2023 GA Delegate Nominees

Below are the nominee’s names some biographical information and an answer to the question: “What do you want to be a GA Delegate for WSUU this year?”

Leilani Davenberry:

Leilani Davenberry identifies as a disabled queer BIPOC cis femme. She and her spouse Soph have been members of Westside for over 10 years, and they live in Boulevard Park with their animal companions: three birds, two cats and one dog.

Leilani served as a WSUU delegate in 2020 and 2021. If she’s selected and affirmed by the congregation as a delegate again, she is planning to attend this year’s hybrid option. Leilani is looking forward to this year’s GA, our general assembly annual gathering of UUs because we are reviewing our values, purpose, principles, and sources which haven’t had a big update since the 80s. She attended several of the open listening sessions and focus groups hosted by the UUA as wording and drafts were in process. She feels participating in these conversations about moving us towards a UUism of the future that addresses the great needs of our times embodies our living faith.

Leilani is also a member of CLF, DRUUMM and EqUUal Access. She has facilitated and zoom hosted a BIPOC Meditation group every other Monday and a monthly BIPOC UU Coffee Hour using our Westside UU congregation’s zoom account for over 2 years. She is one of the Story for all ages storytellers and is passionate about inclusion and has been learning ASL for over a year. 

 Cindy Jackson

I wish to be a delegate, representing our congregation, because I would like the opportunity to share our views about Article II revisions. The revisions align with my beliefs. I will collaborate with the chosen delegates to present informed positions and discussions.

Kerrie Schurr  

Hello, I am interested in serving as a delegate for Westside UU because this will be a historic GA. I served the past two years as a delegate and fulfilled my term, yet the importance of this year’s GA prompted me to say yes one more time. Over the past couple of years, I learned how our living faith evolves and participated in the process of thinking about how our faith (specifically Article II of the UUA bylaws) should look for the future. At this year’s GA, we will take an initial vote on whether to adopt the proposed new language that describes what we believe as member congregations of the UUA. 

I have been a UU and a member of Westside for around 10 years, through good times and rocky times. I am active in the Women’s Group and currently serve on the Article II Ad Hoc team, as well as the Auction Committee and the Racial Justice Change Team. (Yes, I’m overbooked!) In the past I was a member of the Common Quest (Adult Education) Committee and the Hospitality Team, among other roles.

In my personal life, I am married and have two children who are now in their mid-to-late 20s. I have had several different careers, and currently work at Renton High School as a math-and-science paraeducator. 

Cynthia Townsend

I love GA-it’s so inspiring to be with other UU’s from all over our country and the world! I want to be a Delegate because the work of amending the Article 2 Proposal and the preliminary vote on the amended Proposal is so important to Justice Work.

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