1 00:00:00,000 --> 00:00:13,380 so so we will now consider an amendment to the UUA bylaws section 4.8 changing 2 00:00:13,380 --> 00:00:17,940 the requirements for religious educators to be granted voting delegates status at 3 00:00:17,940 --> 00:00:21,660 General Assembly by removing the requirement that religious educators 4 00:00:21,660 --> 00:00:26,580 must have masters level credential status all other voting requirements 5 00:00:26,580 --> 00:00:30,630 remain the same the amendment was proposed by the liberal religious 6 00:00:30,630 --> 00:00:36,000 educators Association the Board of Trustees has incorporated some of the 7 00:00:36,000 --> 00:00:41,340 amendments offered in the mini-assembly please refer to the screen rather than 8 00:00:41,340 --> 00:00:46,649 the program book so that you have the complete list of changes handouts are 9 00:00:46,649 --> 00:00:51,420 available for those who need them and the unincorporated amendments will be at 10 00:00:51,420 --> 00:00:56,520 the bottom of the paper copies I recognize the delegate at the pro mic to 11 00:00:56,520 --> 00:01:03,239 make the motion on voting for religious educators hi I'm Robin Pugh I'm a 12 00:01:03,239 --> 00:01:06,510 delegate of the church of the larger fellowship 13 00:01:06,510 --> 00:01:10,770 I'm the religious educator at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 14 00:01:10,770 --> 00:01:16,799 Washington Crossing I'm also vice president of LREDA I move that we 15 00:01:16,799 --> 00:01:21,450 amend the bylaws to give religious educators who are active members of 16 00:01:21,450 --> 00:01:29,630 LREDA and employed by congregations delegate status thank you 17 00:01:29,630 --> 00:01:42,289 is there a second thank you good morning general assembly so those of you who are 18 00:01:42,289 --> 00:01:46,250 with us yesterday noticed that we're creating a little bit of time for each 19 00:01:46,250 --> 00:01:51,729 of our proposals for you all to engage in conversation reflection and dialogue 20 00:01:51,729 --> 00:01:56,000 briefly with one another this will be for a three minute period and we'd like 21 00:01:56,000 --> 00:01:59,600 to invite you into such a time of dialogue and reflection with those 22 00:01:59,600 --> 00:02:06,080 seated near you so no need to go further fuel than that and our question two that 23 00:02:06,080 --> 00:02:10,160 we invite you to be in conversation and reflection around is what are the roles 24 00:02:10,160 --> 00:02:15,790 and privileges of delegates at General Assembly 25 00:05:18,100 --> 00:05:23,030 Thank You delegates we invite you to come back together as a larger community 26 00:05:23,030 --> 00:05:30,010 as our co-moderator Elandria Williams leads us in moderating this conversation 27 00:05:44,810 --> 00:05:51,920 so I recognize the delegate at the pro mic hi my name is Robin Pugh I am a CLF 28 00:05:51,920 --> 00:05:57,290 delegate and a employee at the Unitarian Universalist Church at Washington 29 00:05:57,290 --> 00:06:09,950 Crossing this is an amazing day for religious educators for over 50 years 30 00:06:09,950 --> 00:06:15,380 religious educators have been asking for delegate status and this is the first 31 00:06:15,380 --> 00:06:22,690 time this vote has made it to the floor why do we need this bylaw amendment 32 00:06:22,690 --> 00:06:28,160 religious educators are encouraged not to be members of our congregations 33 00:06:28,160 --> 00:06:33,940 because of healthy boundaries and best practices so we can't be a 34 00:06:33,940 --> 00:06:41,030 congregational delegate today we are living in to our Unitarian Universalist 35 00:06:41,030 --> 00:06:46,040 values especially the fifth principle about the right of conscience and the 36 00:06:46,040 --> 00:06:52,550 use of the democratic process or as religious educators teach our children 37 00:06:52,550 --> 00:06:59,690 each person deserves a voice and a vote so what we're proposing is that 38 00:06:59,690 --> 00:07:05,960 automatic delegate status be given to active members of LREDA who are 39 00:07:05,960 --> 00:07:12,680 employed by a congregation we want religious educators delegates to be held 40 00:07:12,680 --> 00:07:17,350 accountable and LREDA is the organization that can support that 41 00:07:17,350 --> 00:07:23,150 accountability