian Church in Portland Oregon I'm also 569 01:07:04,260 --> 01:07:09,570 president of Unitarian Universalists for justice in the Middle East and I'm here 570 01:07:09,570 --> 01:07:15,780 to speak in favor of our AIW ending end Israeli military detention of 571 01:07:15,780 --> 01:07:20,970 Palestinian children the whole country has been deeply disturbed over the last 572 01:07:20,970 --> 01:07:25,230 two weeks by the forced separation of migrant children from their parents at 573 01:07:25,230 --> 01:07:30,030 our southern border as we've just heard something similar has been going on for 574 01:07:30,030 --> 01:07:34,140 decades in Palestine is we're Palestinian children as young as 575 01:07:34,140 --> 01:07:38,190 11 are pulled from their homes in the middle of the night by armed soldiers 576 01:07:38,190 --> 01:07:44,430 and subjected to physical and mental abuse threats lack of water or lack of 577 01:07:44,430 --> 01:07:50,880 bathroom facilities forced confessions and wrong periods of detention the 578 01:07:50,880 --> 01:07:56,310 abuses are systematic and well documented by international and Israeli 579 01:07:56,310 --> 01:08:00,960 human rights organizations including the United Nations and our own State 580 01:08:00,960 --> 01:08:06,869 Department even our US State Department says that the abuse is really amount to 581 01:08:06,869 --> 01:08:12,570 torture the abuses of children in Palestine as at our southern border are 582 01:08:12,570 --> 01:08:18,870 a form of collective punishment designed to create fear and passivity in a 583 01:08:18,870 --> 01:08:28,219 population in both places to the abuses our undergirded by a ideology of racism 584 01:08:28,219 --> 01:08:33,690 the action of immediate witness that we are proposing calls on you used to help 585 01:08:33,690 --> 01:08:38,310 end the mistreatment of Palestinian children the Presbyterians in the United 586 01:08:38,310 --> 01:08:43,380 Church of Christ and the Mennonites have already passed such resolutions were 587 01:08:43,380 --> 01:08:48,540 joined in this effort by members of the US Congress who have introduced a bill 588 01:08:48,540 --> 01:08:54,359 promoting human rights by ending Israeli military detention of Palestinian 589 01:08:54,359 --> 01:09:00,150 children Act the bill is intended to end US complicity in the abuse of 590 01:09:00,150 --> 01:09:05,040 Palestinian children through our military aid the rights of children to 591 01:09:05,040 --> 01:09:09,719 safety and nurturance are universal we support those rights here we must all 592 01:09:09,719 --> 01:09:12,739 thank you and with them there 593 01:09:22,200 --> 01:09:28,980 I recognize the delegate at the pro mic hello my name is Mandy go Hien and I am 594 01:09:28,980 --> 01:09:33,480 a delegate for the Church of the larger fellowship I'm also the director of 595 01:09:33,480 --> 01:09:41,970 prison ministry there and I bring you a IWC and prisons for profit dismantle 596 01:09:41,970 --> 01:09:49,830 predatory medical practices in prisons we wrote our over 700 over 871 members 597 01:09:49,830 --> 01:09:53,070 and asked them what their primary justice issue they wanted us to bring 598 01:09:53,070 --> 01:09:58,530 here to you to General Assembly and they told us the cost of medical care was 599 01:09:58,530 --> 01:10:03,570 inhibiting them from leaving prison because it got tacked on to their bills 600 01:10:03,570 --> 01:10:09,420 before they could be paroled they told us that people are dying and sick 601 01:10:09,420 --> 01:10:15,330 because they lack access to medical care we found out that we are in violation of 602 01:10:15,330 --> 01:10:19,470 the UN agreement of mandatory minimum treatment of prisoners in the United 603 01:10:19,470 --> 01:10:26,520 States and that people are being charged as much as $100 for access to medical 604 01:10:26,520 --> 01:10:34,020 care and making as little as 16 cents an hour people who want to buy things in 605 01:10:34,020 --> 01:10:40,290 their commissariat their prison cannot do so because the bill is tacked to the 606 01:10:40,290 --> 01:10:43,740 front of their commissary account they're unable to afford things like 607 01:10:43,740 --> 01:10:48,990 cough drops and socks and underwear and everyday medical needs like Tylenol like 608 01:10:48,990 --> 01:10:54,660 things we take for granted that we can just go to the store and buy these folks 609 01:10:54,660 --> 01:10:59,250 our Unitarian Universalists living in incarceration all across the country a 610 01:10:59,250 --> 01:11:04,700 system of insidious white supremacy that wants them to stay in poverty 611 01:11:04,700 --> 01:11:11,700 wants them to stay in a place where they cannot succeed and we as their church as 612 01:11:11,700 --> 01:11:19,560 their body have a responsibility to recognize them and say I see you I know 613 01:11:19,560 --> 01:11:25,170 your pain we are here for you and we're ready to stand behind you and help you 614 01:11:25,170 --> 01:11:29,520 get access to medical care thank you thank you 615 01:11:29,520 --> 01:11:37,380 I recognize the delegate at the pro mic I am Nick Burkhardt for the salt water 616 01:11:37,380 --> 01:11:44,520 uu Church in Des Moines Washington that's near Seattle here to support the 617 01:11:44,520 --> 01:11:48,480 Poor People's Campaign the UUA has already joined the Poor People's 618 01:11:48,480 --> 01:11:54,600 Campaign in fact the big action is happening in DC as we speak but has your 619 01:11:54,600 --> 01:11:59,220 congregation joined this action of immediate witness asked 620 01:11:59,220 --> 01:12:05,430 you to help boost uu participation and networking across the country why the 621 01:12:05,430 --> 01:12:10,530 Poor People's Campaign because it is a broad faith-based movement that revives 622 01:12:10,530 --> 01:12:16,620 the best of our heritage Martin Luther King jr. started it back in 1967 to 623 01:12:16,620 --> 01:12:23,010 focus on the least among us generating unity across lines of division to be 624 01:12:23,010 --> 01:12:28,050 rooted in the economic realities of class now the Reverend William barber is 625 01:12:28,050 --> 01:12:32,340 leading his revival it is a perfect match for our second new principal 626 01:12:32,340 --> 01:12:37,680 justice equity and compassion in human relations the subtitle is a call to 627 01:12:37,680 --> 01:12:43,050 moral revival recognizing that the crisis of our society derives from deep 628 01:12:43,050 --> 01:12:48,480 moral failure even as we witness triumphs of Technology and wealth it is 629 01:12:48,480 --> 01:12:52,860 simply that personal and class interests are triumphing over the public interests 630 01:12:52,860 --> 01:12:58,080 and the welfare of future generations and it is getting worse social divisions 631 01:12:58,080 --> 01:13:02,180 are being magnified to create political gridlock the Poor People's Campaign 632 01:13:02,180 --> 01:13:07,710 invites us to come out of our silos of advocacy and join hands for the common 633 01:13:07,710 --> 01:13:12,570 good to ask the deep questions about poverty and homelessness mass 634 01:13:12,570 --> 01:13:18,000 incarceration and the two-tier legal system the opioid crisis and unexpected 635 01:13:18,000 --> 01:13:23,250 rising death rates exploding student debt the failures of empire mass 636 01:13:23,250 --> 01:13:29,250 shootings and more even as the affluent posture as never before we must get back 637 01:13:29,250 --> 01:13:34,080 to the moral fundamentals of all great religions to rebuild our corrupt 638 01:13:34,080 --> 01:13:39,960 institutions before they bury us we must build an uprising from the bottom thank 639 01:13:39,960 --> 01:13:51,810 thank you I recognize the delegate at the pro mic hi my name is Pablo Davos 640 01:13:51,810 --> 01:13:58,010 deke and I attend the Unitarian society of New Haven we as the 2018 youth caucus 641 01:13:58,010 --> 01:14:03,510 support a moral sponsz to the march for our lives because we are in solidarity 642 01:14:03,510 --> 01:14:07,740 with the youth siblings of our generations organizing against gun 643 01:14:07,740 --> 01:14:12,210 violence we need to know that we have a wider community that is willing to 644 01:14:12,210 --> 01:14:17,430 support us we know that it is vital to support those affected by gun violence 645 01:14:17,430 --> 01:14:22,770 and though and to defend those who are vulnerable to it and prevent further gun 646 01:14:22,770 --> 01:14:30,000 violence we must have clarity on all on our call to put restrictions on guns as 647 01:14:30,000 --> 01:14:35,150 we call for a modern understanding and interpretation of the Second Amendment 648 01:14:35,150 --> 01:14:40,230 these are our lives that are at stake these are friends lives that are at 649 01:14:40,230 --> 01:14:55,290 stake and this is the future and we need your help thank you are we ready 650 01:14:55,290 --> 01:15:06,600 I hope so cuz it's time I recognize the delegate at the pro mic sigh oh my name 651 01:15:06,600 --> 01:15:12,090 is Alana Walker and I come from First Unitarian society of Milwaukee and I am 652 01:15:12,090 --> 01:15:15,770 one of your thrive youth coordinators I 653 01:15:16,250 --> 01:15:22,020 am here to speak on behalf of my family and drum my family is those who have 654 01:15:22,020 --> 01:15:27,240 tried to protect this earth tirelessly these water protectors have done work to 655 01:15:27,240 --> 01:15:31,260 keep us safe and on this beloved earth and theirs and deserve the well-meaning 656 01:15:31,260 --> 01:15:36,420 care of a family member while facing upcoming trials to this I say I'm 657 01:15:36,420 --> 01:15:41,480 calling you to please support my family in IWF 658 01:15:45,270 --> 01:15:50,199 my name is Karen van Fossen I administer at our Bismarck uu congregation the 659 01:15:50,199 --> 01:15:55,120 closest uu congregation to Standing Rock before the camps at Standing Rock were 660 01:15:55,120 --> 01:15:59,770 forcibly evacuated you use across this land knew what solidarity looked like 661 01:15:59,770 --> 01:16:05,320 you showed up we showed up with our bodies our resources and our prayers and 662 01:16:05,320 --> 01:16:10,630 we were welcomed as relatives this action of immediate witness that we 663 01:16:10,630 --> 01:16:15,760 propose to you today was suggested approved and crafted with all water 664 01:16:15,760 --> 01:16:20,679 protectors who are currently facing federal imprisonment Littlefeather red 665 01:16:20,679 --> 01:16:25,960 fawn rattler and their loved ones actually expressed their gratitude to us 666 01:16:25,960 --> 01:16:32,260 for doing this this is how we can express our gratitude to them this 667 01:16:32,260 --> 01:16:38,699 action of immediate witness is just what relatives do 668 01:16:43,980 --> 01:16:53,860 so that of the native caucus a drum and we continue to support this a IWF which 669 01:16:53,860 --> 01:16:59,950 in solidarity with the water protectors it is important to understand that the 670 01:16:59,950 --> 01:17:05,980 prison that they will be going to prison if we don't continue to be in solidarity 671 01:17:05,980 --> 01:17:11,950 with them and it went that this solidarity must go on and on because 672 01:17:11,950 --> 01:17:15,510 this struggle has not ended 673 01:17:21,070 --> 01:17:26,120 my name is Ranma Hammami and I am an affiliated community minister with the 674 01:17:26,120 --> 01:17:30,530 Mount diabla Unitarian Universalist Church and president of drum I am 675 01:17:30,530 --> 01:17:39,370 speaking in support of the a IWF because this is a resolution that keeps us in 676 01:17:39,370 --> 01:17:43,969 commitment and community with a group of people that have been is doing this 677 01:17:43,969 --> 01:17:48,139 resilient struggle for centuries in addition Unitarian Universalism has a 678 01:17:48,139 --> 01:17:52,310 history of doing the one-and-done approach to justice let's move away from 679 01:17:52,310 --> 01:18:00,290 that with this resolution thank you so are you ready I recognize the delegate 680 01:18:00,290 --> 01:18:08,630 at the procedure mic I'm Randy Burnham from the Unitarian Church in Westport 681 01:18:08,630 --> 01:18:15,230 Connecticut and I have a procedural question which is could we suspend the 682 01:18:15,230 --> 01:18:22,670 rules so that all six could be accepted in the spirit of cooperation not having 683 01:18:22,670 --> 01:18:29,500 to I see the decent shaking there and now no we can't do that even if we vote 684 01:18:29,500 --> 01:18:35,480 so here we go the bylaw stair thing if you believe that all six of these are 685 01:18:35,480 --> 01:18:41,330 important raise your hand I want somewhere for somebody to mark that we 686 01:18:41,330 --> 01:18:45,770 actually believe all six of these are important because I agree they're all 687 01:18:45,770 --> 01:18:51,679 important alas we are constrained by our bylaws so when we get to the CSW bylaws 688 01:18:51,679 --> 01:18:57,760 process just remember this all right so 689 01:18:58,469 --> 01:19:05,379 I'm being very honest all right so here we go again it is time to pull out your 690 01:19:05,379 --> 01:19:12,669 cards does everyone have your card you need to vote on three can people put 691 01:19:12,669 --> 01:19:19,530 back up the order the you know talk about right the ABCDEF thank you 692 01:19:19,530 --> 01:19:25,059 please clearly mark three choices and then tear off your stub and pass it to 693 01:19:25,059 --> 01:19:31,679 the aisle to the right Leon can you join us please 694 01:19:44,139 --> 01:19:49,149 as research our consciences would you please join me in singing you may remain 695 01:19:49,149 --> 01:19:53,189 seated find a stillness 696 01:20:44,260 --> 01:20:49,410 I will find true 697 01:20:53,829 --> 01:21:15,369 see the essence the essence essence let me flower help me flower watch 698 01:21:18,739 --> 01:21:42,970 in the spirit by the spirit the spirit gave me power I will find 699 01:21:48,680 --> 01:21:57,810 so our