Amendment 21 to Article II - Proposed by Eugene Atkin

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Insert a new section after existing Principles and before existing Sources:

Types of Action. Accordingly, members
promise to intentionally apply these principles in personal maturation processes
and in such positions of institutional leadership as we may come to hold within
and among congregations, and in the Association. These principles motivate applications in
these kinds of ways:

1. Respect the right of all persons to flourish with dignity and worthiness and to use time, wisdom, and resources to build and sustain fully inclusive communities;

2. Grow as individuals spiritually and ethically;

3. Discern whether our proposed actions are consistent with the birthrights and best self-determined identities of everyone, whether Unitarian Universalist or other;

4. Assess the likely side effects of our proposed actions whether intended or not, and both short term and long term on all affected people, ourselves included;

5. Dismantle in ourselves and our institutions abuses of power rooted in unjust ideas of large-group superiority based on age, national origin, physical challenge, racial or ethnic identity, religion, sexual preference, or socio-economic status;

6. Share, freely and compassionately, our faith, presence, and resources to connect with one another in relationships of interdependence and mutuality; and

7. Create and nurture care and respect for our natural environment, paying attention to consequences of actions done on our behalf, and to actions that promise to repair harm and damaged relationships, thereby honoring our evolving Earth.

It seems that your amendment is to the current Article II Section C-2, not to the Proposed Revision, as there isn’t a principles or a sources subsection in the Proposed Revision.

This all seems like good advice but I’m not sure it belongs in the Bylaws. Also I can’t promise to apply principles though I can promise to try to apply them. And I’m not sure what “motivate applications” means.

Supporters of any amendments that did not pass or were not prioritized. I understand this site will be locked on Tuesday. Our lay-led 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).

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.”

“You don’t even have to have a congregational vote. You just have to get their board to sign off.”