1 00:00:04,000 --> 00:00:08,300 I appreciate your patience as we worked on some technological stuff on our side 2 00:00:08,300 --> 00:00:14,400 and now we want to call them to order the sixth general session of the fifty 3 00:00:14,400 --> 00:00:21,060 fifty seventh General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association and I 4 00:00:21,060 --> 00:00:27,470 invite Tanner to come on up and offer us some opening words 5 00:00:32,140 --> 00:00:43,450 so I found a reading about hope but I'm realizing as I walked up here that I 6 00:00:43,450 --> 00:00:49,620 don't want to read this about hope I want to talk about intention and the way 7 00:00:49,620 --> 00:00:57,370 we do our work together I want to call us into the space realizing that we are 8 00:00:57,370 --> 00:01:06,550 one faith one movement and we can do this together but not separately and I 9 00:01:06,550 --> 00:01:24,040 want us to be intentional with the work that we're doing Thank You tanner we've 10 00:01:24,040 --> 00:01:27,910 got some business before us and I want to remind us of our rules as we move 11 00:01:27,910 --> 00:01:31,840 forward you must be recognized by someone at 12 00:01:31,840 --> 00:01:36,670 this podium in order to speak at one of our microphones when you're speaking at 13 00:01:36,670 --> 00:01:43,150 a microphone you've got two minutes and you can only speak once unless there's 14 00:01:43,150 --> 00:01:49,510 no other person waiting to speak we're running a little behind which is fine 15 00:01:49,510 --> 00:01:56,260 we've made some adjustments and let's be mindful that if we want to take a break 16 00:01:56,260 --> 00:02:01,960 between this session and the next one to grab food it will be important that 17 00:02:01,960 --> 00:02:08,080 those who are speaking at the pro and concern mics work to give new 18 00:02:08,080 --> 00:02:13,090 information and not repeat information or viewpoints that have been shared 19 00:02:13,090 --> 00:02:18,430 before we share our perspectives based on our voting so we don't need to be 20 00:02:18,430 --> 00:02:24,730 reiterating our points multiple times we will continue to have three minutes of 21 00:02:24,730 --> 00:02:29,519 informal discussion before each debate 22 00:02:29,900 --> 00:02:34,939 a reminder that admittance must have been submitted for consideration at the 23 00:02:34,939 --> 00:02:40,340 appropriate mini assembly and that there are 30 minutes total allowed for by law 24 00:02:40,340 --> 00:02:45,890 and rule amendments resolutions or actions after 15 minutes of debate 25 00:02:45,890 --> 00:02:51,620 motions to table or refer are in order and those motions must come from our 26 00:02:51,620 --> 00:02:58,549 procedural mic a motion to call the previous question is in order 1 7 27 00:02:58,549 --> 00:03:03,829 minutes has expired and there are people at the pro and con mic once five minutes 28 00:03:03,829 --> 00:03:08,510 has expired and no one is at the pro or con mic then the motion to call the 29 00:03:08,510 --> 00:03:12,159 previous question would be in order a 30 00:03:12,760 --> 00:03:20,389 gentle reminder that delegates can suspend the rules at any time by going 31 00:03:20,389 --> 00:03:27,019 to the procedural mic and as always we remember that we have ons online 32 00:03:27,019 --> 00:03:32,629 delegates who are joining us and we'll be taking the time to make sure that we 33 00:03:32,629 --> 00:03:37,129 include them in our deliberations here and pausing when we take our votes to 34 00:03:37,129 --> 00:03:43,160 make sure we count their votes with that let us address our remaining bylaw 35 00:03:43,160 --> 00:03:48,790 change that has been proposed or is about to be proposed Manish 36 00:03:56,100 --> 00:04:05,160 good morning General Assembly I recognize the trustee at the pro mic I 37 00:04:05,910 --> 00:04:11,860 recognize the trustee at the pro mic yes I'm dick Jackie a member of the board of 38 00:04:11,860 --> 00:04:17,530 trustees and I move that the proposed bylaw amendment to alter the social 39 00:04:17,530 --> 00:04:23,230 witness process and which communities can participate in this process in bylaw 40 00:04:23,230 --> 00:04:29,890 article four sections four point one two and four point one six and as amended in 41 00:04:29,890 --> 00:04:38,220 the mini-assembly found on pages 80 to 83 of the final agenda be adopted 42 00:04:42,530 --> 00:04:47,460 the motion to adopt the proposed bylaw amendment to substantially alter the 43 00:04:47,460 --> 00:04:50,970 social witness process in which communities can participate in this 44 00:04:50,970 --> 00:04:55,800 process related to bylaw article four