The best congregational vote for GA

I don’t wish the Commission on Social Witness any ill–indeed, I hope its advocates find a process that works for as many parties as possible. (But I will keep my distance from it, having other fish to fry.) Still, seeing that there’s only one item eligible for voting on the Parish Poll is embarrassing. If a majority vote no, will there be no item for action? And the flipside is will that one action draw much attention no matter how many congregations vote whichever way?

But debating immediate witness statements/public witnesses has been so much a center of General Assembly business that I was floored (pun intended) when I read UUA Moderator Gini Courter write: “General Assembly plenary sessions have been irrelevant for too long!” She promotes congregations choosing which practical internal matters they’d want to discuss. Perhaps an attempt to fill up the breach? A response to those complaining about how UUA elected leadership doesn’t take care of the home truths. In any case, a good idea.

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By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.


  1. BITB writes: If a majority vote no, will there be no item for action?

    Does anyone remember who it was that gave that wonderful suggestion of passing the resolution to end all resolutions?, resolved that the UUA oppose evil. Then whenever prompted we could apply that resolution.

    Kudos btw to movement toward increased congregationalism in plenaries, and in GA grid programming since starting in Portland in 2007 the affiliate organizations will be restricted to one program slot instead of the two we have been having (I say we since I serve one of the affiliates, and we have been supportive of the move to one slot; our own GA presence has increased as we have gone more off the grid and will continue to do so, and believe that anything that strengthens congregations will ultimately strengthen our members in those congregations and thus us).

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