people pass their things to the right so as far in the amazing Chuck 700 01:21:57,810 --> 01:22:00,560 Gaines come on 701 01:22:14,619 --> 01:22:18,699 so I invite my co-moderator barb grieve up to present the Distinguished Service 702 01:22:18,699 --> 01:22:21,090 Award 703 01:22:33,539 --> 01:22:39,900 well this is a great honor for those of you who don't know this fine Minister 704 01:22:39,900 --> 01:22:51,920 was the minister who dedicated me as a small child it's all his fault 705 01:22:52,520 --> 01:23:00,050 I have before you the Reverend dr. Charles Gaines Chuck your ministry has 706 01:23:00,050 --> 01:23:04,400 rippled out into the lives of many contemporary leaders in our religious 707 01:23:04,400 --> 01:23:09,560 movement your influence on the growth of our movement and the diversity of our 708 01:23:09,560 --> 01:23:14,720 professional religious leaders has largely gone without credit so let us 709 01:23:14,720 --> 01:23:19,840 take a moment here today to celebrate you and your dedicated work to our faith 710 01:23:19,840 --> 01:23:24,670 you were the last minister to be ordained as a Universalist minister in 711 01:23:24,670 --> 01:23:31,040 1961 that's before the consolidation of the Unitarians and the Universalist 712 01:23:31,040 --> 01:23:34,720 I heard some clapping you can do that 713 01:23:37,240 --> 01:23:41,390 throughout your ministry you have demonstrated the inclusive values of 714 01:23:41,390 --> 01:23:45,980 universalism and upheld the broader vision of a social gospel made manifest 715 01:23:45,980 --> 01:23:51,880 in our daily relationships our institutions and our work in the world 716 01:23:51,880 --> 01:23:56,330 you have ministered with congregations in Milford New Hampshire as well as 717 01:23:56,330 --> 01:24:02,450 Massachusetts congregations and Hardwick Framingham Cohasset Groton and actin you 718 01:24:02,450 --> 01:24:06,590 faithfully served on the staff of the Unitarian Universalist Association and 719 01:24:06,590 --> 01:24:11,630 consulted with hundreds of congregations will that turn about consultants during 720 01:24:11,630 --> 01:24:17,030 your time on the uua staff you visited 44 states and eight nations on behalf of 721 01:24:17,030 --> 01:24:22,370 our faith your ministry has been a beautiful blend of human centered 722 01:24:22,370 --> 01:24:29,060 relationships truth-telling and driving institutional change your justice 723 01:24:29,060 --> 01:24:33,830 activism has included direct street based activism such as answering the 724 01:24:33,830 --> 01:24:39,170 1965 call for clergy to join the march from Selma to Montgomery as well as 725 01:24:39,170 --> 01:24:41,530 choosing 726 01:24:43,540 --> 01:24:50,659 as well as choosing whenever possible to use your institutional power to 727 01:24:50,659 --> 01:24:54,889 deliberately seek out and empower those who experience barriers and 728 01:24:54,889 --> 01:25:00,170 marginalization at a time when there were few women in our ministry and even 729 01:25:00,170 --> 01:25:06,170 fewer serving in leadership roles at the UUA you were a consistent ally colleague 730 01:25:06,170 --> 01:25:11,059 and friend to those who were there while working while working to make space for 731 01:25:11,059 --> 01:25:15,429 those who are not yet in our places of power 732 01:25:20,809 --> 01:25:26,879 not one to mince words your passion for honesty and candor led you to address 733 01:25:26,879 --> 01:25:32,219 issues head-on which sometimes was not as appreciated as you might have hoped 734 01:25:32,219 --> 01:25:37,559 but nonetheless your analysis of our strengths and weaknesses of our movement 735 01:25:37,559 --> 01:25:41,959 and your willingness to name difficult truths have taught many about oppression 736 01:25:41,959 --> 01:25:48,059 privilege and what it means to be an ally in 1984 months before you were 737 01:25:48,059 --> 01:25:52,619 hired to serve at the UUA and because no one on staff was willing 738 01:25:52,619 --> 01:25:58,169 to attend you represented institutional Unitarian Universalism at the first 739 01:25:58,169 --> 01:26:05,449 gathering of bisexual gay lesbian and transgender uu ministers and students 740 01:26:11,040 --> 01:26:15,700 not long after that you were hired as the ministry supplement director of the 741 01:26:15,700 --> 01:26:19,810 UUA a position you held from 1984 to 1990 742 01:26:19,810 --> 01:26:25,000 and in which you boldly promoted women people of color and LGBTQ ministers for 743 01:26:25,000 --> 01:26:30,160 settlement in our congregations when you encountered resistance you introduced a 744 01:26:30,160 --> 01:26:34,180 programmatic response requiring congregations to examine and strive to 745 01:26:34,180 --> 01:26:39,120 overcome their own systemic and personal biases during the settlement process 746 01:26:39,120 --> 01:26:44,040 that response ceded the ground for a program we continue to use to this day 747 01:26:44,040 --> 01:26:54,700 called beyond categorical thinking your zealous advocacy was one of the key 748 01:26:54,700 --> 01:26:58,000 factors that paved the way for the diversity experience in our professional 749 01:26:58,000 --> 01:27:02,950 ministry today your Universalist passion for the growth of our religious movement 750 01:27:02,950 --> 01:27:07,780 was contagious inspiring and practical during your time as director of the 751 01:27:07,780 --> 01:27:11,860 Extension Department of the UUA you implemented a broad initiative that 752 01:27:11,860 --> 01:27:16,360 understood the work of extension and church growth to include not just the 753 01:27:16,360 --> 01:27:21,430 support of first-time ministry and congregations but a full spectrum of 754 01:27:21,430 --> 01:27:26,650 services for every congregation of every size from workshops and conferences to 755 01:27:26,650 --> 01:27:31,300 specific programs you made sure the congregations learned new approaches and 756 01:27:31,300 --> 01:27:36,670 found new resources among one another's demonstrated successes your sense of 757 01:27:36,670 --> 01:27:42,190 urgency letter led a vibrant period of the Extension ministry program and the 758 01:27:42,190 --> 01:27:46,030 most robust outreach and growth efforts since the days of the celebrated 759 01:27:46,030 --> 01:27:50,910 fellowship movement you were a champion of programming and resource distribution 760 01:27:50,910 --> 01:27:55,720 intended to help existing congregations realize their potential while planting 761 01:27:55,720 --> 01:28:01,420 new congregations wherever opportunities presented themselves you have been a 762 01:28:01,420 --> 01:28:07,210 champion a friend mentor role model Ally and minister to too many to count 763 01:28:07,210 --> 01:28:12,550 your love of our faith passion for justice and commitment to ever reforming 764 01:28:12,550 --> 01:28:18,430 our institutions is commendable we owe you a deep debt of gratitude for hel 765 01:28:18,430 --> 01:28:23,830 Unitarian Universalism grow when other denominations were waning and for 766 01:28:23,830 --> 01:28:27,550 inspiring a diversity among our religious professionals that helped to 767 01:28:27,550 --> 01:28:32,620 change who is in the conversation throughout your service you have given 768 01:28:32,620 --> 01:28:37,060 us some taste of a universalism that is realizable and modeled for us a 769 01:28:37,060 --> 01:28:43,900 Unitarian Universalism that can be so on this 23rd day of June in the year 2018 770 01:28:43,900 --> 01:28:48,160 we honor you by awarding you with the annual Award for distinguished service 771 01:28:48,160 --> 01:28:52,360 to the cause of Unitarian Universalism as presented by the Unitarian 772 01:28:52,360 --> 01:28:55,410 Universalist Association 773 01:29:13,250 --> 01:29:27,630 thank you I want to thank you so much for this honor at the same time I'm 774 01:29:27,630 --> 01:29:34,380 thinking of so many people who should be standing beside me I could not achieved 775 01:29:34,380 --> 01:29:38,940 whatever has been said without the encouragement the planning and the 776 01:29:38,940 --> 01:29:47,460 active support of so many of you this is the 57th year in ministry I was ordained 777 01:29:47,460 --> 01:29:52,650 as the last Universalist minister just two weeks before merger in a rural 778 01:29:52,650 --> 01:29:58,790 Church in Hardwick Massachusetts a place with more cows than people 779 01:29:58,790 --> 01:30:04,520 one aspect known in Universalist history is that we were Evangelos Evangelos 780 01:30:04,520 --> 01:30:12,660 means an enthusiastic advocate in the 19th century we were energized to expand 781 01:30:12,660 --> 01:30:18,480 our membership around 1850 we were one of the fastest-growing denominations in 782 01:30:18,480 --> 01:30:25,170 the nation my own evangelism perhaps stems from that during my ministry I 783 01:30:25,170 --> 01:30:29,730 have traveled to 44 states and eight countries on behalf of Unitarian 784 01:30:29,730 --> 01:30:36,180 Universalism I have met many friendly dedicated people and my own motto in 785 01:30:36,180 --> 01:30:42,210 ministry stems from all this it has taken from the words attributed to John 786 01:30:42,210 --> 01:30:47,550 Murray the founder of universalism in America when he said you may possess 787 01:30:47,550 --> 01:30:51,900 only a small light but uncover it in order to bring more light and 788 01:30:51,900 --> 01:30:58,110 understanding to the hearts and minds of men and women give them not hell but 789 01:30:58,110 --> 01:31:02,750 hope and courage so thank you 790 01:31:06,630 --> 01:31:13,380 thank you for this honor and may you also in your own heart and way be 791 01:31:13,380 --> 01:31:17,130 evangelists for our faith 792 01:31:26,800 --> 01:31:29,700 okay 793 01:31:56,340 --> 01:32:01,710 the unitarian universalist service committee is an incredible social 794 01:32:01,710 --> 01:32:09,530 justice organization propelling uu values throughout the world the u USC 795 01:32:09,530 --> 01:32:15,810 advances Human Rights through grassroot collaborations in dozens of countries 796 01:32:15,810 --> 01:32:22,310 around the world and in the United States promoting economic justice 797 01:32:22,310 --> 01:32:28,830 bolstering and Bryer mental justice and protecting rights at risk is the work of 798 01:32:28,830 --> 01:32:36,570 the u USC please welcome Lisa Jenkins the board chair of the u USC and Rev 799 01:32:36,570 --> 01:32:52,380 Mary Catherine morn the new president and CEO of the u USC 800 01:32:52,380 --> 01:32:58,989 Marshall Islander Cathy JIT nil Kitchener shared a poem written for her 801 01:32:58,989 --> 01:33:07,810 infant daughter at the 2014 UN climate summit dear met developing em she begins 802 01:33:07,810 --> 01:33:13,840 with lamentations for her child given the possibility of a homeland lost to 803 01:33:13,840 --> 01:33:19,929 the ravages of climate change they say you your daughter and your 804 01:33:19,929 --> 01:33:27,010 granddaughter too will wander rootless with only a passport to call home she 805 01:33:27,010 --> 01:33:31,840 then goes on to promise that she will do everything in her power to ensure that 806 01:33:31,840 --> 01:33:38,050 there will never be another climate change refugee and assures her that they 807 01:33:38,050 --> 01:33:44,949 are not alone she tells her daughter there are those who see us with hands 808 01:33:44,949 --> 01:33:54,880 reaching out fists raising up banners unfurling megaphones booming wow that 809 01:33:54,880 --> 01:34:03,100 sounds a lot like us and yes Mehta fell upon them as Unitarian Universalists we 810 01:34:03,100 --> 01:34:10,090 see you we see you your people and your neighbors throughout the South Pacific 811 01:34:10,090 --> 01:34:15,880 confronting the immediate and existential threats of a rising sea we 812 01:34:15,880 --> 01:34:21,850 see you just like we see the ROA Hendra desperately fleeing ethnic cleansing in 813 01:34:21,850 --> 01:34:31,330 Burma Syrians escaping an ending and horrifying civil warfare we see the 65 814 01:34:31,330 --> 01:34:38,080 million people displaced by conflict and climate seeking safe harbors only to 815 01:34:38,080 --> 01:34:44,530 find that they are not safe we see the mistreatment of immigrants in this 816 01:34:44,530 --> 01:34:51,190 country the escalating acts of hatred on our streets and from the highest offices 817 01:34:51,190 --> 01:34:55,719 in this land we see all of this and so much more 818 01:34:55,719 --> 01:35:01,770 and then we do our unitarian universalist values 819 01:35:01,770 --> 01:35:08,489 tell us to see and then to do we cannot possibly inventory all of the ways the 820 01:35:08,489 --> 01:35:15,389 USC offers opportunities to do so for now I refer you to our website the u USC 821 01:35:15,389 --> 01:35:22,530 org but that is the mission of the Unitarian Universalist service committee 822 01:35:22,530 --> 01:35:29,580 to put our uu values to work in this world it has been our mission from the 823 01:35:29,580 --> 01:35:35,570 moment we joined with local resistors in world war ii helping Jews intellectuals 824 01:35:35,570 --> 01:35:45,690 children always the children all enemies of the Nazi State get to safety 78 years 825 01:35:45,690 --> 01:35:51,389 later we remain true to our mission to defend the human rights of oppressed 826 01:35:51,389 --> 01:35:58,320 people everywhere fidelity to this mission has moved the USC from strength 827 01:35:58,320 --> 01:36:04,739 to strength across the generations it has sustained us in this past year when 828 01:36:04,739 --> 01:36:11,219 the world tilted off its axis and this glorious mission has sustained us at a 829 01:36:11,219 --> 01:36:18,119 time of our own institutional transition none of this is possible without our u 830 01:36:18,119 --> 01:36:29,310 USC family our board our staff our partners and you this faithful uu 831 01:36:29,310 --> 01:36:35,900 community of uu ministerial leaders congregational liaisons members 832 01:36:35,900 --> 