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Article II Study Commission Final Report and Proposal

The Article II Study Commission has completed its two year study. They submitted their report (PDF 26 pages) to the UUA Board of Trustees at their meeting held on January 20, 2023. The report includes the Study Commission’s recommended revisions to Article II.

Background

Article II of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Bylaws, Principles and Purposes, is the foundation for all of the work of our UUA and its member congregations and covenanted communities. It is the covenant to which all of our congregations and covenanted communities pledge themselves when they become members of our UUA.

Our current Principles and Purposes were last revised in 1987. At General Assembly (GA) 2017, there was discussion of amending the Principles to add an 8th Principle, addressing racism, and an amended 1st Principle, addressing non-human life. The 5th Principle was the subject of a report in 2009, which dealt with the ways in which GA and other Unitarian Universalist (UU) gatherings do and don’t embody an inclusive democratic process. The 7th Principle has also been the subject of discussions about possible amendments.

There have been many projects, resolutions, task forces and other strategies that have come from the Board, Commission on Appraisal and grassroots groups which encourage us to take a look at our principles, purposes, bylaws and rules. It is time for us to do a review and make changes so that we are living into the Unitarian Universalism of the future, a Unitarian Universalism that holds us in times of great need and ethical, moral and spiritual crises. We are in one of those times now.

In response to those discussions, the UUA Board committed to establishing this Article II Study Commission to consider possible amendments to this Article.

Resources

The UUA is maintaining a page of background information, process and timeline information and resources including the current drafts and available feedback sessions at this link: https://www.uua.org/uuagovernance/committees/article-ii-study-commission.

UUA Article II Amendment Process dated January 2023

Blue Boat Passengers: Info & Construction Discussion re Article II, etc. – A Public Facebook group initiated by Westside member Kerry Lusignan and Don Mannin-Miller. A public place for Unitarian Universalists to share their suggestions, drafts etc. on revisions to Article II, to continue the discussions of the feedback forums I’ve attended over the past few months. Constructive commenting only, please.

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