1 00:00:00,000 --> 00:00:12,150 I hope everybody aids this is our last session y'all I now call to order this 2 00:00:12,150 --> 00:00:18,270 seventh and final general seventh session of the 57th General Assembly of 3 00:00:18,270 --> 00:00:22,010 the Unitarian Universalist Association 4 00:00:35,010 --> 00:00:45,270 if you would join me in a moment of centering spirit of love spirit of life 5 00:00:45,270 --> 00:00:50,489 that essence of the holy that moves among us when we are together like this 6 00:00:50,489 --> 00:00:59,690 that resides inside each of us we enter this last general session this time of 7 00:00:59,690 --> 00:01:05,940 reflection and work together striving to bring alive the best of what we each are 8 00:01:05,940 --> 00:01:12,229 and the best of what our faith can be it's in that spirit we gather once again 9 00:01:12,229 --> 00:01:17,300 maybe we do this work well amen 10 00:01:29,630 --> 00:01:43,000 watch you if we have y'all come on up pat Tim Greig Latifah Chelsea 11 00:01:45,229 --> 00:01:49,759 the following individuals have been elected by this General Assembly to 12 00:01:49,759 --> 00:01:53,780 serve on the following boards commissions and committees for the board 13 00:01:53,780 --> 00:01:58,149 of trustees Reverend Patrick McLoughlin 14 00:02:01,960 --> 00:02:10,269 Gregory Boeing Tim Atkins 15 00:02:11,500 --> 00:02:22,400 Chelsea Hendrix Latifah Woodhouse and for the nominating committee who's first 16 00:02:22,400 --> 00:02:39,319 Aisha Houser son Athene and Reverend Joseph cherry guided by love for this 17 00:02:39,319 --> 00:02:44,269 tradition and hope for the future this General Assembly has duly elected 18 00:02:44,269 --> 00:02:50,150 members of the Board of Trustees and committees of the Association we welcome 19 00:02:50,150 --> 00:02:57,829 your gifts skills time sacrifice and voice to be shared in love trust and 20 00:02:57,829 --> 00:03:08,120 dedication in the years to come and I think we have some sides we're gonna ask 21 00:03:08,120 --> 00:03:13,459 for these folks to be installed and you all play a part in that so you're gonna 22 00:03:13,459 --> 00:03:20,150 join with me please join with me as we covenant together to install these 23 00:03:20,150 --> 00:03:25,400 leaders to the offices to which we have elected you all can say this part with 24 00:03:25,400 --> 00:03:32,269 me may our Unitarian Universalist faith and heritage inform your work and deeds 25 00:03:32,269 --> 00:03:39,109 as you serve with our leadership our congregations and our staff may your 26 00:03:39,109 --> 00:03:45,220 efforts and work inspire goodwill among all 27 00:03:53,599 --> 00:03:57,150 again it says secretary but I think this is all of us 28 00:03:57,150 --> 00:04:05,549 so as you signify Unitarian Universalism in the wider world may you serve as an 29 00:04:05,549 --> 00:04:24,180 instrument of reconciliation hope and welcome may you deal forthrightly and 30 00:04:24,180 --> 00:04:30,810 honestly with us keeping foremost in your heart the health and well-being of 31 00:04:30,810 --> 00:04:37,830 our movement speaking your truth without fear of repercussion and encouraging 32 00:04:37,830 --> 00:04:54,240 others to do the same in the spirit of hospitality and understanding among 33 00:04:54,240 --> 00:05:03,800 people who all make paths feel that they have been heard and seriously considered 34 00:05:10,699 --> 00:05:14,789 we're almost there we got a little bit more we got a little bit more alright 35 00:05:14,789 --> 00:05:21,389 everybody bringing it home we covenant to encourage you and support you as you 36 00:05:21,389 --> 00:05:26,340 serve our movement may our trust carry you through both 37 00:05:26,340 --> 00:05:35,090 difficulty and triumph in gratitude we thank you for your willingness to serve 38 00:06:02,110 --> 00:06:07,650 eleven months ago the UUA board on behalf of its member congregations 39 00:06:07,650 --> 00:06:13,060 entered into a new leadership relationship that was intended to model 40 00:06:13,060 --> 00:06:17,919 what it means to have a beautiful way to work together and provide a pastoral 41 00:06:17,919 --> 00:06:24,159 presence as a way to help lead our faith we heartily approved co-moderators of 42 00:06:24,159 --> 00:06:28,180 the board of the unit's here in Universalist Association with the goal 43 00:06:28,180 --> 00:06:33,580 of shared leadership in collaboration having seen the benefits since then in 44 00:06:33,580 --> 00:06:38,830 accordance with our bylaws and in the true spirit of covenant we ask this 45 00:06:38,830 --> 00:06:44,289 General Assembly to bless mr. Bob Greve and Elandria Williams as they 46 00:06:44,289 --> 00:06:49,710 continue their journey and leading us to lead and lift up this faith that we love 47 00:06:49,710 --> 00:06:55,779 please join us in these words adapted from Gina Whitaker the co-moderators and 48 00:06:55,779 --> 00:06:58,870 the search committee will read the words and bold together and the assembly will 49 00:06:58,870 --> 00:07:02,699 read the words in italics 50 00:07:13,919 --> 00:07:19,949 we gather here this week a community of leaders within a larger community of 51 00:07:19,949 --> 00:07:26,449 faith our work before us we are called to deliver the goods with commitment 52 00:07:26,449 --> 00:07:33,629 reason and foresight remembering that we are a religious community we strive to 53 00:07:33,629 --> 00:07:40,110 set our goals develop our policies and express our opinions with love at the 54 00:07:40,110 --> 00:07:48,479 top of all agenda items remembering we hold open the door to welcome the 55 00:07:48,479 --> 00:07:55,770 multitudes who may yet enter we set the pace teach by example and encourage 56 00:07:55,770 --> 00:08:03,349 growth sustaining a spirit of abundance and a connection to the greater good 57 00:08:03,349 --> 00:08:07,610 remembering that we hold the lamp to illumine 58 00:08:07,610 --> 00:08:11,279 we pledge our service listening to each other 59 00:08:11,279 --> 00:08:17,069 and our stakeholders and pool our individual gifts with transformation as 60 00:08:17,069 --> 00:08:23,270 our overreaching goal and together serving together we are building 61 00:08:23,270 --> 00:08:29,669 Unitarian Universalism we are bonding in unity and love we are 62 00:08:29,669 --> 00:08:33,229 blessing one 63 00:08:44,550 --> 00:08:50,350 in the spirit of citation I offer that these are the words of the Reverend 64 00:08:50,350 --> 00:08:55,630 Sofia Betancourt from our laying on of hands last year when we installed our 65 00:08:55,630 --> 00:09:02,290 president the Reverend Susan Frederick gray in our tradition the authority of 66 00:09:02,290 --> 00:09:09,670 leaders of ministers lay leaders and presidents or co-moderators is granted 67 00:09:09,670 --> 00:09:16,630 by the people by the people we hold in community the call to serve may 68 00:09:16,630 --> 00:09:22,240 originate within a person or within whatever holy conversation has grounded 69 00:09:22,240 --> 00:09:30,459 their conviction but in our polity that call must be recognized and can only be 70 00:09:30,459 --> 00:09:37,660 ratified by the congregation by the people ours is an embodied faith through 71 00:09:37,660 --> 00:09:43,180 which the sacred finds voice in our own communication and moves in the world 72 00:09:43,180 --> 00:09:49,120 through actions the practice of laying on of hands and ordinations and 73 00:09:49,120 --> 00:09:54,570 installations and circles of healing and blessing reminds us of the sources and 74 00:09:54,570 --> 00:10:01,779 context of our power leaders do not serve alone and ours as always a 75 00:10:01,779 --> 00:10:11,050 partnered ministry I invite you to come forward Barb and Elandria a little bit 76 00:10:11,050 --> 00:10:14,310 more to the center there we go 77 00:10:22,070 --> 00:10:28,730 we would not simply install you in your office but we wish to bless you on this 78 00:10:28,730 --> 00:10:37,790 journey we invite you to be still to close your eyes and be held in trust by 79 00:10:37,790 --> 00:10:43,750 our physical presence here the literal touch of our hands 80 00:10:43,750 --> 00:10:50,930 you are companioned most closely now and will be in the days to come by your 81 00:10:50,930 --> 00:11:01,250 family I asked the families of Barb and Elandria come forward now join us 82 00:11:01,250 --> 00:11:05,570 and gather here and lightly lay your hands upon barb 83 00:11:05,570 --> 00:11:15,110 and Elandria we hold in our hearts others whom you love not able to be 84 00:11:15,110 --> 00:11:21,190 present with you this afternoon yet present in your spirit 85 00:11:25,400 --> 00:11:32,950 into this circle we draw on the still others present only in beloved community 86 00:11:32,950 --> 00:11:45,640 allow those names to come to your mind now breathe deeply remember who you are 87 00:11:45,640 --> 00:11:54,890 remember where you come from remember where you live where your heart is most 88 00:11:54,890 --> 00:12:07,820 at home remember what you have come here to do and whose work you are doing you 89 00:12:07,820 --> 00:12:15,589 are companion in this call by a long line of worthy predecessors we invoke 90 00:12:15,589 --> 00:12:21,200 the spirit of all moderators that have come before you and invite them into 91 00:12:21,200 --> 00:12:32,839 this circle now you are companion by strong leaders of our association called 92 00:12:32,839 --> 00:12:40,520 to serve and elected by our people just as you have been you will be partnered 93 00:12:40,520 --> 00:12:44,930 by comrades who would challenge and support you who will draw your strength 94 00:12:44,930 --> 00:12:52,520 forward and look to draw out what is best in them I now invite the members of 95 00:12:52,520 --> 00:12:58,190 the UUA board of trustees to come forward and lightly place your hands on 96 00:12:58,190 --> 00:13:02,680 the families of Barb and Elandria 97 00:13:08,840 --> 00:13:15,140 you are companion also by your beloved colleagues in shared ministry 98 00:13:15,140 --> 00:13:21,050 I asked religious professionals here on stage or out here in the general session 99 00:13:21,050 --> 00:13:32,870 Hall now to rise and body or in spirits and extend a hand forward I ask 100 00:13:32,870 --> 00:13:38,990 ministers seminarians musicians and administrators in the congregation to 101 00:13:38,990 --> 00:13:50,600 rise and body or in spirit and extend a hand forward I invite our uua staff to 102 00:13:50,600 --> 00:13:56,090 rise in body or in spirit and extend a hand forward you are companioned by all 103 00:13:56,090 --> 00:14:04,610 of these people and most importantly you are companion in this work by our people 104 00:14:04,610 --> 00:14:10,060 the countless lay leaders who will serve their congregations and our movement 105 00:14:10,060 --> 00:14:16,160 there is no one else no ecclesiastical body no bishop who can 106 00:14:16,160 --> 00:14:23,300 recognize and authorize this naming of you as our co-moderators the very hands 107 00:14:23,300 --> 00:14:27,680 and hearts that embody our faith beyond this place in every congregation large 108 00:14:27,680 --> 00:14:32,300 and small mid-sized and in-between in worship and peacemaking and in justice 109 00:14:32,300 --> 00:14:38,690 seeking an institutional commitment and the day-to-day celebration of life the 110 00:14:38,690 --> 00:14:45,380 very hands that hold our faith are laid upon you now I ask those on stage to 111 00:14:45,380 --> 00:14:52,400 come forward and lay your hands and I invite those in the congregational body 112 00:14:52,400 --> 00:15:03,050 now to rise and body or in spirit and extend a hand forward it is from their 113 00:15:03,050 --> 00:15:08,930 trust and their vision that your authority derives you are called 114 00:15:08,930 --> 00:15:15,590 specifically by this people called out and chosen to lead