7 00:00:00,770 --> 00:00:06,007 >> Good Morning. I I now call to order the Fourth General 8 00:00:06,007 --> 00:00:08,009 Session of the FiftySixth General Assembly of the 9 00:00:08,010 --> 00:00:10,010 Unitarian Universalist Association. 10 00:00:19,761 --> 00:00:22,015 Association.so I notice the crowd is a little smaller this 11 00:00:22,016 --> 00:00:24,771 morning. We will be awarding financial prizes to all of you 12 00:00:24,772 --> 00:00:29,506 who showed up on time. But tell your friends who aren't here 13 00:00:29,508 --> 00:00:35,017 that we did it anyway. And I'm paying for it. 14 00:00:35,018 --> 00:00:38,751 Also not coming out of the budget. Our opening words this 15 00:00:38,752 --> 00:00:43,760 morning come from board member Sarah Dan Jones, who will get us 16 00:00:43,761 --> 00:00:46,272 centered for today's business. 17 00:00:54,757 --> 00:00:58,263 >> Good Morning, friends. Will you breathe with me? 18 00:01:02,751 --> 00:01:04,756 So we're actually going to sing the opening words, because 19 00:01:04,757 --> 00:01:08,011 that's what I like to do. We're going to sing when our heart is 20 00:01:08,012 --> 00:01:14,249 in a holy place, and this is text by Joyce Poley, who is a 21 00:01:14,250 --> 00:01:17,505 pen tore and a friend of mine and a Canadian musician. So as 22 00:01:17,506 --> 00:01:20,758 soon as I see that it is up on the screen, I'd be happy to 23 00:01:20,759 --> 00:01:24,014 invite you to rise in body or spirit, but rise in body or 24 00:01:24,015 --> 00:01:30,758 spirit anyway and we'll see if we can get it up. There it is. 25 00:01:30,759 --> 00:01:34,269 Maestro? Here we go. 26 00:04:05,514 --> 00:04:08,016 >> Amen, friends. Keep your heart in a holy place this 27 00:04:08,017 --> 00:04:13,524 morning. Blessings. >> thank you so much, Sarah Dan. 28 00:04:13,524 --> 00:04:17,265 Before I call on the right relationship team this morning 29 00:04:17,266 --> 00:04:21,274 for their report, a couple of announcements. A reminder that 30 00:04:21,276 --> 00:04:25,533 if you have a responsive resolution, you can drop it off 31 00:04:25,534 --> 00:04:31,269 if it's in written form or typed form, room 101, the volunteer 32 00:04:31,270 --> 00:04:34,525 office. There is a lovely cardboard box there designed 33 00:04:34,526 --> 00:04:42,269 especially for you, and you can also e-mail it to board@UUA.org. 34 00:04:42,270 --> 00:04:46,027 6:00 p.m. central time is the cutoff for your responsive 35 00:04:46,028 --> 00:04:52,518 resolutions. In an effort to continue to stay green, the list 36 00:04:53,019 --> 00:04:59,532 of responsive resolutions will appear on the General Assembly 37 00:04:59,533 --> 00:05:03,014 app by tomorrow morning at the latest. We will not have 38 00:05:03,015 --> 00:05:06,772 printed copies tomorrow. So please be sure if you don't have 39 00:05:06,773 --> 00:05:12,031 an app app, please find someone that does or perhaps you can 40 00:05:12,032 --> 00:05:17,768 visit the cyber cafe in the exhibit hall and check it out 41 00:05:17,769 --> 00:05:21,273 there. The other thing that I would like to remind you is some 42 00:05:21,524 --> 00:05:26,011 words that we heard the other evening about the difference 43 00:05:26,012 --> 00:05:30,519 between making a name or making a difference. We have a good 44 00:05:30,520 --> 00:05:35,779 deal of business to discuss this morning and all of the issues 45 00:05:35,780 --> 00:05:38,762 that we'll be discussing, the bylaw amendments and the 46 00:05:38,763 --> 00:05:40,763 statement 47 00:05:42,019 --> 00:05:45,274 conscience, are near and dear to the hearts of many. As we 48 00:05:45,275 --> 00:05:49,032 work through discussion and decisioning on those items, 49 00:05:49,033 --> 00:05:55,274 implore you as you come toward the microphone to ask yourself 50 00:05:55,275 --> 00:06:01,287 if you are working to make a name or a difference. 51 00:06:02,013 --> 00:06:10,527 [Applause]While we do have Roberts rules of order and our 52 00:06:10,528 --> 00:06:15,013 rules of procedure and those sorts of things, at the end of 53 00:06:15,014 --> 00:06:17,014 the day 54 00:06:18,270 --> 00:06:20,524 the essence of those discussions is not about the 55 00:06:20,525 --> 00:06:25,033 order, but about how they discern and decide what 56 00:06:29,019 --> 00:06:32,273 we want for this faith, so keep that in mind. So now I'd like 57 00:06:32,274 --> 00:06:35,279 to ask if the right relationship team has anything to report. I 58 00:06:37,533 --> 00:06:39,533 bet they do. 59 00:06:44,774 --> 00:06:48,029 >> I want to acknowledge that I am here without my co-chair 60 00:06:51,266 --> 00:06:52,516 co-chair, Stephen Ballesteros. I was just texting him about 61 00:06:52,517 --> 00:06:55,771 what I was going to say, so I was not being rude during the 62 00:06:55,772 --> 00:07:00,530 hymn, I assure you. First I want to lift up a way in which 63 00:07:00,531 --> 00:07:03,765 we have not been fully accountable to you-all. After 64 00:07:03,766 --> 00:07:07,518 the worship on Wednesday evening , there were some concerns 65 00:07:07,519 --> 00:07:14,011 brought to us about what it meant for General Assembly 66 00:07:14,012 --> 00:07:16,017 participants to be encouraged to ask 67 00:07:19,022 --> 00:07:23,281 local new Orleans about their experiences with hurricane 68 00:07:23,282 --> 00:07:26,262 Katrina and the federal flood and the hurt that that might 69 00:07:26,263 --> 00:07:30,772 cause and did cause. The process around that is ongoing 70 00:07:30,773 --> 00:07:33,529 and we're sorry that it was not communicated more directly to 71 00:07:33,530 --> 00:07:41,517 the assembly. Second, there have been instances of folks 72 00:07:41,518 --> 00:07:46,025 behaving in ways that treat the mobility devices that some folks 73 00:07:46,275 --> 00:07:51,014 use as part of public space, open for them to touch or use 74 00:07:54,272 --> 00:07:57,529 rather than part of the personal space of the person who 75 00:07:57,780 --> 00:08:07,773 use at his. We must do better. And finally, we have a more 76 00:08:07,774 --> 00:08:09,774 complicated report 77 00:08:11,027 --> 00:08:14,266 to offer this morning. There was concern shared, first on the 78 00:08:14,767 --> 00:08:22,533 app and then in some ongoing conversation, that yesterday's 79 00:08:22,534 --> 00:08:26,265 debate and procedure around the proposed amendments of our first 80 00:08:26,265 --> 00:08:31,775 principle as it appears in our bylaws was an example of 81 00:08:31,775 --> 00:08:38,265 parliamentary procedure being used to silence and erase the 82 00:08:38,267 --> 00:08:45,277 voices of people of color. The right relationship team is 83 00:08:45,278 --> 00:08:51,770 engaged in a process around some more specific elements of that 84 00:08:51,771 --> 00:08:55,779 debate, and it's bringing us and our team into that aspect of 85 00:08:55,780 --> 00:08:59,786 our work where we address not only interpersonal relationships 86 00:09:00,037 --> 00:09:03,768 and how they might be right, but also institutional 87 00:09:03,769 --> 00:09:08,026 relationships and how they might be right, and it's not ready 88 00:09:08,027 --> 00:09:12,282 for a full report this morning, but there are facets of it that 89 00:09:12,283 --> 00:09:16,017 I want to acknowledge, especially as we move into 90 00:09:16,018 --> 00:09:22,526 today's general session. Regardless of what happens in 91 00:09:22,527 --> 00:09:26,016 the rest of our process as a right relationship team, the 92 00:09:26,017 --> 00:09:29,272 reality is that we are not living up to our sacred promises 93 00:09:29,523 --> 00:09:35,282 to one another. Regardless of the intent of any one person or 94 00:09:35,533 --> 00:09:41,770 group of people involved, the processes and procedures of 95 00:09:41,771 --> 00:09:48,286 yesterday's debate were part of a structure that values 96 00:09:48,287 --> 00:09:53,522 correctness over inclusion and dominance over understanding. 97 00:09:55,024 --> 00:10:00,282 Those processes and procedures, even when they are used with the 98 00:10:00,783 --> 00:10:07,527 intent to reduce harm, will replicate the insidious evils of 99 00:10:07,528 --> 00:10:09,533 white supremacy. 100 00:10:13,289 --> 00:10:17,027 There is no resolution to offer this morning, friends. But only 101 00:10:17,278 --> 00:10:22,539 an invitation to witness that harm has been done and to demand 102 00:10:23,040 --> 00:10:30,779 of ourselves to do better. Is to demand of ourselves that we 103 00:10:30,780 --> 00:10:32,785 must do better 104 00:10:36,793 --> 00:10:42,277 , all of our lives lives, all of our spiritual lives are at 105 00:10:42,278 --> 00:10:44,278 stake. Thank you. [Applause] 106 00:10:59,039 --> 00:11:04,024 >> As the board learned hard lessons about the importance of 107 00:11:04,025 --> 00:11:06,779 selecting diverse people for things like job openings, 108 00:11:06,780 --> 00:11:11,790 volunteer positions, and other distinctions, we acknowledge 109 00:11:11,791 --> 00:11:17,525 that doing so requires a list of diverse candidates * dates. 110 00:11:17,526 --> 00:11:24,288 Not unlike our new interim hiring policies, we will make 111 00:11:24,289 --> 00:11:27,022 decisions when the lists are more Representative of the 112 00:11:27,023 --> 00:11:32,534 community that we want to be. It is for that reason that we 113 00:11:32,535 --> 00:11:34,538 chose not to present the distinguished service award this 114 00:11:36,543 --> 00:11:42,527 year. There are many, many worthy recipients among us, but 115 00:11:42,528 --> 00:11:44,780 through education 116 00:11:52,026 --> 00:11:55,030 discern meant and listening, we will grow the list of nominees 117 00:11:55,031 --> 00:11:58,288 so it is a more robust, colorful list. Thank you. 118 00:11:58,789 --> 00:12:00,789 [Applause] 119 00:12:14,021 --> 00:12:16,023 >> The commission on social witness is made up of five 120 00:12:16,024 --> 00:12:18,528 members, three elected by the General Assembly and two 121 00:12:18,529 --> 00:12:22,783 appointed by the Board of trustees. The mission of the 122 00:12:22,784 --> 00:12:26,521 commission is to discern and craft a vision for the 123 00:12:26,522 --> 00:12:29,276 association in pressing social issues as a reflection of the 124 00:12:29,277 --> 00:12:34,032 values of our faith and voices from our congregations. This 125 00:12:34,033 --> 00:12:40,525 year's statement of conscience, escalating inequality, was 126 00:12:40,526 --> 00:12:44,534 selected by delegates in 2014. Each year since then, the call 127 00:12:44,535 --> 00:12:51,022 has gone out to congregations and others list 10 ideas. I 128 00:12:51,023 --> 00:12:59,290 bring to you our tri-mods this morning to tee up the discussion 129 00:12:59,291 --> 00:13:05,275 on escalating inequality, Kathy Burick, Greg Boyd Boyd, and 130 00:13:05,276 --> 00:13:07,280 Elandria Williams. [Applause] 131 00:13:32,781 --> 00:13:37,039 >> Okay. Good Morning. How is everybody doing? Good. So I'd 132 00:13:37,790 --> 00:13:43,532 like to begin with An apology. I was unaware that the little 133 00:13:43,533 --> 00:13:48,042 device I had setting at my hand was not counting the votes of 134 00:13:48,043 --> 00:13:51,273 the off-site delegates. It was only indicating how many 135 00:13:51,274 --> 00:13:57,033 off-site delegates wanted to make a procedural, a pro or a 136 00:13:57,034 --> 00:13:59,287 con statement. So I announced the outcome of the vote before 137 00:13:59,288 --> 00:14:04,023 all of their votes were in and to my off-site delegates, I 138 00:14:04,024 --> 00:14:07,781 deeply, deeply apologize. I understand that this has 139 00:14:07,782 --> 00:14:10,289 happened before and it's one thing to make a mistake once and 140 00:14:10,540 --> 00:14:13,295 another thing to keep on making the same mistake as an 141 00:14:13,296 --> 00:14:20,782 institution. So the three of us, our tri-mods tri-mods, as 142 00:14:20,783 --> 00:14:23,038 we've been called, are going to be sure that we document all of 143 00:14:23,039 --> 00:14:25,542 these processes so that next year whoever is moderateing 144 00:14:25,543 --> 00:14:30,027 debate and discussion has a nice checklist that says here's what 145 00:14:30,028 --> 00:14:34,784 you do. Don't forgive this. And here's the next thing. 146 00:14:35,536 --> 00:14:37,787 [Applause] So my apologies to the off-site 147 00:14:37,788 --> 00:14:43,779 delegates, one of whom is my congregation president. I'll 148 00:14:43,780 --> 00:14:50,523 probably hear about it when I get home. So the statement of 149 00:14:50,524 --> 00:14:56,281 conscience is long -- *. We had a three hour mini-assembly. A 150 00:14:56,282 --> 00:14:59,789 lot of discussion. A lot of attempts to build consensus * us 151 00:14:59,790 --> 00:15:03,273 is. You have have received a pink sheet when you came into 152 00:15:03,274 --> 00:15:06,028 the hall, and if you didn't, hurry up and get yourself one. 153 00:15:06,277 --> 00:15:08,281 As a result of the mini-assembly , there were an a lot of 154 00:15:12,288 --> 00:15:14,288 suggestions that were incorporated 155 00:15:17,280 --> 00:15:20,034 and those you can see in strikeout and underlineed. 156 00:15:20,284 --> 00:15:25,040 There is a number of inserted corporate amendments. The 157 00:15:25,042 --> 00:15:27,027 commission on social witness on the very last page has listed 158 00:15:27,028 --> 00:15:28,779 these, and they've listed them in order that they think the 159 00:15:28,780 --> 00:15:37,046 delegates should can be, and the first four -- five, they 160 00:15:37,047 --> 00:15:40,783 believe are things which substantially change their 161 00:15:40,784 --> 00:15:43,288 motion, and so they don't feel they are empower empowered under 162 00:15:43,538 --> 00:15:49,048 our bylaws to offer these changes or incorporate them, but 163 00:15:49,049 --> 00:15:51,530 they do think they're worthy of your consideration. So we're 164 00:15:51,531 --> 00:15:55,035 going to give you 10 minutes in a couple of moments to do the 165 00:15:55,036 --> 00:15:58,541 same kind of small group conversation that you've had 166 00:15:58,542 --> 00:16:01,796 yesterday. This does not count against the debate clock, so you 167 00:16:01,797 --> 00:16:06,541 can relax. But it's a lot of stuff, and if you weren't in the 168 00:16:06,791 --> 00:16:08,791 miles per hour a assembly, this is the first time you're seeing 169 00:16:08,795 --> 00:16:14,782 this. And then finally, part of the way you can use this 10 170 00:16:14,783 --> 00:16:20,792 minutes is that if you want to offer an amendment to any of the 171 00:16:20,793 --> 00:16:25,803 incorporated amendments or to one of the unincorporated amend 172 00:16:26,533 --> 00:16:28,037 ments, if you want to incorporate them, you will 173 00:16:28,038 --> 00:16:31,042 needing to over to the tech deck and get an amendment form and 174 00:16:31,043 --> 00:16:34,547 then be ready to move at the amendment microphone. So please 175 00:16:34,548 --> 00:16:39,536 be aware, you have to fill out a form to make an amendment. 176 00:16:46,798 --> 00:16:52,789 Okay. So one more word from moderator Ryan. 177 00:16:52,790 --> 00:16:56,295 >> Well, I knew this was going to happen sooner or later. I 178 00:16:56,296 --> 00:16:58,296 was going to make a big mistake 179 00:17:00,805 --> 00:17:02,537 . Lasts night when we were looking at the schedule, we sent 180 00:17:02,538 --> 00:17:09,048 out a note that said that we would have this discussion at 181 00:17:09,049 --> 00:17:13,300 10:10. And of course it's 9:10. So now you know that I don't 182 00:17:13,300 --> 00:17:19,046 know what time zone I live in. I'm very sorry about that. And 183 00:17:19,047 --> 00:17:24,054 I know that there are people who are not in the hall who would 184 00:17:24,055 --> 00:17:29,542 really like to participate in this discussion, and we are an 185 00:17:29,543 --> 00:17:34,052 hour early. So if we could just take a five-minute break, with 186 00:17:34,053 --> 00:17:38,036 my sincereest apologies. I was waiting for this to happen. It 187 00:17:38,037 --> 00:17:41,542 was like a surprise party where no one showed up. That's how I 188 00:17:41,543 --> 00:17:46,052 feel. But if we could take five minutes and perhaps sing a 189 00:17:46,053 --> 00:17:49,557 little bit, say Good Morning to our neighbors and give us just a 190 00:17:49,558 --> 00:17:52,541 moment to figure out how to figure this error error. We'll 191 00:17:52,542 --> 00:17:54,795 be right back. 192 00:19:38,291 --> 00:19:41,296 >> Well, that's what happens when they ask for singing with 193 00:19:41,297 --> 00:19:44,051 no warning. Good job, Leon. >> thank you, Jason. The 194 00:19:44,052 --> 00:19:47,561 Reverend Jason Shelton, people. 195 00:19:48,062 --> 00:19:51,044 [Applause] >> 196 00:20:03,542 --> 00:20:09,802 Let's sing some more. I'll do my song and dance. How about a 197 00:20:09,803 --> 00:20:12,559 little old man river? 198 00:20:15,793 --> 00:20:22,300 ¶ Old man river. ¶ That old man river 199 00:20:22,301 --> 00:20:27,794 ¶ he must know something ¶ But don't say nothing 200 00:20:27,795 --> 00:20:31,800 ¶ He just keeps rolling ¶ He 201 00:20:35,807 --> 00:20:37,807 keeps on rolling along 202 00:20:40,548 --> 00:20:48,061 ¶ He don't plant cotton ¶ He don't plant taters 203 00:20:48,311 --> 00:20:55,303 ¶ And all that's planted ¶ is soon forgotten 204 00:20:55,304 --> 00:21:01,061 ¶ But old man river ¶ he just keeps rolling along. 205 00:21:09,054 --> 00:21:12,811 ¶ You and me. ¶ We sweat and strain 206 00:21:12,812 --> 00:21:17,800 ¶ Body all aching and racked with pain 207 00:21:17,801 --> 00:21:22,059 ¶ Tote that barge ¶ Lift that bail 208 00:21:22,309 --> 00:21:32,056 ¶ Get a little drunk and you'll land in jail. 209 00:21:32,057 --> 00:21:39,546 ¶ Lordy, I get weary ¶ And sick of trying 210 00:21:39,547 --> 00:21:46,057 ¶ I'm tired of living ¶ And scared of dying 211 00:21:46,058 --> 00:21:55,308 ¶ But old man river ¶ He just keeps rolling along 212 00:21:58,813 --> 00:22:00,813 [Applause] 213 00:22:13,309 --> 00:22:18,804 >> Thank you. That's in memory of Paul Robe son. 214 00:22:30,554 --> 00:22:32,554 >> Have you ever had 215 00:22:34,061 --> 00:22:38,546 a dream where your clothes fell off? 216 00:22:41,550 --> 00:22:45,808 And you were in the middle of the street? I'm having it. So 217 00:22:46,058 --> 00:22:56,055 try not to think about it. [Laughter]I 218 00:22:56,306 --> 00:22:59,311 know that was a little over the line, but I had to be honest 219 00:22:59,312 --> 00:23:07,306 with you. Thank you. So we are whiteing on our parliamentarian 220 00:23:08,307 --> 00:23:12,815 and legal counsel so that we can get into the actual 221 00:23:12,816 --> 00:23:17,558 discussion. So what we'll do is we'll resume. We had planned 222 00:23:17,559 --> 00:23:22,061 to have small discussions before the motion actual came to the 223 00:23:22,062 --> 00:23:27,796 floor, so I'm going to ask Kathy to come on back up. We can ask 224 00:23:27,797 --> 00:23:30,551 those questions as we are tracking down our support team. 225 00:23:30,552 --> 00:23:33,308 So bear with us. 226 00:23:41,801 --> 00:23:45,305 >> In terms of amendments, move to add one of the 227 00:23:45,306 --> 00:23:49,062 unincorporated amendments or move one of the incorporated 228 00:23:49,063 --> 00:23:52,047 amendments, but it has to have come in the mini-assembly and if 229 00:23:52,048 --> 00:23:58,559 you are thinking about one of the incorporated or 230 00:23:58,560 --> 00:24:01,064 unincorporated amendments printed on the hot pink sheet, 231 00:24:01,065 --> 00:24:04,298 you can go to the tech deck and get the form. Please have deep 232 00:24:04,299 --> 00:24:08,306 conversation if you haven't read the full text. Please do that 233 00:24:08,307 --> 00:24:10,307 now. 234 00:24:26,546 --> 00:24:28,799 >> The moderator recognizes that it's the folks at the 235 00:24:28,800 --> 00:24:32,555 amendment desk, which is immediately to your right. 236 00:25:12,315 --> 00:25:14,315 >> Two instructions. One is tuck among yourselves. Read the 237 00:25:14,550 --> 00:25:17,053 statement of conscience be the incorporated amendments, the 238 00:25:17,054 --> 00:25:21,313 unincorporated amendments, and the second one is that if you 239 00:25:21,314 --> 00:25:25,820 wish to move one of the unincorporated amendments or to 240 00:25:25,821 --> 00:25:28,553 leave one of the incorporated amendments, go to the desk 241 00:25:28,554 --> 00:25:33,061 that's immediately to my left and to your right as you face 242 00:25:33,062 --> 00:25:35,819 the stage. Questions? 243 00:29:56,575 --> 00:30:00,579 >> Right now we're asking everyone to discuss the 244 00:30:00,580 --> 00:30:02,815 statements of conscience and the incorporated amendedments and 245 00:30:02,816 --> 00:30:05,573 perhaps review the unincorporated amendments, share 246 00:30:05,574 --> 00:30:10,576 some ideas about what you think and we'll start the actual 247 00:30:10,577 --> 00:30:14,565 business of discernment and decisioning in just a moment. 248 00:30:14,566 --> 00:30:20,325 Is that clear for everybody? This is part of the dream where 249 00:30:20,326 --> 00:30:25,085 the clothes come back on and I can go back out in public again. 250 00:33:53,571 --> 00:33:56,077 >> two minute warning. If you wish tone corporate one of the 251 00:33:56,078 --> 00:33:59,332 unincorporated amendments, you go over to the amendment table 252 00:33:59,333 --> 00:34:01,835 and if you wish to delete an incorporated amendment, over to 253 00:34:01,835 --> 00:34:07,074 the amendment table. Recognizing 254 00:34:10,079 --> 00:34:14,815 did he delegate Microsoft. >> I move to table this 255 00:34:14,817 --> 00:34:20,327 discussion to 10:00 o'clock when the delegates notify this is 256 00:34:20,328 --> 00:34:22,328 happening. 257 00:34:25,090 --> 00:34:28,065 . >> but they're not here for the 258 00:34:28,065 --> 00:34:30,069 discussion. >> We're just having an an 259 00:34:30,070 --> 00:34:32,574 informal conversation so supreme a chance to read and look at 260 00:34:32,576 --> 00:34:36,333 the amendments and make sure they get acquainted with the 261 00:34:36,333 --> 00:34:38,333 issue. Thank you. 262 00:35:58,074 --> 00:36:00,827 >> For right now I'd like to do a test vote. If you're a 263 00:36:00,828 --> 00:36:05,321 delegate, can you hold up your delegate card right now? There 264 00:36:06,322 --> 00:36:10,577 we go. It is very difficult fo r your try mod to see if are 265 00:36:10,578 --> 00:36:12,833 you're not in these percent four sections. If you're all the 266 00:36:12,834 --> 00:36:15,566 way over here or you're all the way over here, I wanted to 267 00:36:15,567 --> 00:36:17,822 invite you to move in. 268 00:36:25,834 --> 00:36:31,573 It's difficult to scan the hall. I wanted to you make new 269 00:36:31,574 --> 00:36:33,574 friends. 270 00:36:34,832 --> 00:36:40,065 I see a few empty seats toward the back, toward the front as 271 00:36:40,066 --> 00:36:42,066 well. 272 00:36:43,573 --> 00:36:46,577 Some of the reserve seating, you might particular a look at that 273 00:36:46,578 --> 00:36:49,834 at this point, you can just move in a little bit, so it's 274 00:36:49,835 --> 00:36:52,317 easier for us to all know what decisions we're making together. 275 00:36:52,318 --> 00:36:54,318 Thank you. 276 00:38:29,824 --> 00:38:32,328 >> Okay. Thank you all for your patience. Between one 277 00:38:32,329 --> 00:38:37,086 thing and another, we're trying hard to give you all the 278 00:38:37,087 --> 00:38:39,325 opportunity to have as full a discussion as possible, and so 279 00:38:39,326 --> 00:38:41,832 in the interest of that, we were trying to shuffle the agenda so 280 00:38:42,332 --> 00:38:48,091 that we could give good blocks of time to the business matters 281 00:38:48,092 --> 00:38:50,573 and less of reports, which most of them you could probably read 282 00:38:50,574 --> 00:38:52,578 online. 283 00:39:00,091 --> 00:39:03,073 We're told we can do them later later. We're not in the hall. 284 00:39:03,074 --> 00:39:06,080 Who would have thought? And of course we've got times wrong. 285 00:39:06,330 --> 00:39:09,835 As a former East Coast person, but now living in the Midwest, I 286 00:39:09,836 --> 00:39:13,593 can tell you that the amount of time you spend translating time 287 00:39:13,594 --> 00:39:16,827 zones because it's always East Coast time is the standard and 288 00:39:16,828 --> 00:39:18,828 it gets a little annoying 289 00:39:20,837 --> 00:39:26,823 , doesn't it? Time zone privilege. Darn it. 290 00:39:26,824 --> 00:39:30,579 [Laughter] okay. So here's what we're going to do. So we can 291 00:39:30,580 --> 00:39:33,337 make good use of your time, you've had a chance to talk 292 00:39:33,338 --> 00:39:36,343 about the statement of conscience. You've also -- you 293 00:39:36,344 --> 00:39:39,324 should have received one of these green forms about one of 294 00:39:39,325 --> 00:39:42,329 the next business items that will be coming up, and that is 295 00:39:42,330 --> 00:39:51,573 to -- the proposals to change the bylaws so that our sources 296 00:39:51,574 --> 00:39:55,078 are prophetic people rather than prophetic men and women. 297 00:39:55,079 --> 00:39:57,834 Please spend some time talking about that. And you're also 298 00:39:57,835 --> 00:40:00,838 welcome to spend time talking about the matter we postpone 299 00:40:00,839 --> 00:40:03,576 from yesterday, which is the idea of changing persons to 300 00:40:03,577 --> 00:40:06,834 beings in the first principle. 301 00:40:13,097 --> 00:40:17,082 I'd -- you're all clear and ready to go when the next time 302 00:40:17,083 --> 00:40:19,588 comes for a vote, and the next thing I would ask -- did you ask 303 00:40:19,838 --> 00:40:23,844 the delegates to move yet? The reminder, if you have a voting 304 00:40:23,845 --> 00:40:27,077 card, it will help us and anybody needing to count those a 305 00:40:27,078 --> 00:40:30,584 whole lot if you move in. 306 00:40:34,590 --> 00:40:36,590 So 307 00:40:39,578 --> 00:40:42,331 take another few minutes to talk about these next couple of 308 00:40:42,332 --> 00:40:45,086 items, if we can get five minutes on the clock to the 309 00:40:45,087 --> 00:40:52,083 speaker? We'll move to journey toward whole wholeness report, 310 00:40:52,084 --> 00:40:56,091 because they are here. And thank you for your patience. 311 00:45:10,855 --> 00:45:13,106 >> One more minute and we'll hear from our journey towards 312 00:45:13,107 --> 00:45:15,107 wholeness. 313 00:46:33,357 --> 00:46:36,614 >> Give us a moment. We're doing set up. 314 00:51:28,617 --> 00:51:32,623 >> All right. I was going to go change my clothes just to 315 00:51:32,624 --> 00:51:38,863 really fulfill the dream. [Applause] 316 00:51:38,864 --> 00:51:42,621 >> But I was too hot to go back outside. So we are going to 317 00:51:42,622 --> 00:51:47,379 bring you a report, and again, this is what happens when you 318 00:51:47,380 --> 00:51:52,366 push the envelope and try to do new things. Things get a little 319 00:51:52,867 --> 00:51:56,621 messy. It gives us an opportunity to be a lot more 320 00:51:56,622 --> 00:52:01,132 creative, but that creativity sometimes takes time. So again, 321 00:52:01,632 --> 00:52:09,125 my apologies for the time issue and I've already signed up the 322 00:52:09,126 --> 00:52:18,118 class on using an analogue Watch. Really, it's analogue. 