Monday, February 18, 2008
Sinkford: Continental YRUU will be replaced.
In a letter to the YRUU Steering Committee (and copied to the Board of Trustees), UUA President Bill Sinkford acknowledged Saturday that "Continental YRUU, as we have known it, will be replaced at some point by a new structure that will serve us better." He said, however, that some of the information in a letter from the Steering Committee last week announcing the imminent end of YRUU was incorrect and attributed it to miscommunication by UUA staff. The key paragraphs in the letter follow:
The findings of the Consultation demonstrate that there is a broad consensus that the current structure for continental youth ministry is not serving our faith well. It is true that Continental YRUU, as we have known it, will be replaced at some point by a new structure that will serve us better. It is the task of the Youth Ministry Working Group to recommend that new structure. The decision to hold the Working Group meetings at the same time as your meetings this year in February and April was intended to maximize the opportunity for Steering Committee input in the development of the new structure.
Unfortunately, as a result of failures in communication within the UUA staff, some incorrect information was shared with you at your recently completed meeting. You were told that the Continental YRUU structure would end in June of this year and that there was no funding in the UUA's budget for Youth Council next summer. The reality is that the UUA's budget for next year will not be presented to the UUA Board for approval until its April meeting. No firm decisions have been made about ending support for the Continental YRUU structure. And because of YRUU's status as a Sponsored Organization, the UUA Board will have to approve any decision to end support for the organization. I apologize for the distress that incorrect information has caused.
He added that the Youth Ministry staff will be preparing a Frequently Asked Questions document this week about the process of revisioning UU ministry that began with the Consultation on Ministry to and with Youth.
For background, see "YRUU, C*UUYAN funding decisions not entirely clear" and "Sinkford asks for patience on youth, young adult changes" (Philocrites 2.14.08).
Copyright © 2008 by Philocrites | Posted 18 February 2008 at 11:19 AM