UUA ARTICLE II STUDY COMMISSION
WHAT IS THE UUA?
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is the central organization for the Unitarian Universalist (UU) religious movement in the United States. Each UU congregation is autonomous—congregational leaders set their own priorities and choose their own ministers and staff. The UUA is responsible, however, for providing broad guidance regarding Unitarian Universalism as a whole.
WHAT IS ARTICLE II?
Article II is the section of the UUA bylaws that serves as the home of our Principles and Sources, the UUA’s Purposes, our Inclusion clause, and the Freedom of Belief Statement. Article II is the foundation for the work of the UUA and its member congregations and covenanted communities.
The UUA bylaws were adopted in 1961 with the merger of the American Unitarian Association and the Universalist Association. The bylaws have been changed and added to since that time; the last revision was in 1987. The bylaws require that Article II be studied and potentially revised every 15 years.
WHAT IS THE ARTICLE II STUDY COMMISSION?
In 2020, based on action at the 2019 General Assembly, the UUA established the Article II Study Commission, which is charged to “propose any revisions that will enable our UUA, our member congregations, and our covenanted communities to be a relevant and powerful force for spiritual and moral growth, healing and justice.”
The Article II Study Commission issued a draft of its proposal in October. The proposed draft makes significant changes to the UUA Principles and Sources.
The Article II Study Commission will present its final draft to the UUA Board in January for inclusion on the agenda for the 2023 General Assembly. It will then be the focus of mini-Assemblies before an initial vote at the 2023 General Assembly. If it passes the General Assembly delegate vote by a majority, it will require a 2/3 majority vote at 2024 General Assembly to become the new Article II of the bylaws.
The proposal to adopt the 8th Principle is an entirely separate effort from the Article II Commission. For information regarding the proposed 8th Principle visit uuca.org/8thpac
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