Announcement of UUCM Special Congregational Meeting

Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 11:15am
At the request of petitioners from the congregation, the board is calling a special congregational meeting to approve a public statement by UUCM.  This statement describes our racial justice commitment and will be accompanied by a “Black Lives Matter” banner on the exterior of our building.

This meeting will be held on February 28 at 11:15 am.

To attend, please register through this REGISTRATION LINK. Please have each member register separately, even if you live in the same household. For voting purposes, it is better for each member to also log in with their own device if possible. If this isn’t possible, we will have alternative voting options. More meeting details are outlined below:

The petitioners are seeking approval for the following statement and accompanying display of a banner with the words “Black Lives Matter.”

Public Statement: “Black Lives Matter. Period. A sign that states Black Lives Matter is part of our racial justice work. The sign is symbolic of our congregational journey towards justice for people of color. It symbolizes the work we are doing and our commitment to future work.  A sign is a bold message to our community that we stand in solidarity with people of color and hold them in love and honor. We will not back down or turn away from oppression but fight against it. We want the world to know our congregation takes a firm stand against racism in its many forms, and communicate our commitment to the journey of ensuring that Black Lives Matter.”

The meeting agenda is as follows:

Agenda:
Welcome and Chalice Lighting – Rev Lisa Friedman
Call to Order – Cathy Bujold, Vice-President
Appointment of Recording Secretary and Parliamentarian – Cathy Bujold
Introductory Comments – Becky Halat, Board Trustee
Reading of Public Statement – Kate Flom
Consideration of Public Statement on “Black Lives Matter” by UUCM – Cathy Bujold
Adjourn

The Racial Justice Team, part of the Social Justice Ministry, have previously conducted forums for the congregation to discuss the statement, and notes from those forums can be found HERE. The current statement is a revision of the previously published statement used in the forums. We invite people to submit additional comments on the statement and the banner in advance of the meeting. Please indicate if you’d like your statement shared publicly at the special meeting. Note that if your statement is shared publicly, your name will be included in the minutes in accordance with our Covenant on Right Relations.

ACTION ITEM:

To attend, please register through this REGISTRATION LINK. Please have each member register separately, even if you live in the same household. For voting purposes, it is better for each member to also log in with their own device if possible. If this isn’t possible, we will have alternative voting options.

 Please contact Becky Halat or Fred Hulting with questions about the special meeting, and Kate Flom with questions about the public statement.

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