sections four point one two and four 45 00:04:55,800 --> 00:05:01,830 point one six has been made and seconded we call on the trustee dick Jacky to 46 00:05:01,830 --> 00:05:06,690 make the board statement in support of this bylaw amendment these amendments 47 00:05:06,690 --> 00:05:10,980 come from the commission on social witness and the bylaws review task force 48 00:05:10,980 --> 00:05:16,350 after years of deliberation the social witness process has seen many changes 49 00:05:16,350 --> 00:05:21,750 over the decades increases in the speed of communication as well as our 50 00:05:21,750 --> 00:05:26,790 understanding of who joins together in Unitarian Universalist communities has 51 00:05:26,790 --> 00:05:31,950 changed the way we do the work of expanding justice in the world the 52 00:05:31,950 --> 00:05:37,110 proposed amendments allow us to respond more urgently to justice issues in our 53 00:05:37,110 --> 00:05:43,020 world these amendments also expand the circle of Unitarian Universalists in 54 00:05:43,020 --> 00:05:50,430 covenant who can study and take action on justice issues similarly these 55 00:05:50,430 --> 00:05:55,800 changes continue our process of clarifying what information is essential 56 00:05:55,800 --> 00:06:00,870 to include in the bylaws and what can be included elsewhere to provide the 57 00:06:00,870 --> 00:06:06,200 flexibility needed to empowered leaders that the General Assembly elects the 58 00:06:06,200 --> 00:06:12,090 other way of saying this is that we want to remove rules processes and procedures 59 00:06:12,090 --> 00:06:17,790 from the bylaws and instead it included in the rules and SCW process guide that 60 00:06:17,790 --> 00:06:22,890 is released every year your board strongly supports these changes to our 61 00:06:22,890 --> 00:06:28,410 formal justice making process thank you now it's a time when we're moving to 62 00:06:28,410 --> 00:06:38,130 discussion but we have a procedural question yes hi Eric Val B University 63 00:06:38,130 --> 00:06:43,080 Unitarian Church in Seattle I'm afraid that this is a departure from the motion 64 00:06:43,080 --> 00:06:48,930 on the floor but it is a point of information about the online location 65 00:06:48,930 --> 00:06:53,729 where the body can review the actions of a weak media witness 66 00:06:53,729 --> 00:06:56,899 the text 67 00:07:09,139 --> 00:07:13,039 we asked the Commission or the Commission on social witness to answer 68 00:07:13,039 --> 00:07:16,819 that question Susan Kepler representing the Commission 69 00:07:16,819 --> 00:07:26,060 on social witness the tap the CSW alert which includes the text was emailed this 70 00:07:26,060 --> 00:07:31,520 morning to delegates it's my understanding it goes to delegates so 71 00:07:31,520 --> 00:07:36,979 you should have received an email with that with the download of a PDF it is 72 00:07:36,980 --> 00:07:50,660 available also at uua org slash GA / offsite / 2018 / business / VIII 73 00:08:04,320 --> 00:08:11,340 so we all got that right,. I'm going to ask you to go over to the tech deck so they an create a slide 74 00:08:11,340 --> 00:08:19,500 there are some paper copies in the back and there will be some more before the 1:30 session 75 00:08:19,500 --> 00:08:25,120 So now is the time we move into discussion, not on that, but on 76 00:08:25,120 --> 00:08:31,000 the amendment that proposed bylaw amendment to change the social witness 77 00:08:31,009 --> 00:08:35,360 timeline so I invite you you for two minutes to talk to the folks around you 78 00:08:35,360 --> 00:08:42,469 form small groups and discuss how does this amendment help move us towards a 79 00:08:42,469 --> 00:08:47,410 greater social justice process at GA 80 00:11:11,059 --> 00:11:13,899 all right 81 00:11:18,230 --> 00:11:21,670 you ready to debate this 82 00:11:26,350 --> 00:11:29,400 I see 83 00:11:32,350 --> 00:11:37,540 I recognize the delegate at the pro mic Susan get ler delegate from the 84 00:11:37,540 --> 00:11:42,970 Unitarian Universalists of southern Delaware I'm speaking also as chair of 85 00:11:42,970 --> 00:11:47,410 the Commission on social witness I want to say that we support these changes 86 00:11:47,410 --> 00:11:51,580 believe that they are consistent with some of the debate that went on earlier 87 00:11:51,580 --> 00:11:57,430 with the linkages proposal where it talked about what is appropriate in 88 00:11:57,430 --> 00:12:03,940 bylaws and what should be in rules of procedure or other places the level of 89 00:12:03,940 --> 00:12:11,050 detail that is in the current bylaws is we feel sort of inappropriate for a 90 00:12:11,050 --> 