Final Agenda for the 2011 General Assembly is Now Online

The Final Agenda for the 2011 General Assembly is now online. It contains substantive proposed amendments to the UUA Bylaws that were added to the agenda by the Board of Trustees after the Tentative Agenda was posted in March. Congregations are encouraged carefully review the Final Agenda and discuss the business items with their delegates.

Some of the proposed UUA Bylaw amendments would:

  • Reduce the size of the UUA Board from 26 persons to 14, change the process of electing Trustees, and shorten their terms of service
  • Modify the term of persons serving on the Nominating Committee
  • Introduce a mini-assembly process in the first year of a two year process to amend Article II of the UUA Bylaws, The Principles and Purposes
  • Eliminate Actions of Immediate Witness at General Assembly, or
  • Eliminate Actions of Immediate Witness at General Assembly in 2012, reconstitute them beginning with the 2013 General Assembly, and modify the process for submission

Delegates will also debate and vote on whether to adopt the draft Statement of Conscience Ethical Eating: Food & Environmental Justice.

GA Delegate Credentials On Their Way to Certified Congregations

Due to technological advancements in both the congregational certification process and the way the Association produces delegate credentials, we are able to send credentials to congregations about two months ahead of the bylaw mandated deadline (forty-five days prior to each General Assembly).  Check to see if your congregation is certified.

Envelope containing GA Delegate Credentials
GA delegate credentials were mailed to certified congregations in a BRIGHT PINK 9"x12” envelope.

This is an exciting development because the UUA is now able to engage congregations to select their delegates, make plans, and raise money for GA when registration and housing open in March, rather than in May.  This will hopefully foster more discussion in our congregations around who will represent them at GA and how the congregation can support its delegates, rather than simply handing out credentials to whomever has already made plans to attend.

In addition to encouraging participation in our democratic process, the early production and mailing of credentials has allowed two major General Assembly mailings to be combined.  For the first time, credentials will arrive with the annual Notice of Meeting, a comprehensive booklet with information about traveling to GA, the program schedule, information for first-time attendees, the Tentative Agenda, and other GA related materials.

The Tentative Agenda contains the Report of the Commission on Social Witness, the draft Statement of Conscience “Peacemaking,” and proposed Study/Action Issues for 2010-2014.  It also includes amendments to UUA Bylaws and Rules providing for the removal of committee and board members for cause and relating to the election of President and Moderator, and a Business Resolution submitted by the Ballou Channing District, “Green Revolution.”

Delegate credentials were sent together with the Notice of Meeting in BRIGHT PINK 9″x12” envelopes. They should arrive at certified congregations during the first week of March. Registration and housing reservations for General Assembly open March 1. Encourage your congregation’s leadership to make plans for General Assembly now!