How A Congregation’s Delegates are Determined
All certified congregations have one member delegate for every 50 members (or fraction thereof), with a minimum of two delegates. The Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF) is entitled to 22 member delegates.
|Membership of Member Congregation||Member Delegates|
|over 500||One for each additional 50
members or fraction thereof.
Every congregation decides how to select member delegates and whether or not it will instruct delegates how to vote. The relationship between a congregation and its delegates (including whether or how delegate expenses, such as General Assembly (GA) registration fees, are paid by the congregation) is determined by the congregation, not the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).
Congregations may also designate members of the congregation to serve as alternate member delegates to take the place of member delegates at GA, if needed. A congregation may have as many alternate member delegates as it has member delegates but is not required to designate any alternate member delegates. Alternate Member Delegate Credential (PDF).
All delegates must be voting members of the congregation.
How to obtain and distribute the congregation's delegate credentials.
The following religious professionals serving/affiliated with certified congregations may also be delegates:
- ministers in preliminary or final fellowship with the Association and employed at least half-time by certified congregations (including extension and interim ministers);
- emeritus/a ministers
- community ministers who maintain active involvement and affiliation with the congregation
- directors of religious education having achieved Credentialed Religious Education – Master Level status and employed in the congregation.
Ministers and DREs’ eligibility to be delegates to General Assembly is determined by the UUA’s Ministries and Faith Development (MFD) Staff Group. These credentials are for specific individuals and are not transferable. Refer to UUA Bylaws Section 4.8 and Rule 4.9.2.
All delegates must register for GA in order to participate and vote on business items. Off-site delegates follow a separate registration process. Registration for those attending GA is the same process for delegates as it is for non-delegates. Onsite delegates should present their electronic delegate credential at registration check-in in order to be issued a delegate ribbon and card to vote on GA business in General Sessions.