Delegates approve Article II bylaw changes

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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.

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Delegates approve bylaw changes about electronic voting

GA delegates voted Saturday afternoon to approve a series of bylaw changes to include language to support voting by secure, electronic ballots in UUA elections.

The changes were to Section 9.10 (Conduct of Elections at Large), Rule G-9.13.4 (Absentee Ballots), and Rule G-9.13.5 (Balloting at General Assembly).

Three proposed AIWs added to 2013 agenda

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Delegates narrowed down the six proposed Actions of Immediate Witness to three, and voted them onto Sunday’s agenda. The UUA’s bylaws only allow a General Assembly to adopt up to three AIWs, which the Commission on Social Witness introduced in this order:

  • AIW C: “Support the Proposed 28th ‘We the People’ Amendment to the Constitution: Corporations Are Not Persons and Money Is Not Speech,” which will be discussed in a mini-assembly at 1:45 today in Room 208
  • AIW F: “Condemn the Mass Incarceration, Killing, and Mistreatment of Young Men of Color by Police,” which will be discussed in a mini-assembly at 1:45 today in Room 209
  • AIW A: “Consider Divestment from the Fossil Fuel Industry,” which will be discussed in a mini-assembly at 1:45 today in Room 207

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