and to listen to lean 115 00:15:15,590 --> 00:15:34,060 on them on us for wisdom clarity and courage open your eyes look around 116 00:15:34,060 --> 00:15:43,600 at all the people whose love is beaming right out at you who grant you this 117 00:15:43,600 --> 00:15:51,480 sacred trust this spiritual authority that only they have the right to grant 118 00:16:03,339 --> 00:16:06,389 let us pray 119 00:16:08,120 --> 00:16:20,170 barb and Elandria we grant you sacred authority your office is a holy office 120 00:16:20,170 --> 00:16:28,879 we remind you never to forget who you are or who's you are what you have come 121 00:16:28,879 --> 00:16:36,559 here to do and why you must do is barb and Elandria the days have already been 122 00:16:36,559 --> 00:16:44,410 long sometimes hard and an occasionally thankless we call to mind gratitude 123 00:16:44,410 --> 00:16:52,639 community the youth caucus from which you have both served we know that this 124 00:16:52,639 --> 00:16:59,029 is a multi-generational trust and that you too are in a long line along an 125 00:16:59,029 --> 00:17:12,819 unceasing line of holy leaders we want you to know we are here when you need us 126 00:17:12,819 --> 00:17:25,100 we want you to know we need you we want you to know yours is sacred work and we 127 00:17:25,100 --> 00:17:32,779 entrust all of this to you in the name of all that is holy and beyond all 128 00:17:32,779 --> 00:17:40,940 naming that space that connects each and every one of us to all of us and beyond 129 00:17:40,940 --> 00:17:45,470 throughout all space and all time we say together 130 00:17:45,470 --> 00:17:55,360 blessed be Amen and Ashe thank you for your service 131 00:18:52,240 --> 00:18:55,830 Wow and thanks 132 00:18:58,019 --> 00:19:04,299 once again please join me in welcoming our president Susan Frederick gray for 133 00:19:04,299 --> 00:19:17,769 the presentation of the president's annual award for volunteer service the 134 00:19:17,769 --> 00:19:22,899 president's annual award for volunteer service to the Unitarian Universalist 135 00:19:22,899 --> 00:19:30,219 Association is given to the person or organization designated by the president 136 00:19:30,219 --> 00:19:35,019 as having given extraordinary and vital service to the UUA 137 00:19:35,019 --> 00:19:43,739 as a volunteer I am proud to recognize the liberal religious educators 138 00:19:43,739 --> 00:20:13,160 Association as the recipient of this year's Service Award 139 00:20:18,620 --> 00:20:26,870 I'd like to read with you some of the inscription that is here since 1955 140 00:20:26,870 --> 00:20:31,980 LREDA has been committed to promoting professional standards in religious 141 00:20:31,980 --> 00:20:36,270 education LREDA partnership with the UUA 142 00:20:36,270 --> 00:20:42,240 to create a religious education credentialing program set a key standard 143 00:20:42,240 --> 00:20:47,880 for religious educators nationwide and through the development of a common code 144 00:20:47,880 --> 00:20:53,130 of ethics good offices and continuing professional development resources and 145 00:20:53,130 --> 00:20:58,950 training LREDA has continually invested in and supported the highest 146 00:20:58,950 --> 00:21:05,880 professional standards in religious education LREDA and its leaders have 147 00:21:05,880 --> 00:21:12,960 long charged our association to live and lead at the margins of our faith from 148 00:21:12,960 --> 00:21:18,270 the diversity and inclusion team to focusing on the spiritual dimensions of 149 00:21:18,270 --> 00:21:25,890 tough topics of race human sexuality death and our relationship to money from 150 00:21:25,890 --> 00:21:30,570 the initial conversations and leadership that created the about your sexuality 151 00:21:30,570 --> 00:21:37,350 and later our whole lives curricula to commissioning their own anti racism 152 00:21:37,350 --> 00:21:45,860 audit to becoming the first welcoming organization in our faith and 153 00:21:46,230 --> 00:21:52,080 and most recently members of LREDA leading the call and developing 154 00:21:52,080 --> 00:21:57,200 curriculum resources and trainees for a white supremacy teaching in which over 155 00:21:57,200 --> 00:22:07,460 700 congregations participated lorena 156 00:22:07,460 --> 00:22:15,060 LREDA has exemplified how courageous conversations create spaces where all 157 00:22:15,060 --> 00:22:22,440 are truly welcome throughout its history and in this moment LREDA and its 158 00:22:22,440 --> 00:22:27,300 members have been bold and fearless and challenging our faith to be more 159 00:22:27,300 --> 00:22:32,100 inclusive and to deal with the issues of the time with honesty and courage 160 00:22:32,100 --> 00:22:40,440 through an unwavering commitment to developmental learning and growth now 161 00:22:40,440 --> 00:22:46,980 this award this isn't on the award itself but this award also comes with a 162 00:22:46,980 --> 00:22:51,900 one-thousand dollar financial award to be given to the charitable organization 163 00:22:51,900 --> 00:22:57,960 of one's choice LREDA has selected the promise and the practice campaign for 164 00:22:57,960 --> 00:23:10,950 black lives of Unitarian universe once again Loretta is centering the work of 165 00:23:10,950 --> 00:23:16,260 anti racism and anti oppression and leading our faith and you know that's 166 00:23:16,260 --> 00:23:21,150 gonna happen more and more in this room that's that's my guess the delegates 167 00:23:21,150 --> 00:23:25,860 so it is my honor and great privilege to introduce the president of 168 00:23:25,860 --> 00:23:30,020 LREDA Annie Scott 169 00:23:37,679 --> 00:23:45,100 thank you. our Fahs lecturer this year called us to honor 170 00:23:45,100 --> 00:23:52,299 our ancestors before you our current and past loretta board members we represent 171 00:23:52,299 --> 00:24:00,360 70 years of LREDA audacity seventy years of being served by and serving 172 00:24:00,360 --> 00:24:05,890 liberal and religious educators association seventy years of building a 173 00:24:05,890 --> 00:24:12,160 world of equity justice and love we stand on the shoulders and build on the 174 00:24:12,160 --> 00:24:18,760 efforts of those who have gone before us back in the 2000s my mentor friend and 175 00:24:18,760 --> 00:24:23,590 colleague dr. Helen bishop gave a lasting contribution to LREDA when 176 00:24:23,590 --> 00:24:27,040 serving as a member of the LREDA diversity and inclusion team 177 00:24:27,040 --> 00:24:32,140 she told us we needed a more respectful way of inviting people into song than 178 00:24:32,140 --> 00:24:39,400 please stand she suggested rise in body or spirit LREDA 179 00:24:39,400 --> 00:24:42,970 adopted the phrase and invited our members to take it home to their 180 00:24:42,970 --> 00:24:48,250 congregations rise in body or spirit now lives as common practice in our 181 00:24:48,250 --> 00:24:57,220 congregations and here at GA religious educators are collaborators once the 182 00:24:57,220 --> 00:25:01,750 credentialing program was firmly established some someone asked Pat Ellen 183 00:25:01,750 --> 00:25:07,210 would then LREDA president when will credential religious educators be 184 00:25:07,210 --> 00:25:16,059 recognized at the service of the living tradition and Pat said when pigs fly Pat 185 00:25:16,059 --> 00:25:20,410 was worn out discouraged by all the efforts to get the credentialing program 186 00:25:20,410 --> 00:25:25,630 instituted and when one of us gets discouraged worn out or runs out of hope 187 00:25:25,630 --> 00:25:32,590 we hold one another and we hold one another accountable colleagues took on 188 00:25:32,590 --> 00:25:37,299 the efforts and credentialed religious educators are now recognized at that 189 00:25:37,299 --> 00:25:43,690 beloved ceremony lastly the religious the LREDA Board 190 00:25:43,690 --> 00:25:47,970 wants to reiterate Brittney Packnett's words from last night 191 00:25:47,970 --> 00:25:55,480 ask yourself after every sermon you're right every song you play every post you 192 00:25:55,480 --> 00:26:02,080 share every donation you make every strategic plan you write every higher 193 00:26:02,080 --> 00:26:10,600 you do every cause you pick up every bit of attention you seek every piece of 194 00:26:10,600 --> 00:26:16,390 knowledge you share every lesson you teach every word you speak and every 195 00:26:16,390 --> 00:26:23,020 action you take did I just uphold supremacy or play my 196 00:26:23,020 --> 00:26:28,840 part in its destruction the LREDA board is committed to a practice of 197 00:26:28,840 --> 00:26:35,740 asking ourselves and our members does LREDA action uphold supremacy or does 198 00:26:35,740 --> 00:26:41,980 a play a part in the destruction of supremacy we will not do it perfectly 199 00:26:41,980 --> 00:26:48,900 and LREDA has always been and will continue to be imperfectly audacious and 200 00:26:48,900 --> 00:26:57,940 courageous when you please join me in honor of the youth could the youth rise 201 00:26:57,940 --> 00:27:00,800 and bow to your spirit 202 00:27:06,930 --> 00:27:12,730 could you join us in a little peel peel peel banana 203 00:27:12,730 --> 00:27:21,120 Pete hey Pete been in beep baby banana 204 00:27:23,730 --> 00:27:36,010 thank you very much 205 00:28:01,970 --> 00:28:10,880 are we ready we have to do more voting but we've not so few to do so we are 206 00:28:10,880 --> 00:28:18,980 about to do AIWS so those are little rules and processes you not much again 207 00:28:18,980 --> 00:28:23,690 you should know by now we're gonna talk informally we have 30 minutes of date 208 00:28:23,690 --> 00:28:29,090 debate time maximum you already know that you had to submit your amendments 209 00:28:29,090 --> 00:28:34,580 no one can speak for more than two minutes and not more than once except by 210 00:28:34,580 --> 00:28:39,500 permission from the moderator there are 30 minutes total and just to remember 211 00:28:39,500 --> 00:28:44,420 for AIWS there's up to 20 minutes so you know for like the other bylaws of stuff 212 00:28:44,420 --> 00:28:48,920 is 15 minutes this is 20 minutes you can suspend the rules at any time as we 213 00:28:48,920 --> 00:28:53,570 already know we've done that lots and then time taken at the procedural mic 214 00:28:53,570 --> 00:29:00,100 would not count against discussion time already are we ready for the AIWS and 215 00:29:00,100 --> 00:29:04,900 so I wanted to do this one more time because I want to remind everybody now 216 00:29:04,900 --> 00:29:09,560 remember we've had were six we already did some affirmations okay so 217 00:29:09,560 --> 00:29:12,350 remember we had some close votes on there six actions that were emitted 218 00:29:12,350 --> 00:29:18,100 replacement on any agenda and so here ready so here's our fun statement 219 00:29:18,100 --> 00:29:23,720 whereas all of these issues are important as we work to build a beloved 220 00:29:23,720 --> 00:29:28,220 community and better world that we envision so we just want to recognize 221 00:29:28,220 --> 00:29:31,910 because some there's some some stuff around them we are voting on three but 222 00:29:31,910 --> 00:29:35,780 we will do a thing later that affirms again the fact that we think all six 223 00:29:35,780 --> 00:29:42,110 seasons are important all righty okay please we welcome to be oh yeah I 224 00:29:42,110 --> 00:29:46,580 recognize the delegate otherwise known as Susan get clear at the brew make the 225 00:29:46,580 --> 00:29:54,640 Commission on social witness moves the adoption of the item on the CSW alert 226 00:29:54,640 --> 00:30:01,580 entitled we are all related solidarity now with indigenous water protectors 227 00:30:01,580 --> 00:30:12,380 which is proposed a AIW so just remember that the only no there's one more thing 228 00:30:12,380 --> 00:30:15,059 I want to say if you're trying to speak