I don’t wish the Commission on Social Witness any ill–indeed, I hope its advocates find a process that works for as many parties as possible. (But I will keep my distance from it, having other fish to fry.) Still, seeing that there’s only one item eligible for voting on the Parish Poll is embarrassing. If a majority vote no, will there be no item for action? And the flipside is will that one action draw much attention no matter how many congregations vote whichever way?
But debating immediate witness statements/public witnesses has been so much a center of General Assembly business that I was floored (pun intended) when I read UUA Moderator Gini Courter write: “General Assembly plenary sessions have been irrelevant for too long!” She promotes congregations choosing which practical internal matters they’d want to discuss. Perhaps an attempt to fill up the breach? A response to those complaining about how UUA elected leadership doesn’t take care of the home truths. In any case, a good idea.