|2020 Guidelines Revisions FAQ & Annual Meeting Resources|
In this page you will find FAQs regarding the guidelines revisions process and the upcoming 2020 annual meeting and votes.
Please be sure to read the Annual Meeting Packet and Supplement first.
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This page has four sections:
Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to access the videos and links, all the way past the FAQs.
Starting Weds May 13, we will be hosting a weekly call to answer your questions. The call schedule is:
Weds May 13, May 27 and June 10: 4pm PT/5pm MT/6pm CT/7pm ET
May 20 and June 3: 9am PT/10am MT/11am CT/12noon ET
The zoom information is:
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do we need to register ahead of time to participate and vote in the annual meeting?
No, every member will have an opportunity to vote - only requirement is that your dues are paid. Voting will be the topic of this week’s “Janette Explains” recording of our weekly Q&A.
What kind of facilitation will there be for the guidelines discussion?
We will ask colleagues to volunteer to lead these small group discussions. We will provide them with some training and with a script to help shape the process. You will have the option of joining caucus groups for safer conversations.
Will it be in small groups first or straight to a large group session?
The committees will present their reports in the first meeting, on June 11. Small group discussion opportunities will be available on June 18 and 19. On June 19 there will also be a Q&A session with guidelines committees members. On June 22, during the second part of the annual meeting, we will have a larger conversation, and the proposals will be open to pro and con statements. It is our hope that fruitful discussion will occur during the small group discussion opportunities, in advance of the large gathering.
Can/will someone take a progressive stack so that discussions are not dominated by members with majority identities the way the last two UUMA things I went to were?
We are working on this, stay tuned.
Because we are meeting online this year, we will take advantage of the extended schedule to create opportunities for conversation and clarification. The process is as follows:
We seriously considered pressing “pause” on this process, given the many new challenges and uncertainties that we all face in this time of pandemic. We were unwilling to make such a significant decision in a vacuum, and instead consulted with UUMA leaders and with underserved members of the UUMA with whom we have accountable relationships. The consensus response from the black, indigenous, people of color, trans and non-binary colleagues and colleagues with disabilities with whom we consulted was that there is never an ideal time for change, and this work is crucial to the safety and well-being of those most vulnerable among us. We heard repeatedly that revising the guidelines in the ways that have been proposed is long overdue; that this work is not radical, but reparative. We heard from our colleagues that moving forward cannot and should not wait.
In addition, we recognized that…
With this in mind, the Board and Exec Team decided to move forward and to ask for your support and participation in this process.
How many people participated in the feedback process? What was the nature of the feedback?
Did the feedback process create substantial revisions that call for a second year of study, per the vote last year?
Following the study and feedback process, both the accountability and the ethics committees made important improvements to the language. They did not make substantive changes. The changes made by the committees in response to the feedback clarify the language, streamline procedures, and remove references to bodies that are not yet in existence (like the common ethics panel); they don’t change the themes or the intent of the revisions.
I Need More Background. Where Can I Find It?
The Rev. Leisa Huyck summarized the process that the accountability and ethics committees followed from their inception here: https://viriditasministries.org/the-path-of-love-proposed-changes-to-the-uuma-guidelines-2019/