UU Fellowship of Madison County (Richmond, KY) 3726
What is your suggestion or idea?
“Include people interested in but not yet sharing our values!”
C-2.4. Inclusion. 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. We strive to be an association of congregations that truly welcomes all persons
who share our values. We commit to being an association of congregations and that empowers and enhances everyone’s participation , especially those with historically marginalized identities .
What is the reason for your amendment idea?
The 3rd sentence is outright objectionable unless amended: it seems to imply that we may specifically exclude those who do not already share our values. There was debate in our congregation about whether to amend the phrase in the 3rd sentence to “persons who seek to learn about and share our values,” but instead we decided to simply strike out the entire phrase.
The last phrase of the 4th paragraph seemed to some of us to be repetitive, unnecessary, and even a little condescending, so we decided to remove it.
At that point it made more sense to combine the 3rd and 4th sentences, since they both have similar structures and are fairly short.
Have you discussed this idea with your congregation or other UUs?
Our Fellowship had a democratic approach to the Amendment process. While a straw poll indicated a slim majority would prefer to keep Article II as it is, the other votes indicated we should try to come up with Amendments that could conceivably change some ““no”” votes to ““yes.”” We began writing this Amendment in response to input from the Fellowship during two Sunday Services. We later word-smithed a suggested Amendment with our weekly zoom group. Finally, the full Fellowship had an opportunity to review this written Amendment. No objections were voiced.