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Business & Social Witness at General Assembly 2011

Minutes 

Minutes from the 50th General Assembly (PDF, 30 pages), June 22-26, 2011, held in Charlotte, NC.

Plenaries and Mini-Assemblies

All business of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) General Assembly is conducted in Plenary sessions. Mini-Assemblies offered opportunities in small sessions for delegates to speak on issues, find out more about individual business items before a vote in plenary, and propose amendments to the business item.

  • Plenary I (Wednesday, June 22)
    • New Congregations
    • Rules of Procedure
    • Youth Caucus and Young Adult Caucus Managers
    • Right Relationships Team
       
  • Plenary II (Thursday, June 23)
    • Business Agenda and Mini-Assembly Overview for GA 2011
       
  • Plenary III (Friday, June 24)
    • Recognition of District Presidents
    • Preliminary Credentials Report
    • Breakthrough Congregation: Westside UU
    • Remarks from President-Designate, Rissho Kosei-kai
    • Debate/Vote on the Proposed Statement of Conscience: Ethical Eating
    • 2011-2012 Budget Report
       
  • Plenary IV (Saturday, June 25)
    • GA Planning Committee
    • International Guests
    • O. Eugene Pickett Award
    • Report from Beacon Press
    • Breakthrough Congregation: UU Congregation of Beaufort
    • UU Women’s Federation Report
    • UU United Nations Office Report
    • UU Service Committee Report
    • Distinguished Service Award
    • Financial Advisor’s Report
    • Election of Candidates
    • Report of the UUA Board of Trustees
    • Update: Gathered Here
    • Debate/Vote on Proposed Amendment to Modify the Conditions for Appointment to the MFC (Passed)
    • Debate/Vote on Proposed Amendment to Recognize the Southeast District (Passed)
    • Votes to Admit or Not Admit Actions of Immediate Witness to the Agenda
       
  • Plenary V (Saturday, June 25)
    • Recognition of Departed Donors
    • Report of the Committee on Socially Responsible Investing
    • Breakthrough Congregation: UU Church of Peoria
    • UUA President’s Report
    • Update on GA 2012 in Arizona
    • Special Collection to Support Our Immigration Ministry
    • Debate/Vote on Proposed Amendments to Reduce the Size of the UUA Board (Passed)
    • Debate/Vote on Proposed Amendments to Change the Term for Persons Serving on the Nominating Committee (Passed)
       
  • Plenary VI (Sunday, June 26)
  • Plenary VII (Sunday, June 26)
    • Report of the Journey Toward Wholeness Transformation Committee
    • Debate/Vote on Proposed Amendments Related to “Associate Ministerial Fellowship” (Passed)
    • Debate/Vote on Proposed Amendment to Enable Off-site Participation (Passed)
    • Debate/Vote on Proposed Bylaw and Rule Changes to Eliminate GA Actions of Immediate Witness (AIWs) (Failed)
    • Debate/Vote on Proposed Bylaw and Rule Changes to Eliminate GA AIWs in 2012 and Reinstate them in 2013 (Passed)
    • Moderator’s Report
    • Recognizing the Volunteers and Staff
    • Responsive Resolutions
    • Installation of Newly Elected Servants of the Association

Public Witness Event

Social Justice Statements

All 2011 Social Justice Statements

Statement of Conscience: Ethical Eating

Actions of Immediate Witness

Responsive Resolutions

Proposed Bylaw and Rule Amendments

Related to the Religious Education Credentialing Committee

Related to “Associate Ministerial Fellowship”

Section 4.12, Replacing “Advocacy and Witness staff” with “staff”

Rule G-13.2.1, to Recognize the Southeast District

Section 7.6, to Modify the Conditions for Appointment to the MFC

Related to Reducing the Size of the UUA Board from 26 Persons to 14

Related to Changing the Term for Persons Serving on the Nominating Committee

Related to Member Congregations

Article XV

Section 4.5, to Enable Off-site [GA] Participation

Related to Eliminating Actions of Immediate Witness

Related to Eliminating Actions of Immediate Witness in 2012, Reconstituting Them in 2013, and Modifying the Process for Submission

Annual Reports to the General Assembly

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A GA 2011 off-site trial provided an alternative way for congregational delegates to participate in the business of the Association. Off-site delegates watched live streaming video of Plenary Sessions, "virtually" queued up to speak, and voted with the "live" delegates. Bylaw amendments passed by on-site delegates this year will allow next year's off-site delegates' votes to be counted.
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Delegates met to discuss proposed changes to the draft Statement of Conscience on "Ethical Eating" during a Thursday mini-assembly. The General Assembly passed an amended Statement of Conscience during Friday morning's plenary session.

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