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.
Religious Professional Delegates
The following religious professionals serving, affiliated with, or employed by certified congregations are eligible to receive delegate credentials:
- Ministers in preliminary or final fellowship with the Association and employed at least half time (including extension and interim ministers).
- Community Ministers who maintain active involvement in, and affiliation with, the congregation, and have a written agreement. These ministers must be compensated for community ministry work which constitutes fifty percent or more of a typical work schedule and is recognized by the congregation as ministry.
- Religious Educators who are active members of the Liberal Religious Educators Association and employed by the congregation.
- Emeritus/a Ministers and religious educators designated as such by a vote at a meeting of the certified member congregation they were settled/employed by not less than six months prior to General Assembly.
Certified member congregations shall certify in writing that its minister delegates meet the criteria for minister in accordance with this Rule (Settled Ministers 4.9.2). A congregation is entitled to the number of accredited community minister delegates equal to the number of member delegates to which it is entitled under Bylaw Section 4.8(a). Religious Professional Delegate credentials are for specific individuals and are not transferable. Refer to UUA Bylaws Section 4.8 and Rule 4.9.2 for details.
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.