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General Assembly 2010 Event 5005

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The following final draft script was completed before this event took place; actual words spoken may vary. See the UU World General Assembly Blog for up-to-date reporting.

Call to Order

[Moderator Gini Courter speaking]

I now call to order the Sixth Plenary Session of the Forty-Ninth General Assembly [GA] of the Unitarian Universalist Association [UUA].

UU Ministers Association Update on Items of Interest to Congregations

[Moderator Gini Courter speaking]

Please give a warm welcome to the Rev. Bill Hamilton-Holway, President of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association [UUMA].

[Bill speaking]

Good morning. I am Bill Hamilton-Holway, for the last three days and the next three years, the President of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association. We want to share with you our excitement about what is happening with the UUMA.

The mission of the UUMA is to promote excellence in ministry through collegiality and continuing education. With this succinct understanding of our reason for being we focus our attention on creating linkages and providing resources to over 1600 parish, community, and education ministers who are our members.

Additionally, we offer resources to congregations and community agencies concerning ministry.

We have 19 chapters across the United States and groups of ministers in Canada and the larger international community.

We are in a time of major transition. Having developed a new strategic vision we are putting in place the resources to achieve it. Our vision is to become the primary source, working with UUA staff, of continuing education for ministers in fellowship.

We hope those of you who are delegates from congregations with ministers will encourage and support your minister’s participation in this commitment to excellence.

Since last October we have employed our first Executive Director fulltime. As you can imagine, his efforts have transformed all our operations, our ability to produce resources, provide communication linkages, and offer support for our members.

He has attended countless meetings with UUA staff, has had conversations with the presidents of all our chapters, initiated regular electronic communication with all our members, and represented us with other Unitarian Universalist organizations, constantly focusing our energy to promote excellence in ministry.

You will have a chance to meet the Rev. Don Southworth, our Acting Executive Director, in a few minutes but first we want to share with you information about our newly updated code of professional practice and standards.

For the last 45 years the members of the UUMA have affirmed an ethical code for our conduct of ministry. Our Guidelines, including our Covenant and Code of Professional Practice, cover our self-expectations, and our relationships with one another and the congregations and communities we serve. We have high expectations of ourselves and of one another. For, you see, excellence in ministry is a shared enterprise, requiring all of us, ministers and lay people, to make heartfelt commitments to one another, to work together to transform the world toward love and justice.

Our UUMA Guidelines are updated regularly, and we want to share with you our most recent revisions. Please welcome the chair of the UUMA’s Guideline Committee and the Senior Minister of the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, the Rev. Dr. Kendyl Gibbons.

[Rev. Dr. Kendyl Gibbons, Chair, UUMA Guidelines Committee speaking]

Thank you Bill. One of the missions of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association is to articulate the expectations that ministers have of one another as colleagues. The document which spells out these expectations has long been known as the UUMA Guidelines. In it, we describe our aspirations for the vocation we share, and identify both behaviors that will not be tolerated on the part of those fellow ministers we hold in collegial trust, as well as our collective wisdom about the various practices of ministry. This document as it currently exists has been amended and updated many times since the UUMA came into being in 1961, in order to address a sequence of agendas, concerns, and evolving understandings about ministry.

In 2006, the UUMA Executive Committee appointed a task force to take a new look at this document, and undertake a more radical recasting for the sake of more coherent grammar, flow, and inclusion of diverse ministries. Since 2007, I have been the chair of that task force, known as the Guidelines Revision Committee, ably assisted by our initial chair, Wayne Arnasson, as well as Suzelle Lynch, Mark Christian, Roger Brewin, Ken Sawyer, and Jeanne Lloyd.

Our bylaws require that changes to the Guidelines be voted preliminary approval at one UUMA business meeting, then studied by the district chapters for a year, and then approved for a second time before they become final.

We have organized the new document into four sections; a covenant, a code, and a set of standards, as well as an appendix containing samples of various agreements and documents.

The covenant, which is a short statement of our shared aspirations for the calling of ministry, has been voted on twice, and is approved and in use. It can be found at the UUMA website.

The code section, which specifies what behaviors on the part of ministers are actionable by our colleagues—that is to say, that can result in charges of misconduct being brought to the UUMA exec., and lays out the process by which such charges will be resolved—was voted for the first time at last year's meeting, was studied by the chapters during the past year, and was voted final approval at our UUMA business meeting on Wednesday. It will be publicly available at the UUMA website soon.

