The General Assembly (GA) 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 agenda.
The 2023 Business agenda will be posted no less than 30 days before General Assembly.
The following amendments to the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Bylaws and Rules (PDF, 33 pages) were adopted
Page numbers refer to the 2021 Program Book (PDF, 108 pages)
- On the Consent Agenda:
- Bylaw Amendment #4: Timeline for President-Elect to Take Office (p 99-100)
- Bylaw Amendment #6: Religious Education Credentialing Levels (p 100-101)
- Bylaw Amendment #1: Timeline for Submitting Actions of Immediate Witness (p 97)
- Bylaw Amendment #2: Timelines for Campaigns for Moderator and President [with 1 Incorporated Amendment (PDF)] (p 97-98)
- Bylaw Amendment #5: GA Registration Requirements (p 100)
Actions of Immediate Witness
The General Assembly affirmed these Actions of Immediate Witness
- Defend and Advocate with Transgender, Nonbinary, and Intersex Communities (PDF)
- The COVID-19 Pandemic: Justice. Healing. Courage (PDF)
- Stop Voter Suppression and Partner for Voting Rights and a Multiracial Democracy (PDF)
- Board of Trustees #3: Rev. Elizabeth Mount
- Board of Trustees #6: JeKaren Olaoya
- Board of Trustees #8: Rev. Sam Trumbore
- Commission on Appraisal: Adrian Graham
- Financial Advisor: Lucia Santini Field
- General Assembly Planning Committee: Chelsea Surfus
- Nominating Committee: Tim Atkins, Rev. Danielle Di Bona, cristy cardinal
Statement of Conscience
The Statement of Conscience (SOC): Undoing Intersectional White Supremacy (PDF) was adopted.
Delegates also adopted the Responsive Resolutions
- Proposed Article II Responsive Resolution (PDF)
- Proposed Divestment Responsive Resolution, Revised (PDF)
Who May Place Items on the GA Agenda?
Certified congregations may:
- Propose Amendments to Bylaws in collaboration with 14 other congregations.
- Write a Business Resolution in collaboration with 14 other congregations.
- Petition to propose Amendments to Rules by gathering 250 signatures (no more than 10 from any one congregation) in collaboration with other congregations.
- Petition to propose a Business Resolution by gathering 250 signatures (no more than 10 from any one congregation) in collaboration with other congregations.
Districts may (by official action at a district meeting at which a quorum is present):
- Write up to three Business Resolutions.
- Propose Amendments to Bylaws and Rules.
The Board of Trustees or the Executive Committee may submit Business Resolutions, Amendments to Rules or Bylaws, or other items.
The Commission on Social Witness may submit proposed Congregational Study/Action Issues and UUA Statements of Conscience.
The Commission on Appraisal may submit additional proposed Amendments to Bylaws.
All reports and other matters required by the Bylaws to be submitted to the General Assembly may also be included in the agenda.
Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Bylaws—You may need to refer to the bylaws to contextualize proposed bylaw and rule amendments in the agenda.
- Budget Documents
General Assembly Minutes
General Assembly Minutes 2005-2020
General Assembly 2020 Business Meeting Minutes (PDF)
The Business Resolution Embodying Human Rights in Our Investment Decisions (PDF) was adopted.
The Bylaw Amendments (PDF, 3 pages) Co-Moderator Vacancies and Timelines for Nominating Committee were adopted.
The following proposed Actions of Immediate Witness (AIWs) were adopted.
The following Proposed Responsive Resolutions (PDF) were adopted.
- Widening the Circle: Establishing Ongoing Intersectional Accountability Commission and Sunsetting the JTWTC
- Supporting and Investing in Youth and Young Adults in Unitarian Universalism
- The Pandemic: a Religious Response
- Budget Documents
- 2019 Final Agenda (PDF, 19 pages)
- 2019 Revised Order of Business (PDF)
- Proposed Merger Agreement (PDF, 7 pages) between the Ballou Channing District and the UUA
- 2018 Final Agenda (PDF, 21 pages)
- 2017 Final Agenda (PDF, 15 pages)
- 2016 Agenda (PDF, 19 pages)
- 2015 Agenda (PDF, 30 pages)
- 2014 Agenda (PDF, 23 pages)
- 2013 Agenda (PDF, 24 pages)
- 2012 Agenda (PDF, 58 pages)
- 2011 Agenda (PDF, 64 pages)
- 2010 Agenda (PDF, 64 pages)
- 2009 Agenda (PDF, 21 pages)
- 2008 Agenda (PDF, 49 pages)