Passed: Youth Caucus vision of 2012 General Assembly

In the scramble to wrap up our coverage of the 2010 General Assembly, UU World published reports on three of the four proposed Responsive Resolutions presented during Sunday afternoon’s final plenary, but didn’t publish a report on the fourth. Here it is:

Delegates affirmed a Responsive Resolution concerning the 2012 General Assembly in Phoenix, Ariz., offered by the Youth Caucus during Sunday’s final plenary session. The resolution presented six recommendations to the UUA Board of Trustees, staff, and General Assembly Planning Committee about the “Justice General Assembly” delegates had endorsed for 2012.

WHEREAS the UUA Board Report on the Business Resolution on Phoenix General Assembly 2012 calls for a gathering of Unitarian Universalists for the “purposes of witnessing on immigration, racial, and economic justice – a ‘Justice’ General Assembly,”

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association strongly urges the UUA Staff, the Board of Trustees and the General Assembly Planning Committee to consider a number of conditions while planning for this “Justice” General Assembly in Arizona 2012. The Youth Caucus envisions a General Assembly in which:

1. We gather in nonviolent protest with a focus on public witness and social action;

2. Appropriate consideration is given to make this General Assembly accessible for all participants;

3. Efforts are made to recognize the voices of delegates who choose not to attend General Assembly 2012 for reasons of safety or personal ethics;

4. Worship services, specifically a bridging celebration and multigenerational worships, are preserved;

5. Programming, including Youth, Young Adult and Multigenerational programming, is educational, informative and reflective of the spirit of a “Justice” General Assembly; and

6. Youth and Young Adults are involved as both participants and leaders throughout the process.

The Rev. Roger Brewin, minister of the First Unitarian Church of Hobart, Ind., and the Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in St. Joseph, Mich., had strongly advocated a UUA boycott of Arizona, and had led the effort to pledge donations to cover the UUA’s losses if the General Assembly had approved a boycott. After the Youth Caucus offered their resolution, Brewin stepped to the Pro microphone and said that the Caucus’s vision gave him a way to endorse the 2012 “Justice General Assembly” in Phoenix because it explicitly called for ways to include the voices of those who could not come to Arizona for reasons of safety or personal conscience.

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