323 00:52:23,376 --> 00:52:25,879 >> Our journey toward wholeness wholeness transformation 324 00:52:25,880 --> 00:52:28,617 Committee created by delegates 1995. Please welcome the 325 00:52:28,618 --> 00:52:35,880 Committee and the co-chairs, Reverend Wendy * * 326 00:52:39,867 --> 00:52:41,867 Soto. 327 00:52:48,882 --> 00:52:50,882 >> 328 00:53:02,614 --> 00:53:05,621 >> We're pleaded to be joined by fellow members 329 00:53:08,876 --> 00:53:16,116 . Also, with us is 20 years ago, delegates at our 330 00:53:19,119 --> 00:53:22,125 1997 General Assembly had a belief that it wasn't enough 331 00:53:22,126 --> 00:53:24,628 that our faith called us to achieve a Beloved Community 332 00:53:24,629 --> 00:53:28,114 where all people were cherished and valued. The delegates 333 00:53:28,115 --> 00:53:31,871 believed that we as an association need to monitor and 334 00:53:31,872 --> 00:53:33,872 assess our progress on the journey. This body's vote that 335 00:53:38,363 --> 00:53:39,865 year called this committee into existence for that purpose. 336 00:53:39,866 --> 00:53:45,629 But, on this anniversary, and given our current context, it's 337 00:53:45,630 --> 00:53:47,630 important to note that the delegates did much more. 338 00:53:50,117 --> 00:53:53,371 The language of the resolution urged all Unitarian 339 00:53:53,372 --> 00:53:57,879 Universalists to "examine carefully their own conscious 340 00:53:57,880 --> 00:54:01,885 and unconscious racism as participants in a racist 341 00:54:01,886 --> 00:54:05,120 society, and the effect that racism has on all our lives, 342 00:54:05,121 --> 00:54:07,121 regardless of color." 343 00:54:08,876 --> 00:54:12,384 It asked our UUA, our congregations and other 344 00:54:12,385 --> 00:54:15,367 community organizations to develop an ongoing process for 345 00:54:15,368 --> 00:54:18,873 the comprehensive institutionalization of 346 00:54:18,874 --> 00:54:20,878 anti-racism and multi-culturalism, understanding 347 00:54:23,131 --> 00:54:26,866 that whether or not a group becomes multi-racial, there is 348 00:54:26,867 --> 00:54:31,374 always the opportunity to become antiracist. It urged the 349 00:54:31,375 --> 00:54:33,375 creation of racial justice 350 00:54:38,117 --> 00:54:42,126 committees. The vote urged all Unitarian Universalist leaders, 351 00:54:42,127 --> 00:54:46,883 including ministers, religious educators, leaders of associate 352 00:54:46,884 --> 00:54:48,884 and 353 00:54:51,619 --> 00:54:54,372 affiliate organizations, governing. 354 00:54:57,376 --> 00:54:59,379 Boards, Unitarian Universalist Association staff, theological 355 00:54:59,380 --> 00:55:00,630 schools, and future General Assemblies to engage in ongoing 356 00:55:00,631 --> 00:55:02,631 anti-racism training, to examine basic assumptions, structures, 357 00:55:08,877 --> 00:55:10,380 and functions, and, in response to what is learned, to develop 358 00:55:10,381 --> 00:55:12,381 action plans. It called for the creation of 359 00:55:16,620 --> 00:55:21,379 relationships of sustained engagement with all people of 360 00:55:21,380 --> 00:55:22,882 color with a goal of opening up authentic dialogue about race 361 00:55:22,883 --> 00:55:23,887 and racism and how to appropriately honor and affirm 362 00:55:23,888 --> 00:55:26,366 the cultural traditions of all people of color. And it urged 363 00:55:26,367 --> 00:55:28,367 our UUA to 364 00:55:30,621 --> 00:55:32,622 establish relationships with other international and 365 00:55:32,623 --> 00:55:34,623 interfaith organizations that are working to dismantle racism. 366 00:55:35,880 --> 00:55:36,630 >> Twenty years later, your JTWTC appears before you with 367 00:55:36,631 --> 00:55:42,872 the following reflections: We bear witness to the undeniable 368 00:55:42,873 --> 00:55:45,126 fact that progress has been made on the journey. Two decades 369 00:55:45,127 --> 00:55:51,369 have not passed without significant contributions. 370 00:55:51,370 --> 00:55:53,372 >> But today it is far more important that we bear witness 371 00:55:58,881 --> 00:56:00,881 to the facts of our failure to move far enough, fast enough, 372 00:56:03,371 --> 00:56:04,623 and true enough to that resolution. Or truly, to the 373 00:56:04,624 --> 00:56:06,624 call of our faith. 374 00:56:07,877 --> 00:56:10,130 Two years ago we showed a video about the gap between the 375 00:56:10,131 --> 00:56:12,384 UUA experience many, many of us 376 00:56:17,377 --> 00:56:19,378 experience and the experience of our siblings with 377 00:56:19,379 --> 00:56:22,885 historically marginalized identities. The video used 378 00:56:22,886 --> 00:56:24,137 composite characters. Line drawings of people we created 379 00:56:24,138 --> 00:56:26,138 from the stories we had collected. 380 00:56:28,877 --> 00:56:31,381 >> This year, we do not need drawings or composite figures. 381 00:56:31,382 --> 00:56:35,387 We have the voices and experiences of real, 382 00:56:35,388 --> 00:56:37,388 identifiable UUs. Thank you 383 00:56:39,373 --> 00:56:41,629 Aisha Hauser. Thank you Christina Rivera. Thank you 384 00:56:41,879 --> 00:56:48,641 Kenny Wiley.[Applause] 385 00:56:57,882 --> 00:57:00,886 We bear witness today and we raise the voices of these 386 00:57:00,887 --> 00:57:02,887 people, and others, who have paid high prices for challenging 387 00:57:03,122 --> 00:57:05,122 the white supremacy culture in our systems. We note the concern 388 00:57:06,881 --> 00:57:08,384 many have raised on social media and in person of personal 389 00:57:08,385 --> 00:57:10,385 costs for doing so. Of hate mail from 390 00:57:16,126 --> 00:57:20,630 fellow UUs. Of lost relationships. Of deeper 391 00:57:20,631 --> 00:57:22,631 oppression as a cost of 392 00:57:24,637 --> 00:57:27,125 challenging oppression. Costs paid by these courageous 393 00:57:27,126 --> 00:57:29,629 individuals and their families as well. We observe that just as 394 00:57:31,884 --> 00:57:33,884 ideals were not enough for the 395 00:57:35,139 --> 00:57:37,641 1997 GA body, appreciation is not enough today. To acknowledge 396 00:57:40,129 --> 00:57:42,129 voices from the margins does not equal dismantling white 397 00:57:51,628 --> 00:57:55,885 supremacist culture. [Applause] 398 00:57:55,886 --> 00:57:58,139 Nor does it serve the goal of centering those voices from the 399 00:57:58,140 --> 00:58:01,393 margins and providing pathways to power in our association. To 400 00:58:01,394 --> 00:58:03,394 be sorry, has never been enough. 401 00:58:05,881 --> 00:58:07,636 >> Amen. >> We also bear witness to the 402 00:58:07,637 --> 00:58:10,892 positive movement that came in response to these events. We 403 00:58:10,893 --> 00:58:12,893 hold up the leadership of 404 00:58:16,127 --> 00:58:18,130 Lena Gardner, Christina Rivera, Aisha Hauser, and Kenny Wiley 405 00:58:18,131 --> 00:58:20,131 and over 680 406 00:58:21,385 --> 00:58:23,387 -- over congregations who participated in the UU White 407 00:58:23,388 --> 00:58:25,388 Supremacy Teach-In. 408 00:58:27,627 --> 00:58:28,128 We reaffirm the vital importance of having this 409 00:58:28,129 --> 00:58:30,130 committee continue its work in service to the ideals of the 410 00:58:30,131 --> 00:58:36,391 1997 resolution, the reality of today, and the hope of who we 411 00:58:36,392 --> 00:58:38,392 yet may be. 412 00:58:39,879 --> 00:58:42,634 be.700 your journey toward wholeness transformation 413 00:58:42,635 --> 00:58:46,142 Committee will continue to be present as we move forward into 414 00:58:46,143 --> 00:58:52,127 the next chapter of our journey. Weapon a we'll be examining 415 00:58:52,128 --> 00:58:56,385 how institutional Unitarian Universalist response 416 00:58:56,636 --> 00:58:59,892 s carefully. We will also be providing process observation as 417 00:58:59,893 --> 00:59:06,381 UUA board meetings. We are aware that arm measurements for 418 00:59:06,382 --> 00:59:09,889 successful transformation need to be rooted in the stories of 419 00:59:09,890 --> 00:59:12,393 people of color, Indigenous people, people who are both, and 420 00:59:12,643 --> 00:59:17,885 other historically marginalized people and we will continue to 421 00:59:17,886 --> 00:59:19,886 seek their stories. [Applause] 422 00:59:27,635 --> 00:59:30,890 >> We add that although we are observers on the journey, we are 423 00:59:30,891 --> 00:59:32,894 hopeful in our role. Our hope is not offered as salve to the 424 00:59:32,895 --> 00:59:36,903 very real pain in our system. Rather, as a continual 425 00:59:36,904 --> 00:59:40,636 reflection. We cannot change what is not visible. Whether we 426 00:59:40,637 --> 00:59:43,892 view it with our eyes or hands or hearts. The events of these 427 00:59:43,893 --> 00:59:48,149 recent months offer us an opportunity to connect what some 428 00:59:48,150 --> 00:59:50,150 have viewed as 429 00:59:53,889 --> 00:59:57,142 work, others know to be their lives and all might come to 430 00:59:57,143 --> 01:00:00,397 understand is central to our identities as Unitarian 431 01:00:00,398 --> 01:00:03,384 Universalists. Grounded in our faith that calls us forward to 432 01:00:03,385 --> 01:00:05,888 our better selves, that we might achieve a better tomorrow, may 433 01:00:05,889 --> 01:00:07,893 we treat this opportunity as a sacred gift. 434 01:00:11,649 --> 01:00:13,649 >> And we pray it may be so. 435 01:00:16,888 --> 01:00:17,889 We now invite the body to join us in an affirmation of the 436 01:00:17,890 --> 01:00:19,890 1997 resolution by reading it with us: 437 01:00:26,133 --> 01:00:31,893 >> And it's not -- wow. And it's not a short resolution, but 438 01:00:32,144 --> 01:00:35,898 neither is the journey. Join us, lift your spirit with ours 439 01:00:35,899 --> 01:00:42,139 and join us as we say, WHEREAS the 1996 General Assembly 440 01:00:42,140 --> 01:00:44,140 resolved that all 441 01:00:45,398 --> 01:00:47,398 congregations, districts, 442 01:00:50,634 --> 01:00:51,634 organizations, and professional and lay leaders participate in 443 01:00:51,635 --> 01:00:58,143 a reflection-action process throughout the 1996-97 church 444 01:00:58,144 --> 01:01:00,144 year using the Congregational Reflection and Action Process 445 01:01:05,138 --> 01:01:07,138 Guide and the Anti-Racism 446 01:01:08,893 --> 01:01:11,897 Assessment; and. WHEREAS our Unitarian Universalist 447 01:01:11,898 --> 01:01:15,385 principles call us to affirm and promote "justice, equity, and 448 01:01:15,386 --> 01:01:17,386 compassion in human relations" and "the goal of 449 01:01:20,144 --> 01:01:22,144 world community"; and. 450 01:01:24,403 --> 01:01:26,884 WHEREAS our history as Unitarian Universalists includes 451 01:01:26,885 --> 01:01:28,885 evidence 452 01:01:29,889 --> 01:01:32,142 of both great commitment and individual achievement in the 453 01:01:35,396 --> 01:01:39,133 struggle for racial justice as well as the failure of our 454 01:01:39,134 --> 01:01:41,134 Unitarian Universalist 455 01:01:43,391 --> 01:01:47,396 institutions to respond fully to the call for justice; and. 456 01:01:47,397 --> 01:01:49,651 WHEREAS racism and its effects, including economic injustice, 457 01:01:53,139 --> 01:01:55,139 are embedded in all social 458 01:01:56,643 --> 01:01:59,398 institutions as well as in ourselves and will not be 459 01:02:02,884 --> 01:02:04,884 eradicated without deliberate 460 01:02:06,641 --> 01:02:09,397 engagement in analysis and WHEREAS because of the impact of 461 01:02:10,900 --> 01:02:14,883 racism on all people, and the interconnection among 462 01:02:14,884 --> 01:02:16,884 oppressions, we realize we need to make an institutional 463 01:02:19,394 --> 01:02:21,394 commitment to end racism; and. 464 01:02:26,138 --> 01:02:29,391 WHEREAS the social, economic, and ecological health of our 465 01:02:29,392 --> 01:02:31,898 planet is imperiled by the deepening divisions in our world 466 01:02:34,903 --> 01:02:36,903 caused by inequitable and unjust distribution of power and 467 01:02:38,387 --> 01:02:40,387 resources; and. 468 01:02:52,140 --> 01:02:52,891 WHEREAS we are called yet again by our commitment to faith in 469 01:02:52,892 --> 01:02:53,893 action to pursue this antiracist, multi-cultural 470 01:02:53,894 --> 01:02:54,393 initiative in the spirit of justice, compassion, and 471 01:02:54,394 --> 01:02:56,394 community; 472 01:03:08,146 --> 01:03:10,399 THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the 1997 General Assembly urges 473 01:03:10,400 --> 01:03:12,653 Unitarian Universalists to examine carefully their own 474 01:03:12,654 --> 01:03:16,892 conscious and unconscious racism as participants in a racist 475 01:03:16,893 --> 01:03:18,893 society, and the effect that racism has on all our lives, 476 01:03:26,641 --> 01:03:30,643 regardless of color. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the 477 01:03:30,644 --> 01:03:33,648 General Assembly urges the Unitarian Universalist 478 01:03:33,649 --> 01:03:36,404 Association, its congregations, and community organizations to 479 01:03:36,405 --> 01:03:39,890 develop an ongoing process for the comprehensive 480 01:03:39,891 --> 01:03:41,891 institutionalization of antiracism and 481 01:03:48,409 --> 01:03:49,159 multi-culturalism, understanding that whether or 482 01:03:49,160 --> 01:03:51,160 not a group becomes multi-racial, there is 483 01:03:54,899 --> 01:03:56,902 always the opportunity to become anti-racist. Early steps 484 01:03:56,903 --> 01:03:58,903 toward 485 01:04:01,160 --> 01:04:03,643 anti-racism might include using curricula such as Journey 486 01:04:03,644 --> 01:04:05,644 Toward 487 01:04:07,151 --> 01:04:09,151 Wholeness for all age groups, 488 01:04:28,144 --> 01:04:29,145 forming racial justice committees, and conducting 489 01:04:29,146 --> 01:04:30,649 anti-racism workshops. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the 490 01:04:30,650 --> 01:04:31,651 General Assembly urges all Unitarian Universalist leaders, 491 01:04:31,652 --> 01:04:33,155 including ministers, religious educators, leaders of associate 492 01:04:33,156 --> 01:04:34,659 and affiliate organizations, governing boards, Unitarian 493 01:04:34,660 --> 01:04:36,165 Universalist Association staff, theological schools, and future 494 01:04:36,166 --> 01:04:38,166 General Assemblies to engage in ongoing anti-racism training, to 495 01:04:44,402 --> 01:04:45,653 examine basic assumptions, structures, and functions, and, 496 01:04:45,654 --> 01:04:47,654 in response to what is learned, to develop action plans. 497 01:04:53,648 --> 01:04:55,900 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Unitarian Universalists are 498 01:04:55,901 --> 01:04:57,904 encouraged to enter into relationships of sustained 499 01:04:57,905 --> 01:05:00,910 engagement with all people of color with a goal of opening up 500 01:05:00,911 --> 01:05:03,892 authentic dialogue that may include, but is not limited to, 501 01:05:03,893 --> 01:05:06,397 race and racism. Such dialogue should also include how to 502 01:05:06,398 --> 01:05:07,899 appropriately honor and affirm the cultural traditions of all 503 01:05:07,900 --> 01:05:09,900 people of color. 504 01:05:52,646 --> 01:05:55,400 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the General Assembly requests that 505 01:05:55,401 --> 01:05:57,401 the UUA Board of Trustees 506 01:05:58,405 --> 01:05:59,156 establish a committee to monitor and assess our 507 01:05:59,157 --> 01:06:01,157 transformation as 508 01:06:05,151 --> 01:06:07,155 an anti-racist, multicultural institution, and that the Board 509 01:06:07,156 --> 01:06:09,156 of Trustees shall report annually to the General Assembly 510 01:06:09,661 --> 01:06:11,162 specifically on the programs and resources dedicated to 511 01:06:11,163 --> 01:06:13,414 assisting our congregations in carrying out the objectives of 512 01:06:13,415 --> 01:06:16,402 this resolution. BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that in order to 513 01:06:16,403 --> 01:06:17,153 transform the racist institutions of our world, the 514 01:06:17,154 --> 01:06:17,404 General Assembly urges the Unitarian Universalist 515 01:06:17,405 --> 01:06:18,155 Association and all its parts to establish relationships with 516 01:06:18,156 --> 01:06:18,656 other international and interfaith organizations that 517 01:06:18,657 --> 01:06:26,403 are working to dismantle racism. >> Amen, blessed be, and Ashe. 518 01:06:36,171 --> 01:06:38,656 >> Thank you so much. And to those presenters who had to jump 519 01:06:38,906 --> 01:06:43,163 out of bed to get here, we are very, very grateful. Let's 520 01:06:43,164 --> 01:06:47,168 sing. Let's just sort of relax and have a song and then I'll 521 01:06:47,169 --> 01:06:52,409 feel better and when mama's happy, everybody is happy. 522 01:06:52,410 --> 01:06:54,410 [Laughter] 523 01:06:59,169 --> 01:07:02,408 >> This is awfully short notice for the tech deck, and you have 524 01:07:02,908 --> 01:07:06,165 to bear in mind that we also have to make sure that we have 525 01:07:06,166 --> 01:07:11,676 permission to sing whatever I call. And so I decided to go 526 01:07:11,677 --> 01:07:16,911 rogue and your reception of my Paul Robeson-inspired offering 527 01:07:16,912 --> 01:07:20,418 was such I want to take another thing from his repertoire and I 528 01:07:20,419 --> 01:07:25,174 would like to ask you if you know it, please come with me. 529 01:07:25,675 --> 01:07:28,415 I'm going to sing deep river. 530 01:07:33,172 --> 01:07:37,431 Please rise in body or spirit, y'all. We're in Louisiana. 531 01:07:43,168 --> 01:07:52,412 ¶ Deep river ¶ My home is over Jordan 532 01:07:52,413 --> 01:07:54,413 ¶ 533 01:08:00,678 --> 01:08:02,678 Deep river ¶ 534 01:08:04,421 --> 01:08:11,435 Lord, I want to cross over into campground 535 01:08:11,685 --> 01:08:13,939 ¶ deep 536 01:08:17,179 --> 01:08:19,179 river 537 01:08:20,184 --> 01:08:23,941 ¶ My home is over Jordan 538 01:08:31,430 --> 01:08:33,430 ¶ 539 01:08:35,937 --> 01:08:37,937 Deep river ¶ 540 01:08:40,426 --> 01:08:46,685 Lord, I want to cross over into camp campground 541 01:08:50,176 --> 01:08:55,935 ¶ Oh don't you want to go to that 542 01:09:00,944 --> 01:09:07,185 gospel feast ¶ That promised land 543 01:09:10,694 --> 01:09:12,694 where all 544 01:09:14,176 --> 01:09:23,694 is peace? ¶ Oh, deep river 545 01:09:23,694 --> 01:09:25,694 ¶ 546 01:09:29,683 --> 01:09:31,683 Lord 547 01:09:34,444 --> 01:09:36,948 , I want to cross 548 01:09:40,182 --> 01:09:48,944 over into campgroundAshe. 549 01:09:51,180 --> 01:09:53,180 [Applause] 550 01:09:56,690 --> 01:10:01,700 >> Just goes to show you that sometimes beauty arises out of 551 01:10:01,701 --> 01:10:06,686 chaos. I'm pleased to introduce Reverend Kathleen Mack Teague 552 01:10:06,687 --> 01:10:11,192 to bring us up-to-date on what is happening at the UU College 553 01:10:11,193 --> 01:10:15,932 of social justice. Let's give it up for Kathleen. 554 01:10:33,945 --> 01:10:38,932 >> I wasn't actually in bed,. I was in route here. The time 555 01:10:38,933 --> 01:10:40,936 has been changed several times. Because flexibility is the name 556 01:10:41,186 --> 01:10:44,440 of the game, we are all rolling with what unfolds. So I have 557 01:10:44,441 --> 01:10:46,945 the proud honor ever speaking to you about the College of social 558 01:10:47,196 --> 01:10:52,435 justice on the occasion of our exactly five-year anniversary. 559 01:10:57,444 --> 01:10:59,947 >> Those of you who remember Phoenix, Arizona, will probably 560 01:10:59,948 --> 01:11:02,684 remember that that was when it was officially announced that we 561 01:11:02,685 --> 01:11:05,191 were forming the College of social justice justice. And the 562 01:11:05,442 --> 01:11:10,197 time has gone like that. The College of Social Justice grew 563 01:11:10,198 --> 01:11:15,436 out of a longing for the UUA and UUSC to collaborate more 564 01:11:15,437 --> 01:11:17,437 closely on the issues we all 565 01:11:18,443 --> 01:11:22,949 care about so deeply. The goal was to inspire and equip 566 01:11:22,950 --> 01:11:24,950 spiritually grounded activists. 567 01:11:27,437 --> 01:11:29,943 The strategy was to offer direct experience, training, and 568 01:11:34,450 --> 01:11:35,951 face-to-face encounters that would lead to long-term 569 01:11:35,952 --> 01:11:40,686 commitment. None of us could have predicted five years ago 570 01:11:40,687 --> 01:11:42,687 that we would find ourselves in this political 571 01:11:47,448 --> 01:11:49,953 moment: a government that would deny climate change and support 572 01:11:51,938 --> 01:11:53,938 the most polluting industries; 573 01:11:54,945 --> 01:11:59,450 one that enacts willful, conscious racism, from voter 574 01:11:59,451 --> 01:12:01,451 suppression to mass 575 01:12:03,187 --> 01:12:05,187 incarceration to phobic 576 01:12:07,192 --> 01:12:11,450 hostility toward migrants; a national leadership. Hell-bent 577 01:12:11,451 --> 01:12:13,704 on widening the gulf between the ultra-rich and 578 01:12:18,693 --> 01:12:23,197 The rest of us. We did not anticipate this moment. And like 579 01:12:23,198 --> 01:12:28,686 most of you, we had some weeks of angst right after the 580 01:12:28,687 --> 01:12:30,944 November election, wondering what we are called to 581 01:12:34,199 --> 01:12:38,935 now in response. As we regained equilibrium, we realized that 582 01:12:38,936 --> 01:12:40,936 our mission is 583 01:12:42,943 --> 01:12:44,943 more relevant now than ever 584 01:12:46,202 --> 01:12:48,202 before. Those entwined 585 01:12:49,207 --> 01:12:51,207 malignancies of racism, economic 586 01:12:52,437 --> 01:12:54,437 injustice, a broken immigration 587 01:12:55,693 --> 01:12:57,693 system, and the impacts of 588 01:12:59,450 --> 01:13:01,450 climate change were of course 589 01:13:02,685 --> 01:13:05,692 already with us. We did not anticipate this political 590 01:13:05,693 --> 01:13:07,693 moment, but the College of Social Justice was created for 591 01:13:11,452 --> 01:13:13,452 it: to help our people see more clearly what we face, imagine 592 01:13:16,689 --> 01:13:18,692 more boldly the ways we can act, and live our values more 593 01:13:24,951 --> 01:13:26,951 radically and courageously on the side of justice. 594 01:13:35,952 --> 01:13:37,952 One way we've done this is through focused attention on our 595 01:13:41,690 --> 01:13:43,441 leadership. Our dynamic programs are possible only 596 01:13:43,442 --> 01:13:45,945 because of the skill and commitment of the people who 597 01:13:45,946 --> 01:13:51,189 lead them. Of the 21 CSJ Program Leaders this year, Most of whom 598 01:13:51,190 --> 01:13:53,190 you see in that photo, 599 01:13:55,953 --> 01:13:58,708 half identify as people of color. 600 01:13:59,210 --> 01:14:02,689 [Applause] Fourteen are religious educators, ministers 601 01:14:02,690 --> 01:14:04,943 or seminarians; and eight are Spanish speakers. 602 01:14:08,452 --> 01:14:10,452 It's because of these leaders that we have succeeded in 603 01:14:13,210 --> 01:14:17,442 bringing the lens of racial justice to every one of our 604 01:14:17,443 --> 01:14:21,449 programs. It's through them that we ground each program in 605 01:14:21,450 --> 01:14:25,456 spiritual practices. And it's because of them that the 606 01:14:25,457 --> 01:14:29,193 immersion learning we offer has so often been characterized as 607 01:14:29,194 --> 01:14:31,194 "life changing" by those who participate. 608 01:14:35,707 --> 01:14:37,707 Over the past five years, we have led immersion-learning 609 01:14:43,447 --> 01:14:45,447 journeys to India, Haiti, Tanzania, Guatemala, and, within 610 01:14:45,952 --> 01:14:49,459 the United States, to Lummi Nation in Washington, to New 611 01:14:49,460 --> 01:14:51,460 York to help with Hurricane Sandy recovery, to the border 612 01:14:56,699 --> 01:14:58,705 lands of Arizona, the tomato fields of Immokalee, Florida, 613 01:14:58,706 --> 01:15:02,693 and the devastated mountains of West Virginia. We are expanding 614 01:15:02,694 --> 01:15:04,694 our newest programs in Nicaragua 615 01:15:09,957 --> 01:15:10,958 With amazing grassroots partners working for women's 616 01:15:10,959 --> 01:15:12,959 rights, land rights, and climate justice 617 01:15:18,701 --> 01:15:21,958 . These partners remind us not to become isolationists, in our 618 01:15:21,959 --> 01:15:23,959 distress about our own country, 619 01:15:27,445 --> 01:15:29,445 but to keep one hand out for international solidarity. 620 01:15:31,706 --> 01:15:33,706 [Applause] 621 01:15:42,451 --> 01:15:44,452 We are expanding other programs as part of the Love Resists 622 01:15:44,453 --> 01:15:46,453 campaign. An example is our 623 01:15:50,693 --> 01:15:52,945 border witness journey. Even when participants think they 624 01:15:52,946 --> 01:15:57,954 know how warped and unjust current US policy is, immersion 625 01:15:57,955 --> 01:16:03,193 learning kicks things into a higher gear. It awakens us to 626 01:16:03,194 --> 01:16:05,194 the reality that this policy is not just wrong, it is literally 627 01:16:11,209 --> 01:16:15,695 murderous: many hundreds of people die in our deserts every 628 01:16:15,696 --> 01:16:17,696 single year. Their desperation 629 01:16:20,457 --> 01:16:22,711 is no less than that of refugees drowning in the 630 01:16:22,712 --> 01:16:31,954 Mediterranean - just less visible.[Applause] 631 01:16:33,457 --> 01:16:35,457 Our program brings home the truth that this is not happening 632 01:16:38,193 --> 01:16:43,201 on the Arizona border with Mexico, or the Texas or 633 01:16:43,202 --> 01:16:45,456 California border: it's the Massachusetts border with 634 01:16:50,193 --> 01:16:52,193 Mexico, the Illinois border, the Louisiana border: it's ours 635 01:16:59,711 --> 01:17:04,697 No matter where we live. Once we wake up to that truth, we 636 01:17:04,698 --> 01:17:06,949 can't go back to sleep. We have to pour ourselves into the 637 01:17:06,950 --> 01:17:08,950 struggle for justice. 638 01:17:10,205 --> 01:17:12,205 There are other kinds of immersion learning. Our 639 01:17:17,197 --> 01:17:19,197 Activate! programs. For high school youth are week-long dives 640 01:17:20,705 --> 01:17:23,459 into immigration, climate, or racial justice, grounded in our 641 01:17:28,447 --> 01:17:30,952 Faith and these are the programs we have that are 642 01:17:30,953 --> 01:17:34,205 expanding most rapidly and being adapted to the specific needs 643 01:17:34,206 --> 01:17:38,692 of districts and regions. We have collaborated with other 644 01:17:38,693 --> 01:17:41,698 branches of our UU family on new iterations of the Goldmine 645 01:17:41,699 --> 01:17:43,699 leadership training for youth, 646 01:17:44,957 --> 01:17:47,963 and on the UU-UNO spring seminar, strengthening the 647 01:17:47,964 --> 01:17:49,964 justice thread in each. We're 648 01:17:52,696 --> 01:17:55,452 making sure that the Love Resists campaign brings along 649 01:17:55,453 --> 01:17:57,453 our youngest leaders and activists. 