Responsive resolutions approved at GA 2011

[Corrected 7.6.11:] As a final act, GA delegates approved three responsive resolutions at the close of the Sunday afternoon business session and reaffirmed a responsive resolution approved last year.

The first, by the Rev. Michael Tino of the UU Fellowship of Northern Westchester, in Mount Kisco, N.Y., celebrates New York state’s approval of marriage equality this week and the role that Unitarian Universalist congregations played in that campaign. It also calls on congregations to continue to advocate for equality.

The second, by the Rev. Orlanda Brugnola of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., called on UUs to begin to learn Spanish before coming to GA 2012 in Phoenix.

Debra Gray Boyd of Columbus, Ohio, asked the Board of Trustees to recommit to developing a “covenant of right relations” for the UUA community, as a 2010 responsive resolution had asked the board to do by this year. Boyd asked delegates to extend the timeframe for the 2010 responsive resolution to 2013. The request is in response to disrespectful behavior on UU email lists and at GA last year, Boyd told UU World after delegates endorsed her request.

The third resolution, by Rob Smith, of Valley UU Church in Chandler, Ariz., called on the Board of Trustees, UUA staff and the GA Planning Committee to facilitate a youth and young adult “action ministry” to train people around the issues that UUs will be involved with in Phoenix next summer.

Delegates overwhelmingly approved each proposal.

An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that four responsive resolutions were approved by the 2011 General Assembly. The post has been updated to clarify that one presentation simply asked delegates to reaffirm a resolution adopted last year.

  • Donald Wilson

    The GA actually passed (and re-affirmed) a resolution that the Board should craftu00a0behavioralu00a0guidelines?

  • Chris Walton

    The text of the 2010 responsive resolution is here. You can read my brief report about the 2010 vote approving this resolution here. The unedited transcript of the closed captions from the plenary where the resolution was introduced is here; see 17:30:03:06 for the start of the presentation.


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