Commission on Appraisal report explores authority

The UUA’s Commission on Appraisal presented a new report to the General Assembly on Friday. The report, “Who’s in Charge Here?” investigated “the complex relationship between ministry and authority,” commission member the Rev. Erika Baron told the GA. She said the study asked questions such as the following: “’How do professional clergy or lay people […]

Commission on Appraisal continues study of ministry and authority

The Rev. Barbara Child, chair of the Commission on Appraisal, reported to the Sunday morning Plenary session for the Commission. “Unitarian Universalists far and wide have expressed excitement about our current study called, ‘Who’s in charge here?: The complex relationship between ministry and authority’.” She said the Commission has been engaging in a “focus group […]

G.A. responds to failed Article II revision

Delegates brought a variety of responsive resolutions to the final plenary of the 2009 General Assembly in response to the Commission on Appraisal’s proposed revision of Bylaw Article II (the “Principles and Purposes”). The Rev. Wendy von Zirpolo, president of UU Allies for Racial Equity and minister from Marblehead, Mass., and the Youth Caucus proposed […]

Amendment to Article II fails

By a very close vote, the motion to amend Article II of the UUA Bylaws has failed. The final vote was 573 for and 586 against.

Discontent with revision to Article II

Critics of the Commission on Appraisal’s proposed revision to Article II of the UUA Bylaws—the “Principles and Purposes”—expressed frustrations with the proposal during a Friday evening session in the General Assembly plenary hall. Although a handful of people, including a delegation from the Youth Caucus, spoke in favor of the proposed text, dozens of people […]

Board wants broad conversation about new Principles

Should the UUA revise Article II of its bylaws (the Principles and Purposes)? The Commission on Appraisal has proposed a revision [pdf] following several years of denomination-wide input and review, and this year’s General Assembly will take the first of two votes on the revised text. At its Tuesday, June 22, meeting in Salt Lake […]


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