The General Assembly Business Guide offers an introduction on how to participate in the business brought before the annual General Assembly (GA).
Refer to Article IV of UUA Bylaws and Rules.
A Business Resolution “…directly involves the administration and structure of the Association. Any resolution submitted which, taken as a whole, has as its purpose the making of a statement of social concern or principle shall be deemed to be a Study/Action Issue for Social Justice...” (Rule G-4.18.2)
Each resolution should have two parts: a preamble and operative paragraph(s).
The first part sets forth the reasons for action, the second part the action desired and the persons or organizations who are requested to act.
Each paragraph in the preamble should begin with “Whereas”; the first operative paragraph with “Be it Resolved that the 20xx General Assembly of the UUA” (urges, recommends, etc.); and successive operative paragraphs with “Be it Further Resolved.”
Each part of a resolution should be:
Accurate: State facts, not opinions or judgments.
Brief: Short statements are more clearly understood than long ones.
Clear: Use direct, straightforward language.
Unified: Limit a resolution to one topic.
There are two different forms used for submitting Business Resolutions. Use either Business Resolution or Amendment to Rule by District or Congregations (PDF) or Business Resolution by Petition or Amendment to Rule by Petition (PDF). Submit all the materials together by February 1, 2014.
Proposed Business Resolutions and Amendments to Rules appear on the Tentative Agenda; In order for a Business Resolution to appear on the Final Agenda, it must receive a majority of votes in the Congregational Poll.
Refer to Article XIV of UUA Bylaws and Rules
Bylaws and Rules are the basic legal guide to the actions of the Association.
Proposed amendments must be clear and unambiguous. They should be precise, using words consistent with the context.
Include the basic argument to be used by the proponents.
If other Bylaw sections will be affected, this should be noted.
Use the form Proposed Amendment to Bylaws (PDF). Submit all materials together by February 1, 2014.
Proposed amendments to Bylaws appear on the Tentative Agenda, then the Final Agenda for vote by delegates.
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