00:12:19,630 bylaws so what we are proposing in the first section changes section 4.12 91 00:12:19,630 --> 00:12:25,660 it does not change any processes it just takes out the details of dates and 92 00:12:25,660 --> 00:12:31,300 numbers and that type of thing it and all that information is in the proposers 93 00:12:31,300 --> 00:12:35,680 guide so the information in terms of rules of procedure would still be there 94 00:12:35,680 --> 00:12:44,980 for the section on the section 4.16 on additions to the agenda of the regular 95 00:12:44,980 --> 00:12:50,680 General's assembly one changes taking out what's not relevant that there 96 00:12:50,680 --> 00:12:53,680 wouldn't be you know actions of immediate witness prior to 2018 97 00:12:53,680 --> 00:13:01,380 since we're past that and then the other change is taking out the details of that 98 00:13:01,380 --> 00:13:05,080 petitions have to be signed by a hundred and fifty delegates twenty-five 99 00:13:05,080 --> 00:13:11,620 congregations if six petitions are submitted so it allows more flexibility 100 00:13:11,620 --> 00:13:16,570 it allows it by taking this out we can be more responsive to our off-site 101 00:13:16,570 --> 00:13:22,990 delegates we can perhaps find other ways that we can engage people in these it 102 00:13:22,990 --> 00:13:27,850 doesn't mean we won't we can't ask for petition signing it just means that it's 103 00:13:27,850 --> 00:13:34,390 not required in the bylaws to have that so it gives flexibility to perhaps move 104 00:13:34,390 --> 00:13:40,530 into a more modern and technological era thank you 105 00:13:42,820 --> 00:13:51,230 so I don't see anyone at any of our microphones which is okay don't feel 106 00:13:51,230 --> 00:13:56,660 like you have to fill the space if unless you're moved - can I get a sense 107 00:13:56,660 --> 00:14:05,560 of the hall are we ready to vote on this as proposed anyone feels strongly not to 108 00:14:05,560 --> 00:14:15,579 just check in so I'm going to have us vote all in favor of the motion as 109 00:14:15,579 --> 00:14:21,670 presented these Fraser delegate cards or click online 110 00:14:28,240 --> 00:14:36,240 go ahead and put your cards down anyone opposed raise your cards or click online 111 00:14:41,310 --> 00:14:45,290 all right any abstentions 112 00:14:49,210 --> 00:14:52,480 alright go ahead and put your cards down we're gonna wait just a moment where we 113 00:14:52,480 --> 00:14:57,570 get our online votes tallied up here 114 00:15:07,320 --> 00:15:14,180 motion passes thank you 115 00:15:14,180 --> 00:15:17,990 so I just like to say I think that might be the fastest piece of business I've 116 00:15:17,990 --> 00:15:21,490 ever seen happen 117 00:15:21,980 --> 00:15:29,060 I neglected to tell you this morning that we made a couple of changes to the 118 00:15:29,060 --> 00:15:32,990 agenda these are changes that we had announced yesterday would happen next up 119 00:15:32,990 --> 00:15:38,630 on this morning's agenda will be the elections for officers and then we'll 120 00:15:38,630 --> 00:15:43,280 move into our discussion of yesterday afternoon sessions we'll have a process 121 00:15:43,280 --> 00:15:46,760 observation a closing reading and what kind of be back on track at that point 122 00:15:46,760 --> 00:15:54,170 Oh a procedural question please I'm Robert strong from the First 123 00:15:54,170 --> 00:16:01,490 Unitarian Church of San Jose California and my question is well my comment that 124 00:16:01,490 --> 00:16:08,480 my concern is procedure although you display the percentage of our off-site 125 00:16:08,480 --> 00:16:13,600 votes we have no idea how many people are involved in the off-site book I 126 00:16:13,600 --> 00:16:18,590 would like that information sure and that will be presented as part of the 127 00:16:18,590 --> 00:16:22,010 final credentials report at the end of the assembly we can give you the rough 128 00:16:22,010 --> 00:16:27,200 map number that we presented at the beginning of the assembly if I'm asking 129 00:16:27,200 --> 00:16:33,740 on a particular boat we get our sin ages but we don't get numbers gotcha I 130 00:16:33,740 --> 00:16:37,420 misunderstood your question give me a second please 131 00:16:39,340 --> 00:16:45,680 it was on the screen in the upper right hand corner whenever 132 00:16:45,680 --> 00:16:51,650 there's an offside vote there's a number of people who are voting so if you look 133 00:16:51,650 --> 00:16:55,790 in the upper right hand corner it's a rectangular white box and it usually 134 00:16:55,790 --> 00:17:03,650 says around 100 which is really nice for doing the percentages so look at that we 