Thanks for your email and if possible please share this with the delegate you mentioned who might be able to assist:
UU peace Proponents:
Mac Goekler, founding President of the UU Peace Member Network, uupmn.org, assisted me in revising the proposal I submitted for the A2SC discussion this coming Thursday. As a delegate from his Delaware congregation Mac will be submitting it as an Amendment. Given Mac’s UUA GA experience and A2SC contacts I hope his sponsorship will increase the likelihood of its receiving priority consideration as the Amendment process goes forward.
Turnout and support in the online discussion this coming Thursday will we believe be important in determining which of the numerous proposals being submitted are selected for priority consideration. Thus I write to ask for whatever help you can provide as a participant or by soliciting other supporters for this Thursday’s breakout sessions for folks proposing an additional value such as peace— especially since I will be at an innocence project fundraiser featuring John Grisham and only able to show up using my iPhone Zoom but without actively taking part in the discussion or break out sessions. Mac will be contacting the uupm network for support.
At a breakout session last Thursday a proponent for additional sources shared her own computer screen display of her idea and that generated considerable support during the first of three 20 minute break sessions I attended. It would be great if those supporting the addition of Peace as a value could display the accompanying 3 part proposal that Mac and I co-authored and help us identify other participants in Thursdays sessions likely to provide support. Last week I was able to save the chat from a breakout session to share with others unable to attend who wanted to identify like minded delegates for collaboration.
Thanks for whatever help you can provide.
UUs of Southern Delaware (Lewes DE)
UU Peace Ministry Network (President)
A three part amendment
Section C-2. Values and Covenant
- Add Peace to the graphic.
Change: Inseparable from one another, these our shared values are:
- Add Value (Peace)
- “We dedicate ourselves to peaceful conflict resolution at all levels.”
- Covenant (Peace)
- “We covenant to promote a peaceful world community with liberty and human rights for all. Whenever and wherever possible we will use nonviolent means to achieve peace.”
What is the reason for your amendment idea?
UUs have a distinguished history of international engagement through the UU Service Committee, the Holdeen Project, Partner Church program, UN office and other initiatives inspired by our current 6th Principle and the 2010 Statement of Conscience “Creating Peace.” UU Congregations nationwide affirm that commitment with front yard poles displaying the word “peace” in different languages. Our fundamental, longstanding commitment to peace should be clearly articulated to avoid the impression that UUs no longer embrace that goal.
Phrases and terms from six of the current seven principles appear in the six values statements proposed by the A2SC. Adding Peace as a seventh value with language drawn from the current 6th Principle could help win the support of some undecided UU delegates concerned about replacing the seven principles.
Have you discussed this idea with your congregation or other UUs?
The amendment’s two co-authors Mac Goekler and Howard Tolley (UU Church of Tucson) shared this idea and supporting rationale with over twenty UUs, including Ministers and GA delegates from nine UU congregations in Ohio, Delaware, Illinois, and Arizona. Those who responded all offered strong support, and the proposal and rationale were revised after receiving helpful suggestions. The UU Peace Ministry Network unanimously supports this amendment package.
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