650 01:18:00,463 --> 01:18:04,196 GROW - the Grounded and Resilient Organizers' Workshop 651 01:18:04,197 --> 01:18:06,197 -- is our program for young 652 01:18:07,203 --> 01:18:09,203 adults. Just this week, right 653 01:18:14,448 --> 01:18:15,449 here in New Orleans, our latest iteration of GROW Racial 654 01:18:15,450 --> 01:18:17,955 Justice brought together over thirty racial justice activists, 655 01:18:17,956 --> 01:18:19,956 two thirds of them young adults of 656 01:18:22,715 --> 01:18:24,715 color. In separate caucus groups, participants explored 657 01:18:28,951 --> 01:18:32,206 Racism and their racial and ethnic identities, and then came 658 01:18:33,709 --> 01:18:36,212 together for worship, community, and organizing 659 01:18:36,213 --> 01:18:40,450 skills. In this political moment - of both our wider world and 660 01:18:40,451 --> 01:18:42,954 our religious movement - it's hard to imagine 661 01:18:46,461 --> 01:18:50,447 a more essential program to support bold, grounded young 662 01:18:50,448 --> 01:18:58,967 leaders for racial justice. [Applause] 663 01:19:06,455 --> 01:19:08,455 We have a wide range of summerlong internships for 664 01:19:13,467 --> 01:19:16,200 college age young adults, in organizations around the U.S. 665 01:19:16,201 --> 01:19:17,952 and overseas. By the end of this summer we will have given 666 01:19:17,953 --> 01:19:19,953 nearly 70 young people a deep dive 667 01:19:25,216 --> 01:19:28,450 , a summer long dive into a justice organization that in 668 01:19:28,451 --> 01:19:31,703 some cases will change in some cases will change the whole 669 01:19:31,704 --> 01:19:34,456 trajectory of their lives. The immersion programs we've 670 01:19:34,457 --> 01:19:36,460 developed have one more incarnation: skilled volunteer 671 01:19:39,950 --> 01:19:44,455 placements. In our most robust of these programs, the College 672 01:19:44,456 --> 01:19:46,456 of Social Justice has organized 673 01:19:48,466 --> 01:19:50,466 more than sixty volunteers to 674 01:19:54,705 --> 01:19:56,958 work in San Antonio, TX, for one to eight weeks, supported 675 01:19:56,959 --> 01:20:03,448 with -- he bet those are San Antonio folks. Supported with 676 01:20:03,449 --> 01:20:05,449 home stays through the amazing 677 01:20:09,459 --> 01:20:13,468 San Antonio UUs. [Applause] 678 01:20:13,469 --> 01:20:17,957 These volunteers engage in literally lifesaving work with 679 01:20:17,958 --> 01:20:21,214 women and children refugees who are in danger of deportation 680 01:20:21,215 --> 01:20:23,215 back to the violence they have fled. 681 01:20:30,708 --> 01:20:33,211 In the coming year, we'll have new volunteer placements. As 682 01:20:33,212 --> 01:20:34,464 part of Love Resists, we hope to channel volunteers toward 683 01:20:34,465 --> 01:20:36,465 voting 684 01:20:38,451 --> 01:20:41,455 rights in a few key states, so if you have some time to give, 685 01:20:41,456 --> 01:20:43,456 stay tuned: we may be looking 686 01:20:45,714 --> 01:20:48,216 for you! I am so grateful for our exceptional Program Leaders, 687 01:20:48,217 --> 01:20:50,217 for our small but mighty staff, for 688 01:20:54,206 --> 01:20:56,212 the incredible generosity of the donors who have supported us 689 01:20:56,213 --> 01:20:58,213 in 690 01:20:59,217 --> 01:21:01,217 these first five years, and for 691 01:21:02,451 --> 01:21:05,207 the many hundreds of you who opened yourselves to 692 01:21:09,213 --> 01:21:12,468 True transformation through our programs. The UU College of 693 01:21:12,469 --> 01:21:14,953 Social Justice is yours. It's the place to turn to when you 694 01:21:19,461 --> 01:21:21,464 want new ways to harness your passion for justice. It was made 695 01:21:24,218 --> 01:21:29,460 for this political moment. Come join us! us!thank you. 696 01:21:30,211 --> 01:21:32,211 [Applause] 697 01:21:51,958 --> 01:22:00,218 >> Hey, friends. Hi. All right. So what I want us to do 698 01:22:00,219 --> 01:22:03,461 again, if you could just hold up your delegate cards. We want 699 01:22:03,462 --> 01:22:06,467 you to move as close to the center as possible. I can scan 700 01:22:06,468 --> 01:22:10,727 pretty well right now. The rest of the tri-mod will help me do 701 01:22:10,728 --> 01:22:13,982 that. If you see you're kind of over there, if there's empty 702 01:22:13,983 --> 01:22:16,714 seats, you can move in. That would be great. While we're on 703 01:22:16,715 --> 01:22:19,968 this, it's really hard to replace our delegate credentials 704 01:22:20,469 --> 01:22:23,472 . You can put your cards back down. So a member of the 705 01:22:23,473 --> 01:22:27,465 delegation from our congregation at shelter rock has lost their 706 01:22:27,466 --> 01:22:29,721 voting card. 707 01:22:32,725 --> 01:22:35,229 If you are you are a member of this delegation and would like 708 01:22:35,230 --> 01:22:39,720 this voting card, come up to the stage and get that. 709 01:22:45,981 --> 01:22:49,739 We're going to go ahead with our conversation. All right? 710 01:22:53,974 --> 01:22:55,977 Now we're going to discuss our statement of conscience. This 711 01:22:55,978 --> 01:22:58,985 is the end of a four-year process. You should have that 712 01:22:58,986 --> 01:23:01,491 on a little pink sheet that they gave you at the door. If you 713 01:23:01,492 --> 01:23:04,974 do not have that pink sheet, you can go to the back right now, 714 01:23:04,975 --> 01:23:09,232 although you probably have a friend right next to you. And 715 01:23:09,233 --> 01:23:14,973 you can ask to read that if you need to. And so at this time, 716 01:23:14,974 --> 01:23:19,480 I'm going to invite the Chair of the commission on social 717 01:23:19,481 --> 01:23:22,739 witness to make the appropriate motion. 718 01:23:35,238 --> 01:23:40,978 >> Thank you, Mr. Moderator. Based on the results of the 719 01:23:40,979 --> 01:23:45,988 congregational poll that was done in February, the commission 720 01:23:45,989 --> 01:23:50,478 on social witness moves to adopt the statement of 721 01:23:50,479 --> 01:23:55,485 conscience on escalating inequality as revised and 722 01:23:55,486 --> 01:23:58,490 distributed this morning in the CSW alert. 723 01:23:58,491 --> 01:24:03,730 >> I second. >> moved and seconded. We can 724 01:24:03,731 --> 01:24:05,984 have some discussion. 725 01:24:09,743 --> 01:24:14,478 I need 15 minutes on the clock, and actually, for this 726 01:24:14,479 --> 01:24:17,737 particular type of discussion we need 30 minutes on the clock if 727 01:24:17,738 --> 01:24:23,499 we need that much time. >> 15 minutes. Okay. There we 728 01:24:23,500 --> 01:24:26,229 go. We have that up. 729 01:24:31,486 --> 01:24:34,241 Is there any discussion? I'm not going to force this, but I'm 730 01:24:34,242 --> 01:24:37,248 going to give you some time. 731 01:24:48,497 --> 01:24:51,228 Some movement in the hall. Some folks at the procedural 732 01:24:51,229 --> 01:24:57,740 mic. They're still consulting. So I'm going to recognize the 733 01:24:57,741 --> 01:25:05,486 speaker at the con microphone. >> Hi. I'm Nancy Shrofnagle 734 01:25:05,487 --> 01:25:10,245 from Madison, Wisconsin. There's two issues that I feel 735 01:25:10,246 --> 01:25:15,230 are necessary to be considered also in this statement of 736 01:25:18,236 --> 01:25:24,249 conscience. One is I feel that we need to request and promote 737 01:25:24,250 --> 01:25:29,481 individual spiritual work on white supremacy for the -- for 738 01:25:29,482 --> 01:25:32,988 this type of work to be effective, and secondly, I think 739 01:25:33,238 --> 01:25:40,733 we need to request of others specifically the 1%, for their 740 01:25:40,734 --> 01:25:43,738 identities, work, and financial help in creating a more 741 01:25:43,739 --> 01:25:50,478 equitable society and world. >> Thank you. I recognize the 742 01:25:50,479 --> 01:25:56,238 delegate at the procedural mic. >> I have a point of order. My 743 01:25:56,239 --> 01:25:59,997 name is Teresa Wilmot from the congregation of the Unitarian 744 01:25:59,998 --> 01:26:05,233 Universalist church of Rockford. There are two terms in here 745 01:26:05,234 --> 01:26:10,993 that I don't understand. One of them I heard yesterday. LGBTQ 746 01:26:10,994 --> 01:26:15,231 A-Plus could someone define the additions 747 01:26:20,239 --> 01:26:28,231 end of that? And number 143, time banks. 748 01:26:28,232 --> 01:26:33,490 >> The delegate has a point of information. Would the member 749 01:26:33,491 --> 01:26:40,232 for the commission come to the mic nearest to you? 750 01:26:40,482 --> 01:26:44,738 >> I recognize the commissioner at the amendment mic. 751 01:26:44,739 --> 01:26:50,730 >> Hello. I'm Jafie Christos Rogers, a member of the 752 01:26:50,731 --> 01:26:54,736 commission on social witness. And the term, in the use of the 753 01:26:54,737 --> 01:27:01,997 A, it refers to asexual. So we're talking about a wide range 754 01:27:01,998 --> 01:27:06,746 of places that people set in terms of their sexuality. 755 01:27:06,747 --> 01:27:10,002 >> we also had a question about time banks, if you can? 756 01:27:10,003 --> 01:27:12,003 >> 757 01:27:13,008 --> 01:27:16,739 time banks are community organizations where people can, 758 01:27:16,740 --> 01:27:21,999 basically, barter time and exchange time. So it's an 759 01:27:22,000 --> 01:27:25,504 economic system outside the monetary system that allows 760 01:27:25,505 --> 01:27:29,488 people to exchange their work with one another. 761 01:27:29,489 --> 01:27:31,742 >> And finally, there was a question about the plus line at 762 01:27:31,743 --> 01:27:38,237 the end of LGBTQA+ >> 763 01:27:42,744 --> 01:27:47,754 So there are several -- there are other letters that either 764 01:27:47,755 --> 01:27:54,746 could be added to this range or others that we expect will 765 01:27:54,747 --> 01:28:02,737 emerge, and so that plus refers to that open door in terms of 766 01:28:02,738 --> 01:28:06,994 our growing understanding of sexual orientation and sexual 767 01:28:06,995 --> 01:28:08,496 identity. >> does that answer your 768 01:28:08,497 --> 01:28:10,499 question? >> thank you. 769 01:28:10,500 --> 01:28:12,752 >> we learned something today. Thank you, friends. I recognize 770 01:28:13,503 --> 01:28:17,994 the next delegate at the president you recall mic. 771 01:28:23,252 --> 01:28:25,505 >> I'm zapped I Shaw, member of the Unitarian Universalist 772 01:28:25,506 --> 01:28:31,502 church in Bethesda, Maryland. I participated in my congregation 773 01:28:32,253 --> 01:28:37,763 's comments on the statement, and it was involved in a 774 01:28:37,764 --> 01:28:41,747 Washington, D.C. or area group of congregations and 775 01:28:45,502 --> 01:28:49,259 some said they intended to move or table the statement. Much 776 01:28:49,260 --> 01:28:54,746 to my surprise, I was asked to make that motion myself, so I 777 01:28:54,747 --> 01:28:59,002 rise to do so. And he will give my points. I suspect there's 778 01:28:59,003 --> 01:29:01,006 other reasons they want to table . The statement is fine for 779 01:29:01,007 --> 01:29:05,495 what it is, but my objection is what little not yet. There is a 780 01:29:05,996 --> 01:29:11,004 line in there about listening to prophetic voices 781 01:29:11,005 --> 01:29:14,740 >> We've moved into advocacy and a motion to table is not in 782 01:29:14,741 --> 01:29:17,496 order at this time. If you would like to make a motion to 783 01:29:17,497 --> 01:29:20,752 table after another couple minutes have expired, you can 784 01:29:20,753 --> 01:29:25,009 find how much time we need in order to table on 78 through 785 01:29:25,010 --> 01:29:28,493 through 79 in your program book. A motion to table is not order 786 01:29:28,494 --> 01:29:34,252 at this time. Thank you. I recognize the delegate at the 787 01:29:34,253 --> 01:29:38,490 procedural mic. >> Carolina Crevard Graham, a 788 01:29:38,491 --> 01:29:42,747 delegate from the church of the larger fellow she. Thank you. 789 01:29:45,251 --> 01:29:50,745 I thought I heard we were moving to adopt this as amended and 790 01:29:50,746 --> 01:29:54,251 I'm a little unclear about does that mean without looking at the 791 01:29:54,753 --> 01:30:00,516 unincorporated amendments or do we do that after? I'm just not 792 01:30:00,767 --> 01:30:03,746 clear. Are we saying yes to this thing and then we won't be 793 01:30:03,747 --> 01:30:07,251 addressing unincorporated amendments or yes to this thing 794 01:30:07,252 --> 01:30:10,507 and then unincorporated amendments? I'm just not clear. 795 01:30:10,508 --> 01:30:16,496 And maybe I misheard. >> At this time, the motion is 796 01:30:16,497 --> 01:30:19,502 to accept the statement of conscience as amended. If we 797 01:30:19,503 --> 01:30:24,261 need a few moments of conversation, we have about 30, 798 01:30:24,262 --> 01:30:27,497 then we can take some of the amendments. We can either 799 01:30:27,498 --> 01:30:29,498 unincorporated already incorporated amendments. We can 800 01:30:29,751 --> 01:30:32,506 incorporate amendments that were not incorporated that were 801 01:30:32,507 --> 01:30:35,513 made during our mini-assemblies. So right now we're discussing, 802 01:30:35,514 --> 01:30:37,768 as long as we're at the procedural mic, we are not using 803 01:30:38,018 --> 01:30:42,001 the time that we have for discussion. There aren't too 804 01:30:42,002 --> 01:30:44,504 many folks that want to discuss this, so we'll get to that. 805 01:30:44,505 --> 01:30:49,011 >> all right. >> there's no delegate at the 806 01:30:49,012 --> 01:30:51,747 off-site procedural microphone any longer. There's some 807 01:30:51,748 --> 01:30:54,002 consultation at this procedural microphone. I registration okay 808 01:30:54,252 --> 01:30:56,256 knees the delegate at the the -- I recognize the delegate 809 01:30:59,511 --> 01:31:03,746 at the con mic. I recognize the delegate at the pro mic. 810 01:31:03,747 --> 01:31:09,258 >> I'm a teller. I'm reading from an off-site delegate. My 811 01:31:09,259 --> 01:31:14,016 name is Jess Culenon and I represent the Unitarian church 812 01:31:14,017 --> 01:31:17,751 of Los Alamos, New Mexico. I joyfully support this at the 813 01:31:17,752 --> 01:31:20,258 same time of conscience as it has been amended by the mini 814 01:31:20,259 --> 01:31:23,512 assembly. The off-site delegates work through the 815 01:31:23,513 --> 01:31:26,995 rather cumbersome chat room format and somehow manage to 816 01:31:26,996 --> 01:31:30,002 have a thoughtful, thorough discussion on almost every line 817 01:31:30,003 --> 01:31:35,260 of this statement. Our online moderators and tech support were 818 01:31:35,261 --> 01:31:39,246 invaluable. Online, we reach consensus on a number of 819 01:31:39,247 --> 01:31:41,750 substantive additions to the document, including language 820 01:31:41,751 --> 01:31:45,255 regarding economic challenges faced by women 821 01:31:48,761 --> 01:31:52,498 , a police to advocate for workplace protection and staff 822 01:31:52,499 --> 01:31:58,007 that fully include LGBTQ I A-plus persons. Lifting up 823 01:31:58,008 --> 01:32:02,014 language on prison reform, immigration reform, supporting 824 01:32:02,015 --> 01:32:05,753 those with disabilities, and expressing the need for paid 825 01:32:05,754 --> 01:32:08,758 lick leave, universal healthcare, paid family leave, 826 01:32:08,759 --> 01:32:14,018 and economic support for caregivers. I am so proud to 827 01:32:14,019 --> 01:32:16,998 have been part of the process to shape this document into a 828 01:32:16,999 --> 01:32:23,512 statement that I believe will serve our association well as a 829 01:32:23,513 --> 01:32:25,264 guide to dismapped link systems of economic I know he can quit 830 01:32:25,265 --> 01:32:29,250 any every level of our society. May we do this work with the 831 01:32:29,251 --> 01:32:32,255 same joy, compassion, and collaboration that I saw from my 832 01:32:32,505 --> 01:32:36,762 fellow online delegates. Thank you. 833 01:32:37,513 --> 01:32:40,748 [Applause] >> I recognize the delegate at 834 01:32:40,749 --> 01:32:46,008 the procedural mic. >> I'm bigman Crafton dawn, 835 01:32:46,009 --> 01:32:50,244 delegate for north woods UU from the Houston, Texas, area. And 836 01:32:50,245 --> 01:32:52,998 speaking as someone who is a delegate in the mini-assembly 837 01:32:52,999 --> 01:32:58,005 and also is in conversation with often site delegates, I have to 838 01:32:58,006 --> 01:33:01,011 respectfully contradict the gentleman at the pro mic. They 839 01:33:01,012 --> 01:33:06,754 did not feel like there was a good discussion and he was 840 01:33:06,755 --> 01:33:10,511 specifically to ask someone in the mini-assembly and was unable 841 01:33:10,762 --> 01:33:13,016 to find out at the time what input was from off-site 842 01:33:13,017 --> 01:33:17,498 delegates, as well as people in the other sections that were 843 01:33:17,499 --> 01:33:21,005 going on during the mini assembly. If any of the 844 01:33:21,006 --> 01:33:23,006 incorporated or unincorporated amendments 845 01:33:27,247 --> 01:33:32,507 came from off-site delegates and if discussion that managed 846 01:33:32,508 --> 01:33:36,766 to happen from off-site delegates was considered by the 847 01:33:36,767 --> 01:33:40,497 Committee when determineing this document. 848 01:33:40,498 --> 01:33:45,758 >> Right. Will the commissioner please come to the microphone 849 01:33:45,759 --> 01:33:48,263 to answer that question? I recognize the commissioner at 850 01:33:48,264 --> 01:33:50,496 the pro mic. >> This is Susan Goekler. Yes, 851 01:33:50,497 --> 01:33:54,502 all of the amendments that were submitted by off-site delegates 852 01:33:54,503 --> 01:34:00,265 were given to us in writing when we met. We considered those, 853 01:34:00,266 --> 01:34:02,744 the same extent that we considered those of the people 854 01:34:02,745 --> 01:34:08,756 who were here in person. There are amendments included in this 855 01:34:08,757 --> 01:34:11,762 that were from off-site delegates. There are also 856 01:34:11,763 --> 01:34:14,013 unincorporated amendments that came from off-site delegates. 857 01:34:14,014 --> 01:34:18,001 We did not distinguish whether they came from on-site or 858 01:34:18,002 --> 01:34:23,263 off-site in what we wrote here. >> Thank you. >> thank you. I 859 01:34:23,264 --> 01:34:31,002 recognize the delegate at the procedural mic. >> Nancy Pappa 860 01:34:31,252 --> 01:34:35,509 s from Manchester, Connecticut, Unitarian Universalist society 861 01:34:35,510 --> 01:34:38,995 east. A point of clarification, please please. Online 20, I 862 01:34:38,996 --> 01:34:43,002 think there's a grammatical goof that actually directly changes 863 01:34:43,003 --> 01:34:47,760 the meaning desired. When it says lack of access to 864 01:34:47,761 --> 01:34:51,247 conventional financial institutions and predatory 865 01:34:51,248 --> 01:34:54,255 lending, clearly we don't mean that we're sorry there's such a 866 01:34:54,256 --> 01:35:01,020 poor lack of access to predatory lending. Could we please 867 01:35:01,021 --> 01:35:06,753 remove the and and add a comma. I believe that was what was 868 01:35:06,754 --> 01:35:11,512 intended by the authors. >> a clarifying amendment is in 869 01:35:11,513 --> 01:35:13,763 order at this time. [Laughter] 870 01:35:13,764 --> 01:35:17,750 >> So if we can make the appropriate grammatical changes 871 01:35:17,751 --> 01:35:22,506 to not indicate that we need to have great access to predatory 872 01:35:22,507 --> 01:35:25,012 lending, and we'll put that text back up on the screen when it's 873 01:35:25,512 --> 01:35:30,249 time for that. All right? I recognize the delegate at the 874 01:35:30,250 --> 01:35:32,000 con mic. >> I'm the Reverend Joe 875 01:35:32,001 --> 01:35:36,007 Cleveland. I'm the minister of the UU congregation of Saratoga 876 01:35:36,008 --> 01:35:39,996 springs, New York. I agree with and support the intentionality 877 01:35:39,997 --> 01:35:45,503 behind our mini assembly process and I rise to speak against 878 01:35:45,504 --> 01:35:50,494 lines 15 through 18 as they stand revised. They assign 879 01:35:50,495 --> 01:35:53,501 blame for inequity to, quote/unquote, those people, and 880 01:35:54,505 --> 01:35:57,760 effectively disavow our complicity in these systems. If 881 01:35:58,011 --> 01:36:02,746 it had said, we who own and control, who take for ourselves, 882 01:36:02,747 --> 01:36:07,504 and talked about, quote/unquote , these actions rather than 883 01:36:07,505 --> 01:36:09,760 their actions, I would not be rising to speak against. 884 01:36:10,512 --> 01:36:12,766 [Applause] >> 885 01:36:17,000 --> 01:36:21,258 Seeing no delegates in the off-site cue or at the pro mic, 886 01:36:21,259 --> 01:36:24,270 I take the next delegate at the con mic. 887 01:36:24,517 --> 01:36:27,998 >> My name is Karen Griffin. I'm a member of the Venice, 888 01:36:27,999 --> 01:36:34,013 Florida, church. My biggest concern about this statement is 889 01:36:34,014 --> 01:36:37,771 that there is nothing in here where our congregations are 890 01:36:37,772 --> 01:36:42,001 looking inward and acknowledging that there are people in our 891 01:36:42,002 --> 01:36:47,511 congregations that are affected by economic inequity and that 892 01:36:47,512 --> 01:36:55,508 there is nothing in here that supports okay congregants that 893 01:36:55,509 --> 01:37:00,518 suffer from this. It is all outward looking and I feel we 894 01:37:00,519 --> 01:37:05,253 have a lot of work to do within our congregations to support our 895 01:37:07,004 --> 01:37:11,763 own members, and so that is my biggest concern about this 896 01:37:11,764 --> 01:37:20,768 statement. Thank you. >> I recognize the delegate at the 897 01:37:20,769 --> 01:37:24,027 pro mic. >> I'm Marta Pearson from the 898 01:37:24,028 --> 01:37:31,262 Unitarian Universalist church of Tampa, Florida. My concern is 899 01:37:31,263 --> 01:37:37,026 that without passage of this, we tend to debate this forever. 900 01:37:37,276 --> 01:37:40,259 It will never be perfect. It will never satisfy everyone, but 901 01:37:40,510 --> 01:37:46,771 it addresses most of the issues that I find, and in response to 902 01:37:47,522 --> 01:37:50,508 the gentleman who says that this is outward 903 01:37:53,763 --> 01:37:56,516 , it says those people, but those people could be us as 904 01:37:56,517 --> 01:38:00,273 well. It doesn't exclude us. It just talks about the people 905 01:38:00,274 --> 01:38:04,008 who do these things. I hope that this will pass. 906 01:38:04,259 --> 01:38:06,259 [Applause] 907 01:38:08,017 --> 01:38:10,772 >> I recognize the delegate at the con mic. 908 01:38:11,023 --> 01:38:17,509 >> my name is Julio Torez. I'm a summer minister/student 909 01:38:17,510 --> 01:38:20,261 minister at the community church at New York Unitarian 910 01:38:20,262 --> 01:38:22,769 Universalist. As a member of the Newport people's campaign 911 01:38:22,770 --> 01:38:25,526 and Iraq Veterans against war, as much as I love this statement 912 01:38:26,026 --> 01:38:30,512 of conscience, I feel that it does not act national Martin 913 01:38:30,513 --> 01:38:34,768 Luther King's analysis on the racism, militarism, and poverty. 914 01:38:34,769 --> 01:38:38,257 It leaves a lot of militarism out of the loop. The militarism 915 01:38:38,757 --> 01:38:41,762 , military industrial complex includes, for example, little 916 01:38:41,763 --> 01:38:45,017 federal discretionary budget and Imperial policies of this 917 01:38:45,018 --> 01:38:49,026 government, foreign and locally, with regards to the wars 918 01:38:49,027 --> 01:38:52,509 abroad, the national issue with the budget, divesting from 919 01:38:52,510 --> 01:38:56,017 social programs, as well as the issue with police brutality, ice 920 01:38:56,267 --> 01:38:59,770 , and so much of the police have either rifles or Armored 921 01:38:59,771 --> 01:39:06,012 personnel carrier vehicles from the military. And I could talk 922 01:39:06,013 --> 01:39:09,016 for hours and barely scratch the surface, but I would ask that 923 01:39:09,017 --> 01:39:11,522 if not this particular statement of social witness, in the 924 01:39:11,523 --> 01:39:16,259 future, that this statement of social conscience could address 925 01:39:16,260 --> 01:39:21,519 the issues of militarism as so much resources are divested from 926 01:39:21,520 --> 01:39:23,520 the poor and the oppressed 927 01:39:25,526 --> 01:39:28,260 . And it drastically intersections with an escalating 928 01:39:29,261 --> 01:39:34,770 inequalities, whether economic or not. Yes, at the very 929 01:39:34,771 --> 01:39:39,509 minimum, as a denomination, as a religion, as a faith tradition, 930 01:39:39,510 --> 01:39:43,267 we need to divest from this war economy and all the deaths that 931 01:39:43,268 --> 01:39:48,024 are occurring because of the Colonial imperial issues that 932 01:39:48,025 --> 01:39:51,509 unfortunately our Department of Defense not living up to their 933 01:39:51,510 --> 01:39:52,762 creed of defending this country or the lives of people around 934 01:39:52,763 --> 01:39:54,763 the world. Thank you. [Applause] 935 01:40:03,509 --> 01:40:08,017 Seeing no delegates in the off-site cue or at the pro mic, 936 01:40:08,018 --> 01:40:10,272 I recognize the next delegate at the con mic. 937 01:40:10,273 --> 01:40:17,012 >> I'm metric Giles from St. Paul, the unity church. With 938 01:40:17,013 --> 01:40:22,523 this document, it's very inconsistent to the 939 01:40:22,524 --> 01:40:29,260 conversations, to 20 years that are moving from racism, the 940 01:40:29,261 --> 01:40:31,763 pictures that that -- the most consistent word I have heard 941 01:40:31,764 --> 01:40:37,775 throughout this conference is white supremacy, yet we have not 942 01:40:37,776 --> 01:40:43,517 been able to put it in documentation. So this 943 01:40:43,518 --> 01:40:45,518 documentation is 944 01:40:50,511 --> 01:40:52,013 other than consistent, not complimentary to anything we 945 01:40:52,014 --> 01:40:54,014 have talked about. [Applause] 946 01:41:02,513 --> 01:41:06,519 And I'm conferring with my can he-mod, my tri-mod tri-mod. 947 01:41:06,770 --> 01:41:08,772 There is white supremacy mentioned he wants we're looking 948 01:41:08,773 --> 01:41:12,781 for it. If somebody else finds it before we -- it's in line 33 949 01:41:12,782 --> 01:41:17,516 I'm hearing from the floor. So it's in line 33. You are 950 01:41:17,517 --> 01:41:21,523 allowed to speak against, even if sometimes you don't know all 951 01:41:21,524 --> 01:41:25,279 the information in the document. So that's a fact that I 952 01:41:25,280 --> 01:41:28,014 acknowledge -- the fact that I acknowledge you does note mean 953 01:41:28,015 --> 01:41:32,021 that anything is coming out is truthful or not truthful or 954 01:41:32,022 --> 01:41:34,524 intended in a certain sort of way. Seeing no other delegates 955 01:41:34,525 --> 01:41:38,763 in the cue, I recognize the next speaker at the con mic. 956 01:41:41,768 --> 01:41:43,520 . >> I'm Carolina Graham, from 957 01:41:43,521 --> 01:41:47,278 church of the larger fellowship fellowship. I would urge the 958 01:41:47,279 --> 01:41:50,260 General Assembly to vote this down. While I see vast 959 01:41:50,261 --> 01:41:54,016 improvement and I hear vast improvement, it is far from 960 01:41:54,017 --> 01:41:58,774 enough. I think the previous speaker captured it well. While 961 01:41:59,025 --> 01:42:01,779 the term white supremacy is used once or twice, it is not 962 01:42:01,780 --> 01:42:04,766 used in the very beginning of the document. Maybe the 17 963 01:42:04,767 --> 01:42:08,773 times it ought be used. I'm also deeply concerned about the 964 01:42:08,774 --> 01:42:11,277 process I heard about. I want to speak on behalf of some of my 965 01:42:11,778 --> 01:42:15,512 colleagues who are off-site. A very, very wise person who is 966 01:42:15,513 --> 01:42:19,520 now co-chair of the journey toward wholeness transformation 967 01:42:19,521 --> 01:42:22,775 committee once said to me, it matters how we enter that space. 