A complete draft of the standards section, which describes our established customs, best practices, and collective wisdom regarding the work of ministry, was first presented to our colleagues in November, at the minister's convocation in Ottawa. It was initially approved at our meeting on Wednesday, so the chapters will study it during the course of the coming year, and if possible, we will take the final vote to approve it at next year's meeting.

During the coming year, the Guidelines Revision Committee will receive feedback from the UUMA district chapters about the Standards section, and we will be collecting sample contracts, covenants, and letters of agreement relating to various connections that ministers may have with congregations, agencies, or enterprises they may serve, or with one another as colleagues.

It will be important for the delegates to understand that this project reflects the expectations that ministers have of one another; it is not intended to represent the will of the members who those ministers may serve. The expectations to which congregations and their members hold ministers are advocated by the work of the Ministerial Fellowship Committee, which is a committee of the UUA Board of Trustees. The Ministerial Fellowship Committee is informed by the UUMA Guidelines, but is not responsible for either formulating or enforcing them. By the same token, the UUMA executive committee seeks to be responsive to actions and concerns of the Ministerial Fellowship Committee, but is not answerable to that body.

Our hope is that at the end of this revision process, the UU Ministers Association will have an orderly, accessible document whose covenant, code, and standards clearly articulate the meaning of integrity and collegiality for our members. Our learning about how best to do this work never comes to an end, yet we must make provision to share with one another the important wisdom we have accumulated about the conduct that makes ministry possible, and how we may deserve the trust of those with whom we labor, and those we hope to serve.

Now to tell you about some of the new initiatives the UUMA are taking to strengthen our ministry, the Acting Executive Director of the UUMA, the Rev. Don Southworth.

[Rev. Don Southworth, Acting Executive Director, Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association speaking]

Thank you Kendyl. And thank you Gini and delegates for giving us a chance to let you know about some of the exciting work the UUMA is doing and how you and your congregations can help support your ministers in taking part.

The purpose of the UUMA is to nurture excellence in ministry through continuing education and collegiality. We have over 1600 active and retired members who serve you and the greater world in congregations and colleges, hospitals and hospices, community centers and denominational and district offices.

Our members have decided in the last two years that they wish to have a stronger and more vibrant professional association so our ministry and our movement can be a brighter beacon in the world. Our members, your ministers, are paying two to three times higher UUMA dues today than they were two years ago so that they can have better continuing education, deeper collegiality and more resources to help their ministries and the people they serve.

I want to share some details about two of the new programs we will be presenting this year and I want to tell you how you can help. Thanks, in part, to the generosity of some of the Association Sunday collections two years ago, the UUMA will be holding its first CENTER Institute for Excellence in Ministry next February 7-11, 2011, at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California.

The Institute will provide our members a chance to study with some of the brightest minds from Unitarian Universalism and the larger liberal religious world. Areas of study will include preaching, theology, social ethics and justice, multiculturalism, adaptive leadership, growth, history and building religious community. You can learn more about the program at uuma.org. In addition to in depth study we will be reflecting in our worship and in panel discussions on the question, what is required for Unitarian Universalism to live into its promise and become a transformative religion for our people and the world? This will be a transformative week for our ministers and our movement, and I hope you will do everything you can to ensure your minister attends.

A second exciting initiative that our members will be participating in this year will most likely find its way into your congregations as well. In December 2008 the Panel on Theological Education convened a summit on excellence in ministry, in Seattle, with ministers, educators, and leaders throughout the UUA in attendance. Several conversations were initiated using open space technology. One of the more popular topics was titled Whose Are We? which was an opportunity for ministers to discuss their theological perspectives and engage in shared reflection. The UUMA, thanks to grants from the Unitarian Universalist Funding Panel and the Panel on Theological Education, will be engaging in this conversation around the continent in the coming year.

Last weekend, Laurel Hallman and Burton Carley, two of our most esteemed ministers, trained 48 ministers representing every UUMA chapter, the Liberal Religious Educators Association and the Unitarian Universalist Retired Ministers and Partners Association. These ministers will be leading their colleagues in theological reflection and discernment in the coming year on the question, Whose Are We?, and the UUMA will be encouraging its members to preach and write essays on the topic as well. We are planning on making resources available for small group study and we hope that these tools may be used, eventually, in congregations as well. Ministers, believe it or not, do not get much chance to discuss and reflect on theology with their colleagues or with their congregations. We believe this training and the power of having most of our ministers reflecting on this important question, together, has the potential to make a profound difference in our ministries and our movement.

