General Assembly delegate report

Dear friends,

It was our pleasure to serve our congregation as delegates to this year’s UU General Assembly.  We have assembled a rather lengthy report, which can be found here.  We’ll also bring a few paper copies to church this Sunday.

But if you just prefer the highlights, here are a few:

  • We elected Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray to a six-year term as president of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
  • We wrestled in creative ways with the question of how Unitarian Universalism is shaped and distorted by patterns of white supremacy in the larger culture.
  • We approved a new Statement of Conscience on “Escalating Economic Inequality,” available at http://www.uua.org/economic/escalatinginequality/escalating-inequality .
  • We received a booklength report from the Commission on Appraisal entitled Class Action: The Struggle with Class in Unitarian Universalism.
  • We amended the UU Second Source to read “words and deeds of prophetic people,” rather than “prophetic men and women.”
  • We authorized a study commission to explore adding an Eighth UU Principle, “to affirm and promote Journeying toward spiritual wholeness by building a diverse, multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.” This commission might explore other changes to the Principles and Sources.
  • The UUA Board reaffirmed its commitment to raise $5 million for the work of Black Lives of UU, building on the board’s initial grant of $300,000 to that organization.
  • We experimented with new models of collaborative leadership, following the lead of interim co-presidents Sofia Betancourt, Bill Sinkford, and Leon Spencer.
  • Our own Rev. Marta Valentin was one of a panel of speakers in the UU Ministers’ Association’s annual Berry Street Essay.

Thanks to all of you for giving us the opportunity to serve!

Dan & Tammy McKanan

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