01:36:46,679 volunteers donors you are our greatest asset 40,000 you use already engaged you 833 01:36:46,679 --> 01:36:53,190 are the ones the poet described with hands reaching out fists raising up 834 01:36:53,190 --> 01:36:58,949 banners unfurling megaphones booming we are marching hand in hand with people 835 01:36:58,949 --> 01:37:07,300 across the world in partnership and in defense of basic human rights thank you 836 01:37:07,300 --> 01:37:14,950 thank you for your engagement your vision your support today I am happy to 837 01:37:14,950 --> 01:37:21,760 introduce you to a new member of our immediate u USC family the reverend mary 838 01:37:21,760 --> 01:37:27,220 catherine morn has been in our larger circle for 30 years as a uu minister 839 01:37:27,220 --> 01:37:34,870 serving congregations communities and our larger association after many months 840 01:37:34,870 --> 01:37:41,560 of a robust search the ye USC board is delighted that Mary Catherine accepted 841 01:37:41,560 --> 01:37:45,720 our invitation to be president and CEO 842 01:37:54,150 --> 01:38:02,940 we are confident that she will lead us all of us to live our yiyu values more 843 01:38:02,940 --> 01:38:09,980 passionately and effectively in this time that needs people just like us 844 01:38:09,980 --> 01:38:21,840 please join me in welcoming the Reverend Mary Katherine Morn thank you thank you 845 01:38:21,840 --> 01:38:28,050 Lissa so much I'm so honored by your invitation to serve and thrilled to take 846 01:38:28,050 --> 01:38:32,820 on this tremendously important role leading our Unitarian Universalist 847 01:38:32,820 --> 01:38:40,139 service committee you USC staff and board leadership inspire me and give me 848 01:38:40,139 --> 01:38:46,380 confidence that we can and will do even more as we navigate these treacherous 849 01:38:46,380 --> 01:38:56,790 waters ahead you USC was made for times like these by times like these from its 850 01:38:56,790 --> 01:39:02,099 beginnings you USC has effectively centered the voices and leadership of 851 01:39:02,099 --> 01:39:06,599 our partners around the world who are creating change and defending human 852 01:39:06,599 --> 01:39:13,290 rights partners like Ursula Rock OVA an environmental activist from the Carteret 853 01:39:13,290 --> 01:39:21,719 islands of Papua New Guinea and leader of Tulalip asa Tulalip asa means sailing 854 01:39:21,719 --> 01:39:28,290 in the wind on your own in the local halia language Tulalip aces supports 855 01:39:28,290 --> 01:39:35,159 Carteret islanders through all stages of relocation and works to ensure that when 856 01:39:35,159 --> 01:39:42,869 they leave their homes behind they can create a new home a new home that fits 857 01:39:42,869 --> 01:39:49,800 as best it can with their identity and way of life leaving them not rootless 858 01:39:49,800 --> 01:39:57,449 but rooted in the beauty and history that has always held them even as they 859 01:39:57,449 --> 01:40:05,850 lose so much to the shifting tides because of your support at you USC 860 01:40:05,850 --> 01:40:15,330 and together we see Ursula we see Mata failing and then together we reach out 861 01:40:15,330 --> 01:40:35,069 our hands we raise up our fists thank you 862 01:40:43,479 --> 01:40:51,209 the uu college of social justice was founded at justice GA in 2012 as a 863 01:40:51,209 --> 01:40:58,599 collaboration between the UUA and the uu service committee u USC its 864 01:40:58,599 --> 01:41:06,010 mission is to inspire equip and sustain spiritually grounded activism the Rev 865 01:41:06,010 --> 01:41:13,590 Kathleen motika has been the director of csj since its founding 866 01:41:23,849 --> 01:41:32,219 thank you good morning you your college of social justice programs rest on the 867 01:41:32,219 --> 01:41:38,869 power of proximity the idea that when we move closer to in justices and the 868 01:41:38,869 --> 01:41:47,030 people on whom they fall most heavily it changes us we connect in alliance and 869 01:41:47,030 --> 01:41:54,540 solidarity with people we suddenly recognize as kin and when it's family 870 01:41:54,540 --> 01:42:01,770 whose well-being is threatened we become more bold and creative in our actions 871 01:42:01,770 --> 01:42:06,349 for justice then we might ever have dreamed possible 872 01:42:06,349 --> 01:42:14,159 our programs are grounded on two truths of our Unitarian Universalist faith the 873 01:42:14,159 --> 01:42:21,179 first is our interdependence which demands that we be mindful of our place 874 01:42:21,179 --> 01:42:30,150 in the web mindful of how it connects us to every other being the second is that 875 01:42:30,150 --> 01:42:36,290 no person's life is inherently worth more than another's 876 01:42:36,290 --> 01:42:40,670 no one is disposable 877 01:42:45,519 --> 01:42:53,959 the winds of injustice are blowing at hurricane force these days they can make 878 01:42:53,959 --> 01:43:00,280 us feel scattered or exhausted because there is so much under attack at once 879 01:43:00,280 --> 01:43:08,030 but our core truths that we rise and fall together and that we are all of 880 01:43:08,030 --> 01:43:16,940 deep worth ground us like mountains against that wind in that grounding we 881 01:43:16,940 --> 01:43:23,780 can see where we can best resist degradation and suffering where we can 882 01:43:23,780 --> 01:43:32,840 best act for life and love this is what you you csj programs support wherever 883 01:43:32,840 --> 01:43:40,190 your congregation is in its social justice path we have entry points study 884 01:43:40,190 --> 01:43:49,070 guides workshops webinars and toolkits and we have a powerful array of 885 01:43:49,070 --> 01:43:55,909 immersion journeys I'll highlight three of them and I hope they will resonate 886 01:43:55,909 --> 01:44:02,989 with you as ways to strengthen what you are already doing or to jumpstart some 887 01:44:02,989 --> 01:44:10,489 new directions first come to our border witness journey at the arizona-mexico 888 01:44:10,489 --> 01:44:17,389 border it has a way of breaking your heart open and putting it back together 889 01:44:17,389 --> 01:44:24,860 again with powerful new elements of courage and passion people have returned 890 01:44:24,860 --> 01:44:30,800 from that journey motivated to form partnerships with migrant lead groups in 891 01:44:30,800 --> 01:44:36,469 their own towns they've brought their congregations into the fold of sanctuary 892 01:44:36,469 --> 01:44:43,249 churches supported undocumented students accompanied people to immigration 893 01:44:43,249 --> 01:44:50,440 hearings and visited those in detention some have undertaken greater risks 894 01:44:50,440 --> 01:44:58,639 quietly opening their homes to people in danger of deportation the struggle for 895 01:44:58,639 --> 01:45:02,900 my and refugee justice could not be more 896 01:45:02,900 --> 01:45:10,430 urgent at a time when refugees are called criminals those painted as 897 01:45:10,430 --> 01:45:17,690 criminals are called animals desperate migrant parents are separated from their 898 01:45:17,690 --> 01:45:25,040 young children and volunteers trying to save lives are charged with felonies for 899 01:45:25,040 --> 01:45:34,640 humanitarian aid this is all part of a systemic effort to dehumanize us and our 900 01:45:34,640 --> 01:45:42,590 siblings and to criminalize activism the college of social justice has programs 901 01:45:42,590 --> 01:45:51,890 and tools to help you resist second if you want to empower and inspire the 902 01:45:51,890 --> 01:45:57,200 rising generation of justice activists in your congregation help your high 903 01:45:57,200 --> 01:46:04,700 school students to join an activate program we run week-long versions of 904 01:46:04,700 --> 01:46:12,260 activate in West Virginia New Orleans and Tucson these programs offer deep 905 01:46:12,260 --> 01:46:20,960 dives into the issues of climate change racism and migrant justice all framed in 906 01:46:20,960 --> 01:46:27,340 a way meant to inspire and equip teens to move along the spectrum from 907 01:46:27,340 --> 01:46:36,680 interested bystander to activists to organizer this year we also offered 908 01:46:36,680 --> 01:46:45,100 adapted versions of activate 4uu programs in pittsburgh Chicago New York 909 01:46:45,100 --> 01:46:55,100 Denver and Seattle ask us we can bring it to you too third if you want to 910 01:46:55,100 --> 01:47:00,460 deepen your congregations commitment to climate justice come with us to Houston 911 01:47:00,460 --> 01:47:07,850 our program recovery and beyond is a chance to put your hands to the physical 912 01:47:07,850 --> 01:47:14,090 work of hurricane recovery but unlike some service programs where 913 01:47:14,090 --> 01:47:19,849 you come home feeling great about the good you've done but knowing little 914 01:47:19,849 --> 01:47:25,939 about the people or the systems they're up against our program puts a justice 915 01:47:25,939 --> 01:47:33,800 framework around the hands-on labor there was a storm of injustice in 916 01:47:33,800 --> 01:47:41,539 Houston way before Harvey struck especially environmental racism a deep 917 01:47:41,539 --> 01:47:49,909 dive into that storms path is what we offer encounters with grassroots you USC 918 01:47:49,909 --> 01:47:56,599 partner groups and eye-opening toxic tour of some of the most poisoned areas 919 01:47:56,599 --> 01:48:04,399 and ideas about how to work for climate justice in your own town if you can't 920 01:48:04,399 --> 01:48:10,849 remember the details from this brief review please remember our website you 921 01:48:10,849 --> 01:48:19,369 you see s J dot org everything you need is there and remember that the uu 922 01:48:19,369 --> 01:48:26,419 College of social justice is yours sign up for a program and find powerful new 923 01:48:26,419 --> 01:48:41,510 ways to harness your passion for justice thank you 924 01:48:49,150 --> 01:48:54,390 please welcome I'm not gonna say everybody's last night Mary 925 01:48:54,390 --> 01:49:02,710 Natalie duro Elias Carrie - Queen uh Jessica Melissa 926 01:49:02,710 --> 01:49:12,370 Jessi and listening - to share with us reflections on what is happening with 927 01:49:12,370 --> 01:49:21,130 the religious professionals of color have been our faith change is setting 928 01:49:21,130 --> 01:49:25,870 aside time and space to bring forward the longtime concerns of Unitarian 929 01:49:25,870 --> 01:49:33,450 Universalists religious professionals of color black brown Asian Pacific Islander 930 01:49:33,450 --> 01:49:40,900 diaspora and indigenous peoples have stories of joy and pain to tell which 931 01:49:40,900 --> 01:49:51,700 inform and expand our faith which expand our possibilities let us listen I'm 932 01:49:51,700 --> 01:49:56,200 going to speak for myself and know that my colleagues of color will mostly 933 01:49:56,200 --> 01:50:00,910 relate in the congregation that I serve in I serve as director of music and 934 01:50:00,910 --> 01:50:05,020 while the jobs and responsibilities for a director of music are broad and my job 935 01:50:05,020 --> 01:50:12,460 does not include does not include managing congregants white fragility my 936 01:50:12,460 --> 01:50:16,840 job does not include dealing with aggressions and microaggressions my job 937 01:50:16,840 --> 01:50:21,340 does not include being patient and waiting for others it's a way to learn 938 01:50:21,340 --> 01:50:26,800 how to and educate themselves on how to not be racist the fact that I am 939 01:50:26,800 --> 01:50:31,780 expected to do these things even though it is not in my job is damaging to my 940 01:50:31,780 --> 01:50:39,540 spirit it's damaging to my capacity for relationships it's damaging to my body 941 01:50:39,540 --> 01:50:47,170 and still I'd like you to consider that I and that my colleagues of color all do 942 01:50:47,170 --> 01:50:51,940 this work and we sustain this even though it is not in our jobs without 943 01:50:51,940 --> 01:50:55,710 even consideration for hazard pay 944 01:50:57,520 --> 01:51:05,410 this word one of the salient points has been that our collective stories and 945 01:51:05,410 --> 01:51:12,200 values and things that we say to uphold does not mean the Korean reality that 946 01:51:12,200 --> 01:51:16,700 often time we face in our congregations there seems to be a misalignment between 947 01:51:16,700 --> 01:51:26,510 our values and our aspirations and our actual concrete practices if there was 948 01:51:26,510 --> 01:51:31,100 one thing you could change to create the conditions where religious and lay 949 01:51:31,100 --> 01:51:35,740 people of color could flourish what would that be 950 01:51:37,210 --> 01:51:43,300 thanks for that question Mary and I'm Carrie McDonald I work for the UUA 951 01:51:43,300 --> 01:51:49,880 and you know it's it's hard to get to one it's hard to get to one but perhaps 952 01:51:49,880 --> 01:51:54,260 through our shared contributions on this stage you may take away a couple of 953 01:51:54,260 --> 01:51:57,950 things the thing that came to mind for me and answering this question to pick 954 01:51:57,950 --> 01:52:02,540 up on some of the threads of what Douro said is that being an ally a 955 01:52:02,540 --> 01:52:08,450 co-conspirator an accomplice whatever you want to call it is a skill it 956 01:52:08,450 --> 01:52:16,040 requires practice and education and it's not just about commitment and so when I 957 01:52:16,040 --> 01:52:20,720 think about the ways in which we've called us to follow the beautiful and 958 01:52:20,720 --> 01:52:25,070 powerful leadership of folks of color in our association when we talk about that 959 01:52:25,070 --> 01:52:30,920 that doesn't just mean sitting aside and waiting for orders sometimes it means 960 01:52:30,920 --> 01:52:35,720 speaking up sometimes it means being quiet and figuring out and listening and 961 01:52:35,720 --> 01:52:40,430 figuring that out is a big part of the work of being supportive and when we 962 