UUA divests from fossil fuels

General Session VI Debate and vote on Divestment. Cindy Davidson, board member of UU Ministry for Earth © Nancy Pierce/UUA.

On Saturday afternoon General Assembly delegates overwhelmingly approved divesting the Unitarian Universalist Association of most of its investments in companies that produce or process fossil fuels, including oil, natural gas, and coal. The vote was held after the required 30 minutes of debate, during which speakers were divided nearly evenly among supporters and opponents. Opponents […]

Passed: fossil fuel divestment AIW

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General Assembly delegates voted overwhelmingly Sunday afternoon to adopt the Action of Immediate Witness “Consider Divestment from the Fossil Fuel Industry,” which calls for delegates to “begin a denomination-wide conversation within their congregations about divesting from fossil fuels or exercising shareholder influence.” During debate on the plenary floor, those at the “con” microphone primarily focused […]

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: […]

Divestment, shareholder advocacy hot topic at GA

Thursday evening witness event.

A growing topic of conversation among UU congregations is: How can the way we invest our money help combat global climate change? More than 50 delegates and other General Assembly attendees gathered Thursday afternoon to hear a four-person panel discuss how climate change is affecting socially responsible investing and how the Unitarian Universalist Association is […]

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