968 01:42:22,776 --> 01:42:27,261 If this is what came out of, quite frankly, the Malay that 969 01:42:27,262 --> 01:42:30,519 was the discussion in the off-site delegate group, I am 970 01:42:30,520 --> 01:42:34,777 concerned, even if I think it's great, I'm concerned that this 971 01:42:34,778 --> 01:42:39,013 is something out of a process that is not really all that 972 01:42:39,014 --> 01:42:41,768 great great. So I urge the General Assembly to vote this 973 01:42:41,769 --> 01:42:46,272 down. It is not good enough, and if this is the best we can 974 01:42:46,273 --> 01:42:48,777 do, I don't know what I'm doing here. Thank you. 975 01:42:50,261 --> 01:42:54,015 >> Thank you I recognize the delegate at the pro mic. 976 01:42:54,016 --> 01:43:00,026 >> Sally Gellert, central Unitarian from Paramus, New 977 01:43:00,027 --> 01:43:03,011 Jersey Jersey. I'm speaking in favor of this resolution. I 978 01:43:03,012 --> 01:43:08,520 came here today thinking I would probably be voting against the 979 01:43:08,521 --> 01:43:13,280 resolution, because what I saw originally I felt was too weak. 980 01:43:13,281 --> 01:43:19,020 I think the substantial amendments have helped us 981 01:43:19,021 --> 01:43:25,780 substantially and it is now still not perfect, but good 982 01:43:25,781 --> 01:43:32,270 enough, and if we fast now, we've got time to have it out 983 01:43:32,271 --> 01:43:36,026 for a period of time before the 2018 election, and I think 984 01:43:36,027 --> 01:43:41,520 that's particularly important. I do have a couple of more 985 01:43:41,521 --> 01:43:43,774 suggestions. I'll be at the amendment mic later. Thank you 986 01:43:43,775 --> 01:43:45,277 you. >> Thank you. I recognize the 987 01:43:45,278 --> 01:43:48,534 delegate at the off-site procedural mic. Do we have the 988 01:43:48,535 --> 01:43:52,518 appropriate teller for an often site? Thank you. 989 01:43:55,524 --> 01:43:58,528 >> Jess Coleman from Unitarian church of Los Alamos in Los 990 01:43:58,529 --> 01:44:01,532 Alamos, New Mexico, asks, it is my understanding that once there 991 01:44:01,533 --> 01:44:05,271 is no balance between the pro and con mics, the debate ends 992 01:44:05,272 --> 01:44:11,029 and we vote. Why are we hearing so many con statements in a 993 01:44:11,030 --> 01:44:14,035 row? >> It is our process that we 994 01:44:14,036 --> 01:44:17,770 have a lot up to 30 minutes if we need that much time for a 995 01:44:17,771 --> 01:44:23,533 statement of conscience. I recognize the delegate at the 996 01:44:23,534 --> 01:44:26,514 procedural mic. >> that's not my question. In 997 01:44:26,515 --> 01:44:32,023 the past, we haven't -- I'm Steve [Indiscernible] from the 998 01:44:32,024 --> 01:44:35,529 Unitarian Universalist church of Greensboro. In the past we've 999 01:44:35,530 --> 01:44:38,036 made a point of not just extending all the time because 1000 01:44:38,037 --> 01:44:42,020 we had it. If there was enough discussion going on, then we 1001 01:44:42,021 --> 01:44:45,526 continued, and that makes sense. What we're doing here is 1002 01:44:45,527 --> 01:44:52,517 having one of the microphone spend most of the time stating 1003 01:44:52,518 --> 01:44:57,024 cons and nobody at the pro microphone. It seems to me like 1004 01:44:57,275 --> 01:45:01,782 the discussion has received a pointed where we could call a 1005 01:45:01,783 --> 01:45:04,520 question. >> We can't call the question 1006 01:45:04,521 --> 01:45:07,023 just now, but we could start doing an amendment. 1007 01:45:07,024 --> 01:45:13,535 >> Well, but in the past, again, when we only had -- we didn't 1008 01:45:13,536 --> 01:45:16,268 have anybody at one mic, we ended discussion and I wonder 1009 01:45:16,269 --> 01:45:18,771 why we're not doing that now. >> I hear the question, and I'm 1010 01:45:18,772 --> 01:45:21,778 going to consult with the rest of the tri-mod. I'll take the 1011 01:45:21,779 --> 01:45:24,033 next speaker at the procedural mic. 1012 01:45:24,284 --> 01:45:30,528 >> Heather Malar, Annapolis, Maryland, UU church. Online 16, 1013 01:45:30,778 --> 01:45:38,769 if we take out the Word those, is that a similar kinds of 1014 01:45:38,770 --> 01:45:45,779 editorial adjust adjustment like we are going to do in line 20? 1015 01:45:45,780 --> 01:45:50,768 >> can you restate the question? 1016 01:45:50,769 --> 01:45:55,026 >> In line 16, if we take out the Word those, is that an 1017 01:45:55,027 --> 01:46:01,287 editorial kind of change like we agreed we are going to do in 1018 01:46:01,288 --> 01:46:03,521 line 20? >> it's my ruling that that 1019 01:46:03,522 --> 01:46:06,526 would be a substantive change, so we should wait until it's 1020 01:46:06,527 --> 01:46:08,781 time to make an amendment. If you want to make the appropriate 1021 01:46:09,533 --> 01:46:12,785 amendment, just go over to the amendment table. I recognize 1022 01:46:12,786 --> 01:46:15,269 the next weeker at the procedural mic. 1023 01:46:15,270 --> 01:46:19,526 >> Thank you, can he Moderator. Gene Bergman, president of the 1024 01:46:19,527 --> 01:46:22,029 first Unitarian Universalist society of Burlington, Vermont. 1025 01:46:22,030 --> 01:46:29,772 And I need your attention on this. Thank you. And that is 1026 01:46:29,773 --> 01:46:36,785 what is the effect of a no vote on this? What happens to it if 1027 01:46:36,786 --> 01:46:40,022 the General Assembly votes no on the statement of conscience? 1028 01:46:40,023 --> 01:46:42,780 >> you have two options with our statement of conscience. You 1029 01:46:42,781 --> 01:46:45,281 can send it back to the commission on social witness for 1030 01:46:45,532 --> 01:46:49,538 another year if you'd like or we can vote it down and then we 1031 01:46:49,539 --> 01:46:54,275 don't -- we have not approved a statement of conscience. We 1032 01:46:54,276 --> 01:46:56,277 don't have a statement of conscience. It doesn't mean we 1033 01:46:56,278 --> 01:46:58,278 necessarily 1034 01:46:59,786 --> 01:47:01,538 haven't taken a distance on income inequality. 1035 01:47:01,539 --> 01:47:06,525 >> I have to ask a clarifying question on how would that 1036 01:47:06,526 --> 01:47:13,286 choice with presented to the General Assembly. Is it in the 1037 01:47:13,287 --> 01:47:22,780 motion to vote know? You have it before you. 1038 01:47:25,283 --> 01:47:29,023 How will the moderators present yes, no, and this seems to be a 1039 01:47:29,024 --> 01:47:32,027 third alternative? >> our bylaws mandate, in order 1040 01:47:32,028 --> 01:47:34,278 to pass a statement of conscience, we must have a 1041 01:47:34,279 --> 01:47:37,534 two-thirds majority vote of the delegates. If there's not a 1042 01:47:37,535 --> 01:47:41,524 two-thirds majority vote, it will fail, and we have not pass 1043 01:47:41,525 --> 01:47:43,276 that had statement of conscience. As someone made the 1044 01:47:43,277 --> 01:47:46,030 appropriate motion to refer it back to Committee, then we would 1045 01:47:46,031 --> 01:47:49,785 vote on that as well. >> so a no vote without a 1046 01:47:49,786 --> 01:47:52,522 referral would mean it would die entirely, but a vote -- 1047 01:47:52,523 --> 01:47:56,780 >> correct. >> But a motion to refer back 1048 01:47:56,781 --> 01:47:59,782 would allow the process to continued? 1049 01:47:59,783 --> 01:48:03,270 >> potentially, yes. >> Potentially? Thank you very 1050 01:48:03,271 --> 01:48:05,523 much. >> pleasure. I recognize the 1051 01:48:05,524 --> 01:48:08,781 next delegate at the procedural mic. 1052 01:48:08,782 --> 01:48:16,272 >> I apologize. I was going to defer to the pros and the cons. 1053 01:48:16,273 --> 01:48:21,280 My name is Jasmine Walfton, first Unitarian church of 1054 01:48:21,281 --> 01:48:27,520 Louisville, Kentucky. I was going to make the motion to 1055 01:48:27,521 --> 01:48:29,774 refer when there was no more discussion, because equipment it 1056 01:48:29,775 --> 01:48:33,530 to go to vote without the motion being made. But because 1057 01:48:33,531 --> 01:48:37,037 there are still people at the pro and con, my preference would 1058 01:48:37,038 --> 01:48:41,276 be to hear them talk. >> Okay. Thank you for that. 1059 01:48:41,776 --> 01:48:46,283 Just so you know what happens, the procedural mic always takes 1060 01:48:46,284 --> 01:48:48,790 president. So if I have someone there, I have to recognize them 1061 01:48:49,290 --> 01:48:51,268 , even if there are other people lining up. That's why I did 1062 01:48:51,269 --> 01:48:55,525 that. I recognize the next speaker at the procedural mic. 1063 01:48:55,526 --> 01:49:02,769 >> Mr. Moderator, my name is Carl [Indiscernible] from the 1064 01:49:02,770 --> 01:49:04,522 Unitarian Universalist society of [Indiscernible] Springfield, 1065 01:49:04,523 --> 01:49:12,033 and I would like to make the motion to refer this statement 1066 01:49:12,034 --> 01:49:16,521 of conscience to further study. >> okay. So a motion to refer 1067 01:49:16,522 --> 01:49:20,278 is not in order right now, because we have to have at least 1068 01:49:20,528 --> 01:49:24,784 30 minutes of conversation on this. If there's a need for 30 1069 01:49:24,785 --> 01:49:28,023 minutes of conversation on this, so when there's no one else at 1070 01:49:28,024 --> 01:49:31,278 the pro and con mics or we've reached that 30 minute Mark, you 1071 01:49:31,279 --> 01:49:34,033 can do that. I'll also let you know right now, when we're at 1072 01:49:34,034 --> 01:49:36,290 the procedural mic, that means that the time for the discussion 1073 01:49:36,541 --> 01:49:40,269 is not elapseing. So if we want to have a conversation 1074 01:49:40,270 --> 01:49:43,525 about our options, that's fine. I encourage that. But that 1075 01:49:43,526 --> 01:49:46,530 means that we also don't get to move ahead in the process, and 1076 01:49:46,531 --> 01:49:49,539 it sounds like we want to take some other actions on this issue 1077 01:49:49,540 --> 01:49:52,773 issue. Does that answer your question? Thank you. 1078 01:49:52,774 --> 01:49:58,283 >> back in 30 minutes. >> I recognize the next delegate 1079 01:49:58,784 --> 01:50:02,267 at the procedural mic. >> I guess I should step away. 1080 01:50:02,268 --> 01:50:05,274 At what point do we get to talk about amendments? And if I'm 1081 01:50:05,275 --> 01:50:08,279 taking up time, preventing us from doing, that I'll walk away 1082 01:50:08,280 --> 01:50:10,032 now. >> The delegate rise to his a 1083 01:50:10,033 --> 01:50:14,268 point of information. Either when there's no one else in the 1084 01:50:14,269 --> 01:50:17,025 cues here or off-site or the 30 minutes have elapsed 1085 01:50:23,035 --> 01:50:27,269 . >> Isn't the amendment time 1086 01:50:27,270 --> 01:50:30,025 included in that 30 minutes >> No, it's not. 1087 01:50:30,026 --> 01:50:32,529 >> my mistake. >> I recognize the next delegate 1088 01:50:33,281 --> 01:50:36,283 at the procedural mic. >> Good Morning. My name is 1089 01:50:36,284 --> 01:50:42,025 Dave Geloff and I am the co-president of DuPage Unitarian 1090 01:50:42,026 --> 01:50:45,282 Universalist church in Naperville, Illinois. I have a 1091 01:50:45,283 --> 01:50:48,289 procedural question or even an informational question. I don't 1092 01:50:48,290 --> 01:50:55,780 know how you want to put it. But on lines 28 and 29, the 1093 01:50:55,781 --> 01:51:01,541 United States is technically still a progressive tax system. 1094 01:51:06,527 --> 01:51:11,544 We still have a progressive tax state. Regressive taxes are 1095 01:51:11,545 --> 01:51:14,519 what municipalities in our community are having to resort 1096 01:51:14,520 --> 01:51:17,025 to. He have a point of information on how the Wording 1097 01:51:17,026 --> 01:51:20,530 is being used to 28 and 29. >> could I have a commissioner 1098 01:51:20,531 --> 01:51:24,785 come to one of the mics to clarify the intent of the 1099 01:51:24,786 --> 01:51:27,770 statement? I recognize the commissioner at the pro mic. 1100 01:51:27,771 --> 01:51:33,781 >> when we say tax system, we are not -- we didn't say federal 1101 01:51:35,786 --> 01:51:37,786 . 1102 01:51:39,021 --> 01:51:42,525 So all of the taxations that are going on in the United States 1103 01:51:42,526 --> 01:51:46,783 is part of the tax system. >> does that answer your 1104 01:51:46,784 --> 01:51:48,787 question? >> Not really, but I'll leave it 1105 01:51:49,038 --> 01:51:51,778 be. >> and I misspoke a little bit 1106 01:51:51,779 --> 01:51:54,533 earlier. A motion to refer would be in order at the 15- 1107 01:51:54,784 --> 01:52:00,294 minute Mark. We have not reached the 15-minute Mark. I 1108 01:52:00,295 --> 01:52:04,530 recognize the off-site delegate at the procedural mic. 1109 01:52:04,531 --> 01:52:06,531 >> 1110 01:52:09,538 --> 01:52:12,294 this is from Eric liver. , Unitarian Universalist 1111 01:52:12,295 --> 01:52:16,278 congregation of rockville in rockville, Maryland. Move to 1112 01:52:16,279 --> 01:52:19,282 change the orders of the day and start taking amendments to the 1113 01:52:19,283 --> 01:52:22,539 current question, which is a two-thirds vote. 1114 01:52:25,794 --> 01:52:28,278 >> I am going to confer with my parliamentarian. All right 1115 01:52:28,279 --> 01:52:30,533 right? I'll be right back. 1116 01:53:01,297 --> 01:53:05,280 This is not an orders of the day issue. We need to have 15 1117 01:53:05,281 --> 01:53:13,295 minutes of conversation before we're able to amend. And a 1118 01:53:13,296 --> 01:53:15,779 little bit longer than that if we're ready to vote if we need 1119 01:53:15,780 --> 01:53:19,036 that much time. So I'm going to recognize the next delegate. 1120 01:53:19,286 --> 01:53:22,291 Do we have a delegate at the procedural mic? There we go. 1121 01:53:22,292 --> 01:53:26,778 >> Good Morning. My name is Joanne Rowe from first Unitarian 1122 01:53:27,279 --> 01:53:30,285 in Albuquerque. I had a question that may be a 1123 01:53:30,286 --> 01:53:32,288 testicular cancer technical question. I note that the word 1124 01:53:32,289 --> 01:53:35,541 inequalities has been changed to inequity on most of the lines, 1125 01:53:35,542 --> 01:53:40,029 but online eight, it still says economic inequality and I was 1126 01:53:40,030 --> 01:53:44,787 wondering if that is a technical error. 1127 01:53:47,790 --> 01:53:50,526 >> I recognize the commissioner at the pro mic. 1128 01:53:50,527 --> 01:53:56,035 >> yes. It should have been changed and we didn't catch it 1129 01:53:56,036 --> 01:53:56,788 there. Thank you. >> thank you it. 1130 01:53:56,789 --> 01:54:01,547 >> that can be fixed as a technical fix if the statement 1131 01:54:01,548 --> 01:54:04,281 is adopted. >> Thank you. 1132 01:54:04,531 --> 01:54:07,534 >> all right. And just a reminder, we need four and a 1133 01:54:07,535 --> 01:54:10,539 half minutes of conversation that's not at the procedural 1134 01:54:10,540 --> 01:54:14,777 mic. And then we can do some of the things that folks want to 1135 01:54:14,778 --> 01:54:19,287 do. [Applause] 1136 01:54:19,288 --> 01:54:23,794 >> I recognize the delegate at the procedural mic. 1137 01:54:27,028 --> 01:54:31,032 >> I'm Marjorie Carson from [Indiscernible] valley Unitarian 1138 01:54:31,033 --> 01:54:35,291 Universalist society in middle bury, Vermont. Point of 1139 01:54:35,292 --> 01:54:42,033 clarification. Online 119 where it says by center centering 1140 01:54:42,034 --> 01:54:45,789 resourceing and empowering communities who are most 1141 01:54:45,790 --> 01:54:49,046 impacted by economic he know equities. I'm not sure what 1142 01:54:49,047 --> 01:54:55,785 that means. There's a lot of words that sound kind of 1143 01:54:55,786 --> 01:54:58,539 corporate to me and I would like to say someone that says what 1144 01:54:58,540 --> 01:55:00,544 that means and there might be a simpler way of saying it. 1145 01:55:00,794 --> 01:55:02,794 >> All right. 1146 01:55:06,784 --> 01:55:14,777 If I could have a mission * * commissioner say what's intended 1147 01:55:15,528 --> 01:55:19,283 in line 119. I recognize the commissioner at the pro mic. 1148 01:55:19,284 --> 01:55:23,039 >> hello. I'm so few an Christoff Rogers, member of the 1149 01:55:23,040 --> 01:55:29,533 commission on social witness. I can say that we received this. 1150 01:55:29,534 --> 01:55:36,045 When we received this, what I understood it to mean was that 1151 01:55:36,046 --> 01:55:42,032 we needed to name the fact that the people most impacted by 1152 01:55:42,033 --> 01:55:46,289 escalating I know equality and I know he can -- inequality and 1153 01:55:46,290 --> 01:55:51,027 equity, that economic inequality and equity, that that 1154 01:55:51,028 --> 01:55:58,042 population needs to be at the center of our conversation and 1155 01:55:58,043 --> 01:56:00,043 needs to be 1156 01:56:01,298 --> 01:56:04,030 -- needs to have a voice that we listen to. 1157 01:56:04,782 --> 01:56:06,533 [Applause] >> Does that answer your 1158 01:56:06,534 --> 01:56:09,288 question? >> well, it does, and I really 1159 01:56:09,289 --> 01:56:11,043 appreciate that clarification clarification, but that's not 1160 01:56:11,044 --> 01:56:14,526 what I'm hearing when I read this, and I wanted to call that 1161 01:56:14,527 --> 01:56:17,530 to the attention. I am channel ing my late mother-in-law, who 1162 01:56:17,531 --> 01:56:25,543 was an English teacher and editor. Also, online 66, our 1163 01:56:25,544 --> 01:56:30,533 sources and our faith, a one- word change, would also take 1164 01:56:30,534 --> 01:56:35,041 care of a redundancy. I'll let other people think about that. 1165 01:56:35,042 --> 01:56:39,779 I do want to echo what someone said, the perfect is the enemy 1166 01:56:39,780 --> 01:56:42,783 of the good, I think this is mostly very, very good. 1167 01:56:42,784 --> 01:56:47,041 >> all right. Thank you. >> we're going to take a breath. 1168 01:56:47,042 --> 01:56:52,280 We've heard a few voices. Let's just breathe in, take a 1169 01:56:52,281 --> 01:56:56,538 breath together. Breathe in and breathe back out. Before we 1170 01:56:56,539 --> 01:56:59,042 went to the procedural cue, we were about to recognize the 1171 01:56:59,043 --> 01:57:04,529 delegate at the con microphone. 1172 01:57:04,530 --> 01:57:11,037 >> I'm Cynthia little ton, a member of the UU congregation of 1173 01:57:11,287 --> 01:57:18,786 beautiful that talk way county, New York. Sorry. And can we 1174 01:57:18,787 --> 01:57:22,294 get the clock running? We're back in discussion. 1175 01:57:29,033 --> 01:57:34,791 Cynthia little ton, member of the Littleton UU congregation in 1176 01:57:35,541 --> 01:57:38,044 that talk way county, New York. I agree with others who say 1177 01:57:38,045 --> 01:57:41,285 this is overall a very good document. For all that it 1178 01:57:41,286 --> 01:57:45,792 encompasses, I am surprise that had only online 114 and 15 where 1179 01:57:46,042 --> 01:57:50,048 there's a reference to systems of restorative justice. I'm 1180 01:57:50,049 --> 01:57:53,286 surprised there is no explicit mention of the need to restore 1181 01:57:53,287 --> 01:57:55,790 voting rights for the previously incarcerated, particularly 1182 01:57:55,791 --> 01:58:01,299 given the inequity that some can seek legal redress for 1183 01:58:01,300 --> 01:58:05,787 restoring voting rights if they can afford to do so and many are 1184 01:58:06,288 --> 01:58:09,293 denied long after they have served their debt to society. 1185 01:58:09,543 --> 01:58:13,298 So I just wanted to pointed that out as I think an omission, and 1186 01:58:13,548 --> 01:58:18,288 then just on a copy editing note, online 33, embedded is 1187 01:58:18,289 --> 01:58:24,049 spelled with an E. Thank you. >> So noted on the spelling. I 1188 01:58:24,299 --> 01:58:27,531 recognize the delegate at the pro mic. 1189 01:58:27,532 --> 01:58:32,538 >> I'm reading for an off-site delegate. The delegate is 1190 01:58:32,539 --> 01:58:37,047 Christine Haggard of river road UU congregation, Bethesda, 1191 01:58:37,048 --> 01:58:41,036 Maryland. I am an economist who has worked on issues related to 1192 01:58:41,037 --> 01:58:45,545 racial and ethnic disparities, poverty, and other issues. I 1193 01:58:45,546 --> 01:58:48,303 read and reviewed the previous S OC, participated in the off-site 1194 01:58:48,803 --> 01:58:53,535 delegate mini assembly, and have read the revised SOC. I 1195 01:58:53,536 --> 01:58:57,541 think the SOC has incorporated most of the relevant amendments. 1196 01:58:57,542 --> 01:59:05,285 I support this SOC as amended. >> thank you. And just so you 1197 01:59:05,286 --> 01:59:08,541 know, we don't begin the clock until you say your name and your 1198 01:59:09,041 --> 01:59:11,795 congregation, so that affects our clock time. I recognize the 1199 01:59:12,046 --> 01:59:17,535 delegate at the con mic. >> sandy Shaw from cedar lane 1200 01:59:17,536 --> 01:59:21,791 Unitarian Universalist in Bethesda, Maryland, again. My 1201 01:59:21,792 --> 01:59:24,799 objection to the document as it now stands is not for what it 1202 01:59:24,800 --> 01:59:29,284 says, but what it does not have. There's one line about 1203 01:59:29,285 --> 01:59:33,043 listening to prophetic voices, but I believe deeply this is the 1204 01:59:33,293 --> 01:59:39,532 vehicle in which we find our own Unitarian Universalist 1205 01:59:39,533 --> 01:59:43,289 prophetic voice. Anyone with values that we claim personal 1206 01:59:43,290 --> 01:59:46,294 organization is duty-bound to speak out with indignation about 1207 01:59:46,795 --> 01:59:50,050 the current situation. I won't read the whole thing, but I'm 1208 01:59:50,051 --> 01:59:55,039 the author of unincorporated motion C, the first sentence of 1209 01:59:55,040 --> 02:00:01,302 which is the current levels of economic inequity, general on 1210 02:00:01,303 --> 02:00:04,786 you wine moral outrage. I don't know why Unitarians can't speak 1211 02:00:05,036 --> 02:00:08,041 with language that Reverend barber or Dr. King would 1212 02:00:08,042 --> 02:00:12,047 recognize. [Applause] 1213 02:00:12,048 --> 02:00:15,532 >> I recognize the off-site delegate at the pro mic. 1214 02:00:15,533 --> 02:00:20,542 >> I'm reading for Genevieve O'Malley knight, off-site 1215 02:00:20,543 --> 02:00:25,548 delegate from hope Dale UU community, Oxford, Ohio. The 1216 02:00:25,549 --> 02:00:29,540 off-site process in the mini-assembly was difficult at 1217 02:00:29,541 --> 02:00:31,794 the beginning and smoothed considerably as we practiced and 1218 02:00:32,044 --> 02:00:35,048 became familiar with our technology and supported system. 1219 02:00:35,049 --> 02:00:37,552 We made miles per hour amendments and see all of them 1220 02:00:37,553 --> 02:00:42,038 on the CSW document. I believe I presents the sense of the 1221 02:00:42,039 --> 02:00:45,294 off-site chat room when I say we are happy with the results of 1222 02:00:45,295 --> 02:00:49,552 our input. I appreciated the work of the CSW with the 1223 02:00:49,553 --> 02:00:53,540 incorporated amendments, and I believe we have made a strong 1224 02:00:53,541 --> 02:00:56,295 statement. There is much work to do beyond and after this 1225 02:00:56,296 --> 02:01:01,054 statement of conscience. I hope we will pass what we have and 1226 02:01:01,055 --> 02:01:04,291 continued this good work. >> thank you. 1227 02:01:04,791 --> 02:01:08,796 [Applause] >> I recognize the delegate at 1228 02:01:08,797 --> 02:01:11,800 the con mic. >> my name is Benjamin Franklin 1229 02:01:11,801 --> 02:01:13,801 [Indiscernible] dawn from north woods UU. 1230 02:01:14,539 --> 02:01:17,542 And while I deeply appreciate the work that was done on this 1231 02:01:17,543 --> 02:01:20,799 document, which I helped participate in and overall 1232 02:01:20,800 --> 02:01:25,558 definitely enjoyed the changes, I find it very significant that 1233 02:01:25,559 --> 02:01:28,291 white supremacy is placed as an intersectional issue and not 1234 02:01:28,292 --> 02:01:33,300 addressing how the entire economic history of the colony 1235 02:01:33,301 --> 02:01:36,805 and the United States is based onset her Colonial white 1236 02:01:36,806 --> 02:01:41,295 capitalism and as a faith that explicitly repudiated the 1237 02:01:41,296 --> 02:01:44,804 doctrine of discovery, which is, in its essence, all about whom 1238 02:01:44,805 --> 02:01:50,789 is allowed to own property and materials, it is fundamental to 1239 02:01:50,790 --> 02:01:55,297 our economic inequalityies from the roots of our entire history 1240 02:01:55,298 --> 02:02:01,558 involving white supremacy and Colonialism and zede herrism, 1241 02:02:01,559 --> 02:02:05,047 not an ain't -- settlerrism, not an intersectional issue. Thank 1242 02:02:05,048 --> 02:02:08,305 you. [Applause] 1243 02:02:08,552 --> 02:02:12,808 >> I recognize the off-site delegate at the pro mic. 1244 02:02:13,059 --> 02:02:18,296 >> I'm reading for Katherine Al berte, the UU fellowship of 1245 02:02:18,297 --> 02:02:23,556 northern Westchester, mount Cis ko, New York. I am strongly in 1246 02:02:23,557 --> 02:02:27,795 favor of passing this SOC as presented. It is strong and 1247 02:02:27,796 --> 02:02:31,802 clear. Like anything, one could find ways to improve it, but 1248 02:02:31,803 --> 02:02:37,562 this is the time to stand up for our principles and got get 1249 02:02:37,563 --> 02:02:40,547 bogged down from locking for perfection. 1250 02:02:43,553 --> 02:02:53,547 >> I recognize the delegate at the con mic. >> Gwen 1251 02:02:53,548 --> 02:02:55,802 [Indiscernible] Bethesda, Maryland. 