News from Denominational Affairs – GA – Part 4

Another reflection about going to GA in Columbus OH in June:

From Lee Bannor

A great deal of my time at GA this year was spent circulating petitions for the “Action of Immediate Witness” sponsored by our church. The AIW called for the General Assembly to show support for the congressional resolution introduced by Cong. John Conyers to establish a commission to study reparations to African Americans. The other members of the UCE delegation circulated petitions as well and we had help from other groups as well. I’m pleased to report that we had more than twice as many signatures needed to place the AIW on the agenda.

The Commission on Social Witness winnowed out some of the proposals. Some didn’t have enough signatures, and some were too similar to recently passed AIWs. Ours was one of six placed on the Saturday agenda. On Saturday, the GA voted on which three would be on the final agenda Sunday. Unfortunately, our AIW didn’t make the cut. All of the proposals were worthy, though. In spite of this setback, UCE remains committed to racial justice.

In my opinion, the highlight of GA was the speech by Rev. Dr. William Barber, head of the N. Carolina NAACP who has been leading the charge to restore voting rights in our country. I also attend the forum for the three candidates for president of the UUA. I was impressed with all three, but I have a favorite at this point. Ask and I’ll tell you.