Delegates approve Article II bylaw changes
GA delegates voted Saturday afternoon on changes to Article II—the Principles and Purposes––of the UUA bylaws. Delegates authorized changing Section C-2.3, the paragraph titled “Non-discrimination.” The change deletes that paragraph, replacing it with a paragraph titled “Inclusion.”
The new language is as follows:
We strive to be an association of congregations that truly welcome all persons and commit to structuring congregational and associational life in ways that empower and enhance everyone’s participation. Systems of power, privilege, and oppression have traditionally created barriers for persons and groups with particular identities, ages, abilities and histories. We pledge to replace such barriers with ever-widening circles of solidarity and mutual respect.
Several delegates expressed concern about losing the non-discrimination clause, until being reassured it would remain. Delegates voted overwhelmingly for the change.
The change does not take effect for another year. Delegates will be required to vote for the change at GA 2014 before it would take effect. In the meantime the original version remains in effect.