Voting Results of 2024 GA

Because we know that there is much attention to and interest in the results of yesterday’s voting, we are sending the results now so that you can absorb and process them before today’s general session. The results will also be announced at today’s general session.  
Bill Young, UUA Secretary
Ballot Results
All Items on Saturday’s General Session IV Ballot
were adopted or affirmed
  • Proposed Revision to Article II as amended
    • Adopt the proposed revision to Article II: 2025 (80.2%)
    • Do not adopt the proposed revision to Article II: 499 (19.8%)
  • AIW: World on Fire: Humanitarian Work and Climate Change
    • Affirm this Action of Immediate Witness 2312 (95.6%)
    • Do not affirm this Action of Immediate Witness 107 (4.4%)
  • AIW: Centering Love Amidst the Ongoing Impact of COVID-19
    • Affirm this Action of Immediate Witness: 1987 (86.1%)
    • Do not affirm this Action of Immediate Witness: 321 (13.9%)
  • AIW: Solidarity with Palestinians
    • Affirm this Action of Immediate Witness: 1655 (73.5%)
    • Do not affirm this Action of Immediate Witness: 598 (26.5%)
  • Responsive Resolution: UUA GA Support for October 7 Hostages
    • Adopt responsive resolution: 1705 (77.0%)
    • Do not adopt responsive resolution: 508 (23.0%)
Complete details are available on uua.simplyvoting.com.
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Save the Date – Post General Assembly Town Hall Meeting

UU the Conversation is sponsoring a post-General Assembly Town Hall meeting. A pre-registration link will be provided at a later date.  Save the date and time below.

  • Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2024
  • Time: 8:00 PM Eastern, 7:00 PM Central, 6:00 PM Mountain, 5:00 PM Pacific

 

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Mark Perloe
Mark Perloe
27 days ago

We gather here to remember Unitarian Universalism, a beacon of liberal faith that once stood as a proud mosaic of diverse opinions and beliefs. It was a spiritual home that welcomed all seekers, a place where questions were cherished more than answers, and the journey mattered more than the destination. Unitarian Universalism taught us that the sacred tapestry of life is woven from threads of many colors and textures. It showed us the beauty of a pluralistic vision, where each unique strand was integral to the whole. It was a tradition that found strength in its openness, its commitment to… Read more »

John Calvin
John Calvin
27 days ago
Reply to  Mark Perloe

I don’t have the words, so, may I borrow yours?

Last edited 27 days ago by John Calvin
Mark Perloe
Mark Perloe
26 days ago
Reply to  John Calvin

John, please feel free to share these words that help share a bit of the loss I feel.

Steve Myles
Steve Myles
25 days ago
Reply to  John Calvin

Mark, Do you have a title for your words.

john sykes
john sykes
27 days ago
Reply to  Mark Perloe

GA Teaparty, preordained for 7 years.

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john sykes
john sykes
27 days ago
Reply to  john sykes

BTW, UUA HQ is 0.2 miles from the Teaparty Museum. Fitting.

Judy
Judy
27 days ago
Reply to  Mark Perloe

Thank you. Beautifully said. May we quote you?

Mark Perloe
Mark Perloe
26 days ago
Reply to  Judy

Please feel free.

Mark Flanagan
Mark Flanagan
27 days ago
Reply to  Mark Perloe

No more may gulls cry at their ears
Or waves break loud on the seashores;
Where blew a flower may a flower no more
Lift its head to the blows of the rain;
Though they be mad and dead as nails,
Heads of the characters hammer through daisies;
Break in the sun till the sun breaks down (Dylan Thomas 1943)

Steve Bivens
Steve Bivens
27 days ago
Reply to  Mark Perloe

That is a powerful writing, thanks. I was attracted to UU for the embracing of Reason and Humanism. With the voting down of Reason and the absence of any reference to Humanism, I now feel abandoned and set adrift. The Enlightenment principles are now considered rooted in white supremacy and are to be abandoned with contempt.

I don’t feel like a racist, but I don’t want anti-racism to define who I am and what I do. I certainly don’t want to be held accountable for someone else’s agenda. I can no longer relate to what UU has become. 😥

Mark Perloe
Mark Perloe
26 days ago
Reply to  Steve Bivens

Hopefully we can share our loss and begin healing with the understanding that we are each, not alone

John Bostrom
John Bostrom
27 days ago
Reply to  Mark Perloe

What the UUA “had to” change

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John Townsend
John Townsend
26 days ago
Reply to  John Bostrom

Thank you, Mr. Bostrom, for including “Truth” in your conception
of UU values. I felt that the new UUA “flower of values” lacked this
important value which many UU congregations state that “the search for truth is its sacrament”.

Louis Merlin
Louis Merlin
26 days ago
Reply to  Mark Perloe

Thank you, well put.

Terry Anderson
Terry Anderson
26 days ago
Reply to  Mark Perloe

Hi Mark
We would like to post your profound words to the NAUA website and NAUA social media. Do you mind if we do this? Please let me know.
Terry

Mark Perloe
Mark Perloe
26 days ago
Reply to  Terry Anderson

Thanks for the call and please share this.

