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Here are the ideas so far:
- Moratorium on condemning things at GA
- Member ratification of GA resolutions
- GA in Las Vegas every year
- Hold GA every two years
- Actions of Immediate Witness Require a 66 percent vote
- Lay off 1/3 of the UUA National Staff
- Move UUA headquarters to St. Louis
- Disassociate Unitarianism and Universalism
- American Sister Churches
- Eliminate UU Hypocrisy
- Merge UUism with another liberal faith
- Found a UU monestary
- Support Lay Ministry
- Change the name
- Develop a UU Yoga
- Celebrate World Day of Conscience during days on which a total solar eclipse takes place anywhere in the world.
- Streamline the UUA
- Social Justice Activities should be placed in a religious context.
- Be Proactive in Best Practice Sharing
- Less Emerson, More Parker.
- A Separate non-tax exempt political organization
- UUs need to minister to recent immigrants
- Rewrite the Principles and Purposes
- Inreach to the Unchurched
- Abandon Our History
- Real Outreach
- Build an association of free faiths
- Dissolve the UUA and hold a new Constitutional Convention
- Come up with a mission statement of shared values
- Focus on the Freedom
A couple of notes:
1. I'm going to go through and add links to the blogs of bloggers who submitted ideas.
2. Addenda to the rules:
A. Generalized opinions are not plans. (e.g. "We should have more diversity" is not a plan. I'm sure Sinkford would love to have more diversity and would gladly snap his fingers and make that happen were that an option. "We should have more diversity and here's how we should get it..." is the beginning of a plan.) People who write to me suggesting more diversity, a central core to UUism or making the UUA more Christian without a plan for getting there will be diqualified under "Rule A." Yes, Robin Edgar's thing about reducing hypocrisy is probably a violation of this, but I'm grandfathering it in as I thought of rule A after reading it.
B. This is a tricky one and I'm afraid it will largely come down to a judgement call on my part. The plans should in some sense be yours. I accepted Jamie Goodwin's idea about changing the name as changing the name is not a plan associated with one specific person and he came up with a voting mechanism. I accepted the UU Monastery idea Indrax submitted because the lady who thought of it is actually another poster on my blog. (UUism is a frightfully small world.) So far, I've rejected a plan that the Commission on Social Witness came up with. In general, if there's already a large movement to put your plan into action, it doesn't need to win theChaliceblog's hinky little contest.
B-2. Addendum to rule B. Ideas that come straight from a famous UU are not eligible to win the contest. But I will gladly put them on the additional ideas page.
3. You people seriously need to sleep in on the weekends. I got some 15 emails with comments, ideas and rules questions between the hours of 4 a.m. and 9 a.m., both eastern time.
4. Philo has posted his own idea which is slightly different in scope. It sounds good to me.
5. Steve suggests everybody review the relevant UUA bylaws before posting something to keep things the UUA is already doing from coming in as suggestions. While I recognize that this is in some ways a good idea, I do not want to get into fights over iterpretation of the bylaws and I also kind of like the "brainstormy" nature of this activity.
My solution is this: Steve seems to be enjoying telling people how wrong they are immensely. So I propose that when it comes time to vote, you read the comments on each proposal you are thinking about voting for. If Steve says the UUA is already doing that proposal and you agree with his interpretation of the bylaws, don't vote for that one.
6. Clyde Grubbs has some interesting things to say about the pseudo-corporate structure of the UUA. Neat stuff. Check it out.
7. I will set up a system for voting over the weekend.
Now, let's talk about the ideas!