Lastly this morning I want to ask each of you to do everything you can to support your ministers in being able to fully participate in their professional association. Studies have shown that continuing education and collegiality are two of the most critical factors in a minister’s effectiveness and success. We need congregations to work closely with their ministers’—and all their religious professionals’—ongoing education and development, and to make sure there is enough money to fund it as well. If we are to nurture and achieve excellence in ministry in our congregations we need to ensure our congregations, our ministers, our educators, our administrators, our Association work in partnership, together, to shine the light of Unitarian Universalism as brightly as we can to a world in desperate need of our light. We at the UUMA are looking forward to strengthening our ability to support our members and doing our part to be the religion of our time. We look forward to your support. Thank you for all you do to serve this movement we love.

Special Presentation: Dan Aleshire, Executive Director, the Association of Theological Schools on the Future of Ministry

[Moderator Gini Courter speaking]

Breakthrough Congregation: the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Mankato, Minnesota

[Moderator Gini Courter speaking]

We’re ready for our last breakthrough congregation presentation from the UU Fellowship of Mankato, MN.

[Lisa Friedman speaking]

My name is Lisa Friedman, and it is my privilege to serve our congregation as its half-time minister. This is Laura Bealey, President of our congregation, and Kristi Schuck, our Director of Religious Education. We are so glad to have you in Minnesota this General Assembly and we are delighted to share with you some of the spirit of our Southwestern region.

We want to extend our gratitude to Wes Schuck and Dan Dusek of Two Fish Studios for making this video possible. Our video tells the story of how small steps led to giant leaps of faith and growth in our congregation. We want to encourage you that is possible to reach for your dreams, even when your numbers seem small and even when you cannot yet afford full-time staff. We are excited to introduce you to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Mankato, MN. Please run the video!

Video Transcript

[Narrator speaking]

Welcome to the Unitarian Universalism Fellowship of Mankato.

We would like to take you on a journey, a journey of faith. Now that might stir up all sorts of soul searching questions, like why we are here. Do we really have a purpose? What is the true meaning of life?

But I am here to answer the most difficult question of all.

What do you do when you have out grown your britches and you can’t afford a new pair even if one leg wants to stay put while the other has crazy eyes for a new style while you are just sitting there beside yourself wondering what to do next.

We need more bowls!

Well to put that into context we would like to take you on a journey of growth, physical growth.

You see, in the past few years our fellowship had grown from a nice small family size group of about 50 adults to a thriving pastoral size congregation of about 180 people including 60 children. We even have a minister of our own and a new building with plenty of room for those legs to grow. To tell you how we got here we need to take you back a ways and look at how some of our small steps led to giant leaps of faith.

It all started back in the fall of 03 when our Fellowship was faced with a dilemma. The minister that we shared with our sister congregation in the nearby town of Hanska well, she was fixing to retire.

Let’s just place an ad for a minister. It was a quarter time, southern Minnesota. We found ourselves having constant discussions about whether we needed more ministry or more space. And that process continued while we planned for both.

What happened was Nancy Heege called and said, “Check out this person, she’s, she’s, she might be coming to this area.” So she wasn’t responding to the ad necessarily. We got her through networking?

About that time we had the building that we are currently in come on the market. We suddenly found ourselves doing both things at once. Ah, with the necessity to make a lot of decisions in a hurry.

Responsibilities of the job; available quarter time, one day per week, one Sunday per month, or one week per month during which we would schedule Sunday service and board meeting, or generally willing to arrange a workable schedule. (She laughs). Listen to this diplomatic response.

Who wrote it?

Lisa from her application letter.

Oh good, Oh good!

From the package of materials that you have sent and the information available on your website, you appear to be at an exciting turning point in your history with some real opportunities for deciding upon your future. (Laughter) That’s very diplomatic.

Isn’t it.

We had Martha Easter Wells come in from the UUA and work with us on visioning and planning. We had Jerry King come in and talk about capital campaigns. We did our homework. We got, we asked for help. We took in consultants. We did a survey. We did everything based on facts. Like UU’s, we gathered our facts and then we went forward and we did what we needed to do. And we decided we needed to look for a minister.