1252 02:02:55,803 --> 02:03:00,059 >> I am coming to speak con from the participant from themen a 1253 02:03:00,060 --> 02:03:06,799 assembly and I worked a great deal I worked with many people 1254 02:03:06,800 --> 02:03:08,553 invested in the process on the first portion. I feel that the 1255 02:03:08,554 --> 02:03:14,547 statement has a lot of important stuff, but that as Benjamin 1256 02:03:14,548 --> 02:03:17,553 before me said, we really haven't gotten the overall 1257 02:03:17,554 --> 02:03:19,554 incorporation of the problems of capitalism creating 1258 02:03:22,563 --> 02:03:26,071 economic inequality, creating economics, and the ways in which 1259 02:03:26,798 --> 02:03:29,550 that connects with white supremacy and connects with the 1260 02:03:29,551 --> 02:03:36,310 marginalization of people with disabilities and a lot of other 1261 02:03:36,311 --> 02:03:40,299 communities and I just feel like we didn't have a chance as a 1262 02:03:40,300 --> 02:03:45,057 mini-assembly to come back together after we divided into 1263 02:03:45,058 --> 02:03:49,317 sections, and so some of the overall underlying points that I 1264 02:03:49,570 --> 02:03:53,308 think a number of different groups thought about weren't 1265 02:03:53,309 --> 02:03:56,063 able to be brought to the top, weren't able to be brought to 1266 02:03:56,064 --> 02:04:00,319 the introduction, and really integrated into the whole piece, 1267 02:04:00,320 --> 02:04:05,557 and so I would really encourage people that this was not quite 1268 02:04:05,558 --> 02:04:07,060 yet the time for the right vote. Thank you. 1269 02:04:07,061 --> 02:04:10,820 >> thank you. I recognize the delegate at the procedural mic. 1270 02:04:10,821 --> 02:04:15,051 >> Hi. I'm Michael Scott from the first universalist church of 1271 02:04:15,553 --> 02:04:20,311 Rochester, New York. Mr. Moderator, I would like to 1272 02:04:20,312 --> 02:04:22,815 require whether I am correct in thinking that the only comments 1273 02:04:22,816 --> 02:04:27,055 currently in order at the con microphone are from delegates 1274 02:04:27,056 --> 02:04:32,563 wishing to argue against the entire motion rather than 1275 02:04:32,564 --> 02:04:37,570 arguing against specific points or weaknesses in it. 1276 02:04:37,571 --> 02:04:40,560 >> I think it's important for the assembly to hear the issues 1277 02:04:40,561 --> 02:04:45,068 that would lead for people disagreeing with the statement 1278 02:04:45,069 --> 02:04:49,325 passing. >> I was under the impression 1279 02:04:49,326 --> 02:04:52,060 that that would work more effectively once amendments 1280 02:04:52,061 --> 02:04:55,817 start to be introduced. Is that not the case? 1281 02:05:00,075 --> 02:05:02,075 >> That is correct. 1282 02:05:03,311 --> 02:05:07,069 >> Let me note, then, that we could move to amendments others 1283 02:05:07,070 --> 02:05:11,828 the people in favor of amendments sat down from the con 1284 02:05:11,829 --> 02:05:15,811 microphone. [Applause] 1285 02:05:18,818 --> 02:05:23,330 >> Thank you. I recognize the delegate at the pro mic. 1286 02:05:23,331 --> 02:05:28,560 >> Good Morning. [Indiscernible] UUCA, Arlington 1287 02:05:28,561 --> 02:05:31,816 Virginia. I'm riseing in support of this statement of 1288 02:05:31,817 --> 02:05:35,072 conscience. I've reviewed it. Yes, there are certainly some 1289 02:05:35,073 --> 02:05:37,825 technical amendments that we've been proposing, but I think 1290 02:05:37,826 --> 02:05:42,566 overall I think the committee did a great job. They really 1291 02:05:42,567 --> 02:05:45,823 did try to go through a discernment process and I think 1292 02:05:45,824 --> 02:05:50,079 did try to take into account the very many diverse viewpoints I 1293 02:05:50,080 --> 02:05:55,066 was hearing today. So I think in an uncertain time, I think 1294 02:05:55,067 --> 02:05:59,324 with politically our country, and you have just current events 1295 02:05:59,574 --> 02:06:02,309 , I think it would be a more powerful statement to pass 1296 02:06:02,310 --> 02:06:04,813 something today rather than send it back to Committee or to 1297 02:06:04,814 --> 02:06:08,570 actually vote no. The Southern Baptist convention, they had a 1298 02:06:08,571 --> 02:06:11,324 very strong statement, historic statement that came out recently 1299 02:06:11,575 --> 02:06:14,307 . Thank you to them. And I think we should also fall in 1300 02:06:14,308 --> 02:06:18,314 line with our brethren, also. So I strongly vote that we vote 1301 02:06:18,315 --> 02:06:22,573 yes. Thank you. [Applause] 1302 02:06:22,574 --> 02:06:26,079 >> I recognize it is delegate at the procedural mic. 1303 02:06:26,080 --> 02:06:31,569 >> Mr. Moderator, my name is Christy stockman from UUC3 in 1304 02:06:31,570 --> 02:06:34,577 Corpus Christi, Texas. I note we are past the 15 minute Mark 1305 02:06:34,578 --> 02:06:36,831 and I believe a motion to refer would be in order. Am I correct 1306 02:06:38,084 --> 02:06:38,084 ? >> that. 1307 02:06:38,084 --> 02:06:43,065 >> I would like to make a motion to refer the statement to the 1308 02:06:43,066 --> 02:06:44,818 commission. Is that what I'm saying? 1309 02:06:44,819 --> 02:06:48,826 >> yes, it is. >> I would like to make that 1310 02:06:48,827 --> 02:06:53,062 motion, please. >> There is a second. All 1311 02:06:53,063 --> 02:06:57,822 right. We can debate this. Now we are having discussion on 1312 02:06:57,823 --> 02:07:00,825 whether we refer or not. Are there people who wish to speak 1313 02:07:00,826 --> 02:07:04,812 to the merits of referring this statement back to the commission 1314 02:07:04,813 --> 02:07:10,823 on social witness or against it ? I recognized delegate at the 1315 02:07:10,824 --> 02:07:13,076 pro mic. >> my name is the Reverend Jan 1316 02:07:13,077 --> 02:07:17,314 Tatio and I serve our congregation in Lawrenceville, 1317 02:07:17,315 --> 02:07:21,822 Georgia. I am very much in favor of us having a statement 1318 02:07:21,823 --> 02:07:26,809 of conscience on escalating economic inequalities and we 1319 02:07:26,810 --> 02:07:31,317 don't have it -- it's not ready yet. We need to do some deeper 1320 02:07:31,318 --> 02:07:37,576 work around white supremacy language, around all these etch 1321 02:07:37,577 --> 02:07:40,562 eyes coming up and emerging since this was originally 1322 02:07:40,563 --> 02:07:43,569 created. I think another year of study and another year of 1323 02:07:43,570 --> 02:07:47,075 tweak and go another year of examining how it could be 1324 02:07:47,076 --> 02:07:51,060 stronger would do us all well. And 1325 02:07:55,820 --> 02:07:58,575 >> Do I have delegates speaking against the motion to refer 1326 02:07:58,576 --> 02:08:00,576 refer? I recognize the delegate 1327 02:08:03,310 --> 02:08:05,814 at the con mic. >> this is James Sty again from 1328 02:08:05,815 --> 02:08:09,823 UUCA, Arlington Virginia. I switched mics, because I 1329 02:08:09,824 --> 02:08:13,579 strongly urge that we vote against this current motion to 1330 02:08:13,580 --> 02:08:18,566 refer. I think we should give an up or down vote today. Thank 1331 02:08:18,567 --> 02:08:23,075 you. [Applause] 1332 02:08:23,076 --> 02:08:28,060 >> Another delegate speaking in favor of referring to the 1333 02:08:28,061 --> 02:08:31,818 commission on social witness for another year. 1334 02:08:32,068 --> 02:08:35,576 >> Yes. My name is Steve Extra nd from the Unitarian 1335 02:08:35,577 --> 02:08:38,808 Universalist congregation of Rockville, Maryland. I speak 1336 02:08:38,809 --> 02:08:42,814 with some ambivalence, because I strongly support the overall 1337 02:08:42,815 --> 02:08:48,574 concept of a statement of conscience on economic 1338 02:08:48,575 --> 02:08:53,316 inequality, but I feel that some recent information has come 1339 02:08:53,317 --> 02:08:57,324 forth. There's a book recently called dream hoarders by Richard 1340 02:08:58,827 --> 02:09:01,831 V. Reeves which points out that it's not just the one%. That 1341 02:09:01,832 --> 02:09:05,563 there's the 20%. There are people who move from one 1342 02:09:05,564 --> 02:09:08,068 neighborhood to another so their children can go to better 1343 02:09:08,069 --> 02:09:13,328 schools, guilty as charged. That there are people who, you 1344 02:09:13,329 --> 02:09:19,070 know, the top 20% is able to maintain the status of being in 1345 02:09:19,071 --> 02:09:24,329 the top 20% for their children. And I think we need to add some 1346 02:09:24,330 --> 02:09:27,563 statements to this it effect, to our statement of conscience, 1347 02:09:27,564 --> 02:09:33,324 and also to add some of these things to the remedies that we 1348 02:09:33,325 --> 02:09:35,325 have. 1349 02:09:38,313 --> 02:09:41,066 So yes, and finally, I think the other thing is I think it would 1350 02:09:41,067 --> 02:09:44,324 be good to do some consolidation of all of the 1351 02:09:44,325 --> 02:09:47,829 various actions, you know, 15 or 20 items under each of the 1352 02:09:47,830 --> 02:09:50,563 things we can do individually and as congregations, and I 1353 02:09:50,564 --> 02:09:53,569 think consolidateing some of those to a smaller number that 1354 02:09:53,570 --> 02:09:57,325 people will actually pay attention to would be a good 1355 02:09:57,326 --> 02:09:59,329 idea. >> thank you. I recognize the 1356 02:09:59,330 --> 02:10:04,570 delegate at the procedural mic. >> My name is Margaret Bordon 1357 02:10:04,571 --> 02:10:08,327 from the first Unitarian church of Austin, Texas. My question 1358 02:10:08,328 --> 02:10:15,819 is I believe for the Committee on social witness and I'm about 1359 02:10:15,820 --> 02:10:20,827 to display my ignorance, as I listened to all the discussion, 1360 02:10:20,828 --> 02:10:24,335 it sounded like we were writing this for ourselves. And there's 1361 02:10:25,086 --> 02:10:29,321 a purpose in doing that. I had assumed we were writing it for 1362 02:10:29,322 --> 02:10:33,327 the outside world to see what we were about. So I would like 1363 02:10:33,328 --> 02:10:38,316 clarification as to who is the target audience and what is the 1364 02:10:38,317 --> 02:10:44,577 purpose of the statement? [Applause] 1365 02:10:44,578 --> 02:10:51,818 >> Because -- >> statement of conscience is 1366 02:10:51,819 --> 02:10:55,824 statement of our conscience as association. It commits us to 1367 02:10:55,825 --> 02:11:01,334 specific actions in the world. I recognize the Dell gay it the 1368 02:11:01,335 --> 02:11:02,820 procedural mic. >> Ted Papas, university 1369 02:11:02,821 --> 02:11:04,824 Unitarian Universalist society east east, Manchester, 1370 02:11:04,825 --> 02:11:06,825 Connecticut 1371 02:11:08,079 --> 02:11:12,335 . He wanted a point of clarification. Were we to table 1372 02:11:13,087 --> 02:11:19,326 the current motion, would we be looking at a one year delay 1373 02:11:19,327 --> 02:11:22,831 likely 1234 and if we were to vote con on the principal motion 1374 02:11:23,082 --> 02:11:26,086 , would we be looking at least a two year, if not a four-year 1375 02:11:26,087 --> 02:11:32,582 delay if we were to bring that back to the assembly? 1376 02:11:32,583 --> 02:11:37,343 >> I'm just going to disambuate this. If we table it, we'll 1377 02:11:37,344 --> 02:11:40,322 decide to discuss later in General Assembly. If we 1378 02:11:40,323 --> 02:11:44,078 referred it to a committee, it would go on the commission on 1379 02:11:44,079 --> 02:11:46,081 social social witness another year. If we voted no against 1380 02:11:46,082 --> 02:11:48,587 the motion, we would not have a statement of conscience and we 1381 02:11:48,588 --> 02:11:52,825 would get a new congregational study action issue/statement of 1382 02:11:52,826 --> 02:11:56,330 conscience process next year. >> which would take, at a 1383 02:11:56,331 --> 02:11:57,584 minimum, two and possibly four years. 1384 02:11:57,585 --> 02:12:00,089 >> It would take up to four years until we were at this 1385 02:12:00,090 --> 02:12:01,591 point again, yes. >> Thank you. 1386 02:12:01,592 --> 02:12:03,823 >> Thank you. >> I recognize the delegate at 1387 02:12:03,824 --> 02:12:07,076 the procedural mic. >> Reverend Emily Burke from 1388 02:12:07,077 --> 02:12:10,081 Franklin, New Hampshire. I would like to call the question 1389 02:12:10,082 --> 02:12:15,072 on referral, please. >> I heard a second. That is in 1390 02:12:17,325 --> 02:12:20,330 order at this time. So I'm going to explain what we're 1391 02:12:20,331 --> 02:12:29,831 about to do. If we accept this, we would be moving back and 1392 02:12:29,832 --> 02:12:33,090 accepting the entire statement of conscience as amended with no 1393 02:12:33,589 --> 02:12:36,343 unincorporated amendments. 1394 02:12:41,081 --> 02:12:44,333 >> I need the delegate to come back to the mic so I'm clear 1395 02:12:44,334 --> 02:12:45,836 about the question that we're calling. 1396 02:12:45,837 --> 02:12:49,344 >> I was calling -- >> recognize the delegate at the 1397 02:12:49,595 --> 02:12:52,077 procedural mic. >> Still Emily Burke. I was 1398 02:12:52,078 --> 02:12:54,580 calling it is question about referral. My understanding was 1399 02:12:54,581 --> 02:12:56,834 that was the motion currently on the floor. 1400 02:12:56,835 --> 02:13:00,339 >> okay. I misheard. Thank you so much. 1401 02:13:00,340 --> 02:13:06,079 >> okay. So that's in order. With we're voting about whether 1402 02:13:06,080 --> 02:13:11,338 we're going to refer this to the commission -- yes? 1403 02:13:11,339 --> 02:13:14,574 >> no. >> we are deciding on whether we 1404 02:13:14,575 --> 02:13:18,581 are going to refer to the commission on social witness. 1405 02:13:18,582 --> 02:13:20,582 >> 1406 02:13:29,580 --> 02:13:33,334 the motion was to call the question on referring to the 1407 02:13:33,335 --> 02:13:37,590 Committee. The Committee that this would be referred to, for 1408 02:13:37,591 --> 02:13:41,580 an additional study, is the commission on social witness 1409 02:13:41,581 --> 02:13:43,334 witness. That is the motion that the delegate made. This is 1410 02:13:43,335 --> 02:13:45,335 not debatable 1411 02:13:46,589 --> 02:13:50,325 . So we need to take a vote. All right? I have some other 1412 02:13:50,326 --> 02:13:54,080 folks at the procedural mic, so I'm going to take the delegate 1413 02:13:54,081 --> 02:13:57,335 at the procedural mic. I recognize the delegate at the 1414 02:13:57,336 --> 02:13:59,589 procedural mic. >> There does seem to be some 1415 02:13:59,590 --> 02:14:03,329 confusion on the floor. If we could just clarify, I believe -- 1416 02:14:03,330 --> 02:14:07,338 >> who are you? >> thank you. I'm Carl Ponernan 1417 02:14:07,589 --> 02:14:11,094 from the UU church of greater Lansing. And they may be 1418 02:14:11,095 --> 02:14:15,836 discussing the issue that I'm about to raise anyway, so it may 1419 02:14:16,587 --> 02:14:18,841 be moot. There seems to be some confusion on the floor. I 1420 02:14:18,842 --> 02:14:21,597 believe we need to vote on the motion for previous question 1421 02:14:21,598 --> 02:14:25,102 itself, which happens to require a two-thirds majority, and then 1422 02:14:25,604 --> 02:14:31,593 we can vote on the -- >> * * and then we can vote on 1423 02:14:31,594 --> 02:14:34,348 the actual question of whether to refer. 1424 02:14:34,349 --> 02:14:35,850 >> That's correct, thank you. That's correct. We are voting 1425 02:14:35,851 --> 02:14:39,332 on whether to call the question, then we would vote on whether 1426 02:14:39,333 --> 02:14:42,591 to refer. That's exactly the order. Thank you. 1427 02:15:00,349 --> 02:15:02,349 >> We'll vote to end debate on the motion 1428 02:15:05,588 --> 02:15:07,597 to refer. I recognize the delegate in the off-site 1429 02:15:07,598 --> 02:15:10,599 procedural mic. >> Fred Hammond from UU 1430 02:15:10,600 --> 02:15:14,103 congregation of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Off-site delegates 1431 02:15:14,104 --> 02:15:18,093 need some time for the voting process to come up. 1432 02:15:18,094 --> 02:15:21,600 >> that is correct. The voting process is up right now. I just 1433 02:15:22,101 --> 02:15:26,587 saw it on my screen. I have a couple of additional screens up 1434 02:15:26,588 --> 02:15:29,590 here that you don't necessarily see, but I know that and they're 1435 02:15:29,591 --> 02:15:31,591 already voting 1436 02:15:34,099 --> 02:15:34,849 , as a matter of fact. [Laughter] 1437 02:15:34,850 --> 02:15:41,092 So all those in favor of ending debate on the motion to refer, 1438 02:15:41,093 --> 02:15:45,599 please raise your card. Keep them high. This requires a 1439 02:15:45,600 --> 02:15:53,344 two-thirds majority. All right. All those opposed? Let's see 1440 02:15:53,345 --> 02:15:56,100 the off-site votes. 1441 02:15:59,106 --> 02:16:02,341 Okay. We're ready to vote on this motion. 1442 02:16:06,848 --> 02:16:09,603 We have a motion to refer, and this motion to refer this would 1443 02:16:09,604 --> 02:16:12,359 send it back. This statement of conscience, as written right 1444 02:16:12,360 --> 02:16:16,344 now, to the commission on social witness. All right? That's 1445 02:16:16,345 --> 02:16:24,108 what we've just done. All right. We're ready. Now all 1446 02:16:24,109 --> 02:16:28,593 those in favor of sending this statement of conscience back to 1447 02:16:28,593 --> 02:16:31,598 the commission on social witness, please raise your cards 1448 02:16:33,609 --> 02:16:35,609 high. 1449 02:16:41,096 --> 02:16:43,851 All those opposed? 1450 02:16:47,107 --> 02:16:55,349 Off-site vote. We are not ready to send this to Committee. 1451 02:16:58,603 --> 02:17:00,603 [Applause] 1452 02:17:03,092 --> 02:17:06,347 So where we are now, we ever no motion to refer. We're back 1453 02:17:06,348 --> 02:17:10,855 back to discussion on the main motion, which is the statement 1454 02:17:10,856 --> 02:17:13,360 of conscience as amended. 1455 02:17:18,850 --> 02:17:21,602 I recognize the delegate at the procedural mic. 1456 02:17:21,603 --> 02:17:26,590 >> Marcus Swiliano from the Unitarian Universalist 1457 02:17:26,591 --> 02:17:29,847 association of [Indiscernible] he'd like to call the question 1458 02:17:29,848 --> 02:17:33,103 on the motion for conscience. >> That is in order at this 1459 02:17:33,105 --> 02:17:38,840 time. I hear a second. All right. So we're calling the 1460 02:17:38,841 --> 02:17:43,594 question on the statement of conscience as amended. We're 1461 02:17:43,596 --> 02:17:47,852 going to -- no, we're not considering any amendments. 1462 02:17:47,853 --> 02:17:50,105 This is the document that we have. 1463 02:17:50,106 --> 02:17:53,847 >> well, wait a minute. >> give me a moment to con per 1464 02:17:53,848 --> 02:17:56,601 my parliamentarian. All right? Can we have a song while I do 1465 02:17:56,602 --> 02:18:00,360 that? I want to get some clarity. 1466 02:18:26,594 --> 02:18:36,114 >> Hello, everyone. You're so kind. From what I just saw, 1467 02:18:36,615 --> 02:18:39,844 I'm going to need to breathe in and breathe out. I'm sorry. 1468 02:18:39,846 --> 02:18:44,602 We all know T so can we have this? Breathe in? Breathe out 1469 02:18:44,603 --> 02:18:50,111 out. Okay. And four. ¶ Breathe in 1470 02:18:55,103 --> 02:18:58,857 ¶ breathe out ¶ breathe in 1471 02:18:58,858 --> 02:19:07,352 ¶ breathe out ¶ When I breathe in I'll breathe 1472 02:19:07,852 --> 02:19:12,861 in peace. ¶ When I breathe out, I'll 1473 02:19:12,861 --> 02:19:20,608 breathe out love. ¶ When he breathe in, I'll 1474 02:19:20,609 --> 02:19:25,864 breathe in peace ¶ When I breathe out, I'll 1475 02:19:25,865 --> 02:19:27,865 breathe out love. 1476 02:20:30,854 --> 02:20:32,854 [Applause] 1477 02:20:34,861 --> 02:20:40,603 >> Thank you, Leon. All right. Sometimes when we breathe we 1478 02:20:40,604 --> 02:20:44,109 get clarity on something, so I'm glad we got to breathe together 1479 02:20:44,110 --> 02:20:48,870 and so I want to clarify what we're about to do. Right now, 1480 02:20:48,871 --> 02:20:52,602 there has been a motion made to call the question question, so 1481 02:20:52,603 --> 02:20:56,861 we have to vote, again, on whether we wanted to vote or not 1482 02:20:57,112 --> 02:21:02,119 . All right? If we do that, that means that we're going to 1483 02:21:02,120 --> 02:21:05,355 go back to the main motion, and the main motion in this case is 1484 02:21:05,356 --> 02:21:08,861 the statement of conscience with the amendments that have been 1485 02:21:08,862 --> 02:21:10,865 made. None of the unincorporated amendments. 1486 02:21:11,116 --> 02:21:15,350 That's the white sheet. We won't be entertaining any 1487 02:21:15,351 --> 02:21:18,612 amendments if we call the question right now. The next 1488 02:21:18,613 --> 02:21:21,365 thing we would do is just vote on how it's written, what any of 1489 02:21:21,366 --> 02:21:23,869 the dramatical changes that are noted. We don't need a motion 1490 02:21:23,870 --> 02:21:27,099 for that. It's been noted. We'll take care of it. Does 1491 02:21:27,100 --> 02:21:29,855 everyone understand? >> yes. 1492 02:21:29,856 --> 02:21:33,363 >> it's A through Z. We won't vote on those unincorporated 1493 02:21:33,364 --> 02:21:36,117 amendments. I recognize the delegate at the procedural mic. 1494 02:21:36,369 --> 02:21:38,599 >> all right. Marti [Indiscernible] from the 1495 02:21:38,600 --> 02:21:42,857 Unitarian Universalist church of silver spring, Maryland. I'd 1496 02:21:42,858 --> 02:21:47,116 like to ask a question of procedure. If adopted in 1497 02:21:47,117 --> 02:21:54,609 whatever form today, is it possible be to consider changes 1498 02:21:54,610 --> 02:22:00,618 in amendments in future years? It occurs to me that if adopted 1499 02:22:00,619 --> 02:22:05,102 last year, it would appear very different due to the social, 1500 02:22:05,103 --> 02:22:10,111 political, and economic conditions this year. We could 1501 02:22:10,112 --> 02:22:15,349 debate amendments for several years and not have done 1502 02:22:15,350 --> 02:22:19,606 anything. So adopted today could amendments and changes be 1503 02:22:19,607 --> 02:22:25,366 considered in future years? >> No, but we could amend our 1504 02:22:25,367 --> 02:22:28,100 actions in future years. Weak mend our behavior. This 1505 02:22:28,101 --> 02:22:30,856 statement of conscience becomes an official record of what we do 1506 02:22:31,107 --> 02:22:34,613 . It does not limit that we can do in the future. 1507 02:22:34,614 --> 02:22:36,867 >> thank you. 1508 02:22:41,605 --> 02:22:43,356 This is not debatable. There was just a question on what 1509 02:22:43,357 --> 02:22:46,614 would happen. All right. Now we're going to vote to vote. 1510 02:22:46,864 --> 02:22:50,848 This requires a two-thirds majority. So all of those in 1511 02:22:50,849 --> 02:22:55,857 favor of voting on the statement of conscience as amended, no 1512 02:22:55,858 --> 02:22:59,865 unincorporated amendments on A through Z, that white page, 1513 02:22:59,866 --> 02:23:05,104 please raise your cards now: Keep them up high. 1514 02:23:08,361 --> 02:23:12,367 They're closing debate. All right. All those opposed? 1515 02:23:18,607 --> 02:23:20,861 Off-site delegates? 1516 02:23:24,614 --> 02:23:28,356 And I'm going to confer for a second. 1517 02:23:38,357 --> 02:23:42,615 We need to closed cue on voting now. Thank you. 1518 02:23:53,111 --> 02:23:57,117 We're fog to try this one more time. Open up that voting cue. 1519 02:23:57,118 --> 02:24:00,122 All of those in favor of ending debate so we can accept or 1520 02:24:00,123 --> 02:24:04,364 reject the statement of conscience, hold your cards up 1521 02:24:04,365 --> 02:24:08,869 high. Keep them up. Don't wiggle them. You can wickal 1522 02:24:08,870 --> 02:24:11,123 your feet, though. 1523 02:24:15,609 --> 02:24:17,609 All those opposed? 1524 02:24:20,367 --> 02:24:22,369 Off-site? 1525 02:24:25,624 --> 02:24:27,624 This passes. 1526 02:24:34,123 --> 02:24:36,877 Now we're going to volt on the statement of conscience that's 1527 02:24:36,878 --> 02:24:39,611 written with any grammatical changes we've already made. 1528 02:24:39,862 --> 02:24:44,118 This requires a two-thirds majority vote. All those in 1529 02:24:44,119 --> 02:24:47,124 favor of the statement of conscience as written in your 1530 02:24:47,125 --> 02:24:51,361 CSW alert, please raise your cards now. 1531 02:24:55,617 --> 02:25:02,612 All those opposed? Off-site? 1532 02:25:05,870 --> 02:25:07,870 This passes. [Applause] 1533 02:25:19,119 --> 02:25:22,125 we did a thing. [Laughter] 1534 02:25:30,116 --> 02:25:35,125 I'm going to hand the mic back over to Moderator Rimes for the 1535 02:25:35,126 --> 02:25:40,115 time being and we're going to switch some things up. [Cheers 1536 02:25:40,116 --> 02:25:42,116 and Applause] >> 1537 02:25:49,130 --> 02:25:52,113 So, you know, there was a lot going on this year, in case you 1538 02:25:52,114 --> 02:25:55,121 haven't been reading the news, the UUA news, and when the board 1539 02:25:55,122 --> 02:26:00,380 decided, with a lot of discussion, to change the way 1540 02:26:00,381 --> 02:26:06,374 that we do this a little bit, we said, why not? Everything 1541 02:26:06,375 --> 02:26:10,881 else is away from normal. Let's throw this into the mix. And I 1542 02:26:10,882 --> 02:26:19,378 think our tri-mod -- tri- facilitators got their groove 1543 02:26:19,379 --> 02:26:23,136 on. They got in a roll. And I think they did an amazing job. 1544 02:26:23,887 --> 02:26:25,887 [Applause] 1545 02:26:45,636 --> 02:26:47,639 We also wanted to make sure you got a little bit of a feeling of 1546 02:26:47,890 --> 02:26:53,381 what it was like during a board meeting, so now you can -- 1547 02:26:53,382 --> 02:26:59,642 [Laughter] Each year, we take a special 1548 02:26:59,643 --> 02:27:01,647 collection for the social justice efforts that are near 1549 02:27:01,648 --> 02:27:05,630 and dear to us. This year we honor Standing on the Side of 1550 02:27:05,631 --> 02:27:07,631 Love 1551 02:27:10,390 --> 02:27:16,383 . Please welcome Elizabeth Winn and Nora Rosmond from stand 1552 02:27:16,384 --> 02:27:19,389 okay the side of love. 1553 02:27:26,632 --> 02:27:31,388 >> Thank you. We also are glad to be here with you all. When 1554 02:27:31,389 --> 02:27:33,392 my brother and I were little kids, like so many families, my 1555 02:27:33,393 --> 02:27:36,398 parents were searching for a spiritual community that would 1556 02:27:36,399 --> 02:27:38,880 fit our multiracial, multicultural family. That would 1557 02:27:38,881 --> 02:27:42,133 honor my parent's roots in the catholic church and in 1558 02:27:42,134 --> 02:27:44,137 Vietnamese Buddhism and give us a place to 1559 02:27:47,144 --> 02:27:51,136 call home. They found home at Tennessee Valley Unitarian 1560 02:27:51,137 --> 02:27:53,137 Universalist Church in 1561 02:28:00,655 --> 02:28:02,638 Knoxville, Tennessee. I was a college student learning about 1562 02:28:02,639 --> 02:28:04,639 community development in 1563 02:28:07,146 --> 02:28:08,900 my mom called me to tell me there had been a shooting at 1564 02:28:08,901 --> 02:28:11,407 TVUUC. I remember standing under the big starry sky, trying to 1565 02:28:11,408 --> 02:28:15,639 make sense of this world and how it breaks us and heals us. 1566 02:28:15,640 --> 02:28:18,145 Through many hands and hearts, the Standing on the Side of Love 1567 02:28:19,649 --> 02:28:22,904 campaign was born as a response to that shooting and over the 1568 02:28:22,905 --> 02:28:25,159 past eight years has tried be radical love with teeth, 1569 02:28:28,896 --> 02:28:30,897 Not aiming to reflect a consensus of Unitarian 1570 02:28:30,898 --> 02:28:32,898 Universalists, speaking to a vision of our 1571 02:28:37,660 --> 02:28:41,145 justices work, offering us a platform to practice risk, 1572 02:28:41,146 --> 02:28:50,161 courage, flanking of movements led by those most impacted. >> 1573 02:28:50,162 --> 02:28:52,648 This year, in this denominational and political 1574 02:28:52,649 --> 02:28:54,900 movement, we are being tested. We are being asked to show up 1575 02:28:54,901 --> 02:28:58,408 differently than we have before. We are asking questions about 1576 02:28:58,409 --> 02:29:00,661 what it means to answer the call of love in the face of an 1577 02:29:00,662 --> 02:29:03,142 unpetitionable government, and the ongoing criminalization of 1578 02:29:03,143 --> 02:29:07,151 our families, loved ones and communities. We are asking 1579 02:29:07,152 --> 02:29:09,152 questions about what it means to 1580 02:29:10,407 --> 02:29:14,897 , as southerners and new ground asks, commit to our own 1581 02:29:20,659 --> 02:29:21,409 Transformation in the service of creating a faith community 1582 02:29:21,410 --> 02:29:23,410 that unapologetically vows to dismantle white supremacy within 1583 02:29:23,666 --> 02:29:27,148 and beyond our congregations. How can we best organize on the 1584 02:29:27,149 --> 02:29:30,654 side of love, pray on the side of love, show up on the side of 1585 02:29:30,655 --> 02:29:32,659 love, leverage our resources on the side of love? And how can we 1586 02:29:34,163 --> 02:29:36,163 do that work, grounded in love and faith? We want to use this 1587 02:29:38,170 --> 02:29:43,155 time to talk about gratitude: something we understand to be 1588 02:29:43,156 --> 02:29:46,659 the ground on which our spiritual fortification and 1589 02:29:46,660 --> 02:29:48,660 salvation rests. We want to 1590 02:29:50,399 --> 02:29:52,653 begin with gratitude for the voices that, from the campaign's 1591 02:29:54,408 --> 02:29:56,408 inception, called us to account 1592 02:29:58,411 --> 02:30:01,668 about our work. They said that to name a justice campaign 1593 02:30:01,669 --> 02:30:03,902 Standing on the Side of Love, is ableist, limiting, harmful and 1594 02:30:04,152 --> 02:30:08,409 not aligned with the way we believe none of us are free 1595 02:30:08,410 --> 02:30:12,415 until we are all free. Thank you to those who named that and 1596 02:30:12,416 --> 02:30:14,416 those who have continued to lift this important reality. We know 1597 02:30:19,910 --> 02:30:22,914 the time to shift this language is past due. I have a deep 1598 02:30:22,915 --> 02:30:25,919 desire that the times we find ourselves in as Unitarian 1599 02:30:25,920 --> 02:30:28,153 Universalists will call us into our fuller selves - to take care 1600 02:30:31,158 --> 02:30:33,161 with our framing, language, and indeed with one another. 