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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Bylaw changes rationale for Nov. 1 2020 Congregational Meeting

Vote Yes on Nov. 1 at UUCT Meeting.
The Committee on Ministry encourages all to Vote Yes on proposed amendments to the UUCT Bylaws at the Sunday Nov. 1 Zoom Congregational meeting.
In addition to program evaluation, Article VII charges the COM with addressing church conflicts.  That task will in future be the responsibility of the new Healthy Congregation Team and a Safety Response Team appointed to implement a Board approved Destructive Behavior Policy.  Vote Yes to delete conflict resolution from its role and to approve renaming COM the Congregational Evaluation Team (CET) charged with assessing all UUCT programs and making recommendations to staff and lay leaders. 
The Destructive Behavior policy addresses rare but egregious, threatening misconduct that might result in an appeal to the police and possible suspension or termination of membership.  Vote Yes to approve adding a reference to the Destructive Behavior Policy in Article III on Membership along with new language assuring due process for a member charged with misconduct.
With a change in name to CET, the Article IV reference to COM must be changed, but a far more substantive change in the same article has nothing to do with any of the above.  That proposed absentee voting Amendment will give any member unable to vote in person at a Congregational meeting significant new rights in accord with the 5th UU principle affirming use of the democratic process.
Questions?  Contact Howard Tolley, Beth Britton or Julie Olson.  Email the office if you need their contact information or see the directory.

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