I feel that when I came in as the minister, I came onto a train that was already moving.

And that train’s next stop was going to be a whole new location. 2,3,4

But while our little Fellowship was finding a new minister and wrestling with the issue of needing more space, were we really ready to change just yet?

If people aren’t willing to take that leap of faith to move on it is difficult to make that move into the future.

But it seems that there were more reasons to move than even we were aware of.

I discovered that as a liberal person there was a liberal faith out there and it was called Unitarian Universalism. Well, as a child who grew up in a UU Church for a while, it had always been something on my mind. I hadn’t been back to a UU Church since probably high school.

The closest congregation was in Mankato and it was over on Pohl Road.

While it’s a very nice building, ah, you cannot see the front door and the parking lot quite frankly didn’t give me the feeling that if I wanted to leave I could get out quickly. And so I, ah, I hesitated and I didn’t, I didn’t go.

I was really excited to see that there was UU church here. And I though, oh, I just don’t know if I am ready to go into a church where maybe it’s a bunch of liberal deep thinkers meeting in somebody’s living room. It felt a little too, too intimate for me.

Well, it was shortly after that initial drive by that I did that, I discovered that the Fellowship had relocated to their new home. I could see the door. I could see the front door, the parking lot was clearly defined in such a way that I knew that I could park somewhere and I knew where the exits were, so ah, ah, I came.

I think the act of taking our chalice and the formality we had in ending our Residence in that building and picking up the chalice and taking it across town and putting it in this building, I thought was a lovely ceremony and somehow or another I ah, I made the change.

Now, of course, to be in even a bigger building and be part of the community religious atmosphere is really remarkable. The new church it’s a lot bigger. and the new church right now we have a whole corner of the new church downstairs that the kids can go around and play in.

We each made our own chalices. We drew them. And then we painted over one of the walls in our room. I like that we have a lot of space outside and it’s by the river. It’s cool.

It may have been cool, but change is never easy and we were going through a lot of change. I wonder what our new minister thought?

The common wisdom is that you do not kick off a capital campaign in the first year of a new ministry.

And one of the things we decided to do was to get help from the UUA.

Some other members and I attended a growth workshop sponsored by Prairie Star District with Kathy Wimmet presenting and we later invited her to visit the congregation and, and help us go through the struggle of what kind of growth we wanted. Communication times 10 was one thing that comes to mind.

We would start with a board meeting and make sure everybody, uhm, had a chance to talk about these things and we always strived for consensus if we can get it on a board meeting. But then opening up to the larger congregation we would have meetings often on a Sunday after a Sunday service.

Communication times 10. No matter what you say, say it again, say it a different way. Just because we are sitting in committee meetings and knowing what’s going on, that doesn’t mean that the people that weren’t there are going to know this.

There were a lot of very passionate discussions about what the future would be.

And in the end, after all the meetings and all the discussions, ah, we had a 90% vote in favor of moving to the new space.

One of the concerns when we started, of course, are we going to be able to raise the money to move into the new facility. And ah, we exceeded our expectations.

We continued to spend money. We increased ministry time. We also hired an RE Director for the first time. Ah, these were big decisions, ah, and we needed the whole congregation to buy into that. Yes, we were growing but the money we were doing took a little bit of a leap of faith. We had to take a small jump and say, yes we can do this.

You can change the world with your love.

That they so embraced the number of kids that showed up every day, they were so excited. They want the children to have name tags so they can call them by their name and that, and it’s, and it’s so multi-intergenerational it leaves such an impression on me every week. Because not only does it make my job easy and makes my children, personally, enjoy coming here, which is awesome.

Ah, it just makes it work. The families pick up on that energy and I think that’s why they come back every week, because they know this is a place that they’re welcome.

It is wonderful to see the number of children that we have. Cause I remember back when we had one child, that’s what we had. At one time I think there were 6 adults at the, at the Sunday service, and I was 67 and, you know, I was the youth there.

I think that without the children we would never have grown. It was important I think to us that our children have the same feelings spiritually that we had.

As we were making these difficult decisions we didn’t realize how it was affecting the growth of everything else.

The great things about the growth we discovered is that we have new groups springing up. The Social Concerns Committee, they’re doing things that other people are getting involved in. At the beginning we called it Social Concerns, then we changed it to Social Action Because we wanted to have the message that we’re going to do something. It’s not just going to be, you know, talking about things. What is interesting though, is that people have started bringing projects to us and we no longer have to develop those projects.