1601 02:30:39,903 --> 02:30:42,657 >> We've realized that We're hungry for gratitude that is not 1602 02:30:42,658 --> 02:30:44,658 based on how we want to be seen, not based on wanting to 1603 02:30:46,914 --> 02:30:49,169 be cute on Facebook, but based on acknowledgement of 1604 02:30:52,402 --> 02:30:57,156 leadership and labor, re cognition * anything of 1605 02:30:57,157 --> 02:30:59,157 mistakes, relationship repair and authentic commitment. We 1606 02:31:01,414 --> 02:31:04,904 invite you to, for a moment, join us in this and turn it a 1607 02:31:04,905 --> 02:31:08,910 neighbor if you're willing and shear your name, your pronouns 1608 02:31:08,911 --> 02:31:13,169 if you like, and thank them for going through this morning with 1609 02:31:13,170 --> 02:31:17,661 you if you've been alongside for a few hours. And share 1610 02:31:17,662 --> 02:31:22,419 something you're grateful for and what that might lead you to 1611 02:31:22,420 --> 02:31:29,660 risk, to change, to give up, to let go of. So go ahead. Just 1612 02:31:29,661 --> 02:31:35,421 if a moment, turn to a neighbor. Something you're grateful for 1613 02:31:35,422 --> 02:31:38,905 and what that gratitude could lead you to risk. 1614 02:33:10,931 --> 02:33:12,931 thank you. 1615 02:33:19,676 --> 02:33:23,931 As we have tried to model however imperfectly, -- I am a 1616 02:33:23,932 --> 02:33:26,417 facilitator, but I didn't bring any tricks on the stage. 1617 02:33:26,667 --> 02:33:31,426 Gratitude must be rooted in our willingness to be 1618 02:33:34,428 --> 02:33:36,933 transformed. Gratitude transforms us when it is emerges 1619 02:33:36,934 --> 02:33:38,934 from our commitment to personal and collective 1620 02:33:41,421 --> 02:33:44,675 change. Ongoing assaults continue --by the state and 1621 02:33:44,676 --> 02:33:47,932 between individuals-- against those of us who are People of 1622 02:33:47,933 --> 02:33:49,933 Color, Muslim, queer and trans, lesbian and gay, women and 1623 02:33:54,177 --> 02:33:56,432 femmes, disabled, poor. When people in those communities call 1624 02:34:00,441 --> 02:34:02,441 us to action, we can show 1625 02:34:03,922 --> 02:34:06,177 gratitude for their leadership not just in word, but through 1626 02:34:15,423 --> 02:34:17,928 our deeds and actions. actions.If faith without work is 1627 02:34:18,178 --> 02:34:22,435 dead, what is gratitude without work? Today we find ourselves 1628 02:34:27,928 --> 02:34:29,179 particularly grateful for the ways our work has been an 1629 02:34:29,180 --> 02:34:31,180 experiment in creativity and 1630 02:34:32,685 --> 02:34:33,936 risk. >> We are grateful for the many 1631 02:34:33,937 --> 02:34:34,937 ways we have been able to offer technical assistance to 1632 02:34:34,938 --> 02:34:36,691 movement partners, letting go of needing to be given credit or 1633 02:34:36,692 --> 02:34:40,430 visibility for that work; we are grateful for the leadership of 1634 02:34:40,431 --> 02:34:47,194 Caitlin Breedlove as director, who left Who shaping oh many of 1635 02:34:47,195 --> 02:34:49,948 our understandings of the role institutions can play in 1636 02:34:49,949 --> 02:34:52,429 movement building. We give thanks for Black Lives 1637 02:34:55,435 --> 02:34:57,938 of Unitarian Universalism and DRUUMM, who continue to call our 1638 02:34:58,189 --> 02:35:01,947 faith to who we can become. These are revealing times. Amen 1639 02:35:03,176 --> 02:35:07,185 ? In this ways, the best ask would be for me to cast a vision 1640 02:35:07,186 --> 02:35:11,690 of the work of this campaign and as you all know too well, 1641 02:35:11,691 --> 02:35:15,931 The Times are of such great uncertainty that there's no way 1642 02:35:15,932 --> 02:35:19,687 to do that with integrity. So what I can tell you are the 1643 02:35:19,688 --> 02:35:21,688 questions that 1644 02:35:24,197 --> 02:35:26,678 we are grappling with, and I hope we can grapple together. 1645 02:35:26,679 --> 02:35:31,186 What is the role of people of faith and moral courage to 1646 02:35:31,187 --> 02:35:34,694 flank, fortify, and participate in movements? Can our 1647 02:35:34,695 --> 02:35:39,429 institutions exist to serve movements? What spiritual 1648 02:35:39,430 --> 02:35:42,435 qualities are required? Not optional. Of leadership in 1649 02:35:42,436 --> 02:35:50,199 these times? What practices of prayer, song, silence, alter 1650 02:35:50,200 --> 02:35:56,690 making, ritual, can we bring to the daily challenges of morale, 1651 02:35:56,691 --> 02:35:59,445 lack of focus, and that uncertainty that we face in 1652 02:35:59,446 --> 02:36:05,432 justice work. And what are our covenants with the people we 1653 02:36:05,433 --> 02:36:11,447 claim to be in partnership with? Which covenants have we broke 1654 02:36:11,448 --> 02:36:14,429 everyone * he know by not showing -- broken by not showing 1655 02:36:14,679 --> 02:36:19,687 up how we need to and how do we repair? Love resists in so 1656 02:36:19,688 --> 02:36:23,445 many ways n congregations, expanding sanctuary * away he, 1657 02:36:23,446 --> 02:36:25,699 beyond four walls, chaining background check policies to 1658 02:36:25,700 --> 02:36:27,930 meet the need of undocumented Unitarian Universalists. 1659 02:36:28,181 --> 02:36:33,686 Providing housing to water protectedders over long legal 1660 02:36:33,687 --> 02:36:35,687 battles 1661 02:36:38,678 --> 02:36:41,683 have gone, and so much more, this is the work we do as 1662 02:36:41,684 --> 02:36:43,937 Unitarian Universalists and our challenge is to do it with even 1663 02:36:43,938 --> 02:36:46,692 greater courage, less ego, more skill, less cowardice. We are 1664 02:36:46,693 --> 02:36:48,693 grateful; 1665 02:36:49,701 --> 02:36:51,701 ready for whatever comes, 1666 02:36:54,185 --> 02:36:55,937 rising up, whatever shape this campaign takes, this forward 1667 02:36:55,938 --> 02:36:58,445 leaning, risk-taking piece of our Unitarian Universalist 1668 02:37:03,681 --> 02:37:06,185 Association. Association.please Join us in gratitude to give 1669 02:37:06,186 --> 02:37:09,443 generously, on the side of love. [Applause] 1670 02:37:21,694 --> 02:37:27,934 ¶ You're broken down and tired ¶ Of living life on a 1671 02:37:27,935 --> 02:37:32,441 merry-go-round ¶ And you can 1672 02:37:36,947 --> 02:37:40,441 find the fighter ¶ But I see it in you so we're 1673 02:37:40,442 --> 02:37:42,945 going to walk it out. 1674 02:37:46,699 --> 02:37:51,691 ¶ And move mountains. ¶ We're going to walk it out 1675 02:37:58,706 --> 02:38:01,211 and move mountains. 1676 02:38:06,945 --> 02:38:10,449 ¶ I'm rise up ¶ I'm rise like the day. 1677 02:38:10,450 --> 02:38:13,706 ¶ I'm rise up ¶ I'll rise unafraid 1678 02:38:13,707 --> 02:38:16,441 ¶ I'll rides up ¶ And I'll do it a thousand 1679 02:38:16,442 --> 02:38:18,945 times again. ¶ And I'll rise up 1680 02:38:18,946 --> 02:38:22,450 ¶ High like the waves ¶ I'll rise up 1681 02:38:22,451 --> 02:38:24,451 ¶ 1682 02:38:25,706 --> 02:38:31,701 In spite of the ache ¶ I'll rise up and I'll do it a 1683 02:38:31,702 --> 02:38:36,960 thousand times again ¶ For you 1684 02:38:42,951 --> 02:38:48,457 ¶ for you note ¶ For you. 1685 02:38:48,458 --> 02:38:57,701 ¶ For you. ¶ When the silence isn't quiet 1686 02:38:59,454 --> 02:39:04,946 ¶ And it feels like it's getting hard to breathe 1687 02:39:08,453 --> 02:39:15,946 ¶ And I know you feel like dying, but I promise we'll take 1688 02:39:15,947 --> 02:39:21,205 the world to else feet ¶ And move mountains. 1689 02:39:21,206 --> 02:39:27,196 ¶ Bring it to et cetera feet. ¶ And move mountains. 1690 02:39:39,196 --> 02:39:41,951 ¶ And he'll do it a thousand times. 1691 02:39:41,952 --> 02:39:45,707 ¶ I'll rise up ¶ And I'll do it a thousand 1692 02:39:45,708 --> 02:39:48,214 times again. ¶ 1693 02:39:51,447 --> 02:39:53,952 For you ¶ 1694 02:40:01,214 --> 02:40:02,695 For you ¶ For you 1695 02:40:02,696 --> 02:40:12,461 ¶ For you¶ All we need, all we need 1696 02:40:13,464 --> 02:40:17,451 is hope ¶ And for that we have each 1697 02:40:17,452 --> 02:40:21,460 other ¶ And for that we have with each 1698 02:40:21,710 --> 02:40:27,447 other ¶ We will rise 1699 02:40:27,448 --> 02:40:35,459 ¶ We will rise ¶ We'll rise, oh, oh. 1700 02:40:40,448 --> 02:40:48,461 ¶ We'll rise ¶ He'll rise up 1701 02:40:50,695 --> 02:40:52,695 ¶ 1702 02:40:56,956 --> 02:40:59,209 Rise like the day ¶ I'll rise up 1703 02:40:59,210 --> 02:41:03,195 ¶ In spite of the ache ¶ I will rise a thousand times 1704 02:41:03,196 --> 02:41:05,700 again ¶ And we'll rise up 1705 02:41:05,701 --> 02:41:09,959 ¶ Rise like the waves ¶ And we'll rise up 1706 02:41:09,960 --> 02:41:14,445 ¶ In spite of the ache ¶ We'll rise up 1707 02:41:14,446 --> 02:41:18,703 ¶ And we'll do it a thousand times again 1708 02:41:21,960 --> 02:41:30,952 ¶ For you¶ For you ¶ 1709 02:41:33,206 --> 02:41:37,713 For you ¶ For you 1710 02:41:41,952 --> 02:41:43,952 . 1711 02:41:55,957 --> 02:41:57,957 [Applause] 1712 02:42:06,451 --> 02:42:10,961 >> You've been hearing Jen, judgments abone, and Jen. 1713 02:42:10,962 --> 02:42:12,962 Thank you very much. [Applause] 1714 02:42:15,946 --> 02:42:17,946 >> 1715 02:42:24,214 --> 02:42:26,214 Thank you. Can I say the Word 1716 02:42:31,204 --> 02:42:33,208 ? Damn. [Laughter] 1717 02:42:35,961 --> 02:42:41,949 Back to business. Carry that in your heart. Not the Word I 1718 02:42:41,950 --> 02:42:43,950 said. 1719 02:42:45,206 --> 02:42:49,713 The Unitarian Universalist service Committee or UUSC 1720 02:42:49,714 --> 02:42:56,705 advances human rights mu grassroots collaboration. In 1721 02:42:56,706 --> 02:43:01,969 more than a countries around the world UUSC Fosters social 1722 02:43:01,970 --> 02:43:05,201 justice and works toward a world fee from oppression. Their 1723 02:43:05,202 --> 02:43:07,205 innovative approach and measurable impact-in promoting 1724 02:43:07,206 --> 02:43:10,712 economic justice, bolstering environmental justice, and 1725 02:43:10,713 --> 02:43:15,199 protecting rights at risk-are grounded in the belief that all 1726 02:43:15,200 --> 02:43:17,200 people have inherent power, 1727 02:43:18,960 --> 02:43:20,960 dignity, and rights. Join me in 1728 02:43:21,965 --> 02:43:23,467 welcoming Tom Andrews, president and chief executive 1729 02:43:23,468 --> 02:43:30,704 officer of UUSC.[Applause] 1730 02:43:34,712 --> 02:43:36,712 >> 1731 02:43:41,462 --> 02:43:46,464 Wow. Rise up. If there was ever a time for Unitarian 1732 02:43:50,699 --> 02:43:52,699 Universalists to unite and act 1733 02:43:54,708 --> 02:43:56,708 on behalf of principles and values that are fully under 1734 02:43:59,465 --> 02:44:03,950 siege, it is now! Good morning. It is an honor to join 1735 02:44:03,951 --> 02:44:08,462 you on behalf of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. 1736 02:44:08,463 --> 02:44:12,220 What I am about to say may come off to some of you as 1737 02:44:12,221 --> 02:44:18,203 politically partisan. It is not meant to be - UUSC is a 1738 02:44:18,204 --> 02:44:20,204 strictly non-partisan organization. 1739 02:44:24,463 --> 02:44:27,457 and to be completely transparent, like Will Rogers, I 1740 02:44:27,955 --> 02:44:35,221 personally belong to no organized political party. I'm 1741 02:44:35,222 --> 02:44:37,726 a Democrat. [Laughter] 1742 02:44:40,708 --> 02:44:42,461 But while UUSC does not take sides in elections, we do take 1743 02:44:42,462 --> 02:44:44,462 sides when 1744 02:44:45,967 --> 02:44:47,971 our values are undermined and innocent men, women, and 1745 02:44:53,707 --> 02:44:57,213 children are put at risk. [Applause] 1746 02:44:57,463 --> 02:45:04,206 Now, I think it is fair to say that we are all deeply concerned 1747 02:45:04,207 --> 02:45:06,207 about developments in Washington DC 1748 02:45:08,214 --> 02:45:14,452 and in many state capitols across the U.S., and for good 1749 02:45:14,453 --> 02:45:17,957 reason. What we care about is deeply endangered when political 1750 02:45:19,960 --> 02:45:24,969 leaders, starting in the white house, alert that global warming 1751 02:45:27,705 --> 02:45:31,211 is a hoax, that tens of millions of Americans should no 1752 02:45:31,212 --> 02:45:37,973 longer have health insurance, that undocumented immigrants are 1753 02:45:38,223 --> 02:45:44,213 criminals and terrorists who should be deported immediately 1754 02:45:44,214 --> 02:45:49,220 while those of the Muslim faith should not be aloud into our 1755 02:45:49,221 --> 02:45:58,967 country at all all. And that the LGBTQ I community should be 1756 02:45:58,968 --> 02:46:03,453 demonizeed and stigmatizeed for asserting their humanity, while 1757 02:46:03,454 --> 02:46:09,462 being denied equal protection under the law. When xenophobia, 1758 02:46:09,463 --> 02:46:11,463 misogyny, racism, 1759 02:46:14,223 --> 02:46:16,223 and attacks on people with 1760 02:46:17,460 --> 02:46:19,460 disabilities are not only ok, 1761 02:46:21,719 --> 02:46:23,719 but useful political weapons. 1762 02:46:25,726 --> 02:46:27,726 My message to you this morning 1763 02:46:29,208 --> 02:46:34,218 is straightforward: I cannot think of a time when the 1764 02:46:34,219 --> 02:46:36,219 principles and values of Unitarian Universalism have been 1765 02:46:38,953 --> 02:46:40,953 more important nor when it has 1766 02:46:42,962 --> 02:46:46,718 been more necessary to trans form them into vigorous and 1767 02:46:46,719 --> 02:46:48,719 sustained action. [Applause] 1768 02:46:53,709 --> 02:46:59,220 from our founding in 1940, UUSC has sought to speak truth to 1769 02:46:59,221 --> 02:47:01,221 power through words and, most 1770 02:47:06,461 --> 02:47:08,714 importantly-action. We unite and act with and for people 1771 02:47:08,715 --> 02:47:12,721 facing horrific conditions and brutality not because of 1772 02:47:12,722 --> 02:47:14,722 anything that they have done, 1773 02:47:17,711 --> 02:47:19,211 but because of who they are. We unite and act with and for 1774 02:47:19,212 --> 02:47:21,967 those who are the most marginalized, 1775 02:47:25,723 --> 02:47:30,210 the most threatened, and the most forgotten. And our 1776 02:47:30,211 --> 02:47:36,722 approach at UUSC turns out to be revolutionary. Instead of 1777 02:47:36,723 --> 02:47:42,210 descending from our on high with prepackaged solutions to a 1778 02:47:42,211 --> 02:47:49,220 crisis, we ask communities in crisis what they think and what 1779 02:47:49,221 --> 02:47:54,958 they believe it most needed. And then we become their 1780 02:47:54,959 --> 02:47:59,469 partners in addressing not only the immediate crisis but the 1781 02:47:59,470 --> 02:48:01,726 source of that crisis. [Applause] 1782 02:48:11,219 --> 02:48:13,219 Now, The toxic use of fear and xenophobia are by no means 1783 02:48:15,955 --> 02:48:20,211 limited to the United States. At UUSC, we are working with 1784 02:48:20,212 --> 02:48:23,215 communities under siege all around the world. Among them, 1785 02:48:23,216 --> 02:48:25,216 the Rohingya ethnic Muslim 1786 02:48:28,707 --> 02:48:36,720 minority of Burma. More than 1 million people have been 1787 02:48:36,721 --> 02:48:39,454 stripped of their citizenship, forced into heavily guarded 1788 02:48:39,455 --> 02:48:41,455 villages or imprisoned 1789 02:48:45,464 --> 02:48:48,720 in squalid isolation camps. camps.this is not exaggeration. 1790 02:48:48,721 --> 02:48:51,704 I have seen the building blocks of genocide in Burma with my 1791 02:48:51,705 --> 02:48:57,966 own eyes. How has UUSC responded? By partnering with 1792 02:48:57,967 --> 02:48:59,967 local Rohingya organizations and human 1793 02:49:03,704 --> 02:49:05,956 rights advocates. By building bi-partisan support among 1794 02:49:05,957 --> 02:49:07,957 Members of Congress through public hearings and 1795 02:49:12,469 --> 02:49:16,205 one-on-one appeals; And By mobilizing thousands of you-our 1796 02:49:16,206 --> 02:49:20,213 members and friends-to call on the administration and Congress 1797 02:49:20,214 --> 02:49:22,214 to support a UN 1798 02:49:24,972 --> 02:49:27,703 -- what our partners were telling us was correct I Cal, 1799 02:49:27,704 --> 02:49:30,458 support for a UN resolution authorizing an international 1800 02:49:30,459 --> 02:49:33,214 investigation of the systematic, brutal attacks by military 1801 02:49:33,215 --> 02:49:35,470 forces against innocent Rohingya villages. 1802 02:49:40,455 --> 02:49:42,455 What happened? Despite a State 1803 02:49:43,458 --> 02:49:47,965 Department in chaos and an administration not known for 1804 02:49:47,966 --> 02:49:49,966 defending human rights, the US 1805 02:49:52,708 --> 02:49:54,708 not only supported the UN 1806 02:49:56,466 --> 02:49:58,466 resolution, it became a 1807 02:50:00,221 --> 02:50:03,203 cosponsor! The resolution passed and an international 1808 02:50:03,204 --> 02:50:05,204 investigation is 1809 02:50:07,712 --> 02:50:10,216 moving forward in Burma. [Applause] 1810 02:50:14,453 --> 02:50:18,710 In other words, by engaging the power of deep listening, 1811 02:50:18,711 --> 02:50:23,720 grassroots partnerships, strategic advocacy, and your 1812 02:50:23,721 --> 02:50:25,721 active support virtually 1813 02:50:34,971 --> 02:50:36,971 anything is possible! 1814 02:50:41,459 --> 02:50:43,714 possible!a with this with and fors those who are the greatest 1815 02:50:43,715 --> 02:50:47,472 victims six environmental injustice, through die nap I can 1816 02:50:47,722 --> 02:50:51,461 working partnerships, UUSC is partnering with 1817 02:50:55,719 --> 02:50:58,477 Indigenous communities in Alaska and the South Pacific who 1818 02:50:58,478 --> 02:51:00,478 are losing everything to rising sea levels. 1819 02:51:04,465 --> 02:51:06,718 It is an unacceptable truth that those who have had the 1820 02:51:06,719 --> 02:51:11,727 least to do with the devastating effects of climate change are 1821 02:51:11,728 --> 02:51:14,712 those who are suffering the most from its 1822 02:51:21,472 --> 02:51:25,727 consequences. consequences.that is an unacceptable truth. 1823 02:51:26,712 --> 02:51:29,468 [Applause] Our values call us to unite and 1824 02:51:30,720 --> 02:51:33,728 act with and for those who are working for economic justice. 1825 02:51:33,729 --> 02:51:37,236 Why we believe that a living wage is not only a key 1826 02:51:37,237 --> 02:51:39,237 ingredient to a strong economy, 1827 02:51:44,473 --> 02:51:46,473 but a moral imperative. And our values demand that we speak 1828 02:51:57,221 --> 02:51:58,473 truth to power. The world does not need more walls to divide us 1829 02:51:58,474 --> 02:52:00,474 but bridges 1830 02:52:03,711 --> 02:52:07,718 that connect us. us.And that's what the UU SC is all about. 1831 02:52:07,969 --> 02:52:11,726 [Applause] It is why we are working with 1832 02:52:11,727 --> 02:52:13,727 the UUA to build a wide, inclusive, community of 1833 02:52:19,968 --> 02:52:21,971 justice-seekers and action-takers through "Love 1834 02:52:21,972 --> 02:52:23,223 Resists", a campaign that unites and acts with and for those 1835 02:52:23,224 --> 02:52:26,230 most at risk from the politics of xenophobia, bigotry and fear. 1836 02:52:28,968 --> 02:52:32,725 And if you have not already signed up, we encourage you you 1837 02:52:32,726 --> 02:52:36,734 to come to our booth in the exhibition hall and do so. 1838 02:52:36,984 --> 02:52:41,719 Finally, last but not least, last but not least, our values 1839 02:52:41,720 --> 02:52:49,735 call us to recognize, support, and celebrate one another. We 1840 02:52:49,736 --> 02:52:53,970 will do so tonight at the UUSC gala where we will honor the 1841 02:52:53,971 --> 02:52:55,971 work of 1842 02:52:57,227 --> 02:52:59,227 Linda Sarsour, National Co-Chair 1843 02:53:01,733 --> 02:53:06,973 of the Women's March on Washington, where 2. 2.6 million 1844 02:53:06,974 --> 02:53:09,727 people marked in 673 communities in all 50 states and 1845 02:53:10,228 --> 02:53:11,979 32 countries around the world. 1846 02:53:11,980 --> 02:53:13,980 [Applause] 1847 02:53:20,474 --> 02:53:21,476 I invite you to join us tonight and then join us tomorrow on 1848 02:53:21,477 --> 02:53:23,477 our 1849 02:53:24,482 --> 02:53:26,716 journey to transform the values we share into robust and 1850 02:53:29,720 --> 02:53:31,720 sustained action. Growing 1851 02:53:35,232 --> 02:53:37,232 Up I was inspired - and drawn to 1852 02:53:38,966 --> 02:53:40,966 the idea of social and political 1853 02:53:41,971 --> 02:53:45,977 action - by the late Bobby Kennedy. He spoke these words 1854 02:53:45,978 --> 02:53:47,978 (that I have paraphrased 1855 02:53:50,237 --> 02:53:51,716 slightly) to a group of students in Cape Town during the 1856 02:53:51,717 --> 02:53:53,717 dark 1857 02:53:54,720 --> 02:53:56,720 days of Apartheid South Africa: 1858 02:53:59,478 --> 02:54:01,478 "It is from numberless diverse 1859 02:54:03,466 --> 02:54:05,466 acts of courage and belief that 1860 02:54:08,223 --> 02:54:10,223 human history is shaped. Each 1861 02:54:11,978 --> 02:54:13,978 time a man (or a woman): 1862 02:54:15,217 --> 02:54:17,217 stands up for an ideal; or acts 1863 02:54:19,224 --> 02:54:21,224 to improve the lot of others; or 1864 02:54:22,979 --> 02:54:24,979 strikes out against injustice, 1865 02:54:26,467 --> 02:54:28,467 He (or she) sends forth a tiny 1866 02:54:32,726 --> 02:54:35,730 ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million 1867 02:54:35,731 --> 02:54:37,985 different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a 1868 02:54:42,472 --> 02:54:43,472 current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of 1869 02:54:43,473 --> 02:54:45,473 oppression 1870 02:54:52,720 --> 02:54:54,720 and resistance." 1871 02:54:57,978 --> 02:55:01,735 resistance."I invite you to become a part of our UU SC 1872 02:55:01,736 --> 02:55:04,220 community, to promote and defendant principles that are 1873 02:55:04,221 --> 02:55:11,985 truly under siege here and abroad. But as we do so, let's 1874 02:55:11,986 --> 02:55:17,471 join together, but let's not just make ripples, as Bobby 1875 02:55:17,472 --> 02:55:21,490 Kennedy suggests. Let's make waves. Thanks so very much. 1876 02:55:22,482 --> 02:55:24,482 [Applause] 1877 02:55:46,982 --> 02:55:53,725 >> Good Afternoon, everybody. All righty. So I want to make 1878 02:55:53,726 --> 02:55:57,985 an announcement that impacts our timing with each other and how 1879 02:55:57,986 --> 02:56:02,243 we are with each other. So we as UU's like to talk. Right? 1880 02:56:02,719 --> 02:56:07,232 Oh, yeah. We also like to debate things. Oh, yeah. And 1881 02:56:07,233 --> 02:56:15,720 we love procedure even more. So Jim Key's memorial service is 1882 02:56:15,721 --> 02:56:23,984 at 12:30. 12:30. We also have to vote on two bylaw amendments. 1883 02:56:23,985 --> 02:56:30,728 So I just want us to hold there's a service at 12:30 and 1884 02:56:30,729 --> 02:56:35,233 if we want to go to it, that means something for how we show 1885 02:56:35,234 --> 02:56:40,221 up in this space. I'm not saying not to talk. Please 1886 02:56:40,222 --> 02:56:43,230 don't gets that -- I love to talk. I'm just saying for us to 1887 02:56:43,730 --> 02:56:50,969 hold two things at the same time. And to hold impact over 1888 02:56:50,970 --> 02:56:56,479 grammar. Right? Impact over grammar. All grammatical 1889 02:56:56,480 --> 02:57:03,220 changes can be made. Just write them down. Right? Impact/ 1890 02:57:03,471 --> 02:57:06,476 grammar. Thank you, and love you lots. 1891 02:57:07,478 --> 02:57:09,478 [Applause] 1892 02:57:13,739 --> 02:57:19,233 >> Hello again. So we are back to where we were yesterday. 1893 02:57:19,234 --> 02:57:23,491 We have a motion on the floor that we postponed until today 1894 02:57:23,492 --> 02:57:26,477 that would amend our first principle to change the Word 1895 02:57:30,233 --> 02:57:32,233 people or persons to being 1896 02:57:33,489 --> 02:57:35,489 . 1897 02:57:36,995 --> 02:57:40,984 And as soon as I can find it. Okay. 1898 02:57:46,744 --> 02:57:51,732 And in a moment I will recognize the delegate at the procedural 1899 02:57:51,733 --> 02:57:55,488 microphone. We can have a mic for the procedure? Thank you. 1900 02:57:55,489 --> 02:58:00,996 >> Madam moderator, I'm reverend Beth Johnson, Unitarian 1901 02:58:00,997 --> 02:58:03,732 Universalist fellowship in vista , California. I move to table 1902 02:58:03,733 --> 02:58:09,740 the motion to amend bylaw C 2. one, the principle changing the 1903 02:58:09,741 --> 02:58:13,997 work person, to being, I am of the mind that it would be most 1904 02:58:13,998 --> 02:58:19,744 appropriate for this not to have been on the agenda. But it is. 1905 02:58:19,745 --> 02:58:23,248 Now what is it ours to do? I believe that this is a 1906 02:58:23,249 --> 02:58:28,736 distraction from the work that we are called to do as an 1907 02:58:28,737 --> 02:58:32,242 association. I believe our work at this time is to do the 1908 02:58:32,243 --> 02:58:35,247 important work of dismantling white supremacy within our 1909 02:58:35,248 --> 02:58:37,499 association, our congregations, and ourselves. 