135 00:17:03,650 --> 00:17:07,790 we both learned something today the other thing that I've learned is 136 00:17:07,790 --> 00:17:10,940 that once we clear the vote in preparation for the next one that number 137 00:17:10,940 --> 00:17:14,630 disappears so we can't give you the number of the last vote but well trust 138 00:17:14,630 --> 00:17:27,320 that some of you out there notice what the number was I think I'm up it feels 139 00:17:27,320 --> 00:17:34,160 like it all right so we are going to do the elections you all had the 140 00:17:34,160 --> 00:17:38,480 opportunity at the candidates forum yesterday at 1:30 to meet those who are 141 00:17:38,480 --> 00:17:43,610 standing for election all of these positions are uncontested seats which 142 00:17:43,610 --> 00:17:50,090 means that we don't actually do yes/no abstention because really we could vote 143 00:17:50,090 --> 00:17:54,400 on them they're a slate we could get one person to say yes and they are in 144 00:17:54,400 --> 00:18:00,560 however the folks that have are standing for elector sorry the folks that are in 145 00:18:00,560 --> 00:18:08,180 our elections are putting themselves up for a substantial amount of work it's 146 00:18:08,180 --> 00:18:15,470 work that is at times satisfying frustrating and equal parts of joy and 147 00:18:15,470 --> 00:18:22,520 sorrow and frustration so I'd really like to give us a rip them a real 148 00:18:22,520 --> 00:18:28,820 affirmation of the work that they're going to commit to they will be 149 00:18:28,820 --> 00:18:33,800 installed later on this afternoon after you elect them but let's make sure that 150 00:18:33,800 --> 00:18:38,600 when we do this we really give them the affirmation of this service so I'm gonna 151 00:18:38,600 --> 00:18:44,510 name who's going who what the positions are for the Board of Trustees we have 152 00:18:44,510 --> 00:18:49,910 four open seats Board of Trustees positions are three-year terms we have 153 00:18:49,910 --> 00:18:55,580 Patrick McLoughlin Tim action Greg Boyd and new to the trustee table 154 00:18:55,580 --> 00:19:01,610 is Latifah Woodhouse for our nominating committee we have three open seats for 155 00:19:01,610 --> 00:19:10,400 three-year terms we have Joe cherry aja Hauser and Sun Sena seat for the 156 00:19:10,400 --> 00:19:17,300 moderator we have a special election to fill the former are to fill the 157 00:19:17,300 --> 00:19:23,840 remainder of the term vacated by Jim key we are going to elect mr. barb brief to 158 00:19:23,840 --> 00:19:30,080 a one-year term a lot of folks and then in 2019 we have the regularly scheduled 159 00:19:30,080 --> 00:19:34,280 election for the next six year term moderator a lot of folks were a little 160 00:19:34,280 --> 00:19:40,190 bit confused by that if you go to uua org and you type into the search box 161 00:19:40,190 --> 00:19:47,690 moderator election that will that will help explain a little bit how the board 162 00:19:47,690 --> 00:19:52,490 structured this we're trying to do new models of ministry and leadership and 163 00:19:52,490 --> 00:19:57,710 the co-moderation is part of that however our bylaws haven't caught up 164 00:19:57,710 --> 00:20:05,059 with us right so yesterday we decided to go ahead and add the term moderators the 165 00:20:05,059 --> 00:20:10,520 parenthesis s into the bylaws to allow us for co-moderators in the future 166 00:20:10,520 --> 00:20:15,290 that's a two-year vote we'll need to vote on that again next year so for the 167 00:20:15,290 --> 00:20:20,750 purposes of fulfilling the bylaws we will be electing mr. barb greve to 168 00:20:20,750 --> 00:20:28,490 that position however the board has already appointed Elandria Williams 169 00:20:28,490 --> 00:20:33,679 to the co-moderator position for two years back in August so she will 170 00:20:33,679 --> 00:20:40,950 continue to serve in that capacity so let's be clear right 171 00:20:40,950 --> 00:20:46,690 so it's while we're electing the one cool moderator it continues to be the co 172 00:20:46,690 --> 00:20:53,410 mods that made clear knock yep yep excellent I love it when that happens 173 00:20:53,410 --> 00:20:56,890 I recognize the delegate at the procedure mic 174 00:20:56,890 --> 00:21:01,270 good morning I'm Michael Walker I serve our congregation in Auburn California 175 00:21:01,270 --> 00:21:06,210 I'm also a member of the UUA nominating committee just a point of information 176 00:21:06,210 --> 00:21:11,530 yes the board terms are three years but one of the nominees is serving out 177 00:21:11,530 --> 00:21:18,190 someone else's turned solely Latifah woodhouse term is one year and she