01:52:40,430 --> 01:52:45,890 talk about the burden falling unequally the burden of navigating that is part of 963 01:52:45,890 --> 01:52:50,180 what is falling unequally so we have a lot of transformative conversations 964 01:52:50,180 --> 01:52:54,470 we're trying to have in our association in our congregations in the coming year 965 01:52:54,470 --> 01:53:00,290 and I as a leader need skilled not just committed but skilled and practicing 966 01:53:00,290 --> 01:53:03,760 partners in the work 967 01:53:06,620 --> 01:53:11,790 Sakina Boston and I'm going to speak in my capacity a special advisor to the 968 01:53:11,790 --> 01:53:17,880 President on institutional inclusion equity and change as I thought about 969 01:53:17,880 --> 01:53:22,500 this question what came to mind for me was a time when my congregation was 970 01:53:22,500 --> 01:53:29,730 going through a conflict and my mom said well it is their church and I thought 971 01:53:29,730 --> 01:53:33,660 about all the time and talent and treasure we had given to the 972 01:53:33,660 --> 01:53:40,560 congregation and not to feel that we were owners of that community just 973 01:53:40,560 --> 01:53:49,950 really struck me as weird and so what I'd like to see change is regarding 974 01:53:49,950 --> 01:53:56,160 people of color as owners and not tenants or renters in unitarian 975 01:53:56,160 --> 01:54:08,840 universalism and what that looks like is putting racial equity at the core before 976 01:54:08,840 --> 01:54:18,800 we hire before we do outreach before we have people coming to us and after 977 01:54:18,800 --> 01:54:25,560 because the work is continuous in like any relationship it's never over right 978 01:54:25,560 --> 01:54:32,280 relationship is a continuing spiritual practice and so as I think about the one 979 01:54:32,280 --> 01:54:36,420 thing I would change it would be that that sense that when people of color 980 01:54:36,420 --> 01:54:43,410 come in we don't know we aren't as competent we didn't grow up as Unitarian 981 01:54:43,410 --> 01:54:48,800 Universalists we don't understand the faith and therefore we don't have full 982 01:54:48,800 --> 01:54:55,500 benefits of being part of it and I'd like to see us being valued for what we 983 01:54:55,500 --> 01:55:03,560 bring versus having our gifts extracted for the benefit of everyone except us 984 01:55:07,770 --> 01:55:13,080 I'm Jessica York your co-director of ministries and faith development and 985 01:55:13,080 --> 01:55:19,020 faith development director at the UUA and like Carrie it was difficult for me 986 01:55:19,020 --> 01:55:23,570 to pick one thing to talk about but I was thinking about my own personal 987 01:55:23,570 --> 01:55:28,530 experience and relating that to experiences of other religious 988 01:55:28,530 --> 01:55:34,320 professionals of color and it seems to me that quite often it's is either feast 989 01:55:34,320 --> 01:55:40,380 or famine that so many of our religious professionals of color are having a hard 990 01:55:40,380 --> 01:55:47,870 time finding places where they can truly live out their ministry and then others 991 01:55:47,870 --> 01:55:57,000 sort of a select few are put up on a pedestal and are kind of the famous go 992 01:55:57,000 --> 01:56:02,370 to religious professional of color the ones who are always asked to speak the 993 01:56:02,370 --> 01:56:07,610 ones that you always see presenting and 994 01:56:07,640 --> 01:56:13,080 because of the career trajectory I've had you know I find myself sometimes in 995 01:56:13,080 --> 01:56:20,070 that position and that position can look really nice sometimes from the outside 996 01:56:20,070 --> 01:56:25,680 and yet the reality of that too is is that when we put people on such a high 997 01:56:25,680 --> 01:56:29,970 pedestal we also are creating the possibility of 998 01:56:29,970 --> 01:56:37,410 a great fall so we're holding people sometimes to such high ideals that 999 01:56:37,410 --> 01:56:42,210 there's no way they could possibly live up to them being flawed human beings 1000 01:56:42,210 --> 01:56:49,110 that we all are and none of us are perfect but when you're put on that 1001 01:56:49,110 --> 01:56:54,810 higher petal stone and you make that inevitable mistake that's a real long 1002 01:56:54,810 --> 01:57:02,460 fall down and it's hard to come back from that so what I'm sometimes seeing 1003 01:57:02,460 --> 01:57:08,640 is that religious professionals of color are not given the second chance not when 1004 01:57:08,640 --> 01:57:13,410 they've had that mahdia fall so I would hope that people will start to ask 1005 01:57:13,410 --> 01:57:19,380 themselves who are given the second chances in our faith 1006 01:57:19,380 --> 01:57:26,230 third and fourth right though we've broken our vowels of thousand times we 1007 01:57:26,230 --> 01:57:32,080 say and who did that apply to and who doesn't it apply to and to remember that 1008 01:57:32,080 --> 01:57:38,410 we are not just employers and our congregations that we are houses of 1009 01:57:38,410 --> 01:57:43,390 faith and our congregations and covenant communities in you you institutions we 1010 01:57:43,390 --> 01:57:50,260 need to act as people of faith we need to act with mercy and grace and practice 1011 01:57:50,260 --> 01:57:56,070 forgiveness and that love that we want to see returned to us 1012 01:58:02,310 --> 01:58:07,120 my name is Melissa Carville tzemre I'm currently the acting executive director 1013 01:58:07,120 --> 01:58:12,250 of the Unitarian Universalist ministers Association and next year I'll be one of 1014 01:58:12,250 --> 01:58:19,960 the co executives the you um a is deeply concerned about the work of dismantling 1015 01:58:19,960 --> 01:58:24,910 white supremacy and the impact that white supremacy culture has on ministers 1016 01:58:24,910 --> 01:58:29,770 and religious professionals of color and we've already begun to do some things in 1017 01:58:29,770 --> 01:58:33,670 terms of the work with our leadership but the one thing I want to lift up 1018 01:58:33,670 --> 01:58:38,410 follows on what Kerry said we have not achieved this yet but we are working in 1019 01:58:38,410 --> 01:58:42,850 partnership with the Unitarian Universalist Association to establish 1020 01:58:42,850 --> 01:58:47,560 expectations for a lifelong commitment to continuing education for ministers 1021 01:58:47,560 --> 01:58:53,500 after we have achieved final fellowship and one of the particular areas of 1022 01:58:53,500 --> 01:58:58,630 concern for us is that we provide opportunities and expect ministers to 1023 01:58:58,630 --> 01:59:03,510 continue to develop our skills in anti-racist anti-oppressive 1024 01:59:03,510 --> 01:59:08,740 multicultural practice because this is not something that we we we believe that 1025 01:59:08,740 --> 01:59:12,910 this is not something that we can learn in seminary and be set for the duration 1026 01:59:12,910 --> 01:59:17,650 of our careers this is something we have to keep learning keep practicing keep 1027 01:59:17,650 --> 01:59:22,030 paying attention to the way that we are changing the world is changing unitarian 1028 01:59:22,030 --> 01:59:25,540 universalism is changing and so this was the one of the things that we're working 1029 01:59:25,540 --> 01:59:30,070 toward now that we're looking that we believe could have a significant impact 1030 01:59:30,070 --> 01:59:34,660 not only on religious professionals but also on Unitarian Universalism as a 1031 01:59:34,660 --> 01:59:36,960 whole 1032 01:59:39,170 --> 01:59:45,240 my name is my name is Jesse King and I am the service the chair for the 1033 01:59:45,240 --> 01:59:52,110 ministerial fellowship committee I have been learning a lot in this role I am a 1034 01:59:52,110 --> 01:59:56,430 student of the people who are being leaders within our congregate our 1035 01:59:56,430 --> 02:00:00,840 denomination and one of the messages that I keep getting back from ministers 1036 02:00:00,840 --> 02:00:04,530 both the new ministers that are going out into the world and the ministers 1037 02:00:04,530 --> 02:00:09,630 that have been established ministers of color who say the expectation seems to 1038 02:00:09,630 --> 02:00:13,710 be on us that were the ones that have to help our congregations move forward and 1039 02:00:13,710 --> 02:00:20,640 as I my colleagues have stated before that is our job as congregants to do the 1040 02:00:20,640 --> 02:00:25,950 work and not expect our ministers just to carry the burden and particularly not 1041 02:00:25,950 --> 02:00:31,200 expect the ministers of color to carry the burden or to push back on them when 1042 02:00:31,200 --> 02:00:39,180 they raise the issues um with the other thing that I think we need to do is as a 1043 02:00:39,180 --> 02:00:42,720 system I think our faith is strong or I was 1044 02:00:42,720 --> 02:00:47,910 reminded of how our faith fits well over the last few days for the work that 1045 02:00:47,910 --> 02:00:51,840 we're doing but it's our systems and structures that need to change and 1046 02:00:51,840 --> 02:00:56,910 evolve and it's become eminently clear to me that the system of how we bring 1047 02:00:56,910 --> 02:01:03,840 leaders lay and professional leaders into our world needs to adjust and grow 1048 02:01:03,840 --> 02:01:09,150 and if it is not welcoming it if is not becoming an if it doesn't change in a 1049 02:01:09,150 --> 02:01:14,390 way that said that allows people to come in and have authority and that we can 1050 02:01:14,390 --> 02:01:19,620 see the spark of the divine as natalie has taught me within everybody who walks 1051 02:01:19,620 --> 02:01:28,170 in in those roles then we are failing so I ask us just to assist in our change in 1052 02:01:28,170 --> 02:01:32,430 evolution and when something feels really uncomfortable and it's gonna feel 1053 02:01:32,430 --> 02:01:37,490 uncomfortable when we start changing how we move toward credentialing and 1054 02:01:37,490 --> 02:01:43,680 evolving our ministry and our leadership practices realize that is part of our 1055 02:01:43,680 --> 02:01:53,829 future we have to grow thank you I'm Leslie talk to Hoshi and 1056 02:01:53,829 --> 02:01:56,770 I'm with the Commission on institutional change and I want to ask my fellow 1057 02:01:56,770 --> 02:01:59,710 commissioners just to raise their hand on the stage one more time because some 1058 02:01:59,710 --> 02:02:04,480 of you may not have seen them when they were introduced so we are looking at 1059 02:02:04,480 --> 02:02:08,110 systemic and cultural change and one of the things we're looking at is where are 1060 02:02:08,110 --> 02:02:11,469 those levers where we can make a difference people have stopped me 1061 02:02:11,469 --> 02:02:15,730 throughout this GA to say why are we focusing so much on religious 1062 02:02:15,730 --> 02:02:20,679 professionals of color and it's because our religious professionals of color lay 1063 02:02:20,679 --> 02:02:27,190 the groundwork for us to have communities and cultures in which people 1064 02:02:27,190 --> 02:02:32,440 of color and other marginalized people can actually thrive and flourish that is 1065 02:02:32,440 --> 02:02:37,900 very important we are working with a premise that if we can be good 1066 02:02:37,900 --> 02:02:42,820 communities for those whose identities are most marginalized within our greater 1067 02:02:42,820 --> 02:02:48,280 society then we will be better communities for all and it is very 1068 02:02:48,280 --> 02:02:53,260 important for us to say that we have asked for you to join your voices with 1069 02:02:53,260 --> 02:02:57,909 ours to let us know what your concerns are and to let us hear from you it is 1070 02:02:57,909 --> 02:03:03,550 very concerning that for the last three days what we have heard most from people 1071 02:03:03,550 --> 02:03:10,270 is in 2018 those marginalized among us do not feel as if their voices can be 1072 02:03:10,270 --> 02:03:17,520 heard we are here to say to you that they can and in honor of my biracial 1073 02:03:17,520 --> 02:03:22,570 tradition and from the Japanese I have composed a tonka to conclude this 1074 02:03:22,570 --> 02:03:29,650 session to make our bold faith the meeting ground of beloved lives held 1075 02:03:29,650 --> 02:03:37,059 with exuberance a ground for transformation take voice tell deep 1076 02:03:37,059 --> 02:03:42,900 truth center all thank you 1077 02:03:59,530 --> 02:04:05,500 please welcome Elizabeth Julian the strategic adviser for side with love and 1078 02:04:05,500 --> 02:04:21,490 Susan Frederick gray the president of our association I know that you F felt 1079 02:04:21,490 --> 02:04:31,810 it the heartbreak the powerlessness the violence there is so much of it we could 1080 02:04:31,810 --> 02:04:37,810 fill this whole General Assembly and more with litanies for all of the 1081 02:04:37,810 --> 02:04:47,920 injustice but have you felt the other things too the healing the power the 1082 02:04:47,920 --> 02:04:52,170 writing of the wrongs that sometimes quiet and sometimes not so quiet 1083 02:04:52,170 --> 02:04:59,880 organizing that looks injustice and despair in the face and fights back 1084 02:04:59,880 --> 02:05:04,080 maybe you felt it in worship this morning 1085 02:05:04,080 --> 02:05:08,770 holding the tension of heartbreak and resistance is at the core of our work 1086 02:05:08,770 --> 02:05:15,070 and at side with love we understand that creating and responding to those 1087 02:05:15,070 --> 02:05:20,220 tensions is ours to do and at the core of our commitments as Unitarian 1088 02:05:20,220 --> 02:05:26,200 Universalists the ministry we do looks like many things it looks like 1089 02:05:26,200 --> 02:05:32,050 responding to the violence of white supremacy with the balm of spiritually 1090 02:05:32,050 --> 02:05:39,250 grounded organizing for collective liberation in charlottesville side with 1091 02:05:39,250 --> 02:05:44,830 love staff among many others