it has a code of conduct professional accountability and ongoing 42 00:07:23,150 --> 00:07:30,289 professional development an active member is a category of membership that 43 00:07:30,289 --> 00:07:35,120 requires a religious educator to be working in a congregation for three 44 00:07:35,120 --> 00:07:44,539 years our prophetic faith is going to be mirrored right now with this vote it is 45 00:07:44,539 --> 00:07:49,930 about damn time 46 00:07:50,080 --> 00:07:56,919 I recognize the delegate at the procedure mic this question is from 47 00:07:56,919 --> 00:08:00,900 Michael Harris Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church Bethesda Maryland 48 00:08:00,900 --> 00:08:06,219 point of information if this passes what would the percentage mix be of 49 00:08:06,219 --> 00:08:14,580 professional versus lay delegates that is a good question 50 00:08:14,580 --> 00:08:18,000 week but 51 00:08:24,500 --> 00:08:30,050 I recognize you can't do it yet I recognize the delegate at the pro mic we 52 00:08:30,050 --> 00:08:42,500 think that the the active members is about 300 people said the ratio 900 53 00:08:42,500 --> 00:08:51,820 ministers 300 religious educators 4,000 congregational delegates 54 00:08:57,410 --> 00:09:06,309 is there any other off-site there's one do you want to read it 55 00:09:14,870 --> 00:09:21,560 I recognize the delegate at the pro mic I'm reading for John Cavallaro community 56 00:09:21,560 --> 00:09:27,560 uu congregation White Plains New York it is time to welcome religious educators 57 00:09:27,560 --> 00:09:32,750 into the uu decision-making procedure best practice recommends again 58 00:09:32,750 --> 00:09:37,850 congregational membership for dr es and thus they are not eligible for delegate 59 00:09:37,850 --> 00:09:43,790 designation by their congregation dr es are committed to the work of faith are 60 00:09:43,790 --> 00:09:48,500 more informed than most congregational leaders and bring valuable voice to the 61 00:09:48,500 --> 00:10:05,060 process I recognize the delegate at the con mic may be madam moderator I do not 62 00:10:05,060 --> 00:10:10,100 like standing at this con mic but can you state your name Paul origin 63 00:10:10,100 --> 00:10:15,260 Reverend Paula Meyer on O of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of 64 00:10:15,260 --> 00:10:21,500 Newark Delaware I just realized this morning that you do not have it to be a 65 00:10:21,500 --> 00:10:30,710 uu to be a member of LREDA and I find that automatically having non uu 66 00:10:30,710 --> 00:10:39,050 delegates is not something I can support I recognize the delegate at the pro mic 67 00:10:39,050 --> 00:10:44,360 good morning my name is Anna leader Lynn Jones and I am from the Thomas Jefferson 68 00:10:44,360 --> 00:10:48,650 Memorial Church Unitarian Universalist in Charlottesville Virginia I'm also 69 00:10:48,650 --> 00:10:54,220 senior business manager so I'm here with about 100 of my closest friends 70 00:10:54,220 --> 00:10:59,990 we as the UUA 2018 youth caucus want to state our support for delegate status 71 00:10:59,990 --> 00:11:04,970 for our active religious educators we as a religious education educators have 72 00:11:04,970 --> 00:11:09,260 helped us to grow into the Unitarian Universalist youth that we are today and 73 00:11:09,260 --> 00:11:15,080 we have witnessed that this mentorship is ministry our religious educators have 74 00:11:15,080 --> 00:11:18,860 been on the forefront of institutionalized change demonstrated 75 00:11:18,860 --> 00:11:24,260 through our owl curriculums which have educated us to be smarter safer and more 76 00:11:24,260 --> 00:11:28,460 aware about ourselves our religious educators have led 77 00:11:28,460 --> 00:11:32,690 in the fight for a collective liberation by creating two white supremacy 78 00:11:32,690 --> 00:11:35,570 teach-ins they have helped us to lovingly call 79 00:11:35,570 --> 00:11:40,010 each other back into covenant and to live our faith as Unitarian 80 00:11:40,010 --> 00:11:44,029 Universalists our our religious educators have performed life-changing 81 00:11:44,029 --> 00:11:48,380 and life-saving work which has an influential impact on not only the youth 82 00:11:48,380 --> 00:11:53,839 but everyone within our congregation our religious