GA 09: Day Four
Last day of Business
Emergency motion came from my district where Unitarians have suddenly been banned from a state-funded Church of England school: passed.
A motion calling for a set of "behavioural principles" I guess what they mean is something like the Seven Principles of the UUA. But just observing the debate about the revision of these in the blogosphere has got me feed up of it all. I can't be bothered with arguments about words. And I don't think we should be directing our energy at this when we could be investing in practical mission and spiritual renewal. I voted against. The motion passed.
A motion calling for the Scout Association to allow atheist leaders. I was undecided and abstained. The motion passed.
A motion calling for the results of the Executive Committee elections to be published. At the moment only the three-member electoral panel know the results. We only get names not numbers. I voted against and the motion was defeated. That's the first time in the four years I've been going to GA that a motion has actually been defeated.
Overall there was a lot more debate, and a lot closer votes this year than any other year I've been to before. Instead of voting for motherhood and apple pie these motions actually represented a debate, and personally I voted against more motions than I ever have. But I found the debates to be cordial and good-humoured and I enjoyed them.
It's also worth saying that the youth got a proper voice this year too. Horah!
Procedural and ceremonial stuff:
The new Executive Committee were installed. Bob Wightman became the new President, Derek McAuley became the new Treasurer.
Joyce Ashworth as retiring President gave a very moving address.
Overall not the most exciting Annual Meetings: no stand-out talks by anyone. No really amazing worship. No great clarion-call or great commission. Sorta luke-warm. Not bad, not great.
Right, I'm off for a week now. Tara.