Monday, January 28, 2008
UUA Board reaffirms Ft Lauderdale as G.A. site.
The Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Association has reaffirmed its decision to hold the 2008 UUA General Assembly in Fort Lauderdale, despite the controversial photo ID requirements at the site. A letter today from UUA President Bill Sinkford, Moderator Gini Courter, and G.A. Planning Committee Chair Beth McGregor explains:
The Board's decision to reaffirm the Fort Lauderdale site came after serious consideration of the factors involved with the site and an extensive investigation of alternatives by the General Assembly Office. The Board of Trustees ratified the GA Planning Committee's (GAPC) conclusion that there were no alternative venues in the area large enough to accommodate major events such as the Service of the Living Tradition or our Sunday worship service. The GAPC investigated the possibility of establishing a satellite location where those who either could not or chose not to present government issued identification to enter the convention center could participate in the GA plenary sessions, but they found significant obstacles and concluded that they could not realistically create an equal participatory experience for attendees at a satellite location.
The letter also provides links to statements made by the leadership of the UU Ministers Association, the Liberal Religious Educators Association, and Diverse and Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries (an organization of people of color). Be sure also to consult the Frequently Asked Questions About Security in Fort Lauderdale.
(For more on the controversy surrounding this summer's General Assembly, see "UUA leaders respond to General Assembly security concerns," uuworld.org 12.14.07; "Next year's General Assembly brouhaha today!," Philocrites 12.16.07.)
Copyright © 2008 by Philocrites | Posted 28 January 2008 at 5:19 PM