Allan Pallay
Allan Pallay
25 days ago
Reply to  Mark Perloe

Your view of what the essence of UUism was and the way it has been changed by the new article 2 is so close to my view and and so beautifully expressed that I ask your permission to share it with others. You are right, the bylaws officially define UUism. But in my heart Uuism will always be the way it was. And one more comment. Many of the supporters of the new article 2 say that for UUism to survive and thrive we need to change in order to stay relevant to the changing world. That those who opposed… Read more »

Dot W
Dot W
25 days ago
Reply to  Mark Perloe

Thank you, Mark, for that eloquent eulogy.  I, too, suspected something was off back in 2017 when I heard about Peter Morales’s resignation and did not know why that came about. And then, I discovered that there were no letters to the editor of UU World anymore. But, life concerns prevented my investigating further as I’d learned to do some years prior.  Sadly, I think that many UUs are still as trusting as I once was that UU leadership is as worthy of that trust as we expect them to be.  Many UUs, I think, pay no attention to what UUA bylaws… Read more »

Justin Lapoint
Justin Lapoint
12 days ago
Reply to  Mark Perloe

Mark,
This is a beautiful statement. My name is Justin Lapoint, Minister Emeritus of Outlaws Bridge Universalist Church. I would like your permission to use your words in a sermon I plan to deliver in August.

Calvin Yost
Calvin Yost
27 days ago

I have been living within the national UU headquarters compound in the Philippines for the last 8 years. We were and are 100 percent happy with our principles.

Mark Flanagan
Mark Flanagan
27 days ago
Reply to  Jim

Thank You Jim. I listened to several versions. You picked the exact one. Placed two links on my Facebook Page that I am also closing. 39 years ago the first issue of UU World arrived at my door. I still have it. Called CLF yesterday to discontinue my membership. Taught RE 1985-1995. Barber’s Adagio captures the moment. Thoreau, Emerson, Parker, Channing…Garrison at the Liberator. No more.

Sasha Kwapinski
Sasha Kwapinski
27 days ago

Leaving the UUA some decades ago was probably one of my better decisions in life. This, of course, was well before the current ideological takeover, Nonetheless, I could sense something of that nature coming down the road. If anything, I am surprised that it didn’t happen sooner. Even so, I am indebted to the UUA for (inadvertently) helping me to conceptualize and embrace the basic religious principles and beliefs which I still hold to and affirm today. Since that time, I have moved on to another religious/denominational tradition which affirms those same basic teachings or principles -minus the leftist political… Read more »

Preston S
Preston S
27 days ago

I hope this a appropriate to ask. Which denomination did you find fit better? My UU ties are very thin?

Adrienne
Adrienne
27 days ago
Reply to  Preston S

Yes– please tell us! I left in 2018, but I still miss my church community. My minister was on board with everything the UUA said to do– no debate was allowed. I walked then.

Linda Foss
Linda Foss
27 days ago

Sasha, would you let us know to where it is you moved on ? It appears there is no going back, now, after this vote.

Sasha Kwapinski
Sasha Kwapinski
27 days ago
Reply to  Linda Foss

I have hesitated to mention it on this venue, since I didn’t want anybody to think I’m just some kind of “troll.” (Then too, everybody has their own religious/spiritual journeys, and what works for someone might not necessarily be a good fit for someone else.) Anyway, for those who have asked, some years after leaving the UUA I began learning about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or “Mormon” church). This may come as a surprise, but I came to realize that the basic concepts which had initially attracted me to the UUA in the first place,… Read more »

Adrienne
Adrienne
27 days ago

Thanks for your reply!

Burton Brunson
Burton Brunson
27 days ago

Your comment brings the response “What is the name of your new tradition” but that’s not necessary. A local congregation that endorses traditional Unitarian concepts can continue as traditional Unitarian. Just break all ties with UUA. If no local congregation severs UUA ties, a handful of individuals can declare themselves to be a Unitarian fellowship, and ignore UUA. For people who need an existing organization, there’s Society of Friends (Quakers), several humanist groups, and probably a few independent groups. And, of course, there’s always the NAUA

Sasha Kwapinski
Sasha Kwapinski
27 days ago
Reply to  Burton Brunson

As mentioned above, I later came to the LDS Church. Interestingly, some Mormon writers have used such terms as “liberal religion” and “creedless religion” to describe their faith. (It’s also interesting how much of the antagonism, animosity, and malice directed against the LDS Church has come for decades from religious fundamentalists on the Far Right.)

I have been following the NAUA online. Also, reflecting my Unitarian “heritage,” I have biographies of W.E. Channing, Hosea Ballou, and Thomas Starr King, along with Rev. Todd Eklof’s books and David Cycleback’s “Against Illiberalism” on my shelf.