fro force 229 00:30:15,059 --> 00:30:19,110 you go to the pro remember if you have a concern this is you go to the concern 230 00:30:19,110 --> 00:30:25,440 mic that's the important part so now is the time when we move into discussion so 231 00:30:25,440 --> 00:30:32,039 I take two minutes and chat with your neighbors and our question is what will 232 00:30:32,039 --> 00:30:38,370 you do to help enact this a iw will take that for discussion so what will you do 233 00:30:38,370 --> 00:30:43,399 in your local congregation to help enact this AIW 234 00:32:43,810 --> 00:32:48,040 I recognize the delegate at the procedural mic amy williams Clark from 235 00:32:48,040 --> 00:32:54,460 Cedarhurst you use in Finksburg marilyn asks can't amend can't amendments still 236 00:32:54,460 --> 00:33:02,350 be added if they were brought up at the mini-assembly yes I recognize the 237 00:33:02,350 --> 00:33:07,240 delegate at the pro microphone Madame moderator 238 00:33:07,240 --> 00:33:12,480 I am Clyde Grubbs of the All Souls congregation in Braintree Massachusetts 239 00:33:12,480 --> 00:33:18,520 and I'm one of the originators of this the other originator of this the 240 00:33:18,520 --> 00:33:24,280 reverend kerry von fossen has returned to Bismarck because the trial of red 241 00:33:24,280 --> 00:33:30,610 farm is tomorrow red font is one of the water protectors who are being brought 242 00:33:30,610 --> 00:33:37,210 before the federal courts because they defended their lands against and their 243 00:33:37,210 --> 00:33:44,020 water against the intrusion of a multi-million dollar corporation with 244 00:33:44,020 --> 00:33:48,640 the aid of the federal government so this resolution asks us to be in 245 00:33:48,640 --> 00:33:54,490 solidarity with the indigenous peoples who defended their water and continue to 246 00:33:54,490 --> 00:34:02,830 defend our resources of this land as the people's resources of this land and also 247 00:34:02,830 --> 00:34:07,390 to be aware that the these water protectors face federal charges in 248 00:34:07,390 --> 00:34:15,850 Bismarck Madison where the polling shows that 77% of the jury eligible population 249 00:34:15,850 --> 00:34:20,649 of those counties have already decided that the water protectors are guilty 250 00:34:20,649 --> 00:34:26,889 yeah and that all requests all requests for a change of venues have been denied 251 00:34:26,889 --> 00:34:31,870 and that the wind Unitarian Universalists from all over the country 252 00:34:31,870 --> 00:34:39,250 went to - to Standing Rock to the the camps to be in solidarity with those 253 00:34:39,250 --> 00:34:46,480 people they were given hospitality and we need to return hospitality in return 254 00:34:46,480 --> 00:34:51,370 so that this resolution asks us to express our gratitude to the standing 255 00:34:51,370 --> 00:34:57,020 rocks sacred stone camp and all the associated camps and 256 00:34:57,020 --> 00:35:01,010 welcoming us was relased and affirming that all people belong to the human 257 00:35:01,010 --> 00:35:06,350 family to affirm solidarity with the water protectors including defendants 258 00:35:06,350 --> 00:35:12,320 inmates and their beloved ones and to educate ourselves in the ways that how 259 00:35:12,320 --> 00:35:22,170 important this is thank you 260 00:35:31,609 --> 00:35:35,499 is there a delegate at the procedure mic 261 00:36:00,720 --> 00:36:05,980 the Sally gallop from Central Unitarian Paramus New Jersey I was wondering if we 262 00:36:05,980 --> 00:36:12,279 could suspend the rules to bring the amendment in earlier than 20 minutes all 263 00:36:12,279 --> 00:36:16,990 right in five minutes so when would you like it's been the rule for say after 264 00:36:16,990 --> 00:36:22,140 five minutes of discussion after five minutes of discussion okay 265 00:36:42,150 --> 00:36:48,390 so can we get a second okay so all those in favor suspending the 266 00:36:48,390 --> 00:36:53,119 rules to allow the amendment to come please raise your cards 267 00:37:00,690 --> 00:37:05,760 I do not have the off site on the screen so someone have to tell me okay put your 268 00:37:05,760 --> 00:37:09,140 cards down please all those opposed 269 00:37:12,140 --> 00:37:15,930 alrighty it passes in the hall well let's wait for the off-site delegate 270 00:37:15,930 --> 00:37:32,280 though 18 favor it passes all right so I want to say it was for five minutes 271 00:37:32,280 --> 00:37:42,030 we're not there yet in terms of time but there's no one at either mic so here 272 00:37:42,030 --> 00:37:46,290 we're gonna do something that is so not a right in order but whatever so the 273 00:37:46,290 --> 00:37:54,930 amendment that you want to move or so the amendment you want to add is as such 274 00:37:54,930 --> 00:37:58,680 as curricula development educational materials and support for networking 275 00:37:58,680 --> 00:38:03,240 among you used to work in solidarity with water protectors correct correct 276 00:38:03,240 --> 00:38:10,940 collide can you come back please and state make your statement about this 277 00:38:13,069 --> 00:38:21,210 fine fine amendment I'm not sure it's actually necessary I think that the the 278 00:38:21,210 --> 00:38:27,720 the educational people at the UUA are all in favor of developing educational 279 00:38:27,720 --> 00:38:33,060 materials which is asked for in the resolution as it stands and as we've 280 00:38:33,060 --> 00:38:38,430 discussed it so this simply makes it more specific and I think it perhaps is 281 00:38:38,430 --> 00:38:45,890 a little bit over the the the question that I have no opposition to it at all 282 00:38:45,890 --> 00:38:54,800 so UK with it if we move it for okay can someone make the motion so 283 00:38:59,030 --> 00:39:02,030 huh 284 00:39:04,619 --> 00:39:09,990 so can you please make the motion salmon okay I recognize the delegate at the 285 00:39:09,990 --> 00:39:15,560 amendment mic including Taran Paramus New Jersey I move to incorporate 286 00:39:15,560 --> 00:39:24,839 amendment a on the handout can I have a second all those in favor please raise 287 00:39:24,839 --> 00:39:27,589 your voting cards 288 00:39:33,670 --> 00:39:37,059 please put down any voting cards all those opposed please raise your voting 289 00:39:37,059 --> 00:39:39,299 cards 290 00:39:45,550 --> 00:39:49,710 please lower your voting cards now we've got a way 291 00:39:54,040 --> 00:40:03,100 all right so it passes so we have the thing we have added is line 53 or is 292 00:40:03,100 --> 00:40:08,410 there any debate that people want to do around the main motion with this 293 00:40:08,410 --> 00:40:18,030 amendment at are we ready to call to question all right can we get a second 294 00:40:18,030 --> 00:40:22,840 great all those in favor of the motion with the amendment added please raise 295 00:40:22,840 --> 00:40:41,580 your voting cards any opposed any abstentions we're waiting for off-site 296 00:40:41,580 --> 00:40:46,380 we're at 90 thank you everybody 297 00:41:02,430 --> 00:41:07,980 I recognize the chair of the Commission on social witness at the pro mic Thank 298 00:41:07,980 --> 00:41:15,119 You the Commission on social witness moves the adoption of proposed action of 299 00:41:15,119 --> 00:41:21,569 immediate witness see end prisons for profit dismantle predatory medical care 300 00:41:21,569 --> 00:41:31,099 practices in prisons is there a second the motion has been moved and seconded 301 00:41:33,319 --> 00:41:37,500 good afternoon again assembly we're going to invite you to engage in some 302 00:41:37,500 --> 00:41:40,950 dialogue and reflection on this topic as well for two minutes 303 00:41:40,950 --> 00:41:46,680 our prompt question for you on this what language do you need related to this 304 00:41:46,680 --> 00:41:52,920 topic in the AIW in order to go back and effectively engage in your congregations 305 00:41:52,920 --> 00:41:58,040 on this issue please turn to others near you for two minutes 306 00:43:59,130 --> 00:44:06,510 I recognized as a delegate at the pro mic meg Riley church of the larger 307 00:44:06,510 --> 00:44:14,940 fellowship I am so excited that are more than 870 Unitarian Universalist members 308 00:44:14,940 --> 00:44:20,210 who are currently incarcerated will get to be told that this General Assembly 309 00:44:20,210 --> 00:44:29,220 heard about what's going on for them and cared Mandy go he delegate for Church of 310 00:44:29,220 --> 00:44:35,010 the larger fellowship I am so proud and honored that these voices not only will 311 00:44:35,010 --> 00:44:39,810 be heard but they will spread the word that Unitarian Universalism is a saving 312 00:44:39,810 --> 00:44:45,480 place for them a place that cares about their oppression and cares about justice 313 00:44:45,480 --> 00:44:53,940 and equity for all of them thank you we're still on the first speaker right 314 00:44:53,940 --> 00:45:00,990 and I'm Charles du monde I'm a member of CLF a member the CLF Board and I'm 315 00:45:00,990 --> 00:45:05,190 trying to dissenter old white guys so I just stand here in solidarity with my 316 00:45:05,190 --> 00:45:14,310 other CLF members we really hope that this will not just be past that but that 317 00:45:14,310 --> 00:45:17,820 each of you will take seriously that these are Unitarian Universalists 318 00:45:17,820 --> 00:45:22,590 everybody in our congregations has family members who are incarcerated 319 00:45:22,590 --> 00:45:27,150 this isn't about other people this is about authoritarianism that is happening 320 00:45:27,150 --> 00:45:36,270 now in the United States I recognize the delegate at the procedural mic and 321 00:45:36,270 --> 00:45:39,990 Greenwood from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley in 322 00:45:39,990 --> 00:45:48,600 California I would like a point of clarity on the way you read the title of 323 00:45:48,600 --> 00:45:57,390 this amendment or this action you read and end prisons for profit first but the 324 00:45:57,390 --> 00:46:03,339 way the title is printed on the hand that's last I would are we voting on it 325 00:46:03,339 --> 00:46:09,099 the way it's printed or the way you spoke it as I understand it and Susan 326 00:46:09,099 --> 00:46:13,749 correct me if I'm wrong that was an incorporated amendment and so what 327 00:46:13,749 --> 00:46:18,459 you're voting on is what's written it basically moves ends prisons for profit 328 00:46:18,459 --> 00:46:27,640 from the first part of the title to the second thank you do I see a delegate at 329 00:46:27,640 --> 00:46:32,319 the con mic I recognize the delegate at the con mic this is from April 330 00:46:32,319 --> 00:46:37,689 Littlefield from the uu Church of Athens and Cheska Quinn in Athens Pennsylvania 331 00:46:37,689 --> 00:46:43,269 I feel this AIW describes a band-aid and does not describe the actions to end 332 00:46:43,269 --> 00:46:48,670 for-profit prisons this AIW assumes that residents of these prisons are there in 333 00:46:48,670 --> 00:46:53,109 a just and fair practice they are not the entirety of the criminal justice 334 00:46:53,109 --> 00:46:57,939 system in the United States is complicit in the for-profit prison system from the 335 00:46:57,939 --> 00:47:01,569 extremely biased practices of police departments that have used racial 336 00:47:01,569 --> 00:47:07,359 profiling as policy to overburden public defenders to the unjust bail practices 337 00:47:07,359 --> 00:47:12,459 that routine jail offenders for simply being poor to judges who continually 338 00:47:12,459 --> 00:47:14,650 give harsher punishments to people of color 339 00:47:14,650 --> 00:47:20,229 our AIW doesn't go far enough it is my hope that our congregants of color will 340 00:47:20,229 --> 00:47:24,400 have lifted voice on the impact of these practices on their communities in order 341 00:47:24,400 --> 00:47:31,839 