can 178 00:21:18,190 --> 00:21:23,890 be renominated next year I take that as a point of information and as you 179 00:21:23,890 --> 00:21:28,870 serve on that committee I take that as it it was my understanding that it was a 180 00:21:28,870 --> 00:21:36,820 three year term all right we ready folks oh one more off site yes procedure Dave 181 00:21:36,820 --> 00:21:41,770 Michael East Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Kirtland Ohio are 182 00:21:41,770 --> 00:21:49,360 all the nominations committee up for election ministers or not they are not 183 00:21:49,360 --> 00:22:00,670 oh somebody making their way to the procedure mic I recognize the delegate 184 00:22:00,670 --> 00:22:04,690 at the procedure mic John Peterson lay delegate First 185 00:22:04,690 --> 00:22:10,930 Unitarian society of Chicago is it possible to display the names on the 186 00:22:10,930 --> 00:22:17,710 display they whipped past on two lines quickly and I didn't catch all the names 187 00:22:17,710 --> 00:22:22,690 I'd like to be an informed voter sure they also appear I believe in your 188 00:22:22,690 --> 00:22:28,030 program book they are on the UUA org website but I will read them again it is 189 00:22:28,030 --> 00:22:32,620 not possible to have them up on the screen other than the closed caption so 190 00:22:32,620 --> 00:22:37,390 I will say those again absolutely okay and just as a note for those of us who 191 00:22:37,390 --> 00:22:42,850 maxed out our use of the website on day two and who didn't pick up a program 192 00:22:42,850 --> 00:22:49,180 book it can somebody tell us which page on the digital one to turn to I couldn't 193 00:22:49,180 --> 00:22:53,370 I couldn't look I and I couldn't find it if while I'm 194 00:22:53,370 --> 00:22:56,669 reading that somebody can do while these are I'm reading these names somebody can 195 00:22:56,669 --> 00:23:01,590 do that we will absolutely do that and I will insure my job as secretary that we 196 00:23:01,590 --> 00:23:06,330 have a slide next year so one more time for the Board of Trustees three-year 197 00:23:06,330 --> 00:23:14,700 terms Patrick McLoughlin Tim Atkins Greg Boyd and as corrected when your Latifa 198 00:23:14,700 --> 00:23:22,049 would house nominating committee three-year terms Joe cherry aja Hauser 199 00:23:22,049 --> 00:23:29,010 Sanna Sanna Sanna Saeed and for the moderator special election one-year term 200 00:23:29,010 --> 00:23:35,130 mr. barb Reeve who happens to be here to say something thank you Chris for though 201 00:23:35,130 --> 00:23:38,720 to answer the question about where to find it on the app if you go to 202 00:23:38,720 --> 00:23:45,480 information and go to scroll down to e for election you'll find all of the 203 00:23:45,480 --> 00:23:52,679 information there and it is page three of the program book thank you I love our 204 00:23:52,679 --> 00:24:01,529 board and at the procedure mic hi might hi my name is Donna Stinson I'm from the 205 00:24:01,529 --> 00:24:06,690 Unitarian Universalist Church in Meriden Connecticut and I believe we passed that 206 00:24:06,690 --> 00:24:11,460 we are having two youth or young adult Board of Trustees meeting I just 207 00:24:11,460 --> 00:24:15,779 wondered the chef's point of information when those positions will be voted on or 208 00:24:15,779 --> 00:24:21,539 will be the interim between now and Spokane are short so that is also a 209 00:24:21,539 --> 00:24:27,269 two-year process so we voted on it this year we will need to affirm it again 210 00:24:27,269 --> 00:24:31,529 next year and the close of General Assembly next year we will be able to 211 00:24:31,529 --> 00:24:41,250 have full Youth Trustees now are we good to go yes yes I'm feeling yes all right 212 00:24:41,250 --> 00:24:47,309 so again in that spirit of affirmation of these folks for the time and and 213 00:24:47,309 --> 00:24:52,260 talent and treasure that they will be performing for on behalf of our faith 214 00:24:52,260 --> 00:25:03,420 can I get a yay 215 00:25:04,629 --> 00:25:12,289 and off-site I am I invite you to say yay wherever you are and I hope those 216 00:25:12,289 --> 00:25:30,079 who have been elected feel the love and we will be installing you later we get 217 00:25:30,079 --> 00:25:34,029 the word cloud slide on the deck 218 00:25:42,010 --> 00:25:55,270 everybody I think you're starting us up yes all righty so yesterday for some of 219 00:25:55,270 --> 00:25:58,030 you who participated in the conversations thank you so much 220 00:25:58,030 --> 00:26:06,910 so there's I'm gonna say two things so I've been to you a very long time and 221 00:26:06,910 --> 