A. Anne Holcomb
A. Anne Holcomb
26 days ago

I left the UUA in 2002. I was attending the Meadville/Lombard UU Seminary then– My goal was to become a UU Community Minister and a Social Worker in a dual degree program offered in conjunction with the University of Chicago (I already had a Masters, with honors, in Human Services Management). I was called to minster to persons experiencing homelessness. In 2002, the UU Commission on Appraisal had recently published a rather scathing report on congregational polity as governance. In January 2002, which was halfway through my first year at seminary, President Sinkford came to Meadville to announce the immediate… Read more »

The Rev Ms Denise D Tracy
The Rev Ms Denise D Tracy
27 days ago

I received an e-mail from the Article II Commission urging me as a delegate to vote for the passage of Article II. I wrote back and questioned how they were able to access my information to be used for such a purpose.Was the opposing viewpoint given such an opportunity? This is exactly what is wrong with the current power structure. Misuse of information and the system to apply unequal pressure to get their own way.

Neal McBurnett
27 days ago

I got the same message, “Vote for the New Article II”, “Sponsored message from Article II Study Commission” <event-noreply@whova.io>. We were told that UUtheConversation, as a Platinum Level Sponsor for $4000, was “prohibited from advocating “for specific votes on business items” as part of the video ad they placed just before the plenary began. https://uutheconversation.org/index.php/banned-from-2024-general-assembly/ Of course, those are different venues (whova email vs video ad in the live stream). How much did the Commission pay for their whova email? Was everyone made aware of the various sponsorship options? How will such things be handled in the future? WIth more… Read more »

Chuck
Chuck
27 days ago
Reply to  Neal McBurnett

What future?

Mark Flanagan
Mark Flanagan
27 days ago

Thank You Mark Perloe. I have cut and pasted your parting poetics. Exquisite. What I needed. Will save it to the end of my days. 39 years ago the first issue of UU World came to my door. Yesterday I left a phone message for CLF to discontinue my membership. I lift a parting glass.

bob Hospadaruk
bob Hospadaruk
26 days ago

Rev Denise, can we see the text of that email? I was a delegate and don’t recall reading that.

Neal McBurnett
26 days ago
Reply to  bob Hospadaruk

Here is a sample, From: Sponsored message from Article II Study Commission <event-noreply@whova.io>Date: Jun 22, 2024, 10:08 AM (Mountain time) Subject: Vote for the New Article II Reply-to: dplante@uua.org Mailed-by: mail.whova.io Dear [name of delegate], Thank you for your conversations and creativity over the past year. The Article II Revisions draw on our past, engage with our present, and set us up for a bold future—at least for the next 15 years, when we’ll revise it again! Our living tradition calls us to do so. It has been a great gift for each member of the commission to have had the chance to deeply engage with our faith, and we… Read more »

Erik P. Bloomfield
Erik P. Bloomfield
26 days ago

The results of the Article II vote should come as no surprise to anyone paying attention. The UUA is not composed of a “diverse” cohort and feelings rule all. Serious inquiry of any sort is discouraged. Any interest in the supernatural is verboten. Thus you have a membership of a single political ideology, complete unity in social justice issues and means of change, eco-pseudo science with a focus on partisan policy proscription rather than quantified results oriented solutions that consider unintended consequences, the elevation of the “marginalized racial and sexual minorities” to deity status (you can’t speak on the subject… Read more »

Sasha Kwapinski
Sasha Kwapinski
26 days ago

Thank you for a good reminder of why I also left the UUA some decades ago.

Steve
Steve
26 days ago

As expected, the radical A2 revision is escalating the exodus. For me, yet another process of manufactured consent was a major setback in my four-year search for a path to membership. Our UUA-obeisant minister cheerled the overhaul monthly by extolling each proposed principle. JETPIG was deployed. And former UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray came to twist and (literally) shout about love. It was quite a blitz. Critiques were heard only in small groups — in the home stretch, after most opinions were formed. Remarkably, when the congregation voted, a very UUA-aligned couple (including a former BOT president) abstained. The illiberal pattern… Read more »

Alana Graham
Alana Graham
25 days ago

Several former members of UUCCWC in Oregon have formed a new group which we are calling the Unitarian Society of Tualatin Plains. Look for us on Facebook. We meet monthly and have been having a great time together. Also I am finding Buddhist practices to be most helpful, practical and joyful. I joined a sangha in Portland and meet with them often and we all just assume we are good people seeking truth, justice and peace. Besides which, I am a lifelong Pagan and still find the Wheel of the Natural Year inspiring. Lots of groups out there for former… Read more »

David
David
25 days ago
Reply to  Alana Graham

Current and former members of my congregation in Seattle have formed discussion and support groups. These groups should exist at the congregation, but that hasn’t happened. The congregation no longer meets the interests and needs of numerous current/former members.

When liberal congregations are liberal in name only

Margot Haynes
Margot Haynes
24 days ago

We could not get into the town hall despite having preregistered for the Wed. night post-mortem. Will there be a video shared of it?