to inform this AIW more fully thank you I recognize the off-site delegate at the 342 00:47:31,839 --> 00:47:34,679 procedural mic 343 00:47:43,040 --> 00:47:53,840 okay look a little screen up here is not accurate apparently okay my apology is 344 00:47:53,840 --> 00:47:58,130 the pro and procedures and the get a little muddled at this point at the pro 345 00:47:58,130 --> 00:48:01,300 mic off-site delegate 346 00:48:10,800 --> 00:48:18,180 this is for married Devitt First Unitarian society of Milwaukee I am 347 00:48:18,180 --> 00:48:24,060 enthusiastic about this AIW but I wish to proposed a iaw language included 348 00:48:24,060 --> 00:48:28,740 working with partner groups in the community already engaging these issues 349 00:48:28,740 --> 00:48:33,870 and following their lead our congregation in our collaboration of 350 00:48:33,870 --> 00:48:39,890 five area uu congregations is already doing this 351 00:48:50,010 --> 00:48:56,520 there being no further speakers at either the pro or the con mic we have 352 00:48:56,520 --> 00:49:01,500 three more minutes for amendments is that okay someone who's working on an 353 00:49:01,500 --> 00:49:07,700 amendment and that will be an order shortly 354 00:49:34,620 --> 00:49:39,060 and the interests of making sure that everyone is able to participate as much 355 00:49:39,060 --> 00:49:43,350 as possible in this process and the way that they want to and given that we've 356 00:49:43,350 --> 00:49:47,130 got 20 seconds before an amendment would be in order waiting on somebody to 357 00:49:47,130 --> 00:49:53,340 finish an amendment and just for information a reminder for the body the 358 00:49:53,340 --> 00:49:57,480 only amendments we consider on the floor here are amendments that were presented 359 00:49:57,480 --> 00:50:11,400 in many assembly I recognize the delegate at the amendment mic hello my 360 00:50:11,400 --> 00:50:16,620 name is Dave Reno I'm from First Church in Boston I would like to add amendment 361 00:50:16,620 --> 00:50:22,590 II after line 66 it will come up on the screen and you can read it essentially 362 00:50:22,590 --> 00:50:28,590 if we are going to have private prisons they are here to make a profit and I 363 00:50:28,590 --> 00:50:33,420 would be very interested to see what their costs are and who is making the 364 00:50:33,420 --> 00:50:37,770 money and who is investing in it and how many campaign contributions go to 365 00:50:37,770 --> 00:50:43,740 politicians and the question unanswered would be if profits can I ask you to 366 00:50:43,740 --> 00:50:47,040 wait a moment right now you're moving an amendment and I need a second and then 367 00:50:47,040 --> 00:50:52,620 you can go to the pro mic okay to it is there a second on this amendment I see a 368 00:50:52,620 --> 00:50:57,450 second no please finish your pro statement I 369 00:50:57,450 --> 00:51:05,670 apologize which letter was it can you restate again amendment II like echo 370 00:51:05,670 --> 00:51:09,410 okay thank you amendment II 371 00:51:16,000 --> 00:51:22,690 okay did you have anything more to say in support of your a minute well what I 372 00:51:22,690 --> 00:51:28,660 have to say in support of amendment is if these people are giving a cause and 373 00:51:28,660 --> 00:51:34,840 making profits taking advantage of those who have literally the least we should 374 00:51:34,840 --> 00:51:39,400 look into this and be they should be audited and one would also like to ask 375 00:51:39,400 --> 00:51:46,420 the question what happens if the for-profit prisons go bankrupt will they 376 00:51:46,420 --> 00:51:50,830 simply open the door and let people go and how much of this is power to keep 377 00:51:50,830 --> 00:51:55,930 white supremacy and keep people in different areas which would add to the 378 00:51:55,930 --> 00:52:00,750 population and gerrymandering it's the beginning of a conversation on an end 379 00:52:00,750 --> 00:52:11,800 thank you I have two off-site delegates as a procedural mic these are similar 380 00:52:11,800 --> 00:52:15,970 comments the first comes from Ronald Shaffer you use of southern Delaware 381 00:52:15,970 --> 00:52:20,800 Lewis Delaware the moderator needs to give the off-site delegates more time to 382 00:52:20,800 --> 00:52:28,230 vote and have our votes properly registered thank you for the feedback 383 00:52:28,230 --> 00:52:33,910 similar from Julie John not Echo tink Unitarian Universalist Church in Burke 384 00:52:33,910 --> 00:52:38,440 Virginia please slow down between calling the question votes and voting on 385 00:52:38,440 --> 00:52:45,460 the issue okay thank you is there a delegate at the con mic yes 386 00:52:45,460 --> 00:52:49,839 there is hello I recognize the delegate at the con mic hi I'm the Reverend 387 00:52:49,839 --> 00:52:53,349 Elizabeth Ibuki and I serve our congregation in Jamaica Plain 388 00:52:53,349 --> 00:52:57,940 Massachusetts and I agree with the reason this amendment wasn't 389 00:52:57,940 --> 00:53:02,200 incorporated which is that this is beyond Congregational capacity and sort 390 00:53:02,200 --> 00:53:08,320 of vague as to who we're calling on it's my concern thank you are there any other 391 00:53:08,320 --> 00:53:11,580 delegates at the Perl Mike 392 00:53:13,750 --> 00:53:17,830 I see a delegate at the amendment mic is this an amendment to the amendment or a 393 00:53:17,830 --> 00:53:23,740 different amendment okay thank you there being no further speakers that 394 00:53:23,740 --> 00:53:28,540 either the pro or the con mic we are ready to vote on the amendment to the 395 00:53:28,540 --> 00:53:37,360 main motion amendment e ad on line 66 initiate an investigation and so on 396 00:53:37,360 --> 00:53:42,670 through what if they go bankrupt if you are in favor of adding this amendment to 397 00:53:42,670 --> 00:53:47,320 the main motion please raise your voting cards and please open the voting for 398 00:53:47,320 --> 00:53:50,370 off-site delegates 399 00:53:58,920 --> 00:54:06,530 thank you please lower your cards all those opposed to adding this amendment 400 00:54:09,380 --> 00:54:16,440 thank you are there any abstentions thank you 401 00:54:16,440 --> 00:54:21,650 we'll wait now to make sure the off-site delegates get a time to vote 402 00:54:27,580 --> 00:54:31,390 the fact that this flashes up doesn't mean they're finished there are still 403 00:54:31,390 --> 00:54:36,540 people clicking buttons and some people have slower internet connections 404 00:54:39,360 --> 00:54:46,840 okay the amendment is overwhelmingly defeated I recognize the delegate at the 405 00:54:46,840 --> 00:54:53,590 procedural mic I call the question is there a second excuse me Orlando Montoya 406 00:54:53,590 --> 00:54:58,120 Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah Georgia thank you is there a 407 00:54:58,120 --> 00:55:04,150 second okay this is a non debatable motion if you're in favor of I believe 408 00:55:04,150 --> 00:55:08,320 the procedural mic takes precedence over offering a new amendment so if you're in 409 00:55:08,320 --> 00:55:18,970 favor of closing debate please raise your voting cards and open the delegate 410 00:55:18,970 --> 00:55:26,590 voting please okay please lower your cards all those opposed to ending debate 411 00:55:26,590 --> 00:55:35,170 please raise your cards okay we'll wait for the off-site delegates thank you you 412 00:55:35,170 --> 00:55:38,760 can deliver your cards abstentions 413 00:55:54,030 --> 00:56:00,550 okay we have voted to close debate we are now directly on the main motion 414 00:56:00,550 --> 00:56:04,930 which at this point is unamended except for the already incorporated amendments 415 00:56:04,930 --> 00:56:08,770 if you are in favor of this action of immediate witness please raise your 416 00:56:08,770 --> 00:56:17,670 voting cards and open the off-site delegate voting please 417 00:56:17,670 --> 00:56:25,140 thank you you may lower your cards all those opposed please raise your cards 418 00:56:26,250 --> 00:56:33,610 thank you you may lower the cards any abstentions thank you will give the 419 00:56:33,610 --> 00:56:37,110 off-site delegates a few moments 420 00:57:01,430 --> 00:57:05,810 you have the off-site delegate count 421 00:57:12,170 --> 00:57:18,089 technology is sometimes frustrating and it's amazing having started in the work 422 00:57:18,089 --> 00:57:23,759 world when an electric typewriter was in advance and this thing is taking all of 423 00:57:23,759 --> 00:57:27,529 10 seconds darn it anyway 424 00:57:50,730 --> 00:57:55,900 it's loading and if I thought we had time for a song I would started singing 425 00:57:55,900 --> 00:58:05,170 but by the time our music director gets up here we're waiting for it to come up 426 00:58:05,170 --> 00:58:11,380 on the screen I'd like this mod team business I don't know that the rest of 427 00:58:11,380 --> 00:58:15,340 you but it is so nice to have people being able to interface with tech while 428 00:58:15,340 --> 00:58:29,080 I'm up here doing this and by the way as long as we're waiting let's hear it for 429 00:58:29,080 --> 00:58:40,710 the tech deck and all the other people who are providing us or support 430 00:58:40,710 --> 00:58:44,260 sometimes you just have to go back to the old school we know what the votes 431 00:58:44,260 --> 00:58:55,730 are we just can't show them and the motion passes overwhelmingly thank you 432 00:58:55,730 --> 00:59:06,020 I look to the I recognize the original commissioner from the Commission on 433 00:59:06,020 --> 00:59:10,609 social witness at the pro mic to make the motion on our final 8iw for the 434 00:59:10,609 --> 00:59:17,420 afternoon the Commission on social witness moves to adopt proposed action 435 00:59:17,420 --> 00:59:22,100 of immediate witness a end family separation and detention of asylum 436 00:59:22,100 --> 00:59:33,100 seekers and abolish ice thank you we need a second 437 00:59:36,690 --> 00:59:44,720 here's your discussion question how will you enact this in your community 438 01:01:50,870 --> 01:01:57,140 I recognize the delegate at the pro mic hi my name is Karen when you own some 439 01:01:57,140 --> 01:02:00,380 from the San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in San Marcos 440 01:02:00,380 --> 01:02:09,560 Texas I'm part of the group who helped draft this aw and I'm also part of an 441 01:02:09,560 --> 01:02:12,260 organization co-founder of an organization called mono Amiga we are 442 01:02:12,260 --> 01:02:16,910 listed in it too and we're doing I'm agreeing right rights work in Texas 443 01:02:16,910 --> 01:02:21,740 which right now is ground zero so um I really don't have anything to say other 444 01:02:21,740 --> 01:02:25,580 than the two minutes I spoke yesterday but um to speak to the immediacy of this 445 01:02:25,580 --> 01:02:32,000 this morning The Texas Tribune reported that so the headline says kids in 446 01:02:32,000 --> 01:02:35,990 exchange for deportation detained migrants say they were told they could 447 01:02:35,990 --> 01:02:40,040 get their kids back on the way out of the United States um 448 01:02:40,040 --> 01:02:44,420 and I mean I just saw that 15 minutes ago so um yeah I think again that speaks 449 01:02:44,420 --> 01:02:49,760 to the immediacy of that of this issue this these the person quoted in this 450 01:02:49,760 --> 01:02:55,100 story came to the United States seeking asylum legally they're separated from 451 01:02:55,100 --> 01:02:59,810 their child and the United States government told them they can get their 452 01:02:59,810 --> 01:03:04,340 child back on their way back to a country they might very well die in so 453 01:03:04,340 --> 01:03:08,950 that's all I have to say thank you 454 01:03:11,000 --> 01:03:14,960 right and so you know we have about a hundred off-site delegates of voting 455 01:03:14,960 --> 