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10 Section C-2.2. Values and Covenant.
11 As Unitarian Universalists, we covenant, congregation-to-congregation and through our
12 association, to support [and assist] one another in our ministries. [We draw from our heritages of
13 freedom, reason, hope, and courage, building on the foundation of love.]
14 Love is living our shared values through action. We model Beloved Community through peace, compassion and dignity for all beings. [is the power that holds us together and is at the center of our shared values.] We are
15 accountable to one another for doing this [the] work [of living our shared values through the spiritual
16 discipline of Love].
17 Inseparable from one another, our [these] shared values are:
I heard that people were confused about what LOVE means – within our communities and out in the world with those we may not like or respect. We can express love to all regardless of our feelings by adhering to and practicing our values. I also feel that all of that stated values are important to creating Beloved Community so it makes sense to me to mention it in the Covenant section (not just under Justice). Amendment 55 also clarifies what LOVE is.
I understand that this site will be locked on Tuesday. For those still in the conversation, 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, 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.”
*Also, look for the UU Governance Lab group on Facebook to connect with Donald Wilson directly.