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Business & Social Witness at General Assembly 2018
Business & Social Witness at General Assembly 2018
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General Assembly (GA) 2018 will occur in Kansas City, MO, and on live-streaming video from June 20-24. 

The General Assembly is the annual business meeting of the denomination. An elected moderator presides at the General Assembly in accordance with rules of procedure. General Assemblies make overall policy for carrying out the purposes of the Association and direct and control its affairs. Voting at each regular and special General Assembly shall be by accredited delegates from certified member congregations, certified associate member organizations, and trustees.

The business to be transacted will be set forth in the official business agenda.

As GA progresses, this business coverage will include annual reports, alerts from the Commission on Social Witness, on-demand video and transcripts for Plenary sessions, and minutes.

Events in the Plenary Hall are streamed live, and posted for viewing afterwards. You can watch from your home or congregation (technical notes). The following events should be available via live-streaming on the GA 2018 home page (subject to change). All times are local, Central Daylight Time.

Wednesday, June 20

  • Welcoming Celebration and General Session I
    ​7:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    • Review and Adopt Rules
    • Honoring our Ancestors
    • Introduction: Chaplains
    • Introduction: Right Relationship Team
    • Introduction: Safety Team
    • GA Accessibility

Thursday, June 21

  • General Session II
    ​9:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
    • Preliminary Credentials Report
    • Covenant and Beloved Community
    • Right Relationship Team Report
    • Introduction: GA Planning Committee
    • Introduction: Youth Caucus
    • Introduction: Young Adult Caucus
    • Recognition of Emerging Congregations and Covenants
    • Commission on Social Witness Report
    • Public Witness with Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism
    • Co-Moderators’ Report
    • Promise and the Practice of Our Faith Report
    • Financial Advisor’s Report
    • Presentation of UUA Budget
    • Commission on Institutional Change Report
    • Board of Trustee’s Report

Friday, June 22

  • General Session III
    ​9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
    • Preliminary Credentials Report
    • Covenant and Beloved Community
    • Right Relationship Team Report
    • President’s Report
    • Beacon Press Report
    • Introduction: International Guests
    • Presentation: Distinguished Service Award I
    • Presidential Search Committee Report
    • Commission on Appraisal Report
    • UU Women’s Federation Report
    • Presentation: Angus MacLean Award
    • Rules and Process Review
  • General Session IV
    ​1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    • Consider Congregational Study Action Issues
    • Annual Program Fund Report
    • Legacy Society Report
    • Consider Bylaw Amendment Article II, Section C-2.1. Principles, Line 26, changing men and women to people
    • Consider Bylaw Amendment creating Section 6.16 Congregational Linkage
    • Consider Bylaw Amendment Section 4.8 addressing Voting for Religious Educators
    • Consider Bylaw Amendments establishing Youth Trustees

Saturday, June 23

  • General Session V
    ​9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
    • Right Relationship Team Report
    • Rules and Procedures Review
    • Discussion and Vote on Actions of Immediate Witness
    • Presentation: Distinguished Service Award II
    • UU Service Committee Report
    • UU College of Social Justice Report
    • Panel Discussion - Religious Professionals of Color
    • Special Collection for UUA Equity, Inclusion and Transformation
    • Journey Towards Wholeness Transformation Committee Report
    • Consider Bylaw Amendment regarding Gender Neutral Pronouns
    • Consider Bylaw Amendment regarding Committee Terms (Section 7.2)
    • Consider Bylaw Amendments regarding Social Witness Process Timeline (Sections 4.12 and 4.16)
    • Consider Bylaw Amendment regarding Co-Moderator Roles (Sections 8.8 and 9.11)
    • Consider Bylaw Amendment regarding District/Region Updates (Section 4.4)
    • Motion to admit Actions of Immediate Witness to Final Agenda
    • Election for Board of Trustees, Nominating Committee, and Moderator
    • Instructions for General Session VI small group conversations
  • General Session VI
    4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
    • Discussion: Together We Are Called (go directly to assigned spaces)

Sunday, June 24

  • General Session VII
    11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
    • Discussion: Report back from small groups
  • General Session VIII
    ​1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • Installation of Elected Trustees and Nominating Committee
    • Installation of Co-Moderators
    • Presentation: President’s Award for Volunteer Service
    • Consideration of Actions of Immediate Witness
    • Responsive Resolutions (if any)
    • Right Relationship Team Report
    • GA Spokane 2019
    • Final Credentials Report
    • Recognition of all who made GA possible

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