|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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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Annual Meeting Schedule?
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/