Amendment 35 to Article II - Proposed by Bob McArthur

Bold underlining indicate insertion; [brackets indicate deletion.]

1 Article II Purposes and Covenant

2 Section C-2.1. Purposes.
3 The Unitarian Universalist Association will devote its resources to and use its organizational
4 powers for religious, educational, and humanitarian purposes. Its primary purposes are
5 to assist congregations in their vital ministries, support and train leaders both lay and
6 professional, to foster lifelong [faith formation] religious exploration, to [heal historic injustices] work for social justice, and to advance our
7 Unitarian Universalist values in the world.
[8 The purpose of the Unitarian Universalist Association is to actively engage its members in the
9 transformation of the world through liberating Love.]


I proposed this amendment that edits Section 2-1 Purposes in the revised Article 2. I believe the freestanding sentence in lines 8-9 is too vague to appear in the UUA Bylaws. It also seems to conflict with the sentence in lines 4-7 that delineates the “primary purposes” of UUA. Similarly, the phrases " faith formation" and " heal historic injustices" are to vague to usefully describe what UUA actually does.

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I like and support this amendment.

I think the most important part of amendments for purposes are the cluauses that address “the UUA serves the congregations” in the several purposes ammendments offered.

historic injustices is inclusive of social justice. I personally like faith formation (however you find it) and religious exploration is a part.

Take a look at amendment 28 as well to see if you can combine or resolve.

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).
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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 also please see the notice of pending suspension that is pinned in the group).

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…