00:26:10,510 one of the things that I appreciated about youth work and young adult work 222 00:26:10,510 --> 00:26:14,200 was that we actually had deep conversations with each other we have 223 00:26:14,200 --> 00:26:18,820 deep dialogue we may not have always agreed but we built very deep 224 00:26:18,820 --> 00:26:24,730 relationships the only way to actually be in a covenant mental faith is to 225 00:26:24,730 --> 00:26:29,290 actually do discernment together does that make sense otherwise you're not in 226 00:26:29,290 --> 00:26:32,890 covenant if you don't communicate you just go somewhere you sit there you look 227 00:26:32,890 --> 00:26:37,059 at them you do this you get up and you go home that's not what cover dental 228 00:26:37,059 --> 00:26:41,890 means and so one thing that I recognized while here because I'm in deep 229 00:26:41,890 --> 00:26:46,480 discernment about what it means to be on this stage is that I went to this thing 230 00:26:46,480 --> 00:26:51,700 in 2005 called opposite concentric and I looked around and was like oh 231 00:26:51,700 --> 00:26:56,470 half of opposite concentric is in the building and while we were dealing with 232 00:26:56,470 --> 00:27:00,190 a whole bunch of stuff around who we want to be as a young adult ministry 233 00:27:00,190 --> 00:27:03,850 what it meant to do radically inclusive spiritually alive and Justice Center at 234 00:27:03,850 --> 00:27:10,929 work we did deep very painful sometimes very late nights work in which we talked 235 00:27:10,929 --> 00:27:15,610 to everybody present which meant we built relationships even in the midst of 236 00:27:15,610 --> 00:27:20,610 struggle sometimes in our adult communities we do not do the same thing 237 00:27:20,610 --> 00:27:25,450 so while we were doing it in our youth work and in our young adult work 238 00:27:25,450 --> 00:27:29,230 sometimes we were not always doing the same work within our adult communities 239 00:27:29,230 --> 00:27:34,240 does that make sense what I'm trying to say do you and so because of it we are 240 00:27:34,240 --> 00:27:40,140 now dealing with the impacts of having to figure out how do we build 241 00:27:40,140 --> 00:27:44,679 collectively where we're trying to go to where we're actually in relationships 242 00:27:44,679 --> 00:27:49,570 where we're listening to each other for real and at every step of the way moving 243 00:27:49,570 --> 00:27:54,730 forward and so that's what this process is about to go how do we read 244 00:27:54,730 --> 00:27:58,780 our bylaws our mission we were I was in a session people said we don't have a 245 00:27:58,780 --> 00:28:05,650 mission we do but if you don't know it that means we got work to do right and 246 00:28:05,650 --> 00:28:08,980 so that's what this is about to figure out how we are all working alongside 247 00:28:08,980 --> 00:28:12,250 each other nope I'm sorry see that was able list 248 00:28:12,250 --> 00:28:16,390 how we are moving alongside each other to make it happen and we all messed up 249 00:28:16,390 --> 00:28:23,860 because I just use ableist language and I apologize it's in Missouri the show-me 250 00:28:23,860 --> 00:28:29,110 state do I have that right so when after the breakout sessions 251 00:28:29,110 --> 00:28:35,950 yesterday we were like yes show me what people said so for some of us myself 252 00:28:35,950 --> 00:28:42,490 included be a visual representation of what we heard from all of the breakout 253 00:28:42,490 --> 00:28:50,020 groups is the easiest way to get something out of the collective voice so 254 00:28:50,020 --> 00:28:55,450 since we're in the show-me state we're going to show you via the word cloud 255 00:28:55,450 --> 00:29:04,440 some of the major themes that came out of our 19 discussion groups yesterday 256 00:29:04,530 --> 00:29:13,540 there was lots and lots of feedback and it was amazing to see how many of the 257 00:29:13,540 --> 00:29:20,650 groups had similar thoughts and ideas that are represented in these words it 258 00:29:20,650 --> 00:29:28,210 was also amazing to see the diversity of thought there was a concentration of 259 00:29:28,210 --> 00:29:34,900 themes and then there were some radical ideas some radical words some radical 260 00:29:34,900 --> 00:29:40,120 suggestions of ways to move together to be together that came out of those 261 00:29:40,120 --> 00:29:45,730 discussion groups and I want to thank all of you for bringing your full selves 262 00:29:45,730 --> 00:29:50,350 to that to that conversation I'm gonna hand it over to Christina in just a 263 00:29:50,350 --> 00:29:54,550 second who's going to go in up in a little deeper