1910 02:58:37,500 --> 02:58:40,487 >> Out Out of order. 1911 02:58:45,495 --> 02:58:48,748 >> I believe our work is to hear and heed the call of our 1912 02:58:48,749 --> 02:58:51,486 siblings of color to focus on consideration of an eighth 1913 02:58:51,487 --> 02:58:54,241 principle that will allow us to engage in the deeply spiritual 1914 02:58:54,242 --> 02:58:57,748 work of anti-racism and building a multicultural Beloved 1915 02:58:57,749 --> 02:59:01,501 Community. I want to heed concerns from my sick brings 1916 02:59:01,502 --> 02:59:04,488 with disabilities, as well as sick brings of colors whose 1917 02:59:04,489 --> 02:59:07,244 inherent worth and dignity has yet to be fully realized. 1918 02:59:08,498 --> 02:59:14,256 Therefore, I believe this motion should be tabled. 1919 02:59:14,257 --> 02:59:16,487 >> Is there a second? >> second settlement this is not 1920 02:59:16,737 --> 02:59:20,246 a debatable motion, but it does require a two-thirds vote to 1921 02:59:20,247 --> 02:59:22,252 approve. 1922 02:59:25,506 --> 02:59:27,986 Simple majority. Thank you for the correction, with all of 1923 02:59:27,987 --> 02:59:32,243 these different levels, it's ease to forget which one tie to 1924 02:59:32,244 --> 02:59:38,252 his where. If you vote for this motion, the amendment goes away 1925 02:59:38,985 --> 02:59:44,995 and we don't talk about it any further today and the you want 1926 02:59:44,996 --> 02:59:47,248 UA doesn't do anything further with T I recognize the next 1927 02:59:47,249 --> 02:59:50,251 delegate at the procedural mic. >> I think I may have been toll 1928 02:59:50,252 --> 02:59:54,740 the answer to my question. Carl Ponenan from the church of 1929 02:59:54,741 --> 02:59:57,495 greater Lansing. If you could clarify. Earlier today we had a 1930 02:59:57,996 --> 03:00:00,500 debate where the ruling was that the motion to table was not 1931 03:00:00,751 --> 03:00:03,986 in order until there had been 15 minutes of debate. So is 1932 03:00:03,987 --> 03:00:07,993 this in order or did we have 15 minutes of debate on this 1933 03:00:07,994 --> 03:00:10,747 yesterday which makes this in order? How does it work? 1934 03:00:10,748 --> 03:00:12,753 >> we had it yesterday, which makes it in order. 1935 03:00:12,754 --> 03:00:16,236 >> right. The delegate at the procedural mic is correct that 1936 03:00:16,237 --> 03:00:19,743 we did have 15 minutes of debate yesterday, and so this motion 1937 03:00:19,744 --> 03:00:23,499 would be out of order -- no, in order. It's in order order. I 1938 03:00:23,500 --> 03:00:30,241 apologize. Okay. Yes. The motion to table is in order. 1939 03:00:32,245 --> 03:00:38,484 We're ready to vote. The motion is not debatable, but I see 1940 03:00:38,485 --> 03:00:41,741 should be coming to the procedural microphone. 1941 03:00:41,742 --> 03:00:45,499 >> clarification. >> yes. Sir, your name and 1942 03:00:45,500 --> 03:00:49,508 congregation. >> David Shay, VUU in chapped 1943 03:00:49,509 --> 03:00:51,736 her, Arizona. My understanding a motion to table means we have 1944 03:00:51,737 --> 03:00:54,239 to consider it later before we adjourn. 1945 03:00:54,240 --> 03:00:56,494 >> no. >> or a most to postpone 1946 03:00:56,495 --> 03:01:00,250 indefinitely would kill it. That's my understanding of 1947 03:01:00,251 --> 03:01:02,254 Roberts rules of order. >> she's tabled it indefinitely, 1948 03:01:02,485 --> 03:01:02,985 I believe. >> No? 1949 03:01:02,986 --> 03:01:07,995 >> no? Please restate your motion so we're all clear about 1950 03:01:07,996 --> 03:01:09,999 it. >> 1951 03:01:14,005 --> 03:01:19,241 my initial motion was to table the motion to change that 1952 03:01:19,242 --> 03:01:21,744 principle, and I mean, that's what I said. 1953 03:01:21,745 --> 03:01:23,999 >> okay. Thank you. >> or to table I know definitely 1954 03:01:26,003 --> 03:01:29,488 . I don't know if I change that or not. 1955 03:01:29,489 --> 03:01:36,499 >> okay. I'm advised that it does not come back. So there's 1956 03:01:36,500 --> 03:01:42,994 a motion to table. There's a motion to table. I recognize 1957 03:01:42,995 --> 03:01:44,998 the delegate at the procedural microphone. 1958 03:01:44,999 --> 03:01:51,486 >> reverend Amy Williams Clark. I I am the minister at 1959 03:01:51,487 --> 03:01:53,489 Cedarhurst Unitarian Univ ersalist and I have a point of 1960 03:01:53,490 --> 03:01:57,994 clarification. My understanding yesterday was that we were 1961 03:01:57,995 --> 03:02:03,986 going to have this voted after we had our bylaw vote about 1962 03:02:03,987 --> 03:02:09,246 changing women and men to person s. And my understanding was 1963 03:02:09,247 --> 03:02:13,505 that also there was going -- the resulting vote around the first 1964 03:02:13,506 --> 03:02:18,993 principle, the goal was to send it back for further discussion. 1965 03:02:18,994 --> 03:02:21,749 >> okay. Thank you for your question, because I'm sure other 1966 03:02:21,999 --> 03:02:25,754 people are confused as well S the decision was ultimately made 1967 03:02:26,254 --> 03:02:32,747 by this body to move -- to postpone the discussion until 1968 03:02:32,748 --> 03:02:38,484 today before the vote on changing men and women to 1969 03:02:38,485 --> 03:02:40,738 persons. And instead, what we have in front of us is a motion 1970 03:02:40,739 --> 03:02:44,746 to table. So that does not send it to a study commission. If 1971 03:02:44,747 --> 03:02:47,250 you want to send it to a study commission, you would vote 1972 03:02:47,251 --> 03:02:49,503 against the motion to table so that you could take some further 1973 03:02:50,005 --> 03:02:54,993 action and have further discussion. I'm just 1974 03:02:54,994 --> 03:02:57,999 double-checking with the parliamentarian, because these 1975 03:02:58,000 --> 03:03:01,006 things get incredibly confused when we start large all of these 1976 03:03:01,256 --> 03:03:05,742 motions on top of one another. And I wanted to give the 1977 03:03:05,743 --> 03:03:07,746 procedural people a chance to really help us and understand 1978 03:03:07,747 --> 03:03:13,011 what they're trying to do do. And just so you know, the people 1979 03:03:13,511 --> 03:03:18,247 in the green and white striped vests, they help us by explain 1980 03:03:18,497 --> 03:03:21,501 ing to the delegates before they come up whether they're in the 1981 03:03:21,502 --> 03:03:24,505 right place. And so this is part of the coaching that goes 1982 03:03:24,506 --> 03:03:29,243 on. The second piece of this is that your moderator team is 1983 03:03:29,244 --> 03:03:34,002 available to help any of you craft motions, help you explain 1984 03:03:34,003 --> 03:03:37,508 parliament, help explain to you the parliamentary process to 1985 03:03:37,509 --> 03:03:41,242 help you accomplish whatever it is you wanted. And we will do 1986 03:03:41,243 --> 03:03:45,501 that evenhandedly to anyone who wants to come and approach us at 1987 03:03:45,502 --> 03:03:47,755 any point in the process. So if you're coming to the mini 1988 03:03:47,756 --> 03:03:50,746 assembly, we can work with you there, even if sometimes what we 1989 03:03:50,747 --> 03:03:53,493 have are people who don't want to do something and people who 1990 03:03:53,494 --> 03:03:57,498 do want to do something. We want to be fair in our technical 1991 03:03:57,999 --> 03:04:01,254 assistance to those of you who want to be engaged in this 1992 03:04:01,255 --> 03:04:05,497 process. Moderator recognizes the delegate at the procedural 1993 03:04:05,498 --> 03:04:07,507 microphone. 1994 03:04:10,510 --> 03:04:13,765 >> The off-site delegate,er Eric Birch from Unitarian 1995 03:04:13,766 --> 03:04:18,497 Universalist congregation of Rockville, Maryland. Per bylaw 1996 03:04:18,498 --> 03:04:25,262 Section 151C2, do we need a four/fifth vote to proceed? 1997 03:04:25,263 --> 03:04:28,244 We're mending article two without a study being performed. 1998 03:04:28,245 --> 03:04:32,753 >> no, we do not. This came from the congregations by 1999 03:04:32,754 --> 03:04:37,760 petition. And also, we have the wrong motion up. This is the 2000 03:04:37,761 --> 03:04:44,763 one to change persons to beings that we'll be considering. 2001 03:04:48,257 --> 03:04:55,001 The Chair recognizes the delegate at the procedural mic. 2002 03:05:01,012 --> 03:05:08,254 The next person we procedural mic? Okay. Since we don't 2003 03:05:08,255 --> 03:05:11,007 have anybody ready at the procedural mic, I'll go to the 2004 03:05:11,008 --> 03:05:14,995 -- this is not a debatable motion. Sorry. 2005 03:05:24,259 --> 03:05:26,262 We're trying to make sure there's good understanding of 2006 03:05:26,263 --> 03:05:28,747 what's happening. Okay. Go ahead. 2007 03:05:28,748 --> 03:05:33,757 >> yes. I'm Reverend Beth Johnson from Palamar young fello 2008 03:05:33,815 --> 03:05:37,013 wship in vista, California. I would like to move to table the 2009 03:05:37,014 --> 03:05:43,751 motion to amend bylaw C 2.one is , the principle changing person 2010 03:05:43,752 --> 03:05:48,260 to being, to table that I know definitely. -- indefinitely. 2011 03:05:48,261 --> 03:05:56,001 >> okay. So this is a motion you meant to make as opposed to 2012 03:05:56,002 --> 03:05:58,255 what you said. >> yes. I'm sorry. 2013 03:05:58,256 --> 03:06:02,492 >> so it's a motion to table I know definitely that basically 2014 03:06:02,493 --> 03:06:07,250 says we're done with this issue for now. It's not done forever 2015 03:06:07,251 --> 03:06:10,757 and ever, but we're not going to deal with it any further in 2016 03:06:10,758 --> 03:06:14,013 this General Assembly. >> Yes. That's exactly right. 2017 03:06:17,999 --> 03:06:23,009 >> So by virtue of having clarified her motion, this one 2018 03:06:23,010 --> 03:06:30,498 is debatable. Isn't this fun? 2019 03:06:35,004 --> 03:06:37,507 I recognize the delegate at the procedural mic. 2020 03:06:37,508 --> 03:06:39,493 >> Karen [Indiscernible] from First Unitarian Orlando. I have 2021 03:06:39,494 --> 03:06:47,006 a procedural question. If we vote to table indefinitely, this 2022 03:06:48,509 --> 03:06:51,495 amendment, yet for the -- >> hold on just a moment. I'm 2023 03:06:51,496 --> 03:06:54,250 getting some input. 2024 03:07:36,259 --> 03:07:42,000 Okay. They say too many cooks spoil the broth? 2025 03:07:45,757 --> 03:07:53,494 >> Are we ready? So here is our option. If we want -- 2026 03:07:53,495 --> 03:07:58,001 [Cheers and Applause] >> Three heads are better than 2027 03:07:58,002 --> 03:08:01,506 one. >> Okay. So if we want to 2028 03:08:01,507 --> 03:08:06,749 postpone and not debate, but just move forward and table it, 2029 03:08:06,750 --> 03:08:09,755 table it, like right? Not debate it, not bring it up. 2030 03:08:10,005 --> 03:08:15,494 Just let it go so we can move to the next one, then we do the 2031 03:08:15,495 --> 03:08:19,503 original, but nobody bring it up tomorrow. 2032 03:08:19,504 --> 03:08:22,758 [Laughter] Are we clear? So I'm giving you 2033 03:08:22,759 --> 03:08:26,746 your options. If we want to move so we can change the other 2034 03:08:26,747 --> 03:08:29,752 one or do whatever you want to to the other one, we do the 2035 03:08:29,753 --> 03:08:33,257 original motion, so stand back up. You're not going to say it 2036 03:08:33,258 --> 03:08:37,769 again. We all know it. And then we're going to -- so then 2037 03:08:37,770 --> 03:08:42,254 we're going to vote on that, but then don't bring it up tomorrow 2038 03:08:42,504 --> 03:08:45,010 , because if you bring it up tomorrow, we'll vote on it again 2039 03:08:45,261 --> 03:08:51,998 . Okay. Thank you. >> okay. >> does that answer 2040 03:08:51,999 --> 03:08:53,753 your economy >> Yes. I had a procedural 2041 03:08:53,754 --> 03:08:59,763 question here. If we vote to table this amendment now and 2042 03:08:59,764 --> 03:09:05,002 then we have another another discussion coming up, if we vote 2043 03:09:06,003 --> 03:09:10,262 to accept that one, it sends the entire article to the study. 2044 03:09:10,263 --> 03:09:12,016 Is that correct? >> that's correct. 2045 03:09:12,017 --> 03:09:16,749 >> so we could table this one and the entire article two in 2046 03:09:16,750 --> 03:09:19,756 its entirety would be sent to study commission, as long as -- 2047 03:09:20,007 --> 03:09:24,013 >> no, no, no. I'm sorry. I misunderstood what you said. 2048 03:09:24,014 --> 03:09:26,268 If we table this one, we're done were the next motion that's 2049 03:09:26,269 --> 03:09:29,750 going to come up is also addressing C bylaws F that 2050 03:09:29,751 --> 03:09:32,254 passes, then it's referred to a study commission and at that 2051 03:09:32,255 --> 03:09:33,754 point all of article two is up. 2052 03:09:33,755 --> 03:09:35,755 >> That's what I was trying to say. Thank you. 2053 03:09:35,757 --> 03:09:40,500 >> If it doesn't get a fourth/ fifth vote. Are there other 2054 03:09:40,501 --> 03:09:42,756 procedural questions? 2055 03:09:46,511 --> 03:09:51,498 Okay. >> I am -- >> Can we have the mic for the 2056 03:09:51,499 --> 03:09:57,257 procedure? >> Steve Hollingsworth, UU 2057 03:09:57,258 --> 03:10:03,497 Chattanooga. I am still unclear , because the language yesterday 2058 03:10:03,498 --> 03:10:08,506 brought up a distinction that I had never heard, which was that 2059 03:10:08,756 --> 03:10:14,264 a motion to table could not be in order for this resolution, 2060 03:10:14,265 --> 03:10:18,752 but that it could be laid on the table 2061 03:10:22,010 --> 03:10:27,247 and if that were moved and passed, that then it would go to 2062 03:10:27,248 --> 03:10:31,756 study. And this is not resolved in my mind and I 2063 03:10:31,757 --> 03:10:34,763 thought it was very clear the way I heard it yesterday. 2064 03:10:34,764 --> 03:10:38,997 >> okay. The motion is in order . We are going to move to table 2065 03:10:39,247 --> 03:10:43,505 it. It's not a debatable motion, and so if we put it on 2066 03:10:43,506 --> 03:10:47,262 the table and nobody moves to bring it back up, we don't talk 2067 03:10:47,263 --> 03:10:50,747 about it anymore and that's how we're going to proceed. Thank 2068 03:10:50,748 --> 03:10:59,514 you. Okay. All those in favor of -- 2069 03:10:59,515 --> 03:11:01,518 calling the question? We didn't have a motion to call the 2070 03:11:01,519 --> 03:11:04,999 question. All those in favor of moving to table this motion, 2071 03:11:05,000 --> 03:11:10,761 please raise your voting cards. We need help counting. 2072 03:11:14,268 --> 03:11:18,755 Okay. Off-site delegates, can we have the count, please? 2073 03:11:24,262 --> 03:11:29,000 We're trying to get the off-site delegate cue up so I don't miss 2074 03:11:29,250 --> 03:11:33,257 them. So all those opposed to tabling the motion? We clearly 2075 03:11:33,258 --> 03:11:37,262 have more than a majority, and I want to give the off-site 2076 03:11:37,263 --> 03:11:40,750 delegates a chance to weigh in. We understand there's more of a 2077 03:11:40,751 --> 03:11:45,007 lag than any of us realized. We're looking at 88% in favor of 2078 03:11:45,008 --> 03:11:51,748 tabling in 10% against and two% abstaining. I declare the 2079 03:11:51,749 --> 03:11:53,502 motion has been tabled, and thank you. 2080 03:11:53,503 --> 03:11:55,503 [Applause] 2081 03:12:26,997 --> 03:12:33,509 >> Okay. We're ready to move to our next bylaw amendment. 2082 03:12:33,510 --> 03:12:37,265 Right? And this is -- can I have that back up on the screen 2083 03:12:37,266 --> 03:12:40,500 screen? This is prophetic people. 2084 03:12:40,501 --> 03:12:44,258 >> we just say, y'all were amazing. We did two things. 2085 03:12:45,009 --> 03:12:47,009 [Applause] 2086 03:12:49,017 --> 03:12:54,251 >> we did do two things. We did do two things. Thank you, 2087 03:12:54,252 --> 03:13:02,265 tri-moderator Elandria. All right. I recognize the 2088 03:13:02,266 --> 03:13:07,000 delegation at the procedural mic to make the appropriate 2089 03:13:07,001 --> 03:13:10,257 mission. >> Hi. My name is Jamie Andle. 2090 03:13:10,258 --> 03:13:15,248 I have no gender pronouns. Just call my Jamie. Candidate 2091 03:13:15,249 --> 03:13:19,756 for ministry and member of First Unitarian Church of Toledo in 2092 03:13:19,757 --> 03:13:24,263 Toledo, Ohio. I move we adopt to change the second source 2093 03:13:24,264 --> 03:13:27,248 which reads words and deeds of prophetic women and men to words 2094 03:13:27,499 --> 03:13:30,757 and deeds of prophetic people, replacing women and men with 2095 03:13:30,758 --> 03:13:33,261 people. >> second. 2096 03:13:33,262 --> 03:13:37,520 >> using language like women and men reinforces the gender 2097 03:13:37,521 --> 03:13:42,002 binary which fails to acknowledge the gender fluidity 2098 03:13:42,003 --> 03:13:44,508 of sis gender people and does not July I embrace the 2099 03:13:44,509 --> 03:13:52,250 experiences of gender nonbinary and transgender people. 2100 03:13:53,002 --> 03:14:00,268 [Applause]I wish to thank the churches that rallynd support of 2101 03:14:00,269 --> 03:14:03,750 this movement and got the petitions to the UUA. I wish to 2102 03:14:03,999 --> 03:14:07,753 also acknowledge those who have come before me, particularly 2103 03:14:07,754 --> 03:14:11,511 womennist and his feminists who gave so much in order to be 2104 03:14:11,512 --> 03:14:14,747 included at the table, alongside men. And now it is our turn to 2105 03:14:14,998 --> 03:14:18,756 continue that work. In order to ensure a more inclusive world 2106 03:14:19,007 --> 03:14:22,513 for our children children and youth so that they know they are 2107 03:14:22,764 --> 03:14:27,498 loved and embraced here. I would like to yield my time and 2108 03:14:27,499 --> 03:14:31,006 pass the mic to my friend Marcus . 2109 03:14:31,007 --> 03:14:37,517 >> hello. My name is Marcus Fol iano. Unitarian Universalist 2110 03:14:37,518 --> 03:14:40,249 churn. Peoria. I use they, them, their pronouns. I want to 2111 03:14:41,000 --> 03:14:45,256 second this motion for the reason this past week I sat 2112 03:14:45,257 --> 03:14:49,769 through the thrive program and Dr. Yamin said something that 2113 03:14:49,770 --> 03:14:53,500 really resonated with me, which is that the people at the edges 2114 03:14:53,501 --> 03:14:57,256 of the margins are the ones that usually have the most freedom, 2115 03:14:57,257 --> 03:15:02,015 the most vision for freedom and liberation, and we have 2116 03:15:02,016 --> 03:15:06,753 genderqueer, gender non-confirming, an gendered 2117 03:15:06,754 --> 03:15:09,507 youth within our churches, and within movements that are 2118 03:15:09,508 --> 03:15:13,764 speaking to us, that are calling us to the work of liberations, 2119 03:15:13,765 --> 03:15:19,257 and they, too, can be prophetic, and we want to make sure that 2120 03:15:19,258 --> 03:15:21,511 they see reflected in our sources that they are reflected 2121 03:15:21,512 --> 03:15:23,519 there. So with that, I second the motion. 2122 03:15:24,019 --> 03:15:26,998 [Applause] >> Thank you. 2123 03:15:32,760 --> 03:15:37,270 Thank you. I recognize the delegation at the pro mic. 2124 03:15:37,271 --> 03:15:42,503 >> thank you, Mr. Moderator. My name is the Reverend Chris 2125 03:15:42,504 --> 03:15:47,011 [Indiscernible] my pronouns are they/them/there, the minister in 2126 03:15:47,012 --> 03:15:50,750 Houghton, Michigan. I am so honored to be here representing 2127 03:15:50,751 --> 03:15:53,506 transgender religious professional UU's together. And 2128 03:15:53,756 --> 03:15:57,514 to read this statement written by Elizabeth [Indiscernible] and 2129 03:15:58,014 --> 03:16:01,768 Alex. We have officially endorse this amendment proposal 2130 03:16:01,769 --> 03:16:06,507 to liberate the second source from the gender binary and 2131 03:16:06,508 --> 03:16:11,515 create a more inclusive covenant for gender nonbinary gender 2132 03:16:11,516 --> 03:16:16,507 non-conforming and transfender Unitarian Universalists. We 2133 03:16:16,508 --> 03:16:19,513 have watched this denomination move toward becoming more trans 2134 03:16:19,763 --> 03:16:22,016 -inclusive, making improvements to our whole lives, the 2135 03:16:22,017 --> 03:16:27,505 welcoming congregation program, and the the inclusion of gender 2136 03:16:27,506 --> 03:16:30,260 identity in our nondiscrimination bylaw. The 44 2137 03:16:30,261 --> 03:16:34,268 members of TRUST, all of us leaders in our movement, include 2138 03:16:35,019 --> 03:16:39,008 not only trans- trans-women and men, but also people who are 2139 03:16:39,009 --> 03:16:44,769 nonbinary, genderqueer, gender fluid, agendaer, and Poli gender 2140 03:16:46,021 --> 03:16:48,777 . Whenever the words men and women are used, they exclude the 2141 03:16:49,027 --> 03:16:53,764 majority of us in TRUST. Changing these words to our 2142 03:16:53,765 --> 03:16:57,771 second source will not only acknowledge our existence, but 2143 03:16:57,772 --> 03:17:01,778 will proclaim that people of all genders are prophetic. It will 2144 03:17:02,028 --> 03:17:05,514 tell the gender fabulous children and youth of our 2145 03:17:05,515 --> 03:17:10,271 movement that we will not only shelter them when they need us, 2146 03:17:10,272 --> 03:17:15,509 but that we need them to enrich this faith and to be our prophet 2147 03:17:15,510 --> 03:17:21,266 prophets. [Applause]We honor the history 2148 03:17:21,267 --> 03:17:26,508 that made the Wording women and men a true and courageous move 2149 03:17:26,509 --> 03:17:30,765 toward justice when it was first written, affirming a multitude 2150 03:17:30,766 --> 03:17:34,522 of genders is our aspiration now , and we hope that this General 2151 03:17:34,523 --> 03:17:38,758 Assembly is ready to take the challenge into our hearts and 2152 03:17:38,759 --> 03:17:41,015 into our sources. Thank you. [Applause] 2153 03:17:52,511 --> 03:17:57,518 at this. I recognize the delegate at the procedure mic. 2154 03:18:22,780 --> 03:18:25,532 >> We need to have at least 15 minutes of discussion. If there 2155 03:18:25,533 --> 03:18:30,274 are people who are both for and against. If we have people who 2156 03:18:30,275 --> 03:18:33,280 are only four, we still have to do at least five minutes. All 2157 03:18:33,281 --> 03:18:37,287 right? So -- >> we don't have anyone at the 2158 03:18:37,288 --> 03:18:42,523 mic at all. >> We need nonatomic at all. So 2159 03:18:42,524 --> 03:18:46,031 we're going to listen a little bit longer. 2160 03:18:54,275 --> 03:18:59,285 This is a moment when we can speak to that. So I'm going to 2161 03:18:59,286 --> 03:19:01,537 recognize the delegate at the pro mic mic. 2162 03:19:01,538 --> 03:19:07,527 >> my name is peregrine M of Mor gal Williams, pronouns are they 2163 03:19:07,528 --> 03:19:10,534 them and I'm from the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia 2164 03:19:10,785 --> 03:19:14,521 . The question before you is close to my heart. 2165 03:19:17,776 --> 03:19:21,285 I am not a man or woman. Our sources do not acknowledge my 2166 03:19:21,286 --> 03:19:23,288 existence or identity. 2167 03:19:29,275 --> 03:19:32,027 They do not make room for our young people in all of their 2168 03:19:32,028 --> 03:19:38,521 gender fabulousness. Friends, let us live into our values. 2169 03:19:39,523 --> 03:19:42,277 Inclusion and diversity. I encourage you to vote to change 2170 03:19:42,278 --> 03:19:51,522 men and women to people. Thank you. [Applause] 2171 03:19:51,773 --> 03:19:55,779 >> I recognize the delegate at the procedural mic. 2172 03:19:55,780 --> 03:20:00,789 >> I would like to move that we ask for a four/fifths vote, 2173 03:20:00,790 --> 03:20:04,274 which would avoid the study process, and be an immediate 2174 03:20:04,275 --> 03:20:06,781 affirmation. Susan retch I, north Unitarian. 2175 03:20:06,782 --> 03:20:09,035 >> thank you. 2176 03:20:15,021 --> 03:20:18,778 . I'm going to speak this out. I conferred with legal counsel. 2177 03:20:18,779 --> 03:20:21,783 We need to first authorize that this would go to a study 2178 03:20:21,784 --> 03:20:24,286 commission and then if that is successful, we can also make a 2179 03:20:24,287 --> 03:20:31,776 motion for a four/five vote. We'll do it in that order. I 2180 03:20:31,777 --> 03:20:34,282 recognize it is delegate at the pro mic. 2181 03:20:34,283 --> 03:20:37,538 >> I'm Tamara [Indiscernible] I'm from all souls church in 2182 03:20:37,539 --> 03:20:43,527 Washington, D.C. My pronouns are they and them. I'm fully in 2183 03:20:43,528 --> 03:20:46,280 support of this change T makes me feel more included in our 2184 03:20:46,281 --> 03:20:48,283 faith tradition, and I would also like to take a moment to 2185 03:20:48,284 --> 03:20:52,773 remind us that this inclusive ness should not stop with this 2186 03:20:52,774 --> 03:20:57,282 one change. For example, as a teen youth group facilitate for 2187 03:20:57,283 --> 03:21:01,792 all souls church, I'm getting trained in OWL this summer. 2188 03:21:01,793 --> 03:21:03,271 Highly there doesn't seem to be anything in writing were the 2189 03:21:03,272 --> 03:21:06,773 practice has traditionally been that the teacher teams for OWL 2190 03:21:06,774 --> 03:21:10,282 are one person who identifies as male and one who identifies as 2191 03:21:10,283 --> 03:21:13,537 female. While I can see high this practice occurs t leaves no 2192 03:21:13,790 --> 03:21:16,773 place for me to participate. Therefore, while I'm in support 2193 03:21:16,774 --> 03:21:19,278 of the this amendment, I would like to remind us all it is not 2194 03:21:19,279 --> 03:21:22,033 just in our language, but also in our practices that this kind 2195 03:21:22,034 --> 03:21:24,787 of thing matters. Thank you. 2196 03:21:33,783 --> 03:21:36,038 >> I recognize the delegate at the off-site pro 2197 03:21:39,773 --> 03:21:41,773 mic 2198 03:21:45,032 --> 03:21:49,040 >> [Indiscernible] west shore UU church, Cleveland, Ohio. 2199 03:21:56,279 --> 03:21:59,284 [Indiscernible] this improves please ability and increases 2200 03:21:59,285 --> 03:22:01,538 inclusion for other intersection al identities, as well as 2201 03:22:01,539 --> 03:22:04,024 non-gender binary 2202 03:22:16,278 --> 03:22:18,532 >> Sometimes we can care about impact and grammar. Right? 2203 03:22:19,784 --> 03:22:23,291 >> I recognize the procedural mic. 2204 03:22:23,542 --> 03:22:28,280 >> This is from Rebecca Barger from UU congregation of Wyoming 2205 03:22:28,281 --> 03:22:32,789 valley in Wilkesbury, Pennsylvania. Pointed of 2206 03:22:32,790 --> 03:22:34,792 information. When can we introduce amendments? Please 2207 03:22:34,793 --> 03:22:37,798 make it clear when amendments are possible. 2208 03:22:37,799 --> 03:22:41,782 >> amendments are possible after 12 minutes of discussion. 2209 03:22:41,783 --> 03:22:46,039 That's in pages 77 through 78 of your rules. 