Post General Assembly Zoom Town Hall

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UU the Conversation is sponsoring a Post General Assembly Zoom Town Hall meeting. Regardless of the voting outcome, it is expected that UUs would like to talk with one another.

  • Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2024
  • Time: 8:00 PM Eastern, 7:00 PM Central, 6:00 PM, 5:00 PM Pacific
  • Duration: 75 – 90 minutes
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Terri Keller
Terri Keller
25 days ago

Looking forward to it! We definitely have a lot to talk about, past, present, and future.

Chuck
Chuck
25 days ago
Reply to  Terri Keller

There is no future – too embarrassed to be called, or identified, as a UU.

Renate Bob
Renate Bob
19 days ago
Reply to  Chuck

Sadly, I agree : there is no future.

John Keohane
John Keohane
24 days ago

“good from these ashes” Some of us, myself included, have thought of liberal religion as being embodied in being Unitarianian, Universalist, or being “UU”. After the 80.2% vote on article II changes, many of us are either unsure, or convinced that liberal religion is not where UU is into, today. For some, that’s it, they’re done with it, whatever it, is. My own feelings are thanks to those who fought the good fight, and as an optimist, who’s education was at a university whose symbol is a phoenix, I see good rising from these ashes. I see liberal religion as calling, as… Read more »

Kathleen Reeves
Kathleen Reeves
24 days ago

I was not able to join the meeting as it was at capacity. I wished the planners had anticipated a large group considering the issue at hand.

Preston S
Preston S
24 days ago

Me too. I feel this meeting would be my chance to say goodbye after 20 years of membership. It used to feel like home.

John Keohane
John Keohane
24 days ago

Sorry.

My technical incompetence kept me from getting in. Do email me if you’d like to participate in a small discussion, maximum of 8. I’ll set a time which is good to the first one who emails, then we’ll offer that time to the other 7 or a few more. John Keohane in Austin, Texas keohane@prodigy.net (512) 484-0263 (cell)

Calvin Yost
Calvin Yost
24 days ago

Uu friends, please everyone stay a uu…or we’ll be Unitarians?????
We have 2 new associations to join whose values will be compatible, the naua and the international group.

Once the membership and later the fees sustain the new associations, things will move in the direction we have enjoyed before Peter morales resigned due the the extremism prevalent in the new misguided uua.
One problem: the third world countries who receive a needed financial support from the uua are now in a compromised position even though the BLM and other missions of the uua are actually not relevant overseas.

Calvin Yost
Calvin Yost
24 days ago
Reply to  Calvin Yost

To clarify, our congregations overseas most likely will remain traditional UUs, but are compromised if they receive funds from the uua.

Jeanne Macauley
Jeanne Macauley
23 days ago
Reply to  Calvin Yost

I understood the UUA removed funding support for the Partner Church program a few years back. I have friends who have been heavily involved in that program for 20+ years, been overseas multiple times. Were told the Partner Church Program offered “colonialization” harm to the overseas churches.

Renate Bob
Renate Bob
19 days ago

Please explain , if you can, what is meant by “ colonization harm!”

John Bostrom
John Bostrom
24 days ago

Please post transcript

peter lundquist
peter lundquist
24 days ago

Deeply grateful for all that is being done, perhaps another Post General Assembly Zoom Town Hall meeting II might be organized as this first one was at capacity when I tried to sign in. I took that as a good sign.
Many thanks to those organizing and facilitating this site and these meetings, gives me hope.

Mark Flanagan
Mark Flanagan
22 days ago

Dearest All, My case is unique in that I am a Republican. In 1985 there were 9 UUs in the US Congress. 4 of them were Republicans…back in the good olde “Liberal Republican” days. Remember them? I looked at life from both sides now, up and down … life’s illusions? The Minute Man. Channing, Parker, Emerson … and the rest. I taught RE 1985-95. Have attended services at three churches in AZ; one in NV and about 6 or 7 in CA including DeBenneville Pines. SO…last week I closed out my membership with CLF…after 39 years.

Preston S
Preston S
22 days ago
Reply to  Mark Flanagan

Best wishes, Mark. I was a Republican until that political party left me. Now my UU congregation, lead by the UUA, has left me. It’s time to find a new faith community for my last years.

Dave Hafner
22 days ago

Aloha from Hawaii. Being time zones away from the Article II (A2) discussions while blissfully sipping our Macadamia Kona Lattes we were caught totally unaware by A2. Fortunately, at the last minute a former member linked us to Kenneth Ig’s YouTube videos. It was a shock to the congregation. Why hadn’t the Minister or the Widening the Circle/Adore folks explained that as “Temporarily Able White People of Means” we needed to abandon our beliefs and repent for the sins of our fathers. How charmingly Old Testament. Well it didn’t go over very well. After a member sponsored workshop on the… Read more »

Anna
Anna
21 days ago
Reply to  Dave Hafner

Tell us more

Mark Flanagan
Mark Flanagan
20 days ago

Yes, the 80% at GA is likely 60% among rank and file, dues paying, members. If half of the 40% walk away, as I just did, what will happen when membership declines to under 100,000? Have you seen the Gay Pride videos from San Francisco? Egads, we are undoing everything…at a catastrophic rate. So unlike clear thinking Unitarians, and Universalists, of olde.

Last edited 20 days ago by Mark Flanagan
Erik Bloomfield
Erik Bloomfield
19 days ago

I listened to the town hall after the zoom. I want to add to the discussion about a dissolution article in congregational bylaws. The congregation may leave assets upon dissolution to any 501c3 without tax consequence. If you leave assets to anyone other than a tax-exempt corporation you will owe tax on the transaction as those funds have been received tax free to the 501c3. Congregations are free to set dissolution terms on their own. Cutting ties with the UUA does not require dissolution. I believe the more important consideration is losing control of your assets as you operate now.… Read more »

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