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General Assembly Report

Your General Assembly Delegates have been hard at work studying and selecting the next few years’ actions of the UUA and congregations, voting on bylaw changes, attending workshops and discussing a variety of topics with old and new friends from UU congregations across the world. Many thanks to all our delegates! Online: Carmen Bell-Delgado, Tonia Bell Delgado, Lois Morris; In Kansas City: Giovanni Maiorano, Nancy Pinson, Paul Pinson, Linda Sanders, Richard Speck. For a report of the outcomes of our business there, click on this link.

To better understand the report, here are a few definitions:

Congregational Study Action/Issue: issues selected by Unitarian Universalist member congregations for four years of study, reflection and action. In the third year of this process, delegates at GA can vote to approve a Statement of Conscience (SOC) resulting from three years of congregational feedback on the CSAI. A fourth year is devoted to implementation. For more detail on the CSAIs, including text of the two CSAIs that were considered this year, and those that were adopted in previous years, click on this link.

Action of Immediate Witness: expresses the conscience and carries the authority of the delegates at the GA at which it is passed. AIWs are initiated by individual delegates and move through their entire creation and adoption process during a single GA. This year there were six AIWs proposed, from which we selected three to discuss and vote on. While all three passed, all six are actions we may review and decide if they fit with our social justice work at First Unitarian. Here are the titles of all six; the first three were adopted; descriptions of each of these are in the document at this link.
* End Family Separation and Detention of Asylum Seekers and Abolish ICE
* Dismantle Predatory Medical Care Practices in Prisons and End Prisons for Profit
* We Are All Related: Solidarity NOW with Indigenous Water Protectors
* End Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children
* Join the Poor People’s Campaign
* A Moral Response to the March for Our Lives

Proposed Bylaw changes can be found in the GA Final Agenda

Nancy Pinson on behalf of our First Unitarian Church delegates to the 2018 UUA General Assembly in Kansas City, Missouri