This past year we did a Peace Pole and educational piece around that.

We also started a KIVA project. We have now loaned about $22,000 to people who are entrepreneurs throughout the world. We have a big world map in our social hall that shows where we have made those donations. I just feel very very grateful to belong here and then to also be able to reach out in so many ways.

We have a Humanities Series that is bringing the community into us. I had an idea that I would like to start a Humanities Series to provide an educational experience for the greater Mankato area. Topics have included Civil Liberties by Coleen Rowley, FBI Whistleblower and Time Magazine 2002 Person of the Year.

And so I just put it on the back burner. I didn’t do much with my faith at all, until I saw the advertisement in the newspaper about having Coleen Rowley speak for your Humanity series. And it was going to be at the new location which is the church that it is today. And I decided to go to that. And when I saw this was a professional church and the room was filled with people from the church and from the community, I thought this might be the right place. This might be the right time and that’s when I had that breakthrough. That this is the church for me. This is where I’m comfortable. This is the religious education I want my children to have, because I feel 100% behind it.

It is important to me that we have a liberal presence in this town and we are becoming more observable, more noticeable and I think that is important.

So that’s how we became who we are today. I hope you have enjoyed our story and maybe even learned something for yourself. And don’t be afraid to take those small steps. They just may help lead you through those giant leaps of faith.

[Choir singing]

One small step
Bringing us all a little bit closer
One small step beginning today
If we all join hand in hand
Every nation every land
We can take one small step
And lead the way
I got soul but I’m not a soldier

Report from the Commission on Appraisal

[Moderator Gini Courter speaking]

Please welcome the chair of the Commission on Appraisal, the Reverend Barbara Child.

[Barbara Child speaking]

I bring you greetings from your Commission on Appraisal. [Slide 1] It is a pleasure to tell you that after a year of surveys, interviews, and our shared discernment, we have launched a new study. We call it: “Who’s In Charge Here?—The Complex Relationship between Ministry and Authority.” [Slide 2]

We will probe the very nature of ministry and where any of us—ordained or lay—gets the authority to call what we do ministry. And we will investigate the phenomenon of professional ministries encountering difficulties, sometimes ending, at least partly because of differences with laity over the nature and scope of ministerial authority.

You might like to know who we are—more particularly who we are to undertake this study. We are elected by General Assembly delegates, none appointed, and we are charged by UUA bylaw with acting independently. Our mission is to provoke reflection and evoke creative transformation of Unitarian Universalism, our congregations, and the Unitarian Universalist Association.

My beloved colleagues who join me in this work are: [Slide 3]

Rev. Erica Baron, serving congregations in Bennington and Rutland, VT; [Slide 4]

Ms. Megan Dowdell, who was co-convener of the UUA Consultation on Youth Ministry, and is now a doctoral student in ethics and social theory at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA; [Slide 5]

Mr. Pete Fontneau, Springfield, VA, active lay leader at Accotink UU Church and student at Wesley Theological Seminary; [Slide 6]

Ms. Bev Harrison, Campbell, CA, and Foster, RI, active lay leader in our San Jose congregation; [Slide 7]

Rev. Dr. Nana’ Kratochvil, Minister Emerita in Muskegon, MI, and consulting minister in Mt. Pleasant, MI, as well as a Ministerial Settlement Representative in the Heartland District; [Slide 8]
Mr. Don Mohr, active lay leader and in-coming co-President of our congregation in Columbia, SC; [Slide 9]

Mr. Michael Ohlrogge, Oakland, CA, on his way to law school at Stanford, having been a Groundwork Trainer in Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression and Multiculturalism competency and also co-creator of the YRUU Chaplain Training Program; [Slide 10]

Ms. Jacqui C. Williams, Albany, NY, Beyond Categorical Thinking trainer and co-chair of the St. Lawrence District’s anti-racism and anti-oppression work group; [Slide 11]

And I am Rev. Barbara Child, Nashville, in, having just retired from my interim ministry at the UU Church of Indianapolis and my term as chair of the Interim Ministry Guild. I am also a Ministerial Settlement Representative in the Heartland District, and I chair this Commission through next June.