01:03:20,210 today so I recognize the off-site delegate at the procedural make the 456 01:03:20,210 --> 01:03:26,510 off-site delegate was first bill Hilton uu Church of Palo Alto 457 01:03:26,510 --> 01:03:31,790 what does abolish ice mean will we advocate no immigration or customs 458 01:03:31,790 --> 01:03:37,220 control at the borders can I have a commissioner from the Commission on 459 01:03:37,220 --> 01:03:46,640 social witness speak to what that definition might be proposed for their 460 01:03:46,640 --> 01:03:52,280 definition okay I turned to the proposer at the pro mic for an answer to the 461 01:03:52,280 --> 01:03:58,490 question from the off-site delegate my name is Katia Hansen and I'm a delegate 462 01:03:58,490 --> 01:04:03,350 from Palomar uu fellowship in Vista California and I proudly serve you rise 463 01:04:03,350 --> 01:04:09,620 uu refugee and immigrant services and education ice is a federal agency that 464 01:04:09,620 --> 01:04:16,880 was started in March of 2003 in a misguided response to the atrocities of 465 01:04:16,880 --> 01:04:24,650 9/11 abolishing ice is asking for an end to a paramilitary organization that is 466 01:04:24,650 --> 01:04:29,830 no longer working in the best interests of the United States and working to 467 01:04:29,830 --> 01:04:35,380 better the immigration system but instead has turned into a paramilitary 468 01:04:35,380 --> 01:04:40,930 organization that targets black and brown people and disproportionately 469 01:04:40,930 --> 01:04:48,050 works to detain and deport people who are at risk of their lives so abolishing 470 01:04:48,050 --> 01:04:52,970 ice means moving away from a paramilitary organization and moving to 471 01:04:52,970 --> 01:04:57,040 same process thank you 472 01:04:57,050 --> 01:05:04,100 I recognize the delegate at the procedural make mr. moderator I'm Dino 473 01:05:04,100 --> 01:05:08,750 Rudy from Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda Maryland 474 01:05:08,750 --> 01:05:17,960 I checked the IC II website yesterday evening and find that it enforces 400 475 01:05:17,960 --> 01:05:24,530 federal statutes so my question is is it the intent of the Commission on social 476 01:05:24,530 --> 01:05:33,620 witness that some of that that some of the functions of ice such as addressing 477 01:05:33,620 --> 01:05:39,380 sexual exploitation of children child porn illegal gun trade illegal drugs 478 01:05:39,380 --> 01:05:45,710 counterfeit merchandise repatriation of cultural treasures and illegal export of 479 01:05:45,710 --> 01:05:53,030 technology I will give one example the artifacts that were stolen that the 480 01:05:53,030 --> 01:06:00,620 Hobby Lobby person purchased were interdicted and returned to their 481 01:06:00,620 --> 01:06:09,800 country to their country of origin by eyes so is it the intent that abolishing 482 01:06:09,800 --> 01:06:18,590 ice would also abolish these functions and if it is not that intent how does 483 01:06:18,590 --> 01:06:26,510 the Commission on social witness intend to make to make clear that it that it is 484 01:06:26,510 --> 01:06:31,040 not the intent would one of the proposers at the pro mic speak to the 485 01:06:31,040 --> 01:06:36,770 question I recognize the proposer at the pro mic katya hansen again from palomar 486 01:06:36,770 --> 01:06:45,560 uu fellowship we understand that as a uu a general assembly body we have a lot of 487 01:06:45,560 --> 01:06:51,110 power and a lot of love and we would hope that calling for an end to a 488 01:06:51,110 --> 01:06:56,210 draconian agency would make it happen immediately but we imagine that there 489 01:06:56,210 --> 01:07:02,030 would actually be a process by which the current duties of ice which only started 490 01:07:02,030 --> 01:07:07,580 with ice in 2003 we would go through a process of determining where those 491 01:07:07,580 --> 01:07:11,869 duties would end where they would result some of them may 492 01:07:11,869 --> 01:07:17,630 go back to the FBI where they were prior to 2003 some of them may go to other 493 01:07:17,630 --> 01:07:22,969 enforcement and resource development programs some of them may actually be 494 01:07:22,969 --> 01:07:29,659 terminated does the answer satisfy the gentle yet thank you 495 01:07:29,659 --> 01:07:37,880 I recognize the delegate at the procedural make my name is Alan drop I'm 496 01:07:37,880 --> 01:07:43,099 a delegate from the First Unitarian society of Chicago I'm original regard 497 01:07:43,099 --> 01:07:46,819 to line eight where it says we're as established asylum procedures have been 498 01:07:46,819 --> 01:07:53,209 dismantled I really question the word dismantled because there are number of 499 01:07:53,209 --> 01:07:58,880 silent procedures are still in effect just as an example I house they seven 500 01:07:58,880 --> 01:08:03,439 see clear from hew from Burundi for eight months last year and you know he 501 01:08:03,439 --> 01:08:07,819 got his work permit he's in the line waiting for his hearing which is 502 01:08:07,819 --> 01:08:11,390 probably going to be like a three-year wait there's that's just an example but 503 01:08:11,390 --> 01:08:15,380 you know there are assigned procedures are not dismantled so why was the word 504 01:08:15,380 --> 01:08:21,650 dismantled used give me just a second can we have the text up on the screen 505 01:08:21,650 --> 01:08:26,710 for this action of immediate witness proposed action of immediate witness 506 01:08:28,420 --> 01:08:35,000 okay and delegate at the procedural mic which line were you referring to layin 507 01:08:35,000 --> 01:08:45,409 eighteen can we highlight that there's some changes some areas but not to 508 01:08:45,409 --> 01:08:51,289 others I recognize the delegate at the pro mic to answer the question the 509 01:08:51,289 --> 01:08:56,869 completely honest answer to the question is the five hundred word limit in the 510 01:08:56,869 --> 01:09:05,630 initial AIW is what prevented us from saying some specific established I don't 511 01:09:05,630 --> 01:09:10,219 know protections have been dismantled the the protections that have been 512 01:09:10,219 --> 01:09:14,389 dismantled have been for victims of domestic violence and victims of gang 513 01:09:14,389 --> 01:09:18,529 violence applying for asylum it's a recent decision by attorney general 514 01:09:18,529 --> 01:09:24,199 sessions that is turning back the clock on Asylum which currently protects 515 01:09:24,199 --> 01:09:29,049 people who have a well-founded fear of persecution based on their race religion 516 01:09:29,049 --> 01:09:33,319 national origin membership in a particular social group or political 517 01:09:33,319 --> 01:09:39,980 opinion we fought very hard to have membership in a particular social group 518 01:09:39,980 --> 01:09:44,480 to be expanded beyond what was originally the intent which was for 519 01:09:44,480 --> 01:09:48,319 members of trade unions we've moved membership in a particular 520 01:09:48,319 --> 01:09:54,949 social group to include LGBTQ people who are at risk because of who they are 521 01:09:54,949 --> 01:09:59,269 because of the very essence of who they are and to include victims of domestic 522 01:09:59,269 --> 01:10:04,369 violence and victims of gangs and drug cartels where they are in countries that 523 01:10:04,369 --> 01:10:09,889 do not protect victims of domestic violence and are unable to manage 524 01:10:09,889 --> 01:10:15,320 cartels and those are the protections that have been removed recently does the 525 01:10:15,320 --> 01:10:19,460 answer satisfy the delegate you don't have to like it but didn't answer the 526 01:10:19,460 --> 01:10:23,750 question thank you all right before I recognize the next delegate at the 527 01:10:23,750 --> 01:10:27,260 procedural mic I want to remind you that when we take questions from the 528 01:10:27,260 --> 01:10:30,769 procedural mic or from the amendment mic it stops 529 01:10:30,769 --> 01:10:37,659 discussion and debate time however time actually does continue to move on I 530 01:10:38,769 --> 01:10:43,340 recognize the delegate at the procedural mic Orlando Montoya a Unitarian 531 01:10:43,340 --> 01:10:46,760 Universalist Church of Savannah I'd wanted to repeat that as well if you 532 01:10:46,760 --> 01:10:51,440 have a con please go to the con mic so that we can run the clock so we can get 533 01:10:51,440 --> 01:10:53,920 to a vote 534 01:10:55,730 --> 01:11:02,570 I recognize the off-site delegate at the procedural make Maurice Carter uu 535 01:11:02,570 --> 01:11:06,290 congregation of Greenville Greenville North Carolina wants to call the 536 01:11:06,290 --> 01:11:15,710 question is there a second all right this motion is not debatable 537 01:11:15,710 --> 01:11:19,600 it requires two-thirds majority 538 01:11:24,770 --> 01:11:29,540 if you are in favor of ending debate right now and voting on the proposed 539 01:11:29,540 --> 01:11:33,920 action of immediate witness as amended during the mini-assembly please raise 540 01:11:33,920 --> 01:11:36,910 your voting card now 541 01:11:47,449 --> 01:11:52,570 please lower your cards all those opposed 542 01:11:57,010 --> 01:12:01,920 please lower your cards abstentions 543 01:12:06,570 --> 01:12:09,570 off-site 544 01:12:15,090 --> 01:12:23,250 we're ready to vote okay we now go back to the main motion as presented there 545 01:12:23,250 --> 01:12:28,710 are no amendments on this motion all those in favor of passing the proposed 546 01:12:28,710 --> 01:12:33,360 action of immediate witness a entitled end family separation and detention of 547 01:12:33,360 --> 01:12:41,730 asylum seekers and abolish ice please raise your voting cards now this 548 01:12:41,730 --> 01:12:55,710 requires a two-thirds majority lower your cards all those opposed lower your 549 01:12:55,710 --> 01:13:05,510 cards abstentions off-site 550 01:13:10,209 --> 01:13:13,000 the motion clearly passes 551 01:13:22,540 --> 01:13:27,639 all righty so it is time for Responsive resolutions 552 01:13:27,639 --> 01:13:31,820 resolution of responsive resolutions are those resolutions that are brought to us 553 01:13:31,820 --> 01:13:35,989 by delegates that are responding to report made in general session so this 554 01:13:35,989 --> 01:13:41,570 year we had no responsive resolutions that met the criteria however we want to 555 01:13:41,570 --> 01:13:46,880 say two statements because there seem yes so here we go right in here's our 556 01:13:46,880 --> 01:13:51,560 whereas whereas we had very close votes on the six axis of immediate witness 557 01:13:51,560 --> 01:13:55,790 that were admitted to General Assembly for placement on the agenda and whereas 558 01:13:55,790 --> 01:13:59,810 all of these issues are important as we work to build a beloved community and 559 01:13:59,810 --> 01:14:03,830 better world that we envision and whereas there are numerous groups both 560 01:14:03,830 --> 01:14:08,090 faith-based and secular working on these and other issues of importance be they 561 01:14:08,090 --> 01:14:12,469 local national or global therefore the General Assembly affirms the relevance 562 01:14:12,469 --> 01:14:16,730 and immediacy of each of these issues and encourages you use to read and 563 01:14:16,730 --> 01:14:21,710 consider taking action on any of the proposed ad w's even if the UA does not 564 01:14:21,710 --> 01:14:27,590 have resources specific to the topic is there a second can all in favor please 565 01:14:27,590 --> 01:14:42,830 raise your voting cards thank you any opposed any abstentions we'll wait on 566 01:14:42,830 --> 01:14:45,460 the off-site 567 01:14:49,909 --> 01:14:54,980 thank you so here is the other thing that came to us and we just want to make 568 01:14:54,980 --> 01:15:01,310 sure we're clear great so we had a vote around linkage we set it then but we 569 01:15:01,310 --> 01:15:05,900 want to make sure we're all on the same page because it JPD like a lot of 570 01:15:05,900 --> 01:15:09,380 districts former districts people that are nine regions want to make sure they 571 01:15:09,380 --> 01:15:14,840 have ways of getting all of the board if you were around last year some of us 572 01:15:14,840 --> 01:15:22,370 know we got a lot of email like a lot a whole lot a lot of phone calls so some 573 01:15:22,370 --> 01:15:27,170 people know they can call us or email us but other people don't believe they have 574 01:15:27,170 --> 01:15:31,250 that ability right or they want to know is it two-way communication we are 575 01:15:31,250 --> 01:15:35,110 working with the regional leaders group that's that's what they're calling now 576 01:15:35,110 --> 01:15:39,860 which actually represents regions and districts all across our faith will be 577 01:15:39,860 --> 01:15:44,540 with us in October at our board meeting and we're inviting other people to come 578 01:15:44,540 --> 01:15:48,739 as well to think about how do we think about linkage differently how do we 579 01:15:48,739 --> 01:15:52,460 actually do our work differently to make sure that we are actually responding to 580 01:15:52,460 --> 01:15:55,880 congregations congregations are responding to us and that it's a two-way 581 01:15:55,880 --> 01:15:58,610 street we do not have a plan yet because we 582 01:15:58,610 --> 01:16:03,080 cannot do the plan just hierarchically does that make sense it makes sense to 583 01:16:03,080 --> 01:16:06,350 do a plan with other people and so that's why we will give the plan later 584 01:16:06,350 --> 01:16:12,290 the other thing I want to say if someone came up very we did not do share the 585 01:16:12,290 --> 01:16:17,810 themes from the conversations we had yesterday we got 700 people came and we 586 01:16:17,810 --> 01:16:23,840 have a lot of data and so we got it very late last night some people say it up 587 01:16:23,840 --> 01:16:27,590 for three hours and way B the morning getting it so we could even get the word 588 01:16:27,590 --> 01:16:32,060 cloud done and so because we really we had general session we had worship this 589 01:16:32,060 --> 01:16:36,739 morning we didn't have that time to do all the work that was needed but we will 590 01:16:36,739 --> 01:16:40,639 send it out to everybody it will be on the it'll be on the website we will make 591 01:16:40,639 --> 01:16:44,179 sure it gets to all of you maybe they will bother you you world maybe they'll 592 01:16:44,179 --> 01:16:47,480 allow us to put it in there and so we will figure out ways for everyone to get 593 01:16:47,480 --> 01:16:53,320 information can I add to that date 594 01:16:53,469 --> 01:16:57,939 in addition to us feeding you information our hope is that you take 595 01:16:57,939 --> 01:17:02,679 the questions that we asked yesterday and bring them home with you and ask 596 01:17:02,679 --> 01:17:07,780 your fellow congregants and community members what their answers are and that 597 01:17:07,780 --> 01:17:11,679 you engage in a deeper conversation so that as we move through the year and 598 01:17:11,679 --> 01:17:17,860 into our general assembly of next year we all can continue to deepen the wider 599 01:17:17,860 --> 01:17:24,820 conversations and I recognize the delegate at the procedural microphone hi 600 01:17:24,820 --> 01:17:29,169 I'm Reverend Elizabeth bukey from Jamaica Plain again and I have a 601 01:17:29,169 --> 01:17:34,539 friendly point of information from for the body which is I was behind we were 602 01:17:34,539 --> 01:17:39,939 talking about getting answers from the board of email and someone sitting near 603 01:17:39,939 --> 01:17:44,769 me said well I'm sure they have a staff administrator person who is full-time 604 01:17:44,769 --> 01:17:48,189 and gets paid to do that and my understanding is that is incorrect is 605 01:17:48,189 --> 01:17:52,989 that right so when we get email we do have an amazing person that works with 606 01:17:52,989 --> 01:18:01,119 us named Stephanie Carrie maroon over there Stephanie but Stephanie's job is 607 01:18:01,119 --> 01:18:06,130 not to like look through all of our email so Christina Riviera who's our 608 01:18:06,130 --> 01:18:12,039 secretary for the Association is actually who's responding generally to 609 01:18:12,039 --> 01:18:15,969 all the things unless it comes macomb odds well it could be to be fear 610 01:18:15,969 --> 01:18:20,469 sometimes it comes to us and then we send it to Christina and then sometimes 611 01:18:20,469 --> 01:18:26,079 it comes to others and then it comes to the board or any other way it comes but 612 01:18:26,079 --> 01:18:31,030 it's true so we all of us are volunteers and so there's volley we're volunteers 613 01:18:31,030 --> 01:18:36,039 answering other people who are also not getting paid to do this either so that's 614 01:18:36,039 --> 01:18:39,249 why thank you and so please have some grace because we 615 01:18:39,249 --> 01:18:44,169 also ask allah nears to stay up for like three hours after the where lecture to 616 01:18:44,169 --> 01:18:48,599 put together the information and so that's why we don't have it all 617 01:19:12,659 --> 01:19:16,949 so while we're waiting because we have someone that's approached the procedural 618 01:19:16,949 --> 01:19:22,969 mic I wanted to explain a finer nuance of Robert's Rules that we engaged in I 619 01:19:22,969 --> 01:19:27,570 want you to know that when we took the last vote the motion to call the 620 01:19:27,570 --> 01:19:31,949 question was out of order there hadn't been enough time that had expired there 621 01:19:31,949 --> 01:19:36,120 was also no one at the concern Mike so the next item of business would have 622 01:19:36,120 --> 01:19:41,250 been a vote does that make sense you would have voted anyway we we voted to 623 01:19:41,250 --> 01:19:46,139 vote when we didn't need to and that's because I allowed it because we liked 624 01:19:46,139 --> 01:19:51,900 voting we liked voting it's fun it feels empowering it's yellow it's great thank 625 01:19:51,900 --> 01:20:00,780 you I I recognize the delegate at the procedure on microphone my name is Bobby 626 01:20:00,780 --> 01:20:04,739 Sproat and I'm from First Unitarian Universalist Society in Newton 627 01:20:04,739 --> 01:20:08,820 Massachusetts and as a point of information I don't know if you 628 01:20:08,820 --> 01:20:13,290 published those discussion questions ahead of time but I was unable to go to 629 01:20:13,290 --> 01:20:18,239 this session so I'm hoping that when you publish information about what came out 630 01:20:18,239 --> 01:20:22,530 of them you'll also tell us what went into them absolutely we did not publish 631 01:20:22,530 --> 01:20:26,340 on ahead of time we need to keep some things you know to keep the anticipatory 632 01:20:26,340 --> 01:20:32,639 feeling of General Assembly happening and of course we are happy to share them 633 01:20:32,639 --> 01:20:36,690 now that the anticipation is over and you're just sitting with the 634 01:20:36,690 --> 01:20:41,699 anticipation of what everyone inputted and we're going to have a study guide 635 01:20:41,699 --> 01:20:43,980 that will come to people to all congregations are coming into 636 01:20:43,980 --> 01:20:51,780 communities and we're going to be bothering you all year long thank you so 637 01:20:51,780 --> 01:20:54,980 we're ready to move on with our agenda 638 01:20:55,909 --> 01:21:02,100 our final right relationship team report is the next thing up and I see our 639 01:21:02,100 --> 01:21:07,020 fantastic chairs co-chairs of the right relationship team working their way up 640 01:21:07,020 --> 01:21:11,670 the ramp so join me in thanking them for an incredible job and come tell us what 641 01:21:11,670 --> 01:21:19,840 we need to know 642 01:21:20,010 --> 01:21:24,070 hi I'm Jana D hi Lou and I'm Hannah Robert smell nice 643 01:21:24,070 --> 01:21:29,649 we are your right relationship team co-chairs and this is our final report 644 01:21:29,649 --> 01:21:38,829 for GA 2018 exciting first we want to thank our incredible team you all see us 645 01:21:38,829 --> 01:21:44,260 up here but our team is out there doing the work all day every day Sheree 646 01:21:44,260 --> 01:21:50,889 Mary Elizabeth Jim Stevie Miguel Rachel and Julian make this team possible and 647 01:21:50,889 --> 01:22:05,409 we are profoundly grateful let's take a breath over the course of this ga we 648 01:22:05,409 --> 01:22:09,489 have been joyful took co-chairs but we want to make sure y'all know that 649 01:22:09,489 --> 01:22:14,530 doesn't mean we simply celebrate right relationship team's mission is to 650 01:22:14,530 --> 01:22:19,869 support transformative participation which celebrates life and liberate the 651 01:22:19,869 --> 01:22:26,829 oppressed right relationships teams mission is to support transformative 652 01:22:26,829 --> 01:22:32,019 participation which celebrates life and liberate the oppressed 653 01:22:32,019 --> 01:22:36,219 we aren't settled with our current stage on that journey towards a more loving 654 01:22:36,219 --> 01:22:42,639 and just oriented community we have continued work ahead we also want to 655 01:22:42,639 --> 01:22:47,619 take time to acknowledge the tension that has been present throughout this 656 01:22:47,619 --> 01:22:53,139 general assembly right we all seek to be a community that centers the needs and 657 01:22:53,139 --> 01:23:00,729 experiences of our siblings of color and our youth and we are maneuvering within 658 01:23:00,729 --> 01:23:06,070 the confines of a convention center whose policies around security which we 659 01:23:06,070 --> 01:23:13,479 say purposefully as having to do with property rather than bodily safety have 660 01:23:13,479 --> 01:23:20,139 actively harmed our community during this General Assembly if you did not 661 01:23:20,139 --> 01:23:26,139 notice this during our gathering I will invite you to consider whether you have 662 01:23:26,139 --> 01:23:31,110 been lulled you sleep by your own comfort and 663 01:23:31,110 --> 01:23:38,290 distance from our youth and our siblings of color let this question of whether 664 01:23:38,290 --> 01:23:44,320 you have whether we whether I have slipped into the role of the moderate 665 01:23:44,320 --> 01:23:52,030 linger in your heart long after we leave this hall as our president the Reverend 666 01:23:52,030 --> 01:23:58,240 Susan Frederick gray said in worship this morning we are not off the hook so 667 01:23:58,240 --> 01:24:06,030 be aware notice what's going on and take that back home to your communities your 668 01:24:06,030 --> 01:24:12,990 congregations your lives another breath 669 01:24:14,070 --> 01:24:18,730 we also invite you with some final hospitality with one another 670 01:24:18,730 --> 01:24:25,260 proceed tenderly and gracefully with one another in conversation and in debate 671 01:24:25,260 --> 01:24:31,180 allow our folks with scooters to exit the hall first for safety and thank your 672 01:24:31,180 --> 01:24:38,800 volunteers the convention staff centers staff and your hotel staff we kind yes 673 01:24:38,800 --> 01:24:43,390 and I want to say thank you to you all this is my second year serving as 674 01:24:43,390 --> 01:24:47,350 co-chair of this team which means that it will be my last year serving as 675 01:24:47,350 --> 01:24:52,840 co-chair of this team and next year a new and amazing human being will be up 676 01:24:52,840 --> 01:24:57,610 here in a vest remarkably similar to this one with yaadon II so thank you all 677 01:24:57,610 --> 01:25:04,930 and thank me by doing this work your gratitude so many people have said to us 678 01:25:04,930 --> 01:25:08,260 thank you all we're so glad we're so glad we'd love seeing you up there it's 679 01:25:08,260 --> 