provided communications and logistical support to 1092 02:05:44,830 --> 02:05:51,700 the faith presence there and following the attack we supported with offline and 1093 02:05:51,700 --> 02:05:57,130 online healing and processing spaces for those harmed and members of the broader 1094 02:05:57,130 --> 02:06:03,070 community as our Unitarian Universalist Association and our spiritual 1095 02:06:03,070 --> 02:06:07,330 communities engage the transformative work of resisting white supremacy and 1096 02:06:07,330 --> 02:06:13,980 oppression internally we know it cannot be separated from the justice work that 1097 02:06:13,980 --> 02:06:19,860 embodies our values in the world these both flow from our shared theological 1098 02:06:19,860 --> 02:06:26,340 core interdependence means that none of us are truly free until we are all free 1099 02:06:26,340 --> 02:06:37,170 and universalism it means that no one is ever outside of the circle of love when 1100 02:06:37,170 --> 02:06:43,620 we side with love we remind ourselves that as a people of faith our covenants 1101 02:06:43,620 --> 02:06:50,220 our commitment to the Beloved Community are what we hold most sacred and you 1102 02:06:50,220 --> 02:06:58,560 know what this year side with love has been called on more and more to respond 1103 02:06:58,560 --> 02:07:04,200 to these urgent crises around the world and around our country and you know what 1104 02:07:04,200 --> 02:07:11,520 else I want us to be able to say collectively yes to responding with the 1105 02:07:11,520 --> 02:07:18,720 most powerful yes that we can and so today I want you to pledge allegiance to 1106 02:07:18,720 --> 02:07:25,500 liberation to community to this struggle to our ancestors and to the generations 1107 02:07:25,500 --> 02:07:34,350 who will follow us and make a generous gift that says yes I side with love say 1108 02:07:34,350 --> 02:07:40,620 yes to our prophetic call to courageously and unapologetically live 1109 02:07:40,620 --> 02:07:46,530 our values through our work this year through the upcoming election cycle and 1110 02:07:46,530 --> 02:07:52,410 through all the areas in which we are called to respond to bring love in two 1111 02:07:52,410 --> 02:08:00,030 places of fear and injustice so today I ask you to make a gift to support the uu 1112 02:08:00,030 --> 02:08:05,250 A's work of side with love make a gift that matches your personal your 1113 02:08:05,250 --> 02:08:11,130 spiritual ethical and justice commitment to side with love in your own life your 1114 02:08:11,130 --> 02:08:17,130 community help us respond stronger with one another invest right here together 1115 02:08:17,130 --> 02:08:23,990 in the struggle thank you for giving generously for side with love 1116 02:13:04,729 --> 02:13:10,949 amen amen amen gratitude Jero gratitude Devon and note 1117 02:13:10,949 --> 02:13:18,650 that if you try to give by text you may have experienced an error please text 1118 02:13:18,650 --> 02:13:33,019 SSL SSL instead of swl and next year it will be s WL but this year SSL thank you 1119 02:13:39,389 --> 02:13:43,650 the journey toward wholeness transformation committee was established 1120 02:13:43,650 --> 02:13:52,530 in June 1997 by the Board of Trustees as part of the 1997 General Assembly 1121 02:13:52,530 --> 02:13:58,320 business resolution toward an anti-racist Unitarian Universalist 1122 02:13:58,320 --> 02:14:03,920 Association please welcome the journey toward wholeness transform any 1123 02:14:03,920 --> 02:14:09,290 transformation committee for their report 1124 02:14:36,030 --> 02:14:40,349 your journey toward wholeness transformation committee includes 1125 02:14:40,349 --> 02:14:47,820 co-chairs Teresa Soto and me Ted fetter along with Ben gable Tracy Robinson 1126 02:14:47,820 --> 02:14:56,550 Harris Carey Stewart Elizabeth Mount mandolin Restivo and viola Abbot as the 1127 02:14:56,550 --> 02:15:01,590 journey toward wholeness transformation committee we recognize that now is the 1128 02:15:01,590 --> 02:15:06,300 time to go deeper with the entire oppression and anti-racism to dedicate 1129 02:15:06,300 --> 02:15:11,250 our energies to creating a transformative and Liberatore future in 1130 02:15:11,250 --> 02:15:17,190 Unitarian Universalism we must root out our habitual culture of 1131 02:15:17,190 --> 02:15:23,250 white supremacy together of course with our patriarchal heterosis gender 1132 02:15:23,250 --> 02:15:30,119 normative classes and ableist culture we must engage in building a new culture 1133 02:15:30,119 --> 02:15:36,719 not because we are bad persons but because so many Unitarian Universalists 1134 02:15:36,719 --> 02:15:42,510 are part of the larger Western euro-american culture where the pattern 1135 02:15:42,510 --> 02:15:49,530 of centering white European culture is an established practice together we can 1136 02:15:49,530 --> 02:15:56,250 use our ability to grow and change so we may instead embody our ideals and 1137 02:15:56,250 --> 02:16:03,030 aspirations as lived experiences your journey toward wholeness transformation 1138 02:16:03,030 --> 02:16:08,820 committee has undertaken a study of power mapping through this process we 1139 02:16:08,820 --> 02:16:14,730 are asking questions that can help us transform our faith where does the power 1140 02:16:14,730 --> 02:16:21,300 to change our institutions lie who controls the levers of change what are 1141 02:16:21,300 --> 02:16:27,409 their motivations to change and what are the factors inhibiting transformation 1142 02:16:27,409 --> 02:16:33,779 who are the advocates for building the Beloved Community and what power do they 1143 02:16:33,779 --> 02:16:40,050 have who are their allies and how can coalition's of change agents be 1144 02:16:40,050 --> 02:16:47,760 established change has occurred in the Association as people dig into questions 1145 02:16:47,760 --> 02:16:51,580 of what takes two dissenter white supremacy in 1146 02:16:51,580 --> 02:16:58,410 worship congregations across the United States and Canada participated 1147 02:16:58,410 --> 02:17:05,230 enthusiastically in the white supremacy teachin unfortunately a demonstrable 1148 02:17:05,230 --> 02:17:10,750 pattern of conflict with religious professionals of color shows that white 1149 02:17:10,750 --> 02:17:16,210 supremacy seeks to maintain its influence we closely follow these 1150 02:17:16,210 --> 02:17:21,880 incidents and support the work of the Commission on institutional change it is 1151 02:17:21,880 --> 02:17:27,580 because real people encounter the harms of white supremacy that the content and 1152 02:17:27,580 --> 02:17:33,250 the conflicts that it causes that this work matters we want to be intentional 1153 02:17:33,250 --> 02:17:39,880 to identify the potential for growing a new culture one that can save our faith 1154 02:17:39,880 --> 02:17:47,230 in a time of distress part of the focus is within the UUA the theological 1155 02:17:47,230 --> 02:17:54,010 schools the ministers Association and the other national institutions but a 1156 02:17:54,010 --> 02:18:00,460 greater part is in the congregation's where most you use associate and act out 1157 02:18:00,460 --> 02:18:08,500 their faith none of us can say that's not a problem in my congregation because 1158 02:18:08,500 --> 02:18:15,220 it surely is noticing the habits of prioritizing the needs and narratives of 1159 02:18:15,220 --> 02:18:21,100 white people and white systems is the job of each congregation our polity 1160 02:18:21,100 --> 02:18:26,590 calls us to take responsibility for our neighboring congregations and noticing 1161 02:18:26,590 --> 02:18:33,190 and accounting for white supremacy make the necessary changes our committee will 1162 02:18:33,190 --> 02:18:38,110 work in partnership with the Commission on institutional change and the 1163 02:18:38,110 --> 02:18:44,170 leadership of black lives of Unitarian Universalism drum and other partners in 1164 02:18:44,170 --> 02:18:51,490 this great work we long to work with you we're grateful for the transformation 1165 02:18:51,490 --> 02:18:54,390 before us 1166 02:19:12,760 --> 02:19:17,920 I don't know about you but I sometimes pay more attention to the clock than I 1167 02:19:17,920 --> 02:19:23,019 do the process and the content and I just want to name that because if you're 1168 02:19:23,019 --> 02:19:27,760 watching your clock we may appear to be facing the impossible which is that 1169 02:19:27,760 --> 02:19:36,760 we're going to try to do six by law revisions in 22 minutes while giving 1170 02:19:36,760 --> 02:19:43,000 full process in 30 minutes to each of those bylaw changes when I said 1171 02:19:43,000 --> 02:19:46,840 yesterday that I love bylaws I was really meaning it because how we do the 1172 02:19:46,840 --> 02:19:52,359 work matters and it matters not just in terms of taking time for a good process 1173 02:19:52,359 --> 02:19:58,840 but the process itself sometimes we get so focused on the must be that we forget 1174 02:19:58,840 --> 02:20:04,930 the creative possibilities so a couple of must be 'z you must be a delegate to 1175 02:20:04,930 --> 02:20:11,700 speak at the microphone and you've only got two minutes if others are waiting 1176 02:20:11,700 --> 02:20:16,450 now we've done a lot of discussion and debate and voting yesterday and today 1177 02:20:16,450 --> 02:20:21,340 and we're getting really good at it in order for us to make sure that we do 1178 02:20:21,340 --> 02:20:26,770 our due diligence and also get a lunch break before our next workshops if you 1179 02:20:26,770 --> 02:20:31,600 would as you are approaching a mic or before you move towards a mic think 1180 02:20:31,600 --> 02:20:37,930 about whether what you're going to offer is a new perspective or a repetition of 1181 02:20:37,930 --> 02:20:43,000 something that has been said earlier and if it's been said earlier I urge you to 1182 02:20:43,000 --> 02:20:49,300 consider accepting that has it has been put out there into the community people 1183 02:20:49,300 --> 02:20:55,060 have received it and your vote will reflect the support you have for your 1184 02:20:55,060 --> 02:20:57,779 position 1185 02:20:59,090 --> 02:21:05,400 remember that after 15 minutes of debate motions to table or refer are in order 1186 02:21:05,400 --> 02:21:13,050 if that much time is needed emotions must come from the procedural mic that 1187 02:21:13,050 --> 02:21:19,021 if that much time is needed means we could do it earlier if we need to once 1188 02:21:19,021 --> 02:21:24,360 five minutes has expired and no one is that either the pro or concern mic then 1189 02:21:24,360 --> 02:21:28,260 a motion to call the previous question would be in order from the procedural 1190 02:21:28,260 --> 02:21:36,510 mic and as a a strict remember that the delegates you all out there can suspend 1191 02:21:36,510 --> 02:21:42,930 the rules at any time by going to the procedural mic so you're ready to do 1192 02:21:42,930 --> 02:21:47,510 some bylaws alright let's get going 1193 02:21:54,189 --> 02:22:00,630 we recognize the trustee at the procedural microphone to make the motion 1194 02:22:00,630 --> 02:22:09,210 moved that the proposed bylaw amendment to article 8 sections 8.3 and 8.11 1195 02:22:09,210 --> 02:22:19,120 article 9 section nine point nine article 10 section 10.12 rule four point 1196 02:22:19,120 --> 02:22:29,370 six and rule g9 point thirteen point five to replace he/him/his and 1197 02:22:29,370 --> 02:22:39,910 she/her/hers with they there there's as detailed on pages 78 and 79 of the final 1198 02:22:39,910 --> 02:22:47,890 agenda and as amended in minimus mini-assembly be adopted this is this 1199 02:22:47,890 --> 02:22:56,020 morning number five also online labeled gender-neutral pronouns is there a 1200 02:22:56,020 --> 02:23:01,660 second all right the motion to adopt the proposed bylaw amendments replace he him 1201 02:23:01,660 --> 02:23:07,450 is and she her her pronouns but they then their pronouns has been made and 1202 02:23:07,450 --> 02:23:12,189 seconded the chair calls on Saturday and Jones trustee at-large to make the board 1203 02:23:12,189 --> 02:23:17,740 statement of support for this bylaw amendment as our understanding of gender 1204 02:23:17,740 --> 02:23:23,500 has evolved it is necessary to modernize the language of the bylaws to replace 1205 02:23:23,500 --> 02:23:28,740 pronouns which limit gender with pronouns that allow for more inclusive 1206 02:23:28,740 --> 02:23:33,880 interpretations of gender the board supports this alter alteration of the 1207 02:23:33,880 --> 02:23:41,220 language of our bylaws for the use of gender-neutral pronouns thank you 1208 02:23:41,220 --> 02:23:49,810 before we get to the discussion for the remaining bylaw amendments we will have 1209 02:23:49,810 --> 02:23:54,070 two minutes rather than three minutes of discussion time your discussion question 1210 02:23:54,070 --> 02:24:00,700 during these two minutes are how do you feel when you are called by the name 1211 02:24:00,700 --> 02:24:05,199 that you use how do you feel when you are 1212 02:24:05,199 --> 02:24:11,310 called by the name that you use discussion time beginsnow 1213 02:26:17,381 --> 02:26:23,221 Thank You delegates we'll come back together as a larger community 1214 02:26:34,279 --> 02:26:40,010 we recognize the delegate at the pro mic thank you my name is Mindy Bartlet 1215 02:26:40,010 --> 02:26:42,890 Squillace and I hail from the United Church of 1216 02:26:42,890 --> 02:26:49,100 Norfolk in Virginia I have spent the last two-and-a-half years walking along 1217 02:26:49,100 --> 02:26:56,029 my now ex-partner as he transitioned from expressing a false female 1218 02:26:56,029 --> 02:27:02,060 presentation to living an authentic life as male along the way I have become 1219 02:27:02,060 --> 02:27:08,170 educated to the stifling painful and disparaging effects the struggle our 1220 02:27:08,170 --> 02:27:14,870 non-binary fellow humans