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The General Assembly Business Guide offers an introduction on how to participate in the business brought before the annual General Assembly (GA).

If Certified Your Congregation May

  • Propose Amendments to the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Bylaws in collaboration with 14 other congregations.
  • Propose a Business Resolution or Amendment to Rule in collaboration with 14 other congregations.
  • Petition to propose Amendments to the UUA Bylaws by gathering 250 signatures in collaboration with other congregations.
  • Petition to propose a Business Resolution or Amendment to Rule by gathering 250 signatures in collaboration with other congregations.
  • Vote in the Congregational Poll to determine what appears on the Agenda at General Assembly.
  • Send voting Delegates to General Assembly.

Your District May

  • Write up to three Business Resolutions.
  • Propose Amendments to the UUA Bylaws and Rules.

Business Resolutions and Amendments to Rules

Refer to Article IV of UUA Bylaws and Rules.

A Business Resolution “…directly involves the administration and structure of the Association. Any resolution submitted which, taken as a whole, has as its purpose the making of a statement of social concern or principle shall be deemed to be a Study/Action Issue for Social Justice...” (Rule G-4.18.2)

Who May Submit Resolutions

  • Fifteen collaborating UUA certified (in 2013) member congregations, by action of their governing boards or congregations.
  • A district, by official action at a district meeting at which a quorum is present. (A district may submit no more than three Business Resolutions.)
  • The bearer of a petition signed by 250 members of UUA certified (in 2013) member congregations, with no more than ten members from any one congregation.

How to Write a Business Resolution

Formatting:

Each resolution should have two parts: a preamble and operative paragraph(s).

The first part sets forth the reasons for action, the second part the action desired and the persons or organizations who are requested to act.

Each paragraph in the preamble should begin with “Whereas”; the first operative paragraph with “Be it Resolved that the 20xx General Assembly of the UUA” (urges, recommends, etc.); and successive operative paragraphs with “Be it Further Resolved.”

Each part of a resolution should be:

Accurate: State facts, not opinions or judgments.

Brief: Short statements are more clearly understood than long ones.

Clear: Use direct, straightforward language.

Unified: Limit a resolution to one topic.

How to Submit Resolutions

There are two different forms used for submitting Business Resolutions. Use either Business Resolution or Amendment to Rule by District or Congregations (PDF) or Business Resolution by Petition or Amendment to Rule by Petition (PDF). Submit all the materials together by February 1, 2015.

What Happens Next

Proposed Business Resolutions and Amendments to Rules appear on the Tentative Agenda; In order for a Business Resolution to appear on the Final Agenda, it must receive a majority of votes in the Congregational Poll.

Amendments to the UUA Bylaws

Refer to Article XIV of UUA Bylaws and Rules

Bylaws and Rules are the basic legal guide to the actions of the Association.

Who May Submit Amendments

  • Fifteen collaborating UUA certified (in 2014) member congregations, by action of their governing boards or congregations.
  • A district, by official action at a district meeting at which a quorum is present.
  • The bearer of a petition signed by 250 members of UUA certified (in 2014) member congregations, with no more than ten members from any one congregation.

How to Write Amendment

Proposed amendments must be clear and unambiguous. They should be precise, using words consistent with the context.

Include the basic argument to be used by the proponents.

If other Bylaw sections will be affected, this should be noted.

How to Submit Amendments

Use the form Proposed Amendment to Bylaws (PDF). Submit all materials together by February 1, 2015.

What Happens Next

Proposed amendments to Bylaws appear on the Tentative Agenda, then the Final Agenda for vote by delegates.

For more information contact generalassembly@uua.org.

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Last updated on Wednesday, September 10, 2014.

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