Mini-assemblies scheduled for Ariz. boycott resolution, other business

At this morning’s plenary, UUA Moderator Gini Courter and David May, chair of the Commission on Social Witness, presented the slate of mini-assemblies that will be held over the course of this GA. Mini-assemblies give delegates an opportunity to amend bylaw and rule changes, business resolutions, Actions of Immediate Witness, and Statements of Conscience before they reach the plenary floor for a vote. Amendments that are not introduced during mini-assemblies cannot be made during plenary session debate.

Courter announced a change in venue for the mini-assembly about the business resolution concerning GA 2012 in Arizona.The mini-assembly will meet today (Thursday, June 24) at 4:30 p.m. in room 200 CDE on the second floor of the convention center. Courter said that it was important for as many congregations as possible to attend, but that congregations might want to limit the number of delegates they send to ensure that all congregations are represented.

In the case of Statements of Conscience and Actions of Immediate Witness, the Commission on Social Witness will review the different amendments made during the mini-assembly, incorporating some and rejecting others. The rejected amendments will be made available for further discussion.

Proposed Statement of Conscience on Peacemaking (pages 10-12 in the Final Agenda):

  • Mini-assembly Thursday, June 24, 9:00a.m.-12:00 p.m., in room 200 FG (second floor of convention center); debate and vote Friday, Plenary III.

The following four items will be discussed at the same mini-assembly on Thursday, June 24, at 1 p.m. in room 101 FG at the Convention Center:

Amendment to the bylaws: Removal of a committee or board member for cause (page 24 in the Final Agenda):

  • Mini-assembly Friday, June 25, at 2:45 p.m. in room 101 FG; debate and vote on  Saturday, June 26,  Plenary IV.

Business resolution: GA 2012 in Arizona (page 33 in the Final Agenda):

  • Mini-assembly Thursday, June 24, at 4:30 p.m. in room 200 CDE; debate and vote Saturday, June 26, Plenary V.

Amendment to the bylaws and rules: The nomination, election, and terms for president and moderator (pages 25-27 in the Final Agenda):

  • Mini-assembly on Friday, June 25, at 2:45 p.m in. room 101 FG; debate and vote Sunday, June 27, Plenary VI.

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