face in a vain attempt to fit into the gender boxes 1221 02:27:14,870 --> 02:27:21,590 most of us have never even thought to consider on the very first day here at 1222 02:27:21,590 --> 02:27:27,830 GA during my very first session we were asked to introduce ourselves and to 1223 02:27:27,830 --> 02:27:34,569 specify what pronouns we preferred I watched as a few of my fellow 1224 02:27:34,569 --> 02:27:39,609 enlightened you yours shifted uncomfortably in their chairs and 1225 02:27:39,609 --> 02:27:46,760 stammered their desire to be called hey you are whatchamacallit stating I'm 1226 02:27:46,760 --> 02:27:52,029 old-fashioned you know these statements were followed by laughter from others 1227 02:27:52,029 --> 02:28:00,590 while some left I felt pain and how easy the jokes seemed to flow and how well 1228 02:28:00,590 --> 02:28:08,600 they were accepted as Maya Angelou said do the best you can until you know 1229 02:28:08,600 --> 02:28:15,710 better then when you know better do better as Unitarian Universalist it is 1230 02:28:15,710 --> 02:28:21,290 our responsibility to acknowledge when we are not doing everything we can to 1231 02:28:21,290 --> 02:28:27,109 make all feel included and equal it is our responsibility to sit in our 1232 02:28:27,109 --> 02:28:31,819 discomfort to open our minds to deeper our understanding and lead the way 1233 02:28:31,819 --> 02:28:36,310 toward conscious change thank you 1234 02:28:36,520 --> 02:28:41,810 recognize the delegate at the procedural mic Sally Gillard Central Unitarian 1235 02:28:41,810 --> 02:28:47,570 Paramus New Jersey I would like to ask if we can suspend 1236 02:28:47,570 --> 02:28:52,580 the time limit on the amendment I think we're all looking for a way to be 1237 02:28:52,580 --> 02:28:59,030 gender-neutral and comfortable and I think the amendments have great value 1238 02:28:59,030 --> 02:29:03,740 toward that but if we have to wait 15 minutes we may never get there so please 1239 02:29:03,740 --> 02:29:06,971 help just a moment 1240 02:29:53,970 --> 02:29:58,319 it is possible for a delegate to propose suspending the rules we would need a 1241 02:29:58,319 --> 02:30:03,800 specific motion to do that specifying what after what amount of time 1242 02:30:03,800 --> 02:30:13,710 amendments could be considered ok I propose that I don't know if there are 1243 02:30:13,710 --> 02:30:17,760 five minutes of discussion will you consider amendments we have a motion to 1244 02:30:17,760 --> 02:30:22,350 suspend the rules such that amendments could be considered after five minutes 1245 02:30:22,350 --> 02:30:28,170 of discussion is there a second to that motion it has been seconded it requires 1246 02:30:28,170 --> 02:30:36,689 a 2/3 majority of delegates in order to pass there we understand that there 1247 02:30:36,689 --> 02:30:41,220 could be as many as three or more amendments so the delegates present 1248 02:30:41,220 --> 02:30:46,350 should be aware of that and the discussion that that might entail we 1249 02:30:46,350 --> 02:30:50,040 have a motion that's been seconded we'll go to a vote on that it requires a 1250 02:30:50,040 --> 02:30:53,970 two-thirds majority if you are in favor of sis and will open voting for online 1251 02:30:53,970 --> 02:30:58,680 delegates please if you would like to suspend the rules as moved so that 1252 02:30:58,680 --> 02:31:01,770 amendments can be offered after five minutes of discussion please raise your 1253 02:31:01,770 --> 02:31:04,729 plan that your cards 1254 02:31:42,461 --> 02:31:48,311 please lower your carts if you'd like to if you oppose the motion to suspend the 1255 02:31:48,311 --> 02:31:54,811 rules to allow for amendments after five minutes please raise your placards and 1256 02:31:54,811 --> 02:32:04,751 could we please get the online delegate voting count please the motion 1257 02:32:04,751 --> 02:32:09,150 overwhelmingly passes amendments can be offered after five minutes of discussion 1258 02:32:09,150 --> 02:32:16,150 with that modification to our process will now return we will now turn to the 1259 02:32:16,150 --> 02:32:23,860 con mic susan mariana and i'm her from the i'm from the berkeley fellowship of 1260 02:32:23,860 --> 02:32:29,621 Unitarian Universalists this is my first GA I did not expect to be here at the 1261 02:32:29,621 --> 02:32:37,181 mic I'm rather intimidated I'm also the only person here I would like to just 1262 02:32:37,181 --> 02:32:43,570 state that I don't have any objection to the sentiment or the motivation of this 1263 02:32:43,570 --> 02:32:48,490 amendment in fact I applaud it very quite vigorously what I would like to 1264 02:32:48,490 --> 02:32:55,690 speak in defense of is to defend the English language where there is accepted 1265 02:32:55,690 --> 02:33:00,610 currently as being plural so you have things that are not clear grammatically 1266 02:33:00,610 --> 02:33:05,801 in the text so you have one president who's being elected and right now it's 1267 02:33:05,801 --> 02:33:09,521 clear that it's singular there's not more than one president if you change it 1268 02:33:09,521 --> 02:33:16,780 to there that is plural I I just I feel that English language is so important 1269 02:33:16,780 --> 02:33:21,490 for us to be able to communicate clearly with each other that the degradation of 1270 02:33:21,490 --> 02:33:25,271 the English language in our formal bylaws is something that I object to 1271 02:33:25,271 --> 02:33:30,070 quite strongly especially since we do have words that communicate these things 1272 02:33:30,070 --> 02:33:34,841 completely clearly as we did in a former amendment where we use the word person 1273 02:33:34,841 --> 02:33:39,641 why can we not use a little bit more ink and say things clearly and grammatically 1274 02:33:39,641 --> 02:33:44,681 correctly for example the president will term surfer term up six years and until 1275 02:33:44,681 --> 02:33:50,440 that person's successor is elected and qualified and for parole we can use the 1276 02:33:50,440 --> 02:33:55,021 word person's thank you so much 1277 02:33:57,419 --> 02:34:04,719 thank you our legal counsel is just helping us see that our current wording 1278 02:34:04,719 --> 02:34:09,310 in the bylaws does account for the language referring to a single 1279 02:34:09,310 --> 02:34:13,959 individual unless otherwise indicated by the context so we have some 1280 02:34:13,959 --> 02:34:18,399 accommodation of that in our existing bylaws I turn to the delegate at the pro 1281 02:34:18,399 --> 02:34:20,579 mic 1282 02:34:20,609 --> 02:34:29,100 hello I'm Jesse Ford from the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis I 1283 02:34:29,100 --> 02:34:37,390 listened with surprise and care yesterday as some of my feminist 1284 02:34:37,390 --> 02:34:47,109 colleagues expressed their pain at general gender-neutral language erasing 1285 02:34:47,109 --> 02:34:52,569 identity and what I'd like to offer in return and in support of this amendment 1286 02:34:52,569 --> 02:34:58,659 is it seems to me that the shift from gendered language to gender-neutral 1287 02:34:58,659 --> 02:35:07,390 language is the same as the historical shift from miss and mrs. to MS you don't 1288 02:35:07,390 --> 02:35:12,399 get to know what my marital status is the status is and gender-neutral 1289 02:35:12,399 --> 02:35:18,729 pronouns is like we actually don't know who each other are and so it's just 1290 02:35:18,729 --> 02:35:23,799 polite and courteous I agree that grammatically its problematic but I 1291 02:35:23,799 --> 02:35:29,589 think that this is a case where we need to not focus on the semicolons thank you 1292 02:35:29,589 --> 02:35:34,299 we have a delegate at the procedural mic thank you as there is no delegate at the 1293 02:35:34,299 --> 02:35:38,199 con microphone I will I would like to make the motion for previous question 1294 02:35:38,199 --> 02:35:40,379 please 1295 02:35:44,040 --> 02:35:49,811 it's out of order for 19 seconds we are not at the time where I went over this 1296 02:35:49,811 --> 02:35:54,431 just a couple days ago it was you know as a question of whether I understand 1297 02:35:54,431 --> 02:35:58,690 that or or and yes and we amended that we just suspended the rules to allow for 1298 02:35:58,690 --> 02:36:03,070 amendments and that we do have speakers at the amount I don't believe that when 1299 02:36:03,070 --> 02:36:14,650 we suspended the rules that had changed this other rule as well you're asking me 1300 02:36:14,650 --> 02:36:19,330 to wait 19 seconds 18 seconds I'm not sure how this would work if there was an 1301 02:36:19,330 --> 02:36:24,190 amendment on the floor and we have not reached the time limit to make the 1302 02:36:24,190 --> 02:36:28,181 motion that you are offering and there is a delegate at the amendment mic and 1303 02:36:28,181 --> 02:36:33,880 that is in order so if you could just stay dis let the thing go for 19 seconds 1304 02:36:33,880 --> 02:36:40,181 then you can come right back thank you we recognize the delegate at the 1305 02:36:40,181 --> 02:36:47,730 amendment mic my name is diana to ease I'm with the Abraham Unitarian 1306 02:36:47,730 --> 02:36:54,880 Universalist congregation in Springfield Illinois I move that this motion be 1307 02:36:54,880 --> 02:37:00,730 amended by replacing the pronoun there as it appears in the amendment with the 1308 02:37:00,730 --> 02:37:06,370 title of the officer or the title of the officer in possessive form this is in 1309 02:37:06,370 --> 02:37:15,971 sections 8.3 8.9 point-9 rules for point 6.2 and rural g9 point 13 point 5 for 1310 02:37:15,971 --> 02:37:22,660 example stating starting in line 196 where it says the President shall serve 1311 02:37:22,660 --> 02:37:28,630 for a term of six years or until their successor is elected my amendment would 1312 02:37:28,630 --> 02:37:33,101 change the proposed language it would read the President shall serve for a 1313 02:37:33,101 --> 02:37:36,820 term of six years and until the president's successor is elected and 1314 02:37:36,820 --> 02:37:44,141 qualified also amending in Section 10 point 12 where it uses nouns persons 1315 02:37:44,141 --> 02:37:49,990 individuals or such persons to use those same nouns or the possessive form of 1316 02:37:49,990 --> 02:37:55,150 those nouns rather than the pronoun there or they for example starting in 1317 02:37:55,150 --> 02:37:56,890 line 248 where 1318 02:37:56,890 --> 02:38:01,330 States the person to be indemnified appears to have acted in good faith and 1319 02:38:01,330 --> 02:38:06,130 in the reasonable belief that their action was in the best interest of the 1320 02:38:06,130 --> 02:38:10,479 Association my amendment would change the proposed language it would read the 1321 02:38:10,479 --> 02:38:14,979 person to be indemnified appears to have acted in good faith and in the 1322 02:38:14,979 --> 02:38:19,479 reasonable belief that the person's action was in the best interest of the 1323 02:38:19,479 --> 02:38:23,680 Association Thank You delegate we put the proposed text up on the screen for 1324 02:38:23,680 --> 02:38:28,600 the others and the pawl to be able to see that proposed amendment requires a 1325 02:38:28,600 --> 02:38:33,939 second do we have a second it has been seconded we now enter into debate on the 1326 02:38:33,939 --> 02:38:37,359 proposed amendment before we do that we do have delegate delegate at the 1327 02:38:37,359 --> 02:38:42,489 procedural mic hello my name is Marcus will ya know from the Universalist 1328 02:38:42,489 --> 02:38:46,600 Unitarian Church of pure an and have a point of personal privilege to read the 1329 02:38:46,600 --> 02:38:51,520 definition of a from the Oxford Dictionary third-person plural singular 1330 02:38:51,520 --> 02:38:58,090 used to refer to a person of unspecific gender for example asked a friend if 1331 02:38:58,090 --> 02:39:01,290 they could help 1332 02:39:06,140 --> 02:39:11,811 we have a delegate at the procedural mic right thank you I'm and currently Carl 1333 02:39:11,811 --> 02:39:14,960 Ponton and from Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing in Lansing 1334 02:39:14,960 --> 02:39:17,570 Michigan I'm currently rising on a point of order 1335 02:39:17,570 --> 02:39:22,010 plays I believe that the amendment that has just been proposed from the 1336 02:39:22,010 --> 02:39:25,970 amendment microphone is out of order under Robert's rules of procedures 1337 02:39:25,970 --> 02:39:31,070 because it does not make any substantive change to the motion on the floor 1338 02:39:31,070 --> 02:39:35,300 because it's just a change in wording and does not change the effect of the 1339 02:39:35,300 --> 02:39:38,950 motion on the floor it is out of order according to Robert's Rules of Procedure 1340 02:39:38,950 --> 02:39:43,030 give me a moment to consult on that 1341 02:39:46,450 --> 02:39:51,860 could that delegate could you please come over to consult with us with our 1342 02:39:51,860 --> 02:39:54,460 legal counsel 1343 02:41:06,051 --> 02:41:09,950 we are arrived at we are considering the point of order that has been raised and 1344 02:41:09,950 --> 02:41:13,631 will advise the assembly in just a moment 1345 02:41:35,979 --> 02:41:39,680 we're returning to the procedural mic to the delegate who had just offered a 1346 02:41:39,680 --> 02:41:45,320 point of order thank you hello yeah Carl panin and again Unitarian Universalist 1347 02:41:45,320 --> 02:41:51,590 Church of Greater Lansing I will be withdrawing my motion so that in the 1348 02:41:51,590 --> 02:41:56,840 interest of time while in the meantime I am double checking the book but in the 1349 02:41:56,840 --> 02:42:00,950 meantime I will withdraw the motion Thank You delegate that returns us now 1350 02:42:00,950 --> 02:42:05,420 to debate on the amendment that has been offered and seconded 1351 02:42:05,420 --> 02:42:10,189 so if you are at the pro or con mics we are now currently having discussion on 1352 