01:25:14,770 so fun we love it if you really love it ask yourself that question about whether 680 01:25:14,770 --> 01:25:18,820 you have been lulled into sleep whether you have been lulled into being a 681 01:25:18,820 --> 01:25:23,110 moderate ask yourself that question and keep asking it of yourself throughout 682 01:25:23,110 --> 01:25:28,360 the year that would be the truest expression of your gratitude for our 683 01:25:28,360 --> 01:25:31,830 work thank you 684 01:25:38,170 --> 01:25:44,690 please join me in welcoming our safety team co-chairs India Harris and to Chris 685 01:25:44,690 --> 01:25:49,360 crass as they come forward to give us their final report 686 01:26:05,679 --> 01:26:13,650 good afternoon everyone you all must really want to go home good afternoon 687 01:26:13,650 --> 01:26:21,670 see you do want to go home as our theme for General Assembly has been all are 688 01:26:21,670 --> 01:26:26,550 called everyone here undertook the challenge of 689 01:26:26,550 --> 01:26:33,420 engaging a bit with transformative justice and community accountability 690 01:26:33,420 --> 01:26:38,020 principles which are very dear to me and many other folks that engage in 691 01:26:38,020 --> 01:26:44,440 community organizing the idea that we can take care of one another and we do 692 01:26:44,440 --> 01:26:50,110 not need to rely on systems that are often more punitive and punishing than 693 01:26:50,110 --> 01:26:58,630 they are forgiving and understanding and the idea that we do not need though we 694 01:26:58,630 --> 01:27:08,530 do not need those systems so just to get people a sense of the safety team over 695 01:27:08,530 --> 01:27:12,820 the General Assembly there's been a lot of interacting with security and police 696 01:27:12,820 --> 01:27:17,710 to de-escalate and deal with the realities of white supremacy as we 697 01:27:17,710 --> 01:27:22,270 create an internal world and General Assembly and work to dismantle and 698 01:27:22,270 --> 01:27:27,250 transform our culture away from white supremacy towards racial justice we also 699 01:27:27,250 --> 01:27:31,480 deal with the external institutions and cultures and policies and police and 700 01:27:31,480 --> 01:27:36,570 security and so safety team has been working hard to de-escalate and 701 01:27:36,570 --> 01:27:41,110 transform the culture here as we also work against some of the ways that white 702 01:27:41,110 --> 01:27:45,730 supremacy comes into this space through policing and security but to give you a 703 01:27:45,730 --> 01:27:51,400 sense of some of the other ways that the safety team has operated last night at 704 01:27:51,400 --> 01:27:55,540 the beginning of the where lecture I got a text to step out to check in with the 705 01:27:55,540 --> 01:28:00,370 safety team member Chelsea surface who is also a member of the GA planning 706 01:28:00,370 --> 01:28:05,110 committee Chelsea was doing normal rounds checking in the downstairs 707 01:28:05,110 --> 01:28:09,460 registration Lobby just to make sure everything was okay she saw a police car 708 01:28:09,460 --> 01:28:12,190 racing the opposite direction on the street 709 01:28:12,190 --> 01:28:16,090 she walked outside she saw that there had been two cars that had just gotten 710 01:28:16,090 --> 01:28:20,260 into a car Siddhant one was a woman of color mother 711 01:28:20,260 --> 01:28:26,860 with her children and the other was a white couple who had hid their fate who 712 01:28:26,860 --> 01:28:31,360 had hid the family Chelsey saw the situation the white hurt the white man 713 01:28:31,360 --> 01:28:34,900 who had been driving the car that hit the other that hit the family got out 714 01:28:34,900 --> 01:28:38,440 was yelling at the mother as she was also simultaneously trying to deal with 715 01:28:38,440 --> 01:28:42,630 the fact that her children were injured her children got taken to the ambulance 716 01:28:42,630 --> 01:28:48,640 to the hospital the white man was yelling at the mother Chelsey as safety 717 01:28:48,640 --> 01:28:53,830 team and Planning Committee for GA immediately went into de-escalation mode 718 01:28:53,830 --> 01:28:58,360 wearing her safety team vest went over to where the confrontation was happening 719 01:28:58,360 --> 01:29:03,340 stood with her back to the white man who was yelling at the woman and slowly 720 01:29:03,340 --> 01:29:07,930 backed him up and talked to the mother to say that she was here for her if 721 01:29:07,930 --> 01:29:11,770 there was anything that could be done to help support her and her family she 722 01:29:11,770 --> 01:29:15,790 de-escalated the man who was yelling she de-escalated the police who were also 723 01:29:15,790 --> 01:29:21,910 aggravated in bringing their own urgency into it she supported the mom she called 724 01:29:21,910 --> 01:29:25,420 the chaplain who brought water to help support the mom and help support her 725 01:29:25,420 --> 01:29:30,100 emotionally Chelsey then helped get things out of the car to support the 726 01:29:30,100 --> 01:29:34,750 family as this car was gonna be needing to be driven away elsewhere the mom she 727 01:29:34,750 --> 01:29:38,200 helped make sure the mom got a ride to the hospital to be united with her kids 728 01:29:38,200 --> 01:29:42,880 Chelsey helped collect things out of the car paperwork other things that needed 729 01:29:42,880 --> 01:29:47,680 to be to support the mom Chelsey then took the phone numbers of witnesses the 730 01:29:47,680 --> 01:29:52,030 police report numbers any information that would be helpful to this family as 731 01:29:52,030 --> 01:29:56,080 they dealt with the repercussions of the accident she supported the family who 732 01:29:56,080 --> 01:30:00,340 then arrived to support the mom and the kids who had been taken to the hospital 733 01:30:00,340 --> 01:30:05,530 and so Chelsey did all of that as part of safety team and so I lift gives some 734 01:30:05,530 --> 01:30:07,770 love 735 01:30:10,340 --> 01:30:18,720 as part of building a relationship as the family of color showed up dealing 736 01:30:18,720 --> 01:30:22,070 with the emergency of this accident and the police who were clearly aggravated 737 01:30:22,070 --> 01:30:26,610 this white man who was yelling Chelsea looked at the family and she 738 01:30:26,610 --> 01:30:32,130 said I do not trust the police and I am here to support you entirely that is 739 01:30:32,130 --> 01:30:37,110 part of creating a culture of safety that does not look to white supremacy 740 01:30:37,110 --> 01:30:43,230 and the policing of white supremacy to support us but creates alternatives and 741 01:30:43,230 --> 01:30:46,950 so let's get love to Chelsea all of the safety team people who have been rocking 742 01:30:46,950 --> 01:31:08,360 out 743 01:31:08,360 --> 01:31:15,450 we recognize that there will be concerns that are left unspoken burdens borne by 744 01:31:15,450 --> 01:31:20,910 backs that are already bearing too much manifestations of microaggressions and 745 01:31:20,910 --> 01:31:25,740 oppression that have yet to be eradicated we hold all of that in our 746 01:31:25,740 --> 01:31:30,450 hearts and minds as it will inform our processes and procedures of General 747 01:31:30,450 --> 01:31:36,090 Assembly moving forward thank you to our safety team volunteers the GA planning 748 01:31:36,090 --> 01:31:40,010 committee board of trustees reverend rose and ananna 749 01:31:40,010 --> 01:31:45,990 we would also like to offer up gratitude to each of you for taking this on and 750 01:31:45,990 --> 01:31:51,960 looking after one another in sitting meditation we are reminded to not close 751 01:31:51,960 --> 01:31:58,650 our eyes but keep them open so that we are aware of the present moment in the 752 01:31:58,650 --> 01:32:04,710 book are the words of Adrienne Marie Brown what we pay attention to grows may 753 01:32:04,710 --> 01:32:08,730 we be more attentive to one another so that our connections and care for one 754 01:32:08,730 --> 01:32:14,820 another deepen interlocking us like the roots of the mangrove trees as we were 755 01:32:14,820 --> 01:32:22,020 reminded in the uu CFS communion service we are loved beyond belief and fear let 756 01:32:22,020 --> 01:32:26,850 us go forward loving one another through these changing challenging times and do 757 01:32:26,850 --> 01:32:30,500 so courageously thank you 758 01:32:32,760 --> 01:32:45,180 I welcome Stephanie Sampson to the stage to tell us about next year's General 759 01:32:45,180 --> 01:33:06,510 Assembly good afternoon I am a member of the uu Church of 760 01:33:06,510 --> 01:33:12,690 Spokane in Spokane Washington where the next General Assembly is scheduled in 761 01:33:12,690 --> 01:33:21,880 2019 the General Assembly will be the only activity in the downtown area our 762 01:33:21,880 --> 01:33:30,370 small town is a welcoming place in 2003 I moved from Phoenix to Spokane to be 763 01:33:30,370 --> 01:33:36,790 closer to family and soon found the uu Church which has become a second home 764 01:33:36,790 --> 01:33:44,170 for me and has been a life-changing event in my life I would like to 765 01:33:44,170 --> 01:33:52,239 introduce my Minister Reverend Todd a cloth who will share via video a brief 766 01:33:52,239 --> 01:34:00,250 history of our church and the Spokane community hi I'm Todd a cloth minister 767 01:34:00,250 --> 01:34:04,150 of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane and on behalf of our entire 768 01:34:04,150 --> 01:34:08,230 congregation I want you to know how much we're looking forward to having you and 769 01:34:08,230 --> 01:34:13,390 the General Assembly with us here in Spokane next year unitarianism was 770 01:34:13,390 --> 01:34:19,420 established in Spokane in 1887 and has had a rich transformative liberal 771 01:34:19,420 --> 01:34:24,130 presence ever since our First Minister Edwin Willock came with a bounty on his 772 01:34:24,130 --> 01:34:28,989 head in 1888 wanted dead or alive for preaching against slavery while he was 773 01:34:28,989 --> 01:34:33,310 in Virginia Spokane is also where another of our ministers john dietrich 774 01:34:33,310 --> 01:34:37,780 discovered humanism he went on to become a signer of the humanist manifesto and 775 01:34:37,780 --> 01:34:42,340 the father of religious humanism over the years we've accomplished a lot in 776 01:34:42,340 --> 01:34:46,360 the Inland Northwest including helping to shut down the Hanford nuclear reactor 777 01:34:46,360 --> 01:34:49,570 where the plutonium for the first nuclear bomb and the one dropped on 778 01:34:49,570 --> 01:34:54,260 Nagasaki was manufactured more recently we were extremely 779 01:34:54,260 --> 01:34:58,430 instrumental in Washington becoming the first of only two states ever to pass 780 01:34:58,430 --> 01:35:03,350 marriage equality by popular vote in one of the first to legalize marijuana which 781 01:35:03,350 --> 01:35:09,340 has since reduced the number of police stop and searches by half in our state 782 01:35:10,660 --> 01:35:14,990 Spokane's rail system is the choke point for all fossil fuel trains coming 783 01:35:14,990 --> 01:35:19,160 through the Pacific Northwest a deadly and dying industry were struggling to 784 01:35:19,160 --> 01:35:22,280 stop although african-americans were among 785 01:35:22,280 --> 01:35:26,270 the very first settlers to come to the Spokane area their numbers remain less 786 01:35:26,270 --> 01:35:31,430 than 2% of our population which means we must work triply hard to end systems of 787 01:35:31,430 --> 01:35:36,170 white supremacy in our community our community also remains home to its first 788 01:35:36,170 --> 01:35:40,490 peoples American Indians from several tribes who we partner with in their 789 01:35:40,490 --> 01:35:46,660 struggle to retain their own culture and obtain economic and political equality 790 01:35:46,960 --> 01:35:53,030 Spokane is also home to the poorest ZIP code in Washington still even with many 791 01:35:53,030 --> 01:35:57,260 of the same problems faced around the nation Spokane is also one of the most 792 01:35:57,260 --> 01:36:01,910 beautiful places on earth surrounded by mountains and a vast ponderosa pine 793 01:36:01,910 --> 01:36:08,420 forest with the Spokane River running right through its downtown including 794 01:36:08,420 --> 01:36:13,460 Riverfront Park right next to our Convention Center I know you're going to 795 01:36:13,460 --> 01:36:17,150 enjoy being with us in Spokane whether it's because of our beautiful natural 796 01:36:17,150 --> 01:36:21,020 scenery learning more about our faiths unique history here in the Inland 797 01:36:21,020 --> 01:36:25,970 Northwest or being with us in solidarity as we work together to transform our 798 01:36:25,970 --> 01:36:30,650 communities and our world we look forward to welcoming you during next 799 01:36:30,650 --> 01:36:33,610 year's GA 800 01:36:39,630 --> 01:36:44,700 thank you and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible next year at 801 01:36:44,700 --> 01:36:54,460 GA 802 01:36:58,590 --> 01:37:02,330 so we want to say thank you all 803 01:37:02,340 --> 01:37:11,370 two things one Charlottesville we talked about a lot like it's it's own thing but 804 01:37:11,370 --> 01:37:16,830 yesterday Anton Rose was killed in Pittsburgh not yesterday there have been 805 01:37:16,830 --> 01:37:21,450 protests and a crowd of the car girls drove through the crowd or protestors 806 01:37:21,450 --> 01:37:24,900 and so I want us to make sure that we remember that everything that happens in 807 01:37:24,900 --> 01:37:29,310 one place happens other places too and it's happening in our neighborhoods and 808 01:37:29,310 --> 01:37:33,810 communities as well as in other people's so it isn't just going somewhere to do 809 01:37:33,810 --> 01:37:37,380 the work it's also doing it where you live and we're going to be in Pittsburgh 810 01:37:37,380 --> 01:37:43,620 not too far from now and also the other the last thing is before Bart goes is 811 01:37:43,620 --> 01:37:48,000 that a lot of our work is in transforming our own families and our 812 01:37:48,000 --> 01:37:53,700 own friends and that's actually the hardest work it's transforming ourselves 813 01:37:53,700 --> 01:37:59,100 our families and our friends and so that means all of us a GA all of us that are 814 01:37:59,100 --> 01:38:02,970 you you have families and friends that are also you you that are not agreeing 815 01:38:02,970 --> 01:38:07,530 with us all the time and so the work is actually in those relationships and not 816 01:38:07,530 --> 01:38:11,090 just hearing someone's staying on this stage 817 01:38:17,110 --> 01:38:21,950 this year as we did last year we experimented and learned and experiment 818 01:38:21,950 --> 01:38:27,350 on the shared leadership and it's easy for you to think that ol Andrea and I 819 01:38:27,350 --> 01:38:31,010 have just figured it all out and what it means to do shared leadership and what 820 01:38:31,010 --> 01:38:35,150 it means to do shared leadership from the identities that we each hold but 821 01:38:35,150 --> 01:38:39,110 it's important for you to know it's important for us it's important to us 822 01:38:39,110 --> 01:38:45,230 that you know that we don't do this alone that we are here because of those 823 01:38:45,230 --> 01:38:48,830 who have come before us and who have been with us and who continue to support 824 01:38:48,830 --> 01:38:53,000 us and inspire us it's also important to us that you know 825 01:38:53,000 --> 01:38:59,450 that some of those people have done a lot of hard work to understand our 826 01:38:59,450 --> 01:39:06,080 identities and the places where we share and don't share experiences there have 827 01:39:06,080 --> 01:39:10,430 been hard conversations behind the scenes and before this General Assembly 828 01:39:10,430 --> 01:39:14,840 and throughout this General Assembly and for me that is the rich place that our 829 01:39:14,840 --> 01:39:21,530 faith lives we cannot do this alone not just us as Co leaders but us is a faith 830 01:39:21,530 --> 01:39:26,000 community unless we each do our work and so we wanted to name that to you as part 831 01:39:26,000 --> 01:39:29,900 of our process observation because you're going home and I think we 832 01:39:29,900 --> 01:39:36,350 eventually go home but we're going home to live out our faith everything that 833 01:39:36,350 --> 01:39:39,530 we've learned here everything that we learned yesterday and everything we'll 834 01:39:39,530 --> 01:39:44,600 learn tomorrow etc etc we never stop learning Loretta has taught us this time 835 01:39:44,600 --> 01:39:48,350 and again they have been on the cutting edge time and again let's see if we can 836 01:39:48,350 --> 01:39:50,890 outpace them 837 01:39:55,179 --> 01:40:00,230 before we give a lot of thank-yous to a lot of folks who are more than deserving 838 01:40:00,230 --> 01:40:03,590 of all the thank-yous we could ever have in the world Christina do you have a 839 01:40:03,590 --> 01:40:14,270 report for us I've got all manner of information I've been told that I really 840 01:40:14,270 --> 01:40:28,039 should use the step stool so I'm gonna try it out again there you are the 841 01:40:28,039 --> 01:40:35,420 easiest announcement I have is that if you entered the share the power drawing 842 01:40:35,420 --> 01:40:44,539 they have winners please stop by and see them the second part of the information 843 01:40:44,539 --> 01:40:48,800 I have for you is our credentialing information at the end of each GA we 844 01:40:48,800 --> 01:40:55,880 tell you who's been here and one of the things I want to talk about is this is a 845 01:40:55,880 --> 01:41:01,760 smaller GA I think it's been known as we pass in the halls as we've been in 846 01:41:01,760 --> 01:41:08,090 workshops as we're here together and I think that that has been one of those 847 01:41:08,090 --> 01:41:14,179 moments where the folks that were needed in the room have been in the room and so 848 01:41:14,179 --> 01:41:21,260 I really want to appreciate everybody who came out to engage in the work of 849 01:41:21,260 --> 01:41:26,420 Unitarian Universalism and in the faith of Unitarian Universalism so give your 850 01:41:26,420 --> 01:41:33,230 all so you're still here holy cow right 3:22 all right on to the 851 01:41:33,230 --> 01:41:37,670 good news the community creating opportunity collection at this morning 852 01:41:37,670 --> 01:41:42,880 service raised over $33,000 853 01:41:45,440 --> 01:41:51,960 the amount raised for both for the Katy Tyson fund the stand with love fund and 854 01:41:51,960 --> 01:42:00,440 the living tradition fund collections throughout General Assembly are $95,000 855 01:42:01,100 --> 01:42:06,690 and I will add that you are welcome to make those donations any time of the 856 01:42:06,690 --> 01:42:14,370 year uua org the current registration curtin final registration stands at two 857 01:42:14,370 --> 01:42:18,960 thousand eight hundred and fourteen souls including one hundred and 858 01:42:18,960 --> 01:42:28,890 thirty-four youth we had a thousand five hundred and seventy delegates including 859 01:42:28,890 --> 01:42:34,860 one hundred and ninety-nine off-site delegates we had representation from 860 01:42:34,860 --> 01:42:38,580 over five hundred and twenty two congregations including all the states 861 01:42:38,580 --> 01:42:46,650 the District of Columbia Canada Mexico and Puerto Rico the final thing I will 862 01:42:46,650 --> 01:42:52,500 leave you with as your secretary is you're going to be hearing a lot in the 863 01:42:52,500 --> 01:43:00,270 next week up from side with love about their partnership with me gente in San 864 01:43:00,270 --> 01:43:07,800 Diego California July 2nd and in DC July 30th please are sorry June 30th please 865 01:43:07,800 --> 01:43:12,990 take note when that information comes to you we are all going to need your 866 01:43:12,990 --> 01:43:28,379 support in ending the family separation and abolishing ice 867 01:43:30,809 --> 01:43:37,959 there are so many people to think this year some of them you notice regularly 868 01:43:37,959 --> 01:43:43,929 some of them you wouldn't notice unless we call them forth and so as I call your 869 01:43:43,929 --> 01:43:49,590 names would you please rise in body or spirit give us a good arm wave 870 01:43:49,590 --> 01:43:57,489 particularly those that hide in the shadows we don't want to forget you our 871 01:43:57,489 --> 01:44:03,359 tellers and Usher's 872 01:44:05,660 --> 01:44:25,400 our safety team our right relationship team our chaplains our young adults 873 01:44:27,219 --> 01:44:30,330 our youth 874 01:44:31,690 --> 01:44:49,800 our accessibility team black lives of you you drum equal access 875 01:44:50,329 --> 01:45:03,730 the radom the you um a the um in and offer wonderful musicians and singers 876 01:45:05,260 --> 01:45:15,440 all of our administrators and other staff the Commission on institutional 877 01:45:15,440 --> 01:45:23,139 change the Commission on social witness 878 01:45:24,869 --> 01:45:28,429 the GA planning committee 879 01:45:31,010 --> 01:45:35,510 you're UUA Board of Trustees 880 01:45:38,349 --> 01:45:50,020 our amazing gua staff everyone who facilitated and/or took notes at 881 01:45:50,020 --> 01:45:58,800 yesterday's breakout groups are remarkable president 882 01:46:02,050 --> 01:46:17,120 are amazing and vice president executive the exactly our amazing tech deck all of 883 01:46:17,120 --> 01:46:23,260 the wonderful stage hands who have made all of the transitions go smoothly 884 01:46:26,620 --> 01:46:35,060 everybody who attended both sided no one let's give ourselves a big round of 885 01:46:35,060 --> 01:46:45,110 applause thanks to all of you who discern learn and continue to grow and 886 01:46:45,110 --> 01:46:49,820 just do all kinds of amazing stuff on our this faith journey that we call you 887 01:46:49,820 --> 01:46:57,790 to Terra universalism 888 01:46:57,790 --> 01:47:04,090 as we take our leave and knowing that will extinguish the chalice formerly 889 01:47:04,090 --> 01:47:09,860 also we end knowing that the work we've done here is a continuation of the hard 890 01:47:09,860 --> 01:47:16,369 work of our predecessors in the bedrock for those who will follow made the flame 891 01:47:16,369 --> 01:47:21,110 that we will extinguish later burn brightly in our hearts and guide us as 892 01:47:21,110 --> 01:47:27,400 we continue to live our faith in every moment of every day and in every way I 893 01:47:27,400 --> 01:47:32,449 now call for the official adjournment for the Assembly is there a motion from 894 01:47:32,449 --> 01:47:40,369 the board so moved all those in favor of a German please signify by raising your 895 01:47:40,369 --> 01:47:50,590 voting cards your arms your hands or your you're moving your head any opposed 896 01:47:50,590 --> 01:48:00,469 so sorry we can hang out later what's there on line delegates they're 897 01:48:00,469 --> 01:48:03,530 not there we love you online delegates just the 898 01:48:03,530 --> 01:48:06,349 people who are counting the votes not the people themselves the people are 899 01:48:06,349 --> 01:48:13,340 there the motion to adjourn is carried I declare that the 2018 General Assembly 900 01:48:13,340 --> 01:48:18,020 of the Unitarian Universalist Association now stands finally adjourned 901 01:48:18,020 --> 01:48:23,239 have a wonderful summer we are excited to gather with you in Spokane next June 902 01:48:23,239 --> 01:48:27,800 and wait for and the closing ceremonies will happen not right this second though 903 01:48:27,800 --> 01:48:32,440 but later ready yes 904 01:48:35,019 --> 01:48:45,560 they start at 4:30