Summary of business conducted at the UUA's 2011 General Assembly.
The amendment that shrinks the size of the board ends the election of UUA trustees by districts and makes all trustees “at large” positions, with three-year terms. A related amendment reduces terms on the Nominating Committee, which picks candidates for the board and other committees. Other votes:
GA approved three of four proposed AIWs, protesting Congressional hearings on “Muslim Radicalization,” calling for support of California supermarket workers in a labor dispute, and calling on UUs to oppose the U.S. Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. A fourth AIW, calling for an end to U.S. military action in Afghanistan, failed to gain a two-thirds vote.
GA also approved three Responsive Resolutions, hailing New York State’s approval of marriage equality, calling on UUs to learn Spanish, and urging the UUA to offer a youth and young adult “action ministry” in preparation for GA 2012.
This story, which appeared in the Fall 2011 issue of UU World, was abridged from an earlier article published on uuworld.org, "Delegates approve ethical eating and a smaller board" (7.4.11).
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Michelle Bates Deakin, a member of First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington, Massachusetts, was a UU World contributing editor from 2006 to 2011 and a UU World senior editor from 2011 to 2014. She is the author of Social Action Heroes: Unitarian Universalists Who Are Changing the World (Skinner House, 2011) and Gay Marriage, Real Life: 10 Stories of Love and Family (Skinner House, 2006).
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