We recently shared with you some of what has been happening in the wider UU community and the UUA including the proposed significant changes to Article II of the UUA by-laws.
This is the article that currently includes:
a list of the seven Principles of the Association of UU congregations,
a list of the six Sources of the Association,
the Purposes of the Association,
statements of inclusion and of freedom of belief.
Article II articulates the covenant at the heart of the Association of Unitarian Universalist Congregations!
Before a final revised draft of this Article is presented to the UUA Board in January, the Article II Study Commission is inviting all to participate in a feedback process.
To that end, the Commission invites YOU to:
read the new version of Article II — observing how it makes you feel, what it makes you think, and what responses or suggestions you have for the Commission
participate in Zoom feedback sessions hosted by the Commission to be held
Wednesday, 11/09 at 8 p.m. Eastern (register)
Thursday, 11/10 at 7 p.m. Eastern (register)
Saturday, 11/12 at 3 p.m. Eastern (register)
Sunday, 11/13 at 2 p.m. Eastern (register)
Monday, 11/14 at 9 p.m. Eastern (register)
share your feedback with the Commission through this online Google form.
The UUA by-laws mandate that Article II be reviewed and possibly revised every so many years. To that end, the UUA Board of Trustees appointed the most recent Article II Study Commission and charged it:
…to review Article II of the UUA Bylaws, and propose any revisions that will enable our UUA, our member congregations, and our covenanted communities to be a relevant and powerful force for spiritual and moral growth, healing, and justice. Proposed changes should articulate core UU theological values…
…the Commission is free to revise, replace, or restructure [the sections] as needed to meet the objectives stated above. There is nothing sacred about the number of principles or sources, nor their specific wordings, nor in the way that Article II is laid out. [source]
Assuming approval by the UUA Board of Trustees in January, the new Article II will be the subject of mini-Assemblies before an initial vote at General Assembly 2023. If it passes that delegate vote by a majority, it will require a 2/3 majority vote at General Assembly 2024 to become the new Article II of the Bylaws.