02:42:10,189 --> 02:42:13,640 the debate we do have a delegate at the procedural mic so before we go to that 1353 02:42:13,640 --> 02:42:18,410 we're going to return to the procedural mic Christine Hagar River Road uu 1354 02:42:18,410 --> 02:42:23,180 congregation Bethesda Maryland asks amendments were presented in many 1355 02:42:23,180 --> 02:42:34,450 assemblies this one was presented and rejected I'm certain they were so a 1356 02:42:34,450 --> 02:42:39,680 discussion at mini-assembly is non-binding and it's a they are 1357 02:42:39,680 --> 02:42:45,170 amendments offered for consideration and this particular proposed bylaw amendment 1358 02:42:45,170 --> 02:42:50,960 does have unincorporated amendments that were offered to the main motion if that 1359 02:42:50,960 --> 02:42:53,780 clarifies we're returning we're continuing with the procedural Mike if 1360 02:42:53,780 --> 02:42:58,970 there's a delegate there Marcus Ville Yano Universalist Unitarian Church of 1361 02:42:58,970 --> 02:43:01,820 Peoria I used they/them/their pronouns and I'd 1362 02:43:01,820 --> 02:43:08,240 like to call the question okay so call to question has been offered it has been 1363 02:43:08,240 --> 02:43:12,830 it is a call to question on the amendment that is currently on the floor 1364 02:43:12,830 --> 02:43:16,100 do we have a second to the call to question on the amendment that has been 1365 02:43:16,100 --> 02:43:19,790 offered it has been seconded that means we're immediately going into voting on 1366 02:43:19,790 --> 02:43:24,380 the amendment that has been offered that is currently on the floor and you have 1367 02:43:24,380 --> 02:43:29,109 could we get the language for that amendment up okay 1368 02:43:30,030 --> 02:43:38,360 we're called a question on the amendment the amendment to the main motion 1369 02:43:43,450 --> 02:43:49,970 we are voting thank you we're voting on whether to stop debate and yes 1370 02:43:49,970 --> 02:43:53,450 so we're voting on the call to question if you'd like to vote 1371 02:43:53,450 --> 02:44:05,060 affirmative ly - the call to question please raise your voting cards we'd open 1372 02:44:05,060 --> 02:44:12,350 off-site voting please please lower your voting cards if you wouldn't if you're 1373 02:44:12,350 --> 02:44:20,330 voting against the call to question please raise your cards and we'll need 1374 02:44:20,330 --> 02:44:23,500 the tally on off-site votes 1375 02:44:36,070 --> 02:44:41,660 okay the call to question passes that now moves us into voting on the 1376 02:44:41,660 --> 02:44:44,270 amendment and thank you for your graciousness with all of us as we are 1377 02:44:44,270 --> 02:44:51,800 working the process together we appreciate it very much so the this 1378 02:44:51,800 --> 02:44:56,840 requires a majority vote so we are now could we get that language back up and 1379 02:44:56,840 --> 02:45:03,590 to clarify the main motion is to shift the language to they them there's this 1380 02:45:03,590 --> 02:45:08,840 proposed amendment which is what we're voting on is to shift the language to 1381 02:45:08,840 --> 02:45:13,670 the title that is that is being referred to of the position that's being referred 1382 02:45:13,670 --> 02:45:18,590 to in the bylaws and I want to wait for the language of that amendment to come 1383 02:45:18,590 --> 02:45:23,689 up so we're clear on what we're voting on okay that is the language so this is 1384 02:45:23,689 --> 02:45:28,010 an amendment to the main motion this is what we're now voting on it requires a 1385 02:45:28,010 --> 02:45:33,530 simple majority if you are in favor of this amendment to the main motion please 1386 02:45:33,530 --> 02:45:36,520 raise your voting cards 1387 02:45:57,750 --> 02:46:02,580 please lower your cards if you if you are voting against this amendment to the 1388 02:46:02,580 --> 02:46:06,140 main motion please raise your cards 1389 02:46:12,859 --> 02:46:18,699 please lower your cards could get we get the off-site totals please 1390 02:46:48,931 --> 02:46:54,760 okay so we'd like to just we're gonna that was very close we have fifty two 1391 02:46:54,760 --> 02:46:58,030 percent fifty three percent off-site versus forty eight percent we're gonna 1392 02:46:58,030 --> 02:47:01,690 do another visual count and we want to be very clear that the assembled 1393 02:47:01,690 --> 02:47:06,670 delegates and our online delegates understand that the difference if you're 1394 02:47:06,670 --> 02:47:11,590 voting affirmatively for this amendment to the main motion you're voting that 1395 02:47:11,590 --> 02:47:16,990 the language should be adjusted to refer to the title of the position that 1396 02:47:16,990 --> 02:47:22,210 everywhere where it currently says he or she or some gender specific pronoun that 1397 02:47:22,210 --> 02:47:27,900 it would say the president or the moderator in all of those instances 1398 02:47:27,900 --> 02:47:33,070 versus the main motion which has currently worded would change the 1399 02:47:33,070 --> 02:47:39,880 language of he and she to they and them in theirs so the this amendment to the 1400 02:47:39,880 --> 02:47:45,130 main motion would would put the title of the position in all of those places okay 1401 02:47:45,130 --> 02:47:48,220 so we just want to be very clear that everybody understands what we're voting 1402 02:47:48,220 --> 02:47:52,690 on we're going to do one more visual sight attempt to clarify whether this 1403 02:47:52,690 --> 02:47:56,200 passes based on visual sighting if you are in favor of this amendment to change 1404 02:47:56,200 --> 02:48:01,090 the language to refer to the title of the position please raise your voting 1405 02:48:01,090 --> 02:48:03,450 cards 1406 02:48:17,620 --> 02:48:22,000 please lower your cards and if you are opposed to the to the amendment to the 1407 02:48:22,000 --> 02:48:25,530 main motion please raise your voting cards 1408 02:48:34,880 --> 02:48:40,149 thank you please lower your cards it is very close we're going to call 1409 02:48:58,380 --> 02:49:03,330 we are still in the midst of voting that it was very too close to call on a 1410 02:49:03,330 --> 02:49:10,561 visual I want to make sure we understand because I realized my role last year was 1411 02:49:10,561 --> 02:49:20,221 to do something we are at 11:53 everybody on the same page 11:53 if we 1412 02:49:20,221 --> 02:49:24,811 do a teller count right now do you remember how long it took so I'm 1413 02:49:24,811 --> 02:49:28,440 just saying we are really close we have to decide if we're gonna do a teller 1414 02:49:28,440 --> 02:49:32,790 count or not and we have a lot more to get through so I just want to make sure 1415 02:49:32,790 --> 02:49:39,681 everyone is clear where we're at our process is interesting but that's a wrap 1416 02:49:42,320 --> 02:49:47,700 okay it's too close to call visually so we're gonna I'm going to invite the 1417 02:49:47,700 --> 02:49:51,540 ushers to assist us with a teller count and we're gonna we're gonna take another 1418 02:49:51,540 --> 02:49:56,280 stab at trying to figure out whether this amendment passes or not are the 1419 02:49:56,280 --> 02:50:00,801 ushers in place and ready to assist with the count 1420 02:50:07,530 --> 02:50:15,351 all right if you're in favor of the amendment please raise your voting cards 1421 02:52:00,609 --> 02:52:10,239 okay we we need the ushers in place to do the vote against the amendment the 1422 02:52:10,239 --> 02:52:14,169 ushers available okay if you are voting against this amendment please raise your 1423 02:52:14,169 --> 02:52:17,189 voting cards 1424 02:53:50,771 --> 02:53:53,340 yes 1425 02:54:12,771 --> 02:54:19,250 okay our shoes back in place we're going to call for abstentions if you are 1426 02:54:19,250 --> 02:54:23,230 abstaining on this vote please raise your voting cards 1427 02:54:27,010 --> 02:54:31,470 and if our ushers could please take the abstention count 1428 02:54:50,109 --> 02:54:55,229 have you sure has taken the abstention count while we are waiting on the 1429 02:54:55,229 --> 02:54:59,800 tabulation of that vote on by the extra so I'm going to go to the delegate at 1430 02:54:59,800 --> 02:55:08,229 the procedural mic I belong to host of a Unitarian Universalist Church in gray 1431 02:55:08,229 --> 02:55:13,870 Tennessee and I have an informational question I wanted to know what guidance 1432 02:55:13,870 --> 02:55:19,450 the board used in creating this amendment if it's meant to be if it's 1433 02:55:19,450 --> 02:55:25,660 meant to be inclusive of everyone on the entire spectrum I'm wondering what 1434 02:55:25,660 --> 02:55:29,710 people who are not on both ends of the spectrum but everybody in the middle 1435 02:55:29,710 --> 02:55:33,700 prefers thank you delegate that's a great question I'm gonna invite our 1436 02:55:33,700 --> 02:55:39,490 co-moderator barb Reeve to speak to that great question in the crafting of this 1437 02:55:39,490 --> 02:55:45,250 bylaw the board worked with some of the communities that are most impacted by 1438 02:55:45,250 --> 02:55:49,390 this change we have two co-moderators both of whom are non-binary we worked 1439 02:55:49,390 --> 02:55:53,620 with trust the transgender religious uu organization that's the only real 1440 02:55:53,620 --> 02:55:58,420 representative organization we have for trans and non-binary folks in our faith 1441 02:55:58,420 --> 02:56:04,210 right now and other organizations and groups that were part of the bylaws 1442 02:56:04,210 --> 02:56:11,050 process so the simple answer is yes but I wanted to give you the long answer yes 1443 02:56:11,050 --> 02:56:14,430 and I'm speaking to the main motion 1444 02:56:14,609 --> 02:56:21,600 thank you we have a delegate at the procedural mic no okay 1445 02:56:25,330 --> 02:56:31,990 and I invite the rushers to bring the their tabulation Ford when they're ready 1446 02:58:14,421 --> 02:58:19,791 is the chair of our commission on social witness in the hall while we are waiting 1447 02:58:19,791 --> 02:58:25,791 on the usher count on that vote we are going to invite the chair of our 1448 02:58:25,791 --> 02:58:41,480 Commission on social witness to share the results of the AIW vote all right so 1449 02:58:41,480 --> 02:58:45,921 I just want to remind you in terms of the actions of immediate witness getting 1450 02:58:45,921 --> 02:58:53,001 on to the final agenda it is it the vote was to select issues to place on the 1451 02:58:53,001 --> 02:58:57,921 agenda for consideration not a vote to adopt the statements so the vote that 1452 02:58:57,921 --> 02:59:02,841 vote will occur tomorrow so we've got tellers tallying for the amendment vote 1453 02:59:02,841 --> 02:59:06,861 we're going to hear the results of a vote to put things on an agenda y'all 1454 02:59:06,861 --> 02:59:18,891 with me all right Susan tell us what we got before I give the results I just 1455 02:59:18,891 --> 02:59:24,831 want to say that this year I know that there were a lot of serious issues going 1456 02:59:24,831 --> 02:59:32,541 on that we really wanted to speak out on and there were many worthy ones not only 1457 02:59:32,541 --> 02:59:39,471 the ones that were submitted but and it was very difficult the vote was very 1458 02:59:39,471 --> 02:59:48,440 closed and if your issue was not one of the three selected it does not mean that 1459 02:59:48,440 --> 02:59:54,501 you could not take the other issues home that you can that it doesn't mean that 1460 02:59:54,501 --> 02:59:58,821 you cannot work on them it just means that there wouldn't be a formal 1461 02:59:58,821 --> 03:00:07,251 statement here so please know that it was very close and that I'm sure it was 1462 03:00:07,251 --> 03:00:12,051 a very difficult choice for a lot of people as they mark their ballots I'm 1463 03:00:12,051 --> 03:00:20,661 going to announce them in the order that they are in the lettering based on which 1464 03:00:20,661 --> 03:00:30,171 one's had enough votes had the top three votes so proposed a iw a and family 1465 03:00:30,171 --> 03:00:34,881 separation and detention of asylum seekers and abolish ice is one of the 1466 03:00:34,881 --> 03:00:45,111 three proposed a iw C and prisons for profit dismantle predatory medical care 1467 03:00:45,111 --> 03:00:51,021 practices in prisons was also one of the ones that was got the top votes 1468 03:00:51,021 --> 03:00:58,760 and finally proposed AIW f we are all related solidarity now with an 1469 03:00:58,760 --> 03:01:07,101 indigenous water protectors those so have to be admitted to the agenda but 1470 03:01:07,101 --> 03:01:12,740 let me announce there are many assemblies at 1:30 today what which ones 1471 03:01:12,740 --> 03:01:17,660 will be in which room if you want to propose amendments to any of those three 1472 03:01:17,660 --> 03:01:24,410 and the full-text of those three will be available at the mini assemblies the for 1473 03:01:24,410 --> 03:01:32,510 a purpose the number one on the detention will be in room 2101 first see 1474 03:01:32,510 --> 03:01:40,700 on prison reform will be in 2102 a and F on indigenous water protectors will be 1475 03:01:40,700 --> 03:01:46,431 in 2102 B and for those who are off-site you will have an opportunity for an 1476 03:01:46,431 --> 03:01:55,190 off-site mini assembly and you'll go to the G a business chat space Thank You 1477 03:01:55,190 --> 03:01:58,521 Susan so just for clarity we're not voting on 1478 03:01:58,521 --> 03:02:02,271 that yet we will before we end this session but we just wanted you to have 1479 03:02:02,271 --> 03:02:06,940 the information while counting what's happening to save us time later 1480 03:02:27,780 --> 03:02:34,721 all right thank you beautiful folks siblings in faith we have the results of 1481 03:02:34,721 --> 03:02:39,221 that vote on the amendment in favor of the amendment to that to the main motion 1482 03:02:39,221 --> 03:02:44,110 we had 448 votes opposed to the amendment to the main 1483 03:02:44,110 --> 03:02:49,450 