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New Topic: Class

The Commission on Appraisal is excited to announce that our next study topic will be "Class." It is our hope that we can contribute to an understanding of how class structures in our society impact us as we build the Beloved Community.

Over the next 3 years, we will examine how class affects our movement, with particular emphasis on intersectionality, inclusion, congregational culture, and how different class roles can contribute to our work for justice and liberation. We will explore our theologies of class, and examine the ways in which classism and structures of class privilege might create barriers to our depth of faith.

We believe that this work will be ongoing, and we want to make it possible for it to be carried on and extended when our work as a Commission is done. We chose this topic because of its importance to our congregations and our movement, and with a recognition that it has not been studied in depth by official Association bodies. 

During our study, we hope to engage Unitarian Universalists across the spectrum in finding success stories, examining how assumptions compare with realities on the ground, and sharing our learnings in an ongoing conversation. We are obliged to report to the General Assembly by 2017, but even before then we hope to find ways to engage with UUs and share our progress using both traditional and new channels.

What questions should we be asking? What assumptions need we be careful of? With this study, how can we best benefit both our movement and the world? We look forward to our dialogue, in covenant with you all and with our vision of a just, peaceful, and compassionate world.

The UUA Commission on Appraisal:
Nana' Kratochvil, John Cullinan, Erica Baron, Megan Dowdell, Lynne Garner, John Hawkins, Myriam Renaud, and Nathan Alan Hollister

The Commission on Appraisal is elected by the General Assembly; we are charged to independently review and study activities and issues of importance to the Unitarian Universalist Association, and to report findings to the General Assembly at least every four years.

Our Most Recent Report

The Commission on Appraisal is pleased to announce the publication of Who's In Charge Here?—The Complex Relationship Between Ministry and Authority.  In this report, we present our work as both analysis of conflicts over ministry and authority, and resources to help address these issues.  A study guide is provided for readers to engage the study and their own congregation in reflection on, "who's in charge here?"  The report is available now through the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Bookstore.

Mission Statement

Grounded in the living tradition of our free and responsible faith, yet charged with acting independently, the Commission’s mission is to provoke deep reflection and to evoke timely, creative transformation of Unitarian Universalism, our congregations, and the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Bylaw Section of the Unitarian Universalist Association pertaining to the Commission

Section 5.8. Commission on Appraisal

The Commission on Appraisal shall consist of nine elected members. A member shall not during the term of office serve as an officer or hold a salaried position in the Association. The Commission on Appraisal shall:

  1. review any function or activity of the Association which in its judgment will benefit from an independent review and report its conclusions to a regular General Assembly;
  2. study and suggest approaches to issues which may be of concern to the Association; and
  3. report to a regular General Assembly at least once every four years on the program and accomplishments of the Association.

Commission Updates

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