As we get our study underway, we will proceed with focus groups and in-depth case studies. We will ask questions like: [Slide 12]

Where does ministerial authority in our congregations come from? [Slide 13] How is it exercised? [Slide 14]

Is a lack of understanding of authority partly responsible for keeping many congregations and our Association small? [Slide 15]

How can we comprehend a source of authority grounded in our covenantal faith that can help us towards health and growth?

You can follow our study—and let us know if you would like to participate in it—through our web page. [Slide 16]

We would love to hear from you.

Commission on Appraisal Annual Report (PDF)

Debate and Vote on Business Resolution: The Green Revolution in Religion

[Business Resolution: The Green Revolution in Religion (Passed)]

[Moderator Gini Courter speaking]

Our first item of business today is to consider and vote on the proposed Business Resolution entitled: “The Green Revolution in Religion.” The text is found at page 32 of the Final Agenda.

Motion

Moved: That the Business Resolution entitled “The Green Revolution in Religion” found at page 32 of the Final Agenda be adopted by this Assembly.

[Moderator Gini Courter speaking]

I call upon ________________________, trustee from _____________________, to give the position of the Board of Trustees.

[Debate occurs]

[Moderator Gini Courter speaking]

There being no time for further discussion, a vote is in order. All those in favor of the Business Resolution entitled “The Green Revolution in Religion” please raise your voting cards (pause). Opposed (pause).

[Announce Results. A two-thirds vote is required to adopt a Business Resolution. Bylaw Section 4.11.]

Song: “Rising Green”

[John Hubert speaking]

In recognition of our work for environmental justice, I chose the song “Rising Green” #1068 in Singing the Journey so that we may include it in our hymns that honor the earth. The composer of this song is Carolyn McDade, who also wrote UU standards such as “Spirit of Life” and “Come Sing a Song With Me.” We are joined this afternoon by Eleanor Toth from Harvard UU Church in Harvard, MA. Please rise in body or spirit as I sing this through once for you and then you can come in on the first verse.

My blood doth rise in the roots of yon oak.
Her sap doth run in my veins.
Boundless my soul like the open sky where the stars forever have lain
Where the stars, Where the stars, where the stars forever have lain

My blood doth rise in the roots of yon oak.
Her sap doth run in my veins.
Boundless my soul like the open sky where the stars forever have lain
Where the stars, Where the stars, where the stars forever have lain

My hands hold the weavings of time without end
My sight as deep as the sea.
Beating my heart sounds the measures of old, that of love’s eternity
That of love, that of love, that of love’s eternity

I feel the tides as they answer the moon rushing on a far distant sand
Winging my song is the wind of my breast and my love blows over the land
And my love, and my love, and my love blows over the land.

My foot carries days of old into new, our dreaming shows us the way.
Wondrous our faith settles deep in the earth, rising green to bring a new day.
Rising green, rising green, rising green to bring a new day.

Debate and Vote on Proposed Amendments to Bylaw Sections 5.1, 5.2, 5.7, 8.3, 9.4 and 9.5: Changes to Nomination, Election, and Terms of President and Moderator

[Moderator Gini Courter speaking]

The next item of business is to consider and vote upon proposed amendments to Bylaw Sections 5.1, 5.2, 5.7, 8.3, 9.4 and 9.5. These sections all concern the nomination, election and terms of the President and Moderator. The text of the proposed amendments may be found at pages 25-27 of the Final Agenda.

Will the Chair of the Planning Committee make the appropriate motion.

Motion

Moved: That the proposed Amendments to Bylaw Section 5.1, 5.2, 5.7, 8.3, 9.4 and 9.5 as shown on pages 25-27 of the Final Agenda be adopted by this Assembly.

[Moderator Gini Courter speaking]

I call upon ________________________, trustee from _____________________, to give the position of the Board of Trustees.

[Debate occurs]

[Moderator Gini Courter speaking]

There being no time for further discussion, a vote is in order. All those in favor of the proposed Amendments to Bylaw Section 5.1, 5.2, 5.7, 8.3, 9.4 and 9.5 please raise your voting cards (pause). Opposed (pause).

[Announce Results. A two-thirds vote is required to adopt a Business Resolution. Bylaw Section 4.11.]

Recess

[Moderator Gini Courter speaking]

There being no further business to come before us and in accordance with the schedule set forth in your final agenda, I declare that this Plenary Session of the General Assembly shall stand in recess until this afternoon, Sunday, June 27th at 2:15 p.m.

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