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Business Agenda

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.

    2021 Agenda

    The General Assembly Business Guide offers an introduction on how to participate in the business brought before the annual General Assembly (GA).

    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.

    UUA Bylaws

    General Assembly 2020 Results

    General Assembly Business Meeting Minutes (PDF)

    The Business Resolution Embodying Human Rights in Our Investment Decisions was adopted.

    The Bylaw Amendments 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 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

    Past Agendas

    The below are all in PDF format unless otherwise noted.

    Summary of 2019 GA Business Items with voting results

    • Consent Agenda
      Two items were removed, one by the Assembly, and one by the Board at the recommendation of legal counsel (these are the last two items listed below). All items remaining on the agenda were then passed.
    • Bylaw Amendments to sections 5.11 (a) (1), 7.6 (b), 11.3, 11.5, and 11.7 to changing final fellowship to full fellowship
    • Bylaw Amendment to section 5.2 (b) to remove in odd numbered years
    • Amendment to Rule G-9.13.1 to modernize for electronic vote and clarify election preparation by Secretary
    • Amendment to Rule G-9.13.2 to modernize for electronic vote and randomize the order of candidate names for election
    • Amendment to Rule G-9.13.3 to modernize for electronic vote and remove "on a ballot"
    • Amendment to Rule G-9.13.4 to provide for mailed paper ballots in elections
    • Amendment to Rule G-9.13.5 to clarify voting at General Assembly
    • Bylaw amendment to section 9.6 to increase number of petitions for nominations to 50 congregations from at least 3 of the regions of the Association
      Removed by the Assembly, discussed separately, and passed by the Assembly without amendment
    • Ballou Channing Merger Resolution
      Removed by the Board and passed as a separate resolution
    • Bylaw amendment regarding preliminary fellowship (Section 11.3)
    • Bylaw amendment regarding voting and elections (Sections 9.9, 9.10, 9.11 and Rules G-9.11.1, G-9.11.2, and G-9.11.3)
    • Statement of ConscienceDemocracy Uncorrupted
      Passed - with the addition of amendments (a), (b), and (i)
    • Elections for Board of Trustees, Commission on Appraisal, Commission on Social Witness, General Assembly Planning Committee, and Nominating Committee
      All elections were uncontested and those nominated were therefore elected, and were affirmed by the acclamation of the Assembly.
    • Actions of Immediate Witness (AIWs)​
      Three AIWs were passed
    • Responsive Resolutions
      No qualifying responsive resolutions were offered.
    A woman with gray hair and a colorful shawl smiles from the podium.

    Former Vice Moderator Denise Rimes was presented with the UUA President's Award for Volunteer Service in 2019.

    Gregory Boyd and Elandria Williams address the audience from the GA podium

    Gregory Boyd and Elandria Williams (and others) shared moderating duties in 2017.

    Jim Key

    James Key served as Moderator from 2013 to 2017.

    Former Moderator Gini Courter speaks from the podium

    Gini Courter served as Moderator from 2003 to 2012.