Final texts of the responsive resolutions adopted by the UUA General Assembly during the final plenary session June 28,2009.
The final texts of the responsive resolutions adopted by the UUA General Assembly during the final plenary session June 28 are now online:
Section C-2.4 Inclusion.
Systems of power, privilege, and oppression have traditionally created barriers for persons and groups with particular identities, ages, abilities, and histories. We pledge to do all we can to replace such barriers with ever-widening circles of solidarity and mutual respect. We strive to be an association of congregations that truly welcome all persons and commit to structuring congregational and associational life in ways that empower and enhance everyone’s participation.
Responsive Resolution on Barriers to Inclusion in Outreach to African UU and Other Progressive Religious Congregations, which addressed the inequitable way that U.S. visas were handled for UU men and women from Africa. UU women from Kenya applied for but were denied visas to attend the International Convocation of UU Women in Texas earlier this year, but UU men from three other African countries were granted visas to attend the General Assembly. The resolution asks the UUA staff to seek an explanation from the State Department or other appropriate agency.
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