2210 03:22:46,040 --> 03:22:48,040 >> 2211 03:22:54,535 --> 03:22:57,791 do we have anyone? I recognize it is delegate at the 2212 03:22:57,792 --> 03:23:00,546 procedural mic. >> Yes. As a follow-up to the 2213 03:23:00,547 --> 03:23:03,283 previous procedural question, it's also been stated that we 2214 03:23:03,284 --> 03:23:07,039 may -- oh, I apologize again. That's what I always forget. 2215 03:23:07,040 --> 03:23:09,544 Carl Ponenan from the Unitarian Universalist church of greater 2216 03:23:09,545 --> 03:23:12,298 Lansing in Lansing, Michigan. The follow-up to the previous 2217 03:23:12,299 --> 03:23:17,041 question. We have heard the Moderator say we could close 2218 03:23:17,042 --> 03:23:21,045 debate after five minutes, but just said that amendments are 2219 03:23:21,046 --> 03:23:26,791 not admissible until 15 minutes. So is it possible to close, as 2220 03:23:27,292 --> 03:23:29,295 the mod is saying, it's possible to close debate before 2221 03:23:29,296 --> 03:23:34,802 any amendments *ment could even be aloud onto the floor? 2222 03:23:34,803 --> 03:23:36,803 >> that. 2223 03:23:38,791 --> 03:23:43,549 -- that is correct. >> I recognize the delegate at 2224 03:23:43,550 --> 03:23:45,550 the 2225 03:23:48,308 --> 03:23:51,291 pro mic. >> I am Sara Smith from the 2226 03:23:51,292 --> 03:23:55,297 Allegheny Unitarian church of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My 2227 03:23:55,298 --> 03:24:00,558 pronouns are emphatically she and her and I am a proud 2228 03:24:00,559 --> 03:24:03,291 trans-woman and I am asking you to support this amendment for 2229 03:24:03,292 --> 03:24:07,302 many reasons. I volunteer with the Pittsburgh gay and lesbian 2230 03:24:07,303 --> 03:24:11,060 Community Center's youth group, and I confess, I'm often 2231 03:24:11,061 --> 03:24:15,040 astonished at how many young kids we're dealing with now who 2232 03:24:15,041 --> 03:24:21,552 don't see themselves as men or women, who have gender fluid, 2233 03:24:21,553 --> 03:24:25,563 nonbinary intersex. Half the time I feel like a dinosaur. 2234 03:24:25,814 --> 03:24:28,297 [Laughter] And then I think, my God. This 2235 03:24:28,298 --> 03:24:31,052 is what my generation fought for, the right to define 2236 03:24:31,053 --> 03:24:39,545 yourself. [Applause]And that makes me feel 2237 03:24:39,796 --> 03:24:43,551 successful. I am asking you to support this change in 2238 03:24:43,552 --> 03:24:48,809 amendment, simply because it is the most inclusive language. It 2239 03:24:48,810 --> 03:24:53,800 includes men, women, and all those who identify as something 2240 03:24:53,801 --> 03:24:57,807 else. And I cannot emphasize that strongly enough, 2241 03:24:57,808 --> 03:25:01,565 particularly when we find ourselves in a nation whose 2242 03:25:01,566 --> 03:25:05,552 government is increasingly trying to narrow its definitions 2243 03:25:06,554 --> 03:25:10,062 of citizenship, to narrow its definitions of who is allowed to 2244 03:25:10,312 --> 03:25:15,546 speak in the public forum. This is our way of saying we 2245 03:25:15,547 --> 03:25:18,301 stand against that. Thank you. 2246 03:25:18,552 --> 03:25:28,296 [Applause]>> I recognize the delegate at the procedural mic. 2247 03:25:28,297 --> 03:25:32,054 >> Susan Ritchie, north UU, Louis center, Ohio. I would 2248 03:25:32,055 --> 03:25:37,062 like to call the question. [Applause] 2249 03:25:37,063 --> 03:25:41,049 >> Right. I'm going to consult for a second, because I think, 2250 03:25:41,050 --> 03:25:44,304 I believe that is not in order and I want to make sure that I 2251 03:25:44,305 --> 03:25:47,309 know why. [Laughter] 2252 03:26:02,804 --> 03:26:05,298 it is not in order, because rule number five in our 2253 03:26:05,299 --> 03:26:09,055 amendment rule says that it is not in order until 15 minutes 2254 03:26:09,056 --> 03:26:11,056 has expired or we don't need that much time for conversation, 2255 03:26:11,311 --> 03:26:19,302 which means no one is standing at any mics. Now I know you 2256 03:26:19,303 --> 03:26:24,061 can't see them. I still have two off-site delegates at the 2257 03:26:24,062 --> 03:26:26,544 pro cue. So that's something we have. So I have them. I 2258 03:26:26,545 --> 03:26:29,798 recognize the delegate at the procedural mic mic. 2259 03:26:29,799 --> 03:26:33,554 >> Mr. Moderator, Jenny Von courter, delegate from the 2260 03:26:33,555 --> 03:26:35,809 Unitarian Universalist congregation 2261 03:26:39,546 --> 03:26:40,296 [Indiscernible] >> Wait a long time for this 2262 03:26:40,297 --> 03:26:43,302 moment. >> And a we loved friend of 2263 03:26:43,303 --> 03:26:47,057 moderators and rules. Isn't this cool? I want to sit down 2264 03:26:47,058 --> 03:26:50,544 and chat, but I'm here for an actual purpose rather than 2265 03:26:50,545 --> 03:26:53,300 reliving our history together. [Laughter] 2266 03:26:53,301 --> 03:26:57,308 I find that we have a rule that I know was created temporarily, 2267 03:26:57,309 --> 03:27:01,315 because I spoke to the person who drafted it. And that is 2268 03:27:01,316 --> 03:27:03,544 this rule on how long we have to wait to introduce an amendment. 2269 03:27:03,545 --> 03:27:06,800 There was never an intention two years ago that that rule 2270 03:27:06,801 --> 03:27:09,807 live with us going forward, and it's getting in our way. We're 2271 03:27:09,808 --> 03:27:12,810 trying to kill time so we can an membered stuff. I would like 2272 03:27:12,811 --> 03:27:18,302 to move that we modify the rules of procedure, rule five 2273 03:27:18,303 --> 03:27:22,057 specifically, paragraph one where it says except for 2274 03:27:22,058 --> 03:27:25,311 clarifying amendments, amendments, dah-dah-dah, will 2275 03:27:25,312 --> 03:27:28,798 not be in order until there has been at least 15 minutes ever 2276 03:27:28,799 --> 03:27:31,053 discussion if that much is needed on the merits of the main 2277 03:27:31,303 --> 03:27:35,309 question as moved. Or, and now I want to pick up the language 2278 03:27:35,310 --> 03:27:40,548 that we've already approved for time limits. Or if there has 2279 03:27:40,549 --> 03:27:46,058 been -- this is in rule 6C, same page, if there has been at 2280 03:27:46,059 --> 03:27:49,062 least 15 minutes of discussion concerning the main motion, and 2281 03:27:49,063 --> 03:27:52,799 there are no speakers at either the pro or con microphones, 2282 03:27:52,800 --> 03:27:57,303 whether on-site or off-site. >> second. 2283 03:28:03,296 --> 03:28:06,552 [Applause] >> Some mystery voice. That 2284 03:28:06,553 --> 03:28:10,810 would be Madam moderator Denny Davidoff. In other words, if 2285 03:28:10,811 --> 03:28:16,547 it's in order to be done, it should be in order to amend. So 2286 03:28:18,552 --> 03:28:20,552 moved. 2287 03:28:24,060 --> 03:28:26,060 >> All right. 2288 03:28:29,300 --> 03:28:31,303 >> He recognize the delegate at the procedural mic. 2289 03:28:31,554 --> 03:28:34,308 >> In the past, and somebody said that it said if that much 2290 03:28:34,309 --> 03:28:38,065 time is needed, yes, the rules rule 6f that much time is needed 2291 03:28:38,545 --> 03:28:41,552 , has always been here. The language that has only appeared 2292 03:28:41,553 --> 03:28:44,558 for two years is the an amendment language that is is -- 2293 03:28:44,809 --> 03:28:47,815 the amendment language that was currently having us trip over 2294 03:28:47,816 --> 03:28:51,296 ourselves, and kill time with 2,000 great people, but still. 2295 03:28:51,546 --> 03:28:54,299 Okay? So I'm asking that we restore the language that would 2296 03:28:54,300 --> 03:28:56,803 have been in these rules two years ago and prior. 2297 03:28:56,804 --> 03:29:03,044 >> thank you. The former moderator will give me a moment 2298 03:29:03,045 --> 03:29:05,045 to consult. 2299 03:29:51,300 --> 03:29:54,055 Okay. Here's some things. Sounds like, and I'm saying it 2300 03:29:54,056 --> 03:29:58,310 this way simply because there is a real motion on the table, but 2301 03:29:58,311 --> 03:30:03,554 I want to talk this out. What our language says is if that 2302 03:30:03,555 --> 03:30:08,061 much time is needed, which means we can go to the amendment when 2303 03:30:08,812 --> 03:30:13,320 there's nobody else speaking. I still have two people in the 2304 03:30:13,321 --> 03:30:17,808 pro cue who are off-site, but once we're finished chatting 2305 03:30:17,809 --> 03:30:21,063 with them, we don't need any more time. We can introduce 2306 03:30:21,064 --> 03:30:26,073 amendments. We can vote. We can vote again. We'll have some 2307 03:30:26,323 --> 03:30:29,808 fun with that. [Laughter] 2308 03:30:30,058 --> 03:30:33,814 It was an interpretive issue, so is it okay if we don't amend 2309 03:30:33,815 --> 03:30:37,822 the rules? I recognized delegate at the procedural mic. 2310 03:30:37,823 --> 03:30:43,563 >> still Gini Von courter. If this is the current 2311 03:30:43,564 --> 03:30:46,068 interpretation and the interpretation going forward 2312 03:30:46,069 --> 03:30:48,821 into tomorrow, then I withdraw my motion respectfully. 2313 03:30:48,822 --> 03:30:51,053 >> thank you. [Applause] 2314 03:30:51,054 --> 03:30:56,813 >> And it is. We're going to take with this. Okay. I 2315 03:30:56,814 --> 03:31:01,324 recognize the final off-site delegate at the pro mic. 2316 03:31:01,574 --> 03:31:05,560 >> I'm reading for Christine Haager, river road UU 2317 03:31:05,561 --> 03:31:10,070 congregation, Bethesda, Maryland . Let's support this change 2318 03:31:10,071 --> 03:31:12,574 change. For too long, women were assumed to be included when 2319 03:31:12,575 --> 03:31:18,064 the Wording says men, so let's just make the change to people. 2320 03:31:21,323 --> 03:31:23,323 >> 2321 03:31:27,307 --> 03:31:31,816 All right. Do I have another speaker at the pro mic? 2322 03:31:36,073 --> 03:31:40,559 >> This is from delegate Katherine Jackson, Unitarian 2323 03:31:40,560 --> 03:31:44,814 society of new haven in Hampton, Connecticut. I speak in favor 2324 03:31:44,815 --> 03:31:49,073 of this amendment as it provides for the acknowledgments of all 2325 03:31:49,074 --> 03:31:51,074 people. 2326 03:31:53,812 --> 03:31:57,068 (thank you. >> it looks like we're ready to 2327 03:31:57,069 --> 03:32:01,076 vote. [Applause] 2328 03:32:01,326 --> 03:32:04,811 >> Are there any other amendments? I didn't see anyone 2329 03:32:04,812 --> 03:32:11,572 at the amendment mic. I recognize the delegate at the 2330 03:32:11,573 --> 03:32:13,827 procedural mic. >> Chris [Indiscernible] 2331 03:32:13,828 --> 03:32:18,562 fellowship in Houghton, Michigan . I want to call the question. 2332 03:32:22,069 --> 03:32:26,807 Takes two-thirds vote. Okay? So all of those in favor of 2333 03:32:26,808 --> 03:32:30,313 ending debate, which means we would not admit any amendments, 2334 03:32:30,314 --> 03:32:33,821 although we have time to do that now. All right? I want you to 2335 03:32:34,072 --> 03:32:40,561 raise your cards up high. All those in favor of ending debate? 2336 03:32:40,562 --> 03:32:43,569 All those opposed? 2337 03:32:46,575 --> 03:32:50,331 Off-site votes 1234 and please closed cue. 2338 03:33:04,316 --> 03:33:09,825 I recognize our fair witness at the procedural mic. Please use 2339 03:33:09,826 --> 03:33:12,580 the mic. >> I'm sorry. There was an 2340 03:33:12,581 --> 03:33:15,565 amendment, we were told there was an amendment before and then 2341 03:33:15,566 --> 03:33:19,074 you were told by people that there wasn't an amendment, but 2342 03:33:19,075 --> 03:33:25,337 there was an amendment there waiting to be. So it's just the 2343 03:33:25,338 --> 03:33:27,565 difficulty of seeing and understanding, you know, all 2344 03:33:27,566 --> 03:33:31,824 that's going on in the midst of this. And it seems that an 2345 03:33:31,825 --> 03:33:37,079 amendment should be offered. >> okay. Here's what I'm going 2346 03:33:37,080 --> 03:33:40,066 to do. This is a time for us to get creative and let's figure 2347 03:33:40,067 --> 03:33:44,323 out how much time we want to spend with this. Can you raise 2348 03:33:44,324 --> 03:33:48,583 your card if you were confused by the process we just we want 2349 03:33:48,584 --> 03:33:53,067 through? So it looks like we mostly understood what we were 2350 03:33:53,068 --> 03:33:59,075 doing. Okay? And what I want to ask is we've already made a 2351 03:33:59,076 --> 03:34:06,319 decision. We can revisit. It's fine. I'm not going to hard 2352 03:34:06,320 --> 03:34:09,827 fist this one. Do we want to he wants tape the amendment? Let 2353 03:34:09,828 --> 03:34:15,313 me know. Raise those cards up. If you want to consider the 2354 03:34:15,314 --> 03:34:18,821 amendment, we decided to end debate, which meant no 2355 03:34:18,822 --> 03:34:21,824 amendments. If you want to hear the amendment, I want to see 2356 03:34:21,825 --> 03:34:27,066 your cards. I don't know what the amendment is. We haven't 2357 03:34:27,067 --> 03:34:29,070 heard it. 2358 03:34:32,325 --> 03:34:36,081 All right. I need to know if you want to hear it. It doesn't 2359 03:34:36,082 --> 03:34:39,065 -- I'm just going to get real with you all. It doesn't sound 2360 03:34:39,066 --> 03:34:42,822 like we want to do that. All right? 2361 03:34:46,076 --> 03:34:55,572 So is it okay if we -- come talk to me. 2362 03:36:16,823 --> 03:36:20,578 Okay. We've made a decision. We've ended debate. We're not 2363 03:36:20,579 --> 03:36:22,582 entertaining amendments. [Applause] 2364 03:36:27,576 --> 03:36:30,581 now, I have an off-site delegate at the procedure mic. 2365 03:36:30,582 --> 03:36:33,836 I recognized off-site delegate at the procedural mic. 2366 03:36:33,837 --> 03:36:38,343 >> Randy Bosh, UU metro, Atlanta north congregation, Ross 2367 03:36:38,344 --> 03:36:41,076 Rossville, Georgia. Off-site voting closed before a vote was 2368 03:36:41,077 --> 03:36:44,332 even called. Can we please leave open long enough for 2369 03:36:44,333 --> 03:36:49,338 off-site to vote, please? >> I am going to ask that 2370 03:36:49,339 --> 03:36:54,581 delegate to clarify what the request was. I don't know which 2371 03:36:55,081 --> 03:36:58,842 vote we were referring to. And then I'm going to ask my tech 2372 03:36:58,843 --> 03:37:01,591 folks to send me a message when we get that clarification. Is 2373 03:37:01,592 --> 03:37:05,828 that okay? Thank you. I recognize the delegate at the 2374 03:37:05,829 --> 03:37:08,334 procedural mic. >> 2375 03:37:12,092 --> 03:37:16,577 Marta Pearson, Unitarian Universalist church of Tampa, 2376 03:37:16,578 --> 03:37:22,839 Florida. My question is, is there anywhere from our 2377 03:37:22,840 --> 03:37:24,845 procedures that 2378 03:37:30,079 --> 03:37:38,092 require fairness? Because that vote was so quick, without 2379 03:37:38,093 --> 03:37:41,578 acknowledging the person who had an amendment amendment, I'm 2380 03:37:41,579 --> 03:37:47,089 wondering -- that's what I'm wondering. 2381 03:37:51,073 --> 03:37:55,831 >> Thank you for that question. I don't want to be glib, but 2382 03:37:55,832 --> 03:38:00,087 this is a structure of white supremacy and it doesn't value 2383 03:38:00,088 --> 03:38:03,073 fairness. It values efficiency. 2384 03:38:06,329 --> 03:38:10,085 And we all wanted to do this. We all wanted to do there. 2385 03:38:10,086 --> 03:38:12,840 that's what that vote indicated. And when we went to revisit it 2386 03:38:13,344 --> 03:38:20,084 , we also said, we still want to do this. Okay? I recognize 2387 03:38:20,085 --> 03:38:20,585 the delegate at the procedural mic. 2388 03:38:20,586 --> 03:38:24,342 >> the Reverend Matthew Johnson, Unitarian Universalist church 2389 03:38:24,343 --> 03:38:29,336 in Rockford, Illinois. I want to ask a question. If the 2390 03:38:29,337 --> 03:38:34,345 delegates were to vote larger than four/five to pass this 2391 03:38:34,346 --> 03:38:37,098 immediately, that would mean that there would be no 2392 03:38:37,099 --> 03:38:39,582 commission to study this particular section. However, if 2393 03:38:40,083 --> 03:38:43,086 the Board of trustees were to say to the commission on 2394 03:38:43,087 --> 03:38:47,093 institutional change or if the delegates here were to do a 2395 03:38:47,094 --> 03:38:51,080 responsive resolution tomorrow to encourage a more thorough 2396 03:38:51,081 --> 03:38:55,589 look at structures in the bylaws , including the principles and 2397 03:38:55,590 --> 03:38:58,845 purposes for the larger review, including questions of being, 2398 03:38:58,846 --> 03:39:01,100 including questions of the eighth principle, because it may 2399 03:39:01,350 --> 03:39:05,335 be that people also want to vote yes larger than four/five 2400 03:39:05,336 --> 03:39:07,840 other that. That would be a way to get to these other questions 2401 03:39:08,090 --> 03:39:11,093 without people feeling like 20% of ups needed to vote no on 2402 03:39:11,094 --> 03:39:12,597 something we supported. Is that correct? 2403 03:39:12,598 --> 03:39:14,831 >> yes, it is. 2404 03:39:21,091 --> 03:39:23,598 How I heard the question, and I'm get something feedback from 2405 03:39:23,599 --> 03:39:27,833 my parliamentary squad, we can't vote four/five all at once. It 2406 03:39:28,084 --> 03:39:30,840 will take two separate votes to do that. In principle, what 2407 03:39:30,841 --> 03:39:33,345 you said is correct. 2408 03:39:38,352 --> 03:39:42,586 Okay. Okay. I'm being told that there wasn't enough time 2409 03:39:42,587 --> 03:39:46,345 for the off-site delegates to vote. There was a lag. We have 2410 03:39:46,346 --> 03:39:50,580 a 30-second lag when we announce a vote and it sounds 2411 03:39:50,581 --> 03:39:53,834 like there wasn't enough time for them. So I apologize for 2412 03:39:53,835 --> 03:39:57,341 that. What I can let you know is there is about 100 of you and 2413 03:39:57,591 --> 03:40:00,595 there are a few hundred in here , so when we need a majority 2414 03:40:00,596 --> 03:40:04,585 vote, if I have a majority in here, it's still a majority. 2415 03:40:04,586 --> 03:40:12,600 Make sense, everyone? All right . Now we're going vote on the 2416 03:40:12,601 --> 03:40:16,832 proposed change to our source to prophetic people. We ended 2417 03:40:16,833 --> 03:40:20,838 debate, so now we're going to take a majority vote that refers 2418 03:40:20,839 --> 03:40:24,595 this to a study commission. That's the only proposal before 2419 03:40:24,596 --> 03:40:28,582 us. To refer this language to a study commission. All those in 2420 03:40:28,583 --> 03:40:31,337 favor of sending proposed language to amend our sources to 2421 03:40:31,587 --> 03:40:36,345 a study commission, please raise your voting cards now. 2422 03:40:39,583 --> 03:40:47,598 All those opposed? Off-site delegates? 2423 03:40:51,081 --> 03:40:58,843 That clearly passes. [Applause]I recognize the 2424 03:40:58,844 --> 03:41:04,084 delegate at the procedural mic. >> Marcus Foliano, Unitarian 2425 03:41:04,085 --> 03:41:09,097 Universalist Unitarian church of Peoria. I'd like to call for a 2426 03:41:10,099 --> 03:41:13,607 four/five vote to surpass the study commission. 2427 03:41:14,358 --> 03:41:16,358 [Applause] >> I recognized delegate at the 2428 03:41:16,834 --> 03:41:18,585 procedural mic. >> I just want to ask for a 2429 03:41:18,586 --> 03:41:24,346 clarification and my belief is that in taking the four/five 2430 03:41:24,347 --> 03:41:27,582 vote, we have affirmed this clearly for the first year. It 2431 03:41:27,583 --> 03:41:31,339 comes back for the second year volt. This is the kind of 2432 03:41:31,340 --> 03:41:35,598 affirmation and direction that is not accomplished by referring 2433 03:41:35,849 --> 03:41:41,589 this to a study commission. The study collision would have 2434 03:41:41,590 --> 03:41:43,591 the freedom to do whatever it does under its own authority. 2435 03:41:43,592 --> 03:41:46,847 So the four/ four/five vote is a more clear mandate. Correct? 2436 03:41:46,848 --> 03:41:52,087 >> correct. If we take a four/ five vote, what would happen is 2437 03:41:52,088 --> 03:41:54,589 that we have stopped the language. This comes back for 2438 03:41:54,590 --> 03:41:57,846 consideration at a second General Assembly. Everything in 2439 03:41:57,847 --> 03:42:04,341 article two comes back for a second General Assembly, and so 2440 03:42:04,342 --> 03:42:08,348 we take a higher vote. We'll affirm it with a two/three vote 2441 03:42:08,349 --> 03:42:12,358 if we do next year. This says there's no need for additional 2442 03:42:12,359 --> 03:42:15,337 review. We like it. We want to see it again and see if we 2443 03:42:15,338 --> 03:42:18,342 still like it. >> [Indiscernible] 2444 03:42:18,343 --> 03:42:20,343 >> The motion has been seconded. All right. All those 2445 03:42:22,350 --> 03:42:26,838 in favor of a motion -- all those -- give me a second. I 2446 03:42:26,839 --> 03:42:29,847 have very specific wording on this, so I'm going to try to get 2447 03:42:30,098 --> 03:42:34,856 it right 689 all those in favor of dispenseing with a study 2448 03:42:34,857 --> 03:42:41,343 commission to review the proposed language to amend our 2449 03:42:41,344 --> 03:42:44,600 second source to prophetic people, please raise your voting 2450 03:42:45,101 --> 03:42:47,104 cards now. 2451 03:42:51,339 --> 03:43:01,108 All those opposed? Off-site delegates? That 2452 03:43:02,110 --> 03:43:05,091 clearly passes with a four/five majority. 2453 03:43:05,591 --> 03:43:07,591 [Applause] 2454 03:43:20,602 --> 03:43:24,609 >> We've got announcements. We see some folks rolling out. 2455 03:43:24,610 --> 03:43:28,845 Obviously, our memorial service is about to take place. 2456 03:43:28,846 --> 03:43:35,356 Remember to make space for those who needs a little bits of time 2457 03:43:35,357 --> 03:43:39,858 to use mobility aides. So friends, please be sure to look 2458 03:43:39,859 --> 03:43:42,349 around you as you prepare to leave the hall, to ensure you 2459 03:43:42,350 --> 03:43:46,107 have all of your belongings. This includes items like your 2460 03:43:46,108 --> 03:43:52,599 voting cards, bags, water bottles, and empty coffee cups. 2461 03:43:52,600 --> 03:43:54,600 Many thanks from your volunteer 2462 03:43:56,356 --> 03:43:58,356 usher team. 2463 03:44:00,364 --> 03:44:06,856 I want to invite our witnesses up for fair process observation. 2464 03:44:43,103 --> 03:44:44,609 >> Good afternoon. We're very aware that people needing to go 2465 03:44:44,610 --> 03:44:46,610 to different space to memorial 2466 03:44:51,354 --> 03:44:54,106 ize Jim Key, and personally personally, there is -- I met 2467 03:44:54,107 --> 03:44:59,366 Jim a couple of times before. We built a partnership for us to 2468 03:44:59,616 --> 03:45:02,370 come here and he was a very great man. So I, too, would 2469 03:45:02,371 --> 03:45:06,356 like to go to that memorial service. So very quickly, we 2470 03:45:06,357 --> 03:45:08,357 just want to reflect, and I think we're going to be building 2471 03:45:08,362 --> 03:45:10,865 on these reflections from tomorrow when we go to 2472 03:45:10,866 --> 03:45:15,101 procedural, but I think really as we leave this room we must be 2473 03:45:15,102 --> 03:45:18,608 thinking and deeply examine the relationship between language, 2474 03:45:18,609 --> 03:45:23,368 bureaucracy, time, and trauma trauma. So layers of trauma 2475 03:45:23,369 --> 03:45:28,101 that lay within bureaucracy, in its sits temperatures, and we 2476 03:45:28,102 --> 03:45:32,609 see some of this pain out here today. We must remember that 2477 03:45:32,610 --> 03:45:39,350 bureaucracy was a system used and imposed by Colonialists to 2478 03:45:39,351 --> 03:45:41,104 manage, control, and exclude people of color and communities 2479 03:45:41,105 --> 03:45:45,612 and we must ask ourselves in moving forward, how do we build 2480 03:45:45,613 --> 03:45:49,118 a new structure for UU's that holds procedural and 2481 03:45:49,119 --> 03:45:52,352 decision-making practices, while is it giving freedom to I know 2482 03:45:52,353 --> 03:45:55,106 vow oh rate is, create, and shift inside and outside of the 2483 03:45:55,107 --> 03:46:01,364 UU World? [Applause]At the heart of your 2484 03:46:01,365 --> 03:46:05,604 movement is a critique of white supremacy, so we must ask where 2485 03:46:05,605 --> 03:46:09,110 white supremacy exists within the procedural and the 2486 03:46:09,111 --> 03:46:13,619 bureaucracy and the language that we use to [inaudible] 2487 03:46:13,620 --> 03:46:17,355 bureaucratic and procedural systems. So we must discuss the 2488 03:46:17,356 --> 03:46:19,608 intersections where language language language and 2489 03:46:19,609 --> 03:46:24,114 bureaucracy meet and has the use of time to measure requested 2490 03:46:24,115 --> 03:46:28,357 productivity, impacts, and connect these dots. As to 2491 03:46:28,358 --> 03:46:31,111 connect, it's to find new creative ways to speak to each 2492 03:46:31,112 --> 03:46:35,120 other, form new language of understanding that is not 2493 03:46:35,121 --> 03:46:40,358 exclusionary, and create decision-making practices that 2494 03:46:40,359 --> 03:46:43,364 couldn't and collaborate between groups and congregations. So U 2495 03:46:43,865 --> 03:46:47,873 U, we feel that we must seek to build your procedural ways in 2496 03:46:47,874 --> 03:46:50,126 ways that can be shaped and reshaped reshaped, depend okay 2497 03:46:50,127 --> 03:46:53,864 the needs of both specific moments and also long term 2498 03:46:53,865 --> 03:46:58,120 growth inspired by reimaging what it means to build radical 2499 03:46:58,121 --> 03:47:01,376 democracy and that his ways that dismantle white supremacy 2500 03:47:01,377 --> 03:47:05,112 within UU culture and practice and does not reinforce them 2501 03:47:05,113 --> 03:47:08,118 within the bureaucratic and procedural. Thank you. 2502 03:47:08,619 --> 03:47:10,619 [Applause] 2503 03:47:17,369 --> 03:47:22,879 >> Thank you, Natalie. We have a closing reading. And then it 2504 03:47:23,130 --> 03:47:31,371 will be time to go. Two short readings little from courageous 2505 03:47:31,372 --> 03:47:38,612 female leaders who inspireed trustee Lucia Santini at a young 2506 03:47:38,613 --> 03:47:41,115 age. The first from Marion Anderson and the second from 2507 03:47:41,116 --> 03:47:46,124 Eleanor Roosevelt. When I sing, I don't want them to see my 2508 03:47:46,125 --> 03:47:50,862 face is black. I don't want them to see my face is white. I 2509 03:47:50,863 --> 03:47:57,874 want them to see my soul and that it is colorless. Migrate 2510 03:47:58,123 --> 03:48:01,124 est fear -- my greatest fear has always been that I would be 2511 03:48:01,125 --> 03:48:05,117 afraid, afraid physically or mentally or morally, and allow 2512 03:48:05,118 --> 03:48:11,627 myself to be influenced by fear instead of honest convictions. 2513 03:48:16,866 --> 03:48:20,622 Never had this before. There being no further business to 2514 03:48:20,623 --> 03:48:22,877 come before us, and in accordance with the schedule set 2515 03:48:23,128 --> 03:48:28,365 forth in this program book, I declare the general session of 2516 03:48:28,366 --> 03:48:30,871 the General Assembly shall stand in recess until Sunday, June 2517 03:48:30,872 --> 03:48:33,374 25th, at 12:30:00 p.m. And I expect you all back in here at