Amendment 23 to Article II - Proposed by Rosemary White

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34 Transformation. We embrace possibilities [adapt to the] in an always changing world.
35 We covenant to grow spiritually and ethically, accept ourselves and one another, and collectively advance transformations that embody Love.
[collectively transform and grow spiritually and ethically.] Openness to change
36 is fundamental to our Unitarian and Universalist heritages, never complete and never perfect.

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I like it!

I just wonder about one thing: would it make sense to switch the order from
grow spiritually and ethically, accept ourselves and one another, to the reverse: “accept ourselves and one another” (as we are), then, “grow spiritually and ethically”?

In the current 3rd Principle, it says “Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth. . . .”

(I also wonder what you think of my wording of this Value in Amendment 24:
Change. We need stability, but we also creatively adapt with the changing world.
We both accept each other as we are and encourage each other to grow spiritually and ethically. Openness to change is fundamental to our Living Tradition, never complete and never perfect.)

To authors of amendments that weren’t heard and others still in the conversation: I understand that 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.” 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…