Delegate Status for Religious Educators

Last year’s work to change the UUA bylaws to support UUA GA delegate status for LREDA members at the Active member level who are serving congregations is coming to bear fruit! The UUA has been working closely with LREDA to set up systems that will work for our members to be able to access their new right to vote.

Presently they are working on updating the credentialing documentation. If a congregation did not certify this year then the religious educator will not be eligible to participate as a delegate. You can track non-certified congregations here.

Larry Stritof, UUA Manager of Systems and App development in the IT Services department informs us “In terms of the process -- we're working on creating a web page where any user can go to determine if they are eligible to receive delegate credentials. This page will act as sort of a one-stop shop for Religious Educators, Ministers, and others who need help with the process. The credential process will not begin until early April. When the system goes live we'll email all the congregations, ministers, and religious educators instructions.”

In late April/Early May the UUA Board will finalize its business agenda at which time we will learn which business is going to be debated and voted on.

Stritof reminds us: “ It's worth noting and reiterating, because people get confused by this every year, delegate credentials do not constitute registration. They still need to register for GA if they plan on participating onsite or offsite.” Off-site registration in 2019 will be $160 until April 30 and $185 thereafter. Registration opens March 1, 2019

There are no contested positions being voted on at this GA which means that an ELECTION isn't being held. Those running to fill open positions will be declared elected at GA.


 Historical Information about "A Voice and a Vote"

The LREDA Board proposed a Bylaw change at the 2018 UUA General assembly seeking delegate status for LREDA members at the active level who are serving congregations. 


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Letter from the LREDA Board

The Board of the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA) requests your support for a Bylaw amendment to modify Article 4.8B to grant delegate status to all “Active members of LREDA who are currently serving a congregation."

Active members of LREDA are invested in and committed to the congregations we serve, yet our voices, experiences and wisdom are systemically silenced and excluded from our Unitarian Universalist Association through a variety of formal and informal systems.

Informed voters are the key to democracy and General Assembly is our annual living out of democracy as Unitarian Universalists. But, membership in a congregation, for non-ordained religious professionals, is required to attain delegate status at General Assembly. And, current congregational practice is for non-ordained staff to refrain from being members of the congregation they serve. LREDA members are able to represent issues from our local congregations and those of interest to the UUA as a whole. We seek to provide LREDA active members with the opportunity to serve our democracy using the experience and wisdom that comes from guiding faith development in congregational life.

LREDA is committed to dismantling white supremacy and hierarchical power structures. We recognize these aspects in our own LREDA culture and systems and are committed to replacing them with collaborative and collective systems of shared ministry.

Since last Spring, we have witnessed the UUA Board making similar efforts to awaken self examination of the systemic power structures that exist within Unitarian Universalism. We are inspired by Section C-2.3 of the UUA Bylaws (Inclusion), which states

Systems of power, privilege, and oppression have traditionally created barriers for persons and groups with particular identities, ages, abilities, and histories.

We pledge to replace such barriers with ever-widening circles of solidarity and mutual respect.
We strive to be an association of congregations that truly welcome all persons and commit to structuring congregational and associational life in ways that empower and enhance everyone’s participation

We invite the voting delegates at the 2018 UUA General Assembly to live into this inclusive vision of our association of congregations by amending Article 4.8 of the UUA Bylaws to grant delegate status to all “Active members of LREDA who are currently serving a congregation."