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Thursday, January 10, 2008

UUA Board meets in Boston, January 18-20.

Flags outside 25 Beacon StreetThe quarterly meeting of the board of trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Association is taking place in Boston January 18-20. The hot topic will undoubtedly be the security requirements at the site of the 2008 General Assembly, which requires a government-issued ID for admittance because it's inside a port. (The issue fired up the board back in October.) But the agenda also includes other important topics, including the Ministerial Fellowship Committee's proposed new rules (27 pages of them) governing the credentialing process for UU clergy; if the Board approves them, they'll be presented to the General Assembly for approval.

Board meetings are open to the public. Here's my suggestion for people who want to make the most out of a visit to the board: Look at Saturday afternoon's agenda. The four "working groups" each get 25 minutes to report out on longer conversations they will have held on Friday. Pick the working group that seems to be discussing the topic you care most about. ("Our Association," for example, is scheduled to discuss independent affiliates and the UUA's elections process; "Growth" will be discussing, well, growth initiatives.) Then go to its Friday session. Trustees welcome visitors at working group sessions, and sometimes even invite their input.

Here's the complete packet of agendas and reports for the January meeting. Data hounds interested in theological education will want to note this letter from David Pettee to Arliss Ungar, included in the Our Association working group materials, about enrollment in UU in non-UU seminaries and the numbers of alumni/ae from each school who achieve final fellowship. I haven't made my way through all this material yet, so if you find something you think others would find especially interesting, please mention it in the comments below.

(P.S. I'm still pretty much on hiatus, but I may pop in from time to time with something timely like this.)

Copyright © 2008 by Philocrites | Posted 10 January 2008 at 8:03 AM

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January 14, 2008 05:01 PM | Permalink for this comment

The packet is not so complete: it misses the "ICUU report". Too bad, it is the only one I was interested in...


January 14, 2008 05:21 PM | Permalink for this comment

Jaume, email Nancy Lawrence and ask when the ICUU report will be made available. (Some reports in the past have been delivered to the board late, and so weren't put up on the Web at the same time, but it's odd that the board packet gives the number of pages in the ICUU report without providing a link.) Let us know what you find out.

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