but thank you thank you 264 00:29:54,550 --> 00:30:00,160 thank you for those of you who attended and Kimberly and Eric thank you for 265 00:30:00,160 --> 00:30:06,370 staying up until dawn to put all of this together for us so thanks for that 266 00:30:06,370 --> 00:30:17,770 Christina will give me some detail so we had what do we say 19 we had 19 267 00:30:17,770 --> 00:30:24,340 breakouts sessions we had about 600 to 700 of you all participate in these 268 00:30:24,340 --> 00:30:30,160 conversations so right yeah Leon you offer for hanging out and one 269 00:30:30,160 --> 00:30:35,850 of the things - what a Landry said and also to kind of feed back to what Carey 270 00:30:35,850 --> 00:30:44,530 MacDonald was saying yesterday is these are skills that we're not always adept 271 00:30:44,530 --> 00:30:49,390 at in our congregations right talking to each other within covenant having 272 00:30:49,390 --> 00:30:54,460 difficult conversations hearing voices from the margins so this is something 273 00:30:54,460 --> 00:30:59,080 that we're going to need to practice so that we get better at these skills so 274 00:30:59,080 --> 00:31:04,330 you're going to hear and see more of these types of practices from your board 275 00:31:04,330 --> 00:31:08,770 of trustees in the coming years particularly it when we get to Spokane 276 00:31:08,770 --> 00:31:15,250 next year so be prepared for more conversation it's really important that 277 00:31:15,250 --> 00:31:19,179 when we are in community can you bring back up the the word cloud because 278 00:31:19,179 --> 00:31:24,730 you'll see community is the largest word there when we are in community that 279 00:31:24,730 --> 00:31:29,559 doesn't mean that we're just sitting together looking at a screen it means 280 00:31:29,559 --> 00:31:35,080 that we are in relationship with each other and talking with one another so 281 00:31:35,080 --> 00:31:40,150 we're going to be doing more of that in the coming years the other thing I 282 00:31:40,150 --> 00:31:45,100 wanted to say is that within our conversations there's always 283 00:31:45,100 --> 00:31:49,450 conversations about the board doing linkage work when you heard yesterday 284 00:31:49,450 --> 00:31:55,120 one of the proposal bylaw changes was really specifically about how to engage 285 00:31:55,120 --> 00:31:58,690 with the board and and we take that really seriously and we're gonna be 286 00:31:58,690 --> 00:32:02,380 talking about that this year but I want to point out that what we did yesterday 287 00:32:02,380 --> 00:32:07,450 is linkage work you are all part of our sources of authority and accountability 288 00:32:07,450 --> 00:32:14,160 and us having these kinds of discussions sessions with you is very intentional 289 00:32:14,160 --> 00:32:18,860 linkage work the other thing I'm going to say real briefly 290 00:32:18,860 --> 00:32:22,549 and if we can pull sorry I'm sorry tech deck I know I should have just had to 291 00:32:22,549 --> 00:32:26,240 keep it up there if you pulled the word cloud back up the other thing I want to 292 00:32:26,240 --> 00:32:29,870 mention about word clouds because I think some of your congregations use 293 00:32:29,870 --> 00:32:38,809 these as well is to look at the words on the margins right because we see themes 294 00:32:38,809 --> 00:32:45,580 come in the center Community Work principal people actions faith and 295 00:32:45,580 --> 00:32:50,809 that's that's important to look at see what those common themes are but as 296 00:32:50,809 --> 00:32:56,450 Denise was saying if we're really doing our job and look listening and thinking 297 00:32:56,450 --> 00:33:03,620 about communities on the margins then we're looking at the words on the 298 00:33:03,620 --> 00:33:10,150 margins as well so we're looking at words like survivor and perspective and 299 00:33:10,150 --> 00:33:17,390 understanding and allies and barriers and beliefs and compassion those are the 300 00:33:17,390 --> 00:33:22,610 words that were on the margins some of the words that were on the margins so I 301 00:33:22,610 --> 00:33:28,220 really invite you when you're doing this type of discernment and discussion work 302 00:33:28,220 --> 00:33:33,880 in your congregations to make sure that you're paying attention to that as well 303 00:33:33,880 --> 00:33:38,500 anything I missed thanks 304 00:33:38,520 --> 00:33:44,630 oh yeah was doing we got 305 00:33:56,150 --> 00:34:07,130 okay so with Tim um barb come so we just want to say one more thing before we 306 00:34:07,130 --> 00:34:14,240 recess and clothes so it is this is gonna be hard to say because it's just 307 00:34:14,240 --> 00:34:18,230 hard so we are all in different spaces but the thing we want to be able to do 308 00:34:18,230 --> 00:34:24,110 is to treat each other respectfully right so there's someone named sky who 309 00:34:24,110 --> 00:34:28,460 we I wouldn't give an apology to one thing we wanted to do was to figure out 310 00:34:28,460 --> 00:34:34,129 how we shift how we are able to speak in general session and so we were hoping we 311 00:34:34,129 --> 00:34:38,000 could figure out how for people to speak that aren't delegates but then we were 312 00:34:38,000 --> 00:34:42,440 like oh that's actually we can't do that and so I just want to say sky we 313 00:34:42,440 --> 00:34:46,730 apologize because we said to sky of that they would be able to speak and then we 314 00:34:46,730 --> 00:34:51,830 then said they couldn't and we forgot to go back to sky we forgot to go back to 315 00:34:51,830 --> 00:34:55,970 sky and say here's the struggle that we've experienced and we were wrong 316 00:34:55,970 --> 00:35:01,700 right and so we wanted to but lycée we were sorry too there are people who have 317 00:35:01,700 --> 00:35:07,100 been felt hurt this GA by the process and we just want to say sorry for that 318 00:35:07,100 --> 00:35:11,090 and some of it is on some of it is the fact that we have a process that's 319 00:35:11,090 --> 00:35:16,640 complicated and to hold both of those things as truths and people are doing 320 00:35:16,640 --> 00:35:23,120 heroic volunteer work and can we not yell at them like can we please not yell 321 00:35:23,120 --> 00:35:29,960 at them I know I've been yelled at I've yelled at people before one of our 322 00:35:29,960 --> 00:35:33,410 commission members was yelled at can we just really try to come at each 323 00:35:33,410 --> 00:35:38,000 other and respectful loving ways knowing that we're all in this struggle together 324 00:35:38,000 --> 00:35:42,140 and that and like we are in all operating out of hurt and pain and 325 00:35:42,140 --> 00:35:46,190 frustration but how we can do that faithfully is really what we're called 326 00:35:46,190 --> 00:35:48,670 to do at this time 327 00:35:54,490 --> 00:35:59,720 on that note I'd like to invite Tim to offer us our closing reading for this 328 00:35:59,720 --> 00:36:09,170 session our closing words for the session are adapted from reven Naomi 329 00:36:09,170 --> 00:36:15,920 King we are a rainbow people the rainbow is an arc of light brilliantly 330 00:36:15,920 --> 00:36:21,680 displaying all the colors of the visible spectrum all the colors that combine to 331 00:36:21,680 --> 00:36:26,930 make the astounding beauty of our world all the colors that combine to reflect 332 00:36:26,930 --> 00:36:32,540 the astounding diversity of human expression we are red people who respect 333 00:36:32,540 --> 00:36:37,760 others we are orange people who offer faith in kind treatment there are yellow 334 00:36:37,760 --> 00:36:42,020 people yearning for learning we are green people who grow in our search for 335 00:36:42,020 --> 00:36:47,300 truth and meaning we are blue people who believe in what we are achieving we are 336 00:36:47,300 --> 00:36:53,660 indigo people insisting on freedom love in peace we are violent people valuing 337 00:36:53,660 --> 00:36:59,660 the web that does not cease and we did not create Unitarian Universalism shows 338 00:36:59,660 --> 00:37:04,250 up refracted through thousands of different human expressions and 339 00:37:04,250 --> 00:37:09,080 experiences through individuals living our promises through covenant 340 00:37:09,080 --> 00:37:15,760 communities through our associations and our actions we are a rainbow people 341 00:37:15,760 --> 00:37:21,500 together what we give heals and transforms our world this is our 342 00:37:21,500 --> 00:37:27,530 covenant our bridge to heaven our dream and our reality the flame of the chalice 343 00:37:27,530 --> 00:37:32,660 lit around the world is the source of light in the pot of gold at the end of 344 00:37:32,660 --> 00:37:37,580 that rainbow the flame of that chalice is filled with the light we bring and 345 00:37:37,580 --> 00:37:42,680 nurtured by our hopes and dreams we know the rainbow begins with you and 346 00:37:42,680 --> 00:37:50,950 with me we are a rainbow people let us grow the rainbow again today 347 00:37:55,890 --> 00:38:00,490 there being no further business to come before us and in accordance with the 348 00:38:00,490 --> 00:38:04,690 schedule set forth in your program book I declare that this general session of 349 00:38:04,690 --> 00:38:10,829 the General Assembly shall stand in recess until 1:30 p.m. this afternoon