Amendment 15 to Article II - Proposed by Russ Araujo

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Whereas, bylaws must be written to direct the actions of future persons unknown to us at this time, and

Whereas, to be most effective, an agreement or covenant to which people are held accountable should have a specified scope, be achievable, and have criteria that are sufficiently detailed so as to be clear, and

Whereas, the covenants expressed in the proposed Article 2, though good as aspirational statements, do not have the characteristics for accountability stated above, and

Whereas, organizations, congregations and persons are always free to enter into, and be held accountable to, other covenants that do have the characteristics needed for accountability, and

Whereas, people and organizations found to be out of covenant are often excluded from a group, thus making the Inclusion clause an appropriate place for this amendment,

Be it resolved that the motion for the new Article 2 be amended as follows:

50 Section C-2.4. Inclusion.

51 Systems of power, privilege, and oppression have traditionally created barriers for persons

52 and groups with particular identities, ages, abilities, and histories. We pledge to replace

53 such barriers with ever-widening circles of solidarity and mutual respect. We strive to be

54 an association of congregations that truly welcome all persons who share our values. We

55 commit to being an association of congregations that empowers and enhances everyone’s

56 participation, especially those with historically marginalized identities.

No covenants or pledges expressed in Article II of these bylaws may, by themselves, be used as the basis for the Association or its member organizations to take punitive action against a congregation, organization, or person.


I support this amendment for clarity.

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I strongly support this amendment.

I support this amendment to make it clear that punitive action is not what we are about. We are about heading to the future together, not weeding thru our member congregations, organizations, or individuals to see who is worthy, in our opinions, to go into the future with us.

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Note to any authors/proponents of any amendments that did not pass or were not prioritized. I have heard that this site will be locked on Tuesday. Our public Facebook group, Blue Boat Passengers, created for discussing Article II and GA, will remain open for commenting a couple weeks longer (and still be visible for viewing as a public record afterwards).
Blue Boat Passengers: Info & Constructive Discussion re Article II, etc. | Announcement: This group will soon be suspended | Facebook

Anyone who wishes to use the Blue Boat Passengers group for finding each other and coordinating to do the 15-congregation amendment process may do so while the group remains open (must follow group rules and read pinned post before commenting or posting).

Here are some comments about the 15-congregation amendment process, from Donald Wilson, who used to be on the GA Planning Committee:

"“Unlike how the amendment process was run for this GA (ie at the discretion of the moderators and board), the process you’ve mentioned is bylaw and subject to little to no interpretation. I wouldn’t wait however. You need to get the petition from the UUA Board Secretary in the next couple weeks, and you have to have it turned Into the Board before February 1st.”

“If one congregation has a thought, send an email to 50 others and say “we are discussing X. What do you think?”
That is also the kind of thing that we have District and Regional assemblies for, both in person and virtual.
That is also the type of thing your religious professionals should be talking about at their regular meetings with their colleagues like minister Association chapter meetings.
It is the responsibility of your board president and other trustees to be deeply aware of the affairs of your closest congregations.
You discover by being in relationship and talking to one another.
You coordinate by email and phone call, same as we have for the last quarter century.”

“You don’t even have to have a congregational vote. You just have to get their board to sign off.” ETA: You must check this–rules vary by congregation. Also, look for the UU Governance Lab group on Facebook to connect with Donald Wilson directly.

Also, a comment from another member who was participating on Discuss:
“Some of us are connecting on Slack, mainly to remain in contact with others interested in specific amendments or the amendment process in general at GA 2024.”…/zt-1y0pvelub-YVxUFoPpTrZ…