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DA2011 Keynote Video

Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed was the Keynote Speaker at the 2011 Central Midwest District Assembly in Bloomington Illinois.

“Why has becoming more culturally and racially diverse been such a challenge for UUism? Why, when our intentions are so good, is it still a struggle? There is a surprising, and painful, truth behind Unitarian Universalist efforts to become more racially and culturally diverse. This truth must begin with taking an honest look at who we are and why we are who we are, and it ends in a conundrum but not without hope. If UUs really want to change, accepting the truth is the only place to start. Torn between our reality and our aspirations, what are we to do?"

Approx. 35 minutes

DA2011 Sermon

The winner of the 2011 District Assembly Sermon Contest, is the Rev. Dr. Finley C. Campbell of First Unitarian Church of Chicago. His sermon, delivered Friday night at the District Assembly, is entitled "Credo vs Creed: The Ethical and Moral Dimensions of the Seven Principles."

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DA2011 - April 29-30

The Perversity of Diversityrev mark morrison reed

Fuzzy Aspirations & Hard Realities

Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed will be our Keynote Speaker in Bloomington Illinois at the Chateau Hotel and Conference Center

“Why has becoming more culturally and racially diverse been such a challenge for UUism? Why, when our intentions are so good, is it still a struggle? There is a surprising, and painful, truth behind Unitarian Universalist efforts to become more racially and culturally diverse. This truth must begin with taking an honest look at who we are and why we are who we are, and it ends in a conundrum but not without hope. If UUs really want to change, accepting the truth is the only place to start. Torn between our reality and our aspirations, what are we to do?"

This presentation with will include viewing the DVD: Black Pioneers in A White Denomination, music and singing that explores what music has and has not appeared in UU hymnals over the last 50 years, small group discussion in which hard questions are reflected upon and a lecture based upon the findings in the Rev. Dr. Mark Morrison-Reed’s just released book Darkening the Doorways: Black Trailblazers and Missed Opportunities in Unitarian Universalism. In the end we will not only consider why achieving diversity is challenging, but also talk about which congregations have become successfully diverse and how.

Join Mark Morrison-Reed for an inspirational exploration of these issues, combined with worship, music and fun! Saturday will consist of two sessions with our keynote presenter, including some small group breakouts. An extended lunch hour will offer 2 one-hour informal sessions for affinity groups, workshop-type presentations, resource sharing, or browsing the UUA bookstore and district vendors.

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DA2011 Agenda with By-Laws Amendments

Agenda

Bloomington, IL

Friday, April 29, 2011

  • Call to Order
  • Chalice Lighting & Affirmation of Covenant:

We, the people of the Central Midwest District, affirm the UU principles and purposes as a guide to align our actions with our values.  We covenant in word and deed, with a spirit of acceptance, reason and compassion, voicing our concerns, and using grace in disagreement.

  • Secretary affirms quorum: announce number of delegates, number of congregations
  • Questions about Printed Reports (President's, UUA Trustee, District Staff, APF Representative)
  • Treasurer’s Report & Presentation of Budget
  • Comments on Future Budgeting
  • Statement on Co-Employment and Regional Cooperation
  • New Business
    • By-laws Revisions (Resolution attached)
  • Old Business
  • Nominating Committee Report and Election (Ballot attached if needed)
  • Adjournment


Period for Announcements

Rev. Brian Covell

President


Proposed Amendments to the By-laws

WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees of the Central Midwest District of the Unitarian Universalist Association (the “District”) has reviewed the By-laws of the District; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees recommends that certain sections of the By-laws be updated;

Now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, that the By-laws of the Central Midwest District of the UUA shall be amended as follows:


Article III, Section 3(b), remove references to “the Director of Religious Education.”


Article IV, Section 3 (c), substitute for “proposed”, “Board approved.”


Article IV, Section 5, append “Consideration of resolutions without prior notice and discussion of said resolution shall last no more that 20 minutes combined, pending parliamentary procedure.  The Chair or his or her designee may defer any decision on a resolution to the assemblage for a majority approval.”


Article V, Section 3, amend sentence 3 to read “The UUA trustee shall be nominated by petition and elected in the manner prescribed by these by-laws for no more than 2 terms.”


Article V, section 4 (a), amend sentence 1 to read “All elections herein provided for shall be conducted by submitting ballots for this purpose to the member congregations...”


Article V, Section 4 (b) amend sentence 1 to read, “Delegates may cast ballots by mail, absentee, electronic transmission, or in person at the annual meeting as specified in the notice of meeting.”


Article VII, Section 1 (a), to append “The Board shall approve a proposed budget for the next fiscal year at the quarterly meeting prior to District Assembly.”

 

A copy of the By-laws showing proposed changes may be found HERE.