motion we had 485 votes 10 abstentions the amendment to the main 1484 03:02:49,450 --> 03:03:03,881 motion fails with that the amendment to the main motion did not pass we with 1485 03:03:03,881 --> 03:03:06,521 that we return thank you for your forbearance with me 1486 03:03:06,521 --> 03:03:11,921 as I'm learning with with that we return to the floor and we have a delegate at 1487 03:03:11,921 --> 03:03:18,251 the procedural mic thank thank you thank you moderator son Carl Ponton and 1488 03:03:18,251 --> 03:03:21,791 Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing I would like to make the motion 1489 03:03:21,791 --> 03:03:29,341 to call the question please we are voting on whether to call to question 1490 03:03:29,341 --> 03:03:34,030 its second it has been seconded if you would if you're in favor of calling the 1491 03:03:34,030 --> 03:03:37,681 question please raise your voting cards 1492 03:03:51,310 --> 03:03:54,609 please lower your cards if you are opposed to calling the question please 1493 03:03:54,609 --> 03:04:00,430 raise your voting cards we're looking for the on-site avi off-site delegate 1494 03:04:00,430 --> 03:04:07,419 vote count please the motion to call to question clearly passes we are now 1495 03:04:07,419 --> 03:04:13,119 moving to voting on the main motion as it has been proposed in its original 1496 03:04:13,119 --> 03:04:18,850 wording it requires a two-thirds majority affirmative vote in order to be 1497 03:04:18,850 --> 03:04:24,100 adopted if you are in favor of that the main motion please raise your voting 1498 03:04:24,100 --> 03:04:26,399 cards 1499 03:04:33,331 --> 03:04:38,301 please lower your voting cards if you are opposed to the to the main motion 1500 03:04:38,301 --> 03:04:44,940 please raise your voting cards and we are waiting for the off-site delegate 1501 03:04:44,940 --> 03:04:53,931 vote count abstentions thank you 1502 03:04:54,330 --> 03:05:10,319 the main motion overwhelmingly passes thank you 1503 03:05:14,030 --> 03:05:24,471 I see that we have an off-site procedural off-site but no okay then I 1504 03:05:24,471 --> 03:05:29,360 recognize the delegate at the on-site procedural mic my name is Kimberly Tom 1505 03:05:29,360 --> 03:05:32,540 Cech Carlson I'm a delegate from the Bradford Unitarian Universalist Church 1506 03:05:32,540 --> 03:05:38,000 of Kenosha Wisconsin and I would like to call for a suspension of the rules as 1507 03:05:38,000 --> 03:05:44,420 there are absolutely no amendments on three of our bylaw amendments that is 1508 03:05:44,420 --> 03:05:50,811 committee terms moderator roles and district and regional updates they have 1509 03:05:50,811 --> 03:05:54,440 already been to many assembly we have already agreed that we agree with them 1510 03:05:54,440 --> 03:05:59,061 maybe we have a suspension of a rule and vote on all three of them in an official 1511 03:05:59,061 --> 03:06:12,021 vote a plenary I hear a second there's no discussion on this correct so thank 1512 03:06:12,021 --> 03:06:17,601 you so so to be clear we are voting to suspend the rules to combined committee 1513 03:06:17,601 --> 03:06:24,080 terms moderator roles and district in regional updates yes all right now in a 1514 03:06:24,080 --> 03:06:32,090 plenary miracle baby so that's what you're voting on if you want to suspend 1515 03:06:32,090 --> 03:06:38,440 the rules and combine those three yes if you don't know those in favor 1516 03:06:41,870 --> 03:06:47,050 alright those against 1517 03:06:50,110 --> 03:06:56,070 I'm waiting on the off-site vote 1518 03:06:59,881 --> 03:07:12,001 motion passes okay the I recognize the delegate at the 1519 03:07:12,001 --> 03:07:18,601 procedural mic yeah David Freedman First Unitarian Church Rochester New York I'd 1520 03:07:18,601 --> 03:07:23,870 like to move that we suspend the rules so we can call the question immediately 1521 03:07:23,870 --> 03:07:32,211 without a time is there a second hey then we're ready to proceed to a vote 1522 03:07:34,700 --> 03:07:41,101 okay we're on the motion to call a question on an end discussion on the 1523 03:07:41,101 --> 03:07:52,820 three combined bylaw proposals suspend the rules to call the question sorry 1524 03:08:03,850 --> 03:08:09,109 okay any opposed all those opposed to 1525 03:08:09,109 --> 03:08:13,319 suspending the rules to call the question on the combined bylaw 1526 03:08:13,319 --> 03:08:19,200 amendments raise your voting cards please and we'll wait for the off-site 1527 03:08:19,200 --> 03:08:21,739 delegates 1528 03:08:36,910 --> 03:08:43,160 okay the off-site delegates are overwhelmingly in favor of suspending 1529 03:08:43,160 --> 03:08:50,061 the rules so now we are on the main motion I recognize the delegate at the 1530 03:08:50,061 --> 03:08:56,120 procedural mic I hello Carl Ponton in uu Church of Greater Lansing just a point 1531 03:08:56,120 --> 03:09:03,771 of information what is the motion on the floor it's okay the motion on the floor 1532 03:09:03,771 --> 03:09:11,330 is now to amend the UUA bylaws as specified regarding committee terms the 1533 03:09:11,330 --> 03:09:16,971 co-moderator roles and district and regions updates okay so we have three 1534 03:09:16,971 --> 03:09:22,041 that had no amendments and no discussion I recognize the delegate at the 1535 03:09:22,041 --> 03:09:31,341 procedural mic you already did we're on the main motion so all those in favor of 1536 03:09:31,341 --> 03:09:36,730 the proposed bylaw amendments please raise your voting cards 1537 03:09:43,360 --> 03:09:47,690 okay this is a vote to call the question I apologize we have too many things 1538 03:09:47,690 --> 03:09:54,921 going on calling the question on debate no okay thank you 1539 03:09:54,921 --> 03:10:06,440 any opposed to calling the question of site delegates okay we were 1540 03:10:06,440 --> 03:10:13,881 overwhelmingly in favor of ending debate now we're on the main motion okay all 1541 03:10:13,881 --> 03:10:17,961 those in favor of the bylaws proposed amendments please raise your voting 1542 03:10:17,961 --> 03:10:28,071 cards thank you any opposed all those opposed sorry off-site 1543 03:10:28,071 --> 03:10:30,610 delegates 1544 03:10:30,821 --> 03:10:38,271 okay these the motion to amend those three sections of the bylaws passes and 1545 03:10:38,271 --> 03:10:43,251 you guys are so ready to do this you're voting before I even ask you to good for 1546 03:10:43,251 --> 03:10:56,480 you I don't know about you but I'm just grateful and proud of our flexibility 1547 03:10:56,480 --> 03:11:01,841 and creativity as we move into new ways of doing things 1548 03:11:03,131 --> 03:11:09,171 part of that new way of doing things is realizing timing so for information we 1549 03:11:09,171 --> 03:11:15,501 will discuss the Commission on social witness and the district and regional 1550 03:11:15,501 --> 03:11:23,511 bylaw changes are just the Commission on social witness tomorrow morning we will 1551 03:11:23,511 --> 03:11:27,321 though take the vote on the actions of immediate witness that we talked about a 1552 03:11:27,321 --> 03:11:31,211 few minutes ago but haven't voted on yet 1553 03:11:31,360 --> 03:11:37,161 yes right right so just just to add it to the agenda we're not discussing the 1554 03:11:37,161 --> 03:11:42,501 actual actions of immediate witness we're just voting to add them to the 1555 03:11:42,501 --> 03:11:46,101 agenda so that we can discuss the actual actions of immediate witness tomorrow 1556 03:11:46,101 --> 03:11:56,450 you with me alright csw would you like to make a 1557 03:11:56,450 --> 03:12:04,240 motion on this one she's coming just go to the amendment 1558 03:12:04,240 --> 03:12:13,641 Susan grab the nearest microphone based on the votes of the delegates the 1559 03:12:13,641 --> 03:12:18,410 Commission on social witness moves to admit the following three issues to the 1560 03:12:18,410 --> 03:12:24,260 final agenda for a vote on Sunday the three issues are can you put them up on 1561 03:12:24,260 --> 03:12:31,930 the screen please end family separation 1562 03:12:32,050 --> 03:12:42,891 and prisons for profit and we are all related those are the fandom titles 1563 03:12:42,891 --> 03:12:48,410 fantastic so all in favor of adding these three to the agenda tomorrow 1564 03:12:48,410 --> 03:12:52,330 please vote 1565 03:12:56,989 --> 03:13:04,489 and we'll need 2/3 all right put your cards down if you are voting against 1566 03:13:04,489 --> 03:13:11,539 adding the stay of the agenda please raise your cards and do we have the 1567 03:13:11,539 --> 03:13:14,919 off-site votes 1568 03:13:22,141 --> 03:13:25,160 motion passes 1569 03:13:27,700 --> 03:13:36,100 okay quick - yes I reckon has a dead teller the delegate at the procedure mic 1570 03:13:36,100 --> 03:13:41,380 shout Collins you use of southern Delaware and Lewes Delaware I'm not 1571 03:13:41,380 --> 03:13:45,580 calling for a revote but a point of information that the off-site delegates 1572 03:13:45,580 --> 03:13:50,890 did not get to vote on the last motion she's referring not to the AIW but the 1573 03:13:50,890 --> 03:13:56,340 one before that the poll did not get posted in time 1574 03:14:01,600 --> 03:14:06,100 we are sorry we're still learning on the technology side of things and we will do 1575 03:14:06,100 --> 03:14:13,450 better so this afternoon there are some content some discussions we're trying to 1576 03:14:13,450 --> 03:14:17,021 figure out where we're going with our principles our bylaws our mission in our 1577 03:14:17,021 --> 03:14:20,620 vision and what that means around becoming a different faith that one that 1578 03:14:20,620 --> 03:14:25,000 holds all of us please come to the discussions this afternoon we really 1579 03:14:25,000 --> 03:14:30,820 would like your improve your input now please come Kristina I'm ready to get 1580 03:14:30,820 --> 03:14:46,350 her for the announcements and then dick will do our closing readings hey y'all 1581 03:14:46,350 --> 03:14:51,610 alright as I said yesterday we're getting more comfortable with each other 1582 03:14:51,610 --> 03:14:56,050 which means we're forgetting some of our more common courtesies please allow 1583 03:14:56,050 --> 03:15:02,260 folks or using the mobility devices to exit first remember they cannot stop on 1584 03:15:02,260 --> 03:15:06,640 a dime so when you aren't passing in the hallways please do not cut right in 1585 03:15:06,640 --> 03:15:15,340 front of them give space to folks to be able to be how they need to be here one 1586 03:15:15,340 --> 03:15:19,540 of the ways in which white supremacy shows up is an erasure of people for 1587 03:15:19,540 --> 03:15:25,150 marginalized communities such as people of color and transgender people it's not 1588 03:15:25,150 --> 03:15:29,650 seeing us in our wholeness one of the ways this plays out at General Assembly 1589 03:15:29,650 --> 03:15:35,680 and in our congregations is by being called by somebody else's name we are 1590 03:15:35,680 --> 03:15:42,760 not interchangeable how please help see us in our wholeness by calling us by our 1591 03:15:42,760 --> 03:15:46,750 name using our name badges remember we said we were going to be wearing those 1592 03:15:46,750 --> 03:15:52,330 you can use those if you'd like to discuss this issue please do not find 1593 03:15:52,330 --> 03:15:58,210 the nearest person from a marginalized community to discuss it with right 1594 03:15:58,210 --> 03:16:03,670 please find instead seek out your congregational anti racism anti 1595 03:16:03,670 --> 03:16:08,620 oppression multicultural resources if you do not know what those are this is a 1596 03:16:08,620 --> 03:16:13,650 perfect time to find out thanks 1597 03:16:25,521 --> 03:16:32,011 we will have the slide for where you go for your discussion groups later this 1598 03:16:32,011 --> 03:16:36,690 afternoon can I have that slide up on the screen everyone so make note of this 1599 03:16:36,690 --> 03:16:41,730 we're going to leave this up after dick provide some closing words so we're 1600 03:16:41,730 --> 03:16:44,460 gonna put this slide back down for now but on your way out of the hall we'll 1601 03:16:44,460 --> 03:16:48,511 see this before you leave the hall make sure to make time for people who need 1602 03:16:48,511 --> 03:16:52,681 more time because they use mobility aid devices or need more time exiting the 1603 03:16:52,681 --> 03:17:04,830 hall thank you this reading is faithless works by the Reverend dr. Jonathan found 1604 03:17:04,830 --> 03:17:12,811 in to wake to rise meditation manual edited by Reverend Brill synchrony they 1605 03:17:12,811 --> 03:17:19,620 say that faith without works is dead so I worked for equality next to my queer 1606 03:17:19,620 --> 03:17:25,380 friends who wanted to get married I worked for religious freedom next to my 1607 03:17:25,380 --> 03:17:31,080 Muslim friends who were accused of being terrorists and I worked for racial 1608 03:17:31,080 --> 03:17:37,641 justice next to my black friends whose lives were affected by police brutality 1609 03:17:37,641 --> 03:17:45,480 yet I didn't feel fully alive even after working myself to death until I let my 1610 03:17:45,480 --> 03:17:53,091 work become a spiritual practice until I let go of my attachment to the outcome 1611 03:17:53,091 --> 03:18:02,851 until I stopped chasing after political issues one after the other I still 1612 03:18:02,851 --> 03:18:12,120 believe that faith without works is dead but work without faith is just as 1613 03:18:12,120 --> 03:18:16,790 lifeless so be it 1614 03:18:21,160 --> 03:18:25,551 there being no further business to come before us and in accordance with the 1615 03:18:25,551 --> 03:18:29,511 schedule set forth in your program book I declare that this general session of 1616 03:18:29,511 --> 03:18:36,381 the General Assembly so stand in recess until 11:00 a.m. tomorrow morning thank 1617 03:18:36,381 --> 03:18:39,521 you all we did lots of things today