#92 | Tim Bartik | Broaden Inclusion Definition

Submission 92
Tim Bartik
Free-range Unitarian

What is your suggestion or idea?

Section 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., and perspectives. 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 welcome all persons who broadly share our values. even if they differ on the best means to reach the goals represented by those values. We commit to being an association of congregations that empowers and enhances everyone’s participation, especially those with historically marginalized identities.., or those with diverse perspectives that may differ from our own. Therefore, our association will seek to use its various communications media to reflect the full diversity of identities and perspectives within our congregations.

What is the reason for your amendment idea?

This amendment seeks to strengten this inclusion section by adding the inclusion of persons with diverse perspectives, who may share our goals but differ on the best means. Furthermore, this amendment seeks to move from rhetoric to action by asking the UUA to use its communications media to reflect the diversity of both identities and perspectives within our congregations.

Have you discussed this idea with your congregation or other UUs?

Discussed at Blue Boat Passengers Facebook group: Blue Boat Passengers: Info & Constructive Discussion re Article II, etc. | Facebook


I would love to see an amendment like this.


I have seen other amendments that seek to take out “share our values” – but here I take a somewhat different tack, by making it clear that we can disagree on the best means to possible social justice goals. My view is that this helps avoid some possible bad interpretations of what “share our values” means.


I love the last sentence of Tim’s suggested amendment. We need the UUA itself affirmatively to practice tolerance, deliberation, and transparency.

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Thanks. I tried to add something actionable, where possible, to the Bylaws.

Perhaps this would require bringing back differences of opinion in UU World which has basically become just a propaganda rag. A good start would be to bring back letters to the editor.


You may be describing the heart of the problem of the Article II proposed revisions. The revisions focus on empowering the voice of a historically marginalized group of people rather than addressing racism in all its different forms. The revisions do not encourage diverse perspectives on how to become spiritual centers for anti-racism. The revision gives the UUA authority to direct how we are to dismantlement racism which may not be suitable for all congregations.


I agree about letters to the editor, and also 4 issues a year—saving $150,000 in such a big multimillion-dollar budget is an absurd reason to cut what could be an excellent outreach magazine.

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I agree that the UUA allowing diversity of perspectives in UU World would be carrying out the spirit of this Bylaw Amendment. Of course, since everything is a matter of interpretation, ultimately changing how the UUA operates may depend upon who is elected to the Board.

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