educators helped to give us 83 00:11:53,839 --> 00:11:57,800 youth a voice in our congregations and now we believe that it is time that our 84 00:11:57,800 --> 00:12:02,209 congregations further recognize the work of our religious educators they deserve 85 00:12:02,209 --> 00:12:07,330 to receive automatic delegate status particularly as they amplify our voices 86 00:12:07,330 --> 00:12:14,270 often more than our ministers do therefore the youth caucus staff of g8 87 00:12:14,270 --> 00:12:19,550 and all of youth caucus hold that our religious educators deserve the delegate 88 00:12:19,550 --> 00:12:24,080 status that represent the support of a congregation and the right to vote in 89 00:12:24,080 --> 00:12:28,640 general sessions we want to thank our religious educators for all the work 90 00:12:28,640 --> 00:12:33,560 they have done and will do to support youth voices and that we believe that in 91 00:12:33,560 --> 00:12:38,060 order to support religious educators voices in General Assembly we must give 92 00:12:38,060 --> 00:12:52,310 them their rightfully deserved automatic delegate status I recognize a delegate 93 00:12:52,310 --> 00:12:56,750 at the procedure mic I am Rebecca albergue from First Unitarian Church of 94 00:12:56,750 --> 00:13:03,170 Providence and I would like to call the question all righty so are we ready to 95 00:13:03,170 --> 00:13:06,980 call the question so if you are ready to call the question 96 00:13:06,980 --> 00:13:10,570 please raise your voting cards 97 00:13:14,630 --> 00:13:17,950 all righty 98 00:13:23,030 --> 00:13:27,420 thank you these put your cards down if you are not ready to call the question 99 00:13:27,420 --> 00:13:35,640 please raise your voting cards alrighty all those in favor please raise your 100 00:13:35,640 --> 00:13:45,530 voting cards all those opposed 101 00:13:49,700 --> 00:13:52,390 okay 102 00:13:57,790 --> 00:14:02,440 okay I think everyone knows I really don't like Roberts rules but here we go 103 00:14:02,440 --> 00:14:08,500 so we are voting on the motion whether to pass status no we've already people 104 00:14:08,500 --> 00:14:13,740 you already did the previews vote to call the question it was overwhelmingly 105 00:14:13,740 --> 00:14:26,020 what so we are waiting on the offside vote to call the question so we're going 106 00:14:26,020 --> 00:14:31,570 to start again where it's ice bear early I'm sorry so can we please vote one more 107 00:14:31,570 --> 00:14:34,950 time if you're ready to call the question 108 00:14:46,660 --> 00:14:49,290 okay 109 00:14:49,550 --> 00:14:53,180 all righty please put your cards down if you are not ready to call it the 110 00:14:53,180 --> 00:15:01,820 question thank you now we just need to wait on offside delegates and while 111 00:15:01,820 --> 00:15:08,000 we're waiting I recognize the delegate procedure Mike in society Milwaukee can 112 00:15:08,000 --> 00:15:14,570 we get up on the screen the wording of what we're actually voting on yes thank 113 00:15:14,570 --> 00:15:16,660 you 114 00:15:27,280 --> 00:15:33,010 well we're waiting for that information if you are somebody who's voting and are 115 00:15:33,010 --> 00:15:38,110 sitting on the far far ends and have the ability and willingness to move closer 116 00:15:38,110 --> 00:15:44,190 to the middle it will make it a lot easier for us to see your votes 117 00:15:51,640 --> 00:16:01,350 so 77% in favor already now we're calling the question so if you huh oh 118 00:16:01,350 --> 00:16:10,149 okay love you too thank you so if you were voting in favor for giving delegate 119 00:16:10,149 --> 00:16:14,980 status to religious educators who are members of LREDA please raise your 120 00:16:14,980 --> 00:16:17,670 voting cards 121 00:16:23,320 --> 00:16:27,519 thank you please put them down if you are not in favor please raise your 122 00:16:27,519 --> 00:16:37,120 voting hearts thank you now we've had to wait for the off-site delegates but we 123 00:16:37,120 --> 00:16:40,480 do not actually have to call for extensions but I will do that if you 124 00:16:40,480 --> 00:16:47,940 were abstaining please raise your delegate garden thank you 125 00:16:53,190 --> 00:16:56,540 we were waiting a mile saying 126 00:17:03,870 --> 00:17:28,279 ninety-three percent in favorite passes