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Section 4.18. Agenda Rules.

Rule G-4.18.1. Notice to Member Congregations and Districts.

By November 1 whenever in the fiscal year the General Assembly opens in June, otherwise not less than two hundred and ten days before each regular General Assembly, each certified member congregation and district shall be notified of the dates for submitting items for the Tentative and Final Agenda, the procedure to be followed, and the forms to be used.

Rule G-4.18.2. Business Resolutions and Study/Action Issues for Social Justice.

A Study/Action Issue for Social Justice is one that deals with issues of public policy within the province of the Department of Faith in Action. 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.

A Study/Action Issue for Social Justice or a UUA Statement of Conscience appearing on the Final Agenda shall not be amended so as to become a Business Resolution.

Rule G-4.18.3. Congregational Poll.

At the time of the mailing of the Tentative Agenda each certified member congregation shall be requested to report by February 1, on a form provided whether it recommends or does not recommend for action by the General Assembly the Business Resolutions, proposed Congregational Study/Action Issues in the first Cycle year, and draft UUA Statements of Conscience in the Fourth Cycle year, or any additional years thereto pursuant to Section 4.12(d)(2) appearing on the Tentative Agenda, including the alternative versions of Business Resolutions (if any) submitted by the Board of Trustees. The recommendation with respect to each proposed resolution or issue must be certified by the minister, clerk or president of that congregation as being within the procedures of that congregation. Only a Business Resolution which a majority of the congregations voting on the resolution recommends for the action shall be eligible to be included on the Final Agenda from the Congregational Poll. If there is more than one version of a Business Resolution on the Tentative Agenda, the subject of the resolution shall be considered a single item on the Tentative Agenda and the Congregational Poll. All versions shall be listed consecutively within that item. An aye vote by a congregation for one or more versions shall be counted an aye vote for inclusion of a resolution on the subject in the Final Agenda. If support for the subject matter of the resolution is sufficient to make it eligible for inclusion on the Final Agenda, the version that receives the highest number of votes by the participating congregations shall be the one eligible for inclusion on the Final Agenda. From the Business Resolutions eligible from the Congregational Poll, the Board of Trustees shall include on the Final Agenda not more than the eight Business Resolutions receiving the highest number of "recommended for action" votes on the Congregational Poll. The Board of Trustees may also include on the Final Agenda alternative versions of Business Resolutions which are germane to those selected through the Congregational Poll. In the first Cycle year, the Board of Trustees also shall include on the Final Agenda not more than the five proposed Congregational Study/Action Issues receiving a majority of votes and the highest number of "recommended for action" votes on the Congregational Directives for General Assembly Action, provided that at least twenty-five percent (25%) of the congregations participated in the ballot vote for such proposed Congregational Study/Action Issues. If the number of proposed Congregational Study/Action Issues recommended for action in the Congregational Poll exceeds five and there is more than one such issue in fifth position as a result of a tie vote, all issues in fifth position shall be referred to the Final Agenda by the Commission on Social Witness. In the fourth Cycle year, or any additional years thereto pursuant to Section 4.12(d)(2), the Board of Trustees shall further include on the Final Agenda a proposed UUA Statement of Conscience, provided that at least twenty-five percent (25%) of the congregations participated in the ballot vote for such draft UUA Statement of Conscience. A report of the vote by which each resolution on the Tentative Agenda was or was not "recommended for action" shall be included on the Final Agenda. All Business Resolutions that are included on the Final Agenda shall be discussed during the General Assembly in a mini-assembly.

Rule 4.18.4. Matters Submitted by Districts

In the event that a proposed amendment to a Rule or to a Business Resolution that was submitted by a district is to be considered at a General Assembly, the district that submitted the proposed amendment or resolution may, in accordance with its own procedures, designate a representative to speak in support of the amendment or resolution at the General Assembly. The representative must be provided by the district with a certification of the representative’s appointment signed by an officer of the district.

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Last updated on Friday, July 22, 2011.

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