Monday, June 19, 2017

General Assembly Updates

1.  Short video explaining the vote on appointing a study commission to continue the conversation about changing our principles to reflect on this questions:  "What does it mean to be human in a multispecies world and what is our compassionate response to that understanding?" The study commission will be charged to engage our association of congregations with this question and then make a recommendation to how we might change any of our principles to reflect our shared understanding, experience, and conversation on this topic (the commission may or may not make recommendations to change the First Principle).

(Thanks to the photographers and the musician - Scott Holmes - "Reach for Success")
Please note that the mini-assembly is in room #210 (not #255 as in the video)

2.  First Principle Project teams meets Thursday, June 22nd, 7 a.m. at CC's Coffee house across from the Convention Center (901 Convention Center Blvd).

3.  Attend the mini-assembly Thursday, June 22nd, 5 p.m. in  room #210.

4. Vote to appoint a study commission, Friday, June 23rd, in the morning business meeting.

5. Visit the First Principle Project booth, #414, in the exhibit hall for resources, support, and conversation.

6.  Let us be mindful that this is a time of anxious change in UUA and in our society, and that conversations around worth and dignity can bring up wounding and pain for people, and can be uncomfortable and stressful. With this in mind, we offer some simple ideas on how to prepare for conversations:

  • Listen
  • Reflect back what you have heard, offering up what "needs" might be behind the words (lots of resources at the Center for Nonviolent Communication)
  • Offer support to others in the conversation, and seek support
  • Regarding conversations around antiracism and oppression, please visit the ARE and DRUUM booths and websites (we will have some resources at the FPP booth as well)
7.  Practice the conversations with others by signing up for a facilitated conversation about the topic and the process by going to the FPP booth.  Conversations are happening Wednesday 6 p.m., Thursday 1:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m., and Friday 1:30 p.m.

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