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I’m bringing copies of my resolution to the CUC ACM

I’m bringing copies of my resolution (the “Youth and Young Adult Empowerment Resolution”) to the Canadian Unitarian Council’s (CUC) Annual Conference and Meeting (ACM) in the hopes of spreading the word about it and it’s importance. As I have already stated in some of my previous posts, I am planing to get it on the agenda for next year. But what I have not mentioned is the process I most fallow to have it put on to the agenda. Well my resolution is not a General Social Responsibility Resolution and I was tolled it is not a Social Responsibility Resolution without Notice, so then what is it? Well apparently it is a Social Responsibility Resolution with Notes. So what dose that men? Well it means that in order for it to go on the agenda it must be sinned by at least 15 delegates, which represent at least 5 congregations, and this most be don by the time all the delegates are chosen. Apparently this is 3 months or so before the CUC ACM. And the sinned copes most be sent to the CUC’s offices in Toronto ones they are sinned. Well in order for it to be approved in time to go out with all the other resolutions in the pre-ACM packet which is sent to the congregations and their delegates.

Youth and Young Adult Empowerment Resolution Canadian adaptation – condensed version

After reviewing the Canadian adaptation I made of the Youth and Young Adult Empowerment Resolution written by Victoria Mitchell and Kimberlee Tomczak as well as their newly edited and condensed version, I came to the conclusion my adapted Canadian version it to could be condensed as well. So here is a condensed version of the Youth and Young Adult Empowerment Resolution Canadian adaptation. And I hope a finale version will be ready for adoption by the delegates at next years Annual Business Meeting of the Canadian Unitarian Council tacking place in Thunder Bay over the May long weekend.

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Youth and Young Adult Empowerment Resolution

WHEREAS the future of our organization benefits from the full participation of youth and young adults to enliven, grow and sustain our Unitarian Universalist movement, principles and ideals, including the use of the democratic process within our congregations and society at large; and

WHEREAS Youth and Young Adult empowerment is an attitudinal, structural and cultural process whereby young people gain the ability, authority and agency to make decisions and implement change in their own lives and the lives of other people to create multigenerational equity; and

WHEREAS unique opportunities at the congregational, regional, national and continental level for youth and young adult self-direction create synergy for a larger youth and young adult identity and promote communication and connections between local youth and young adults across the nation and the continent;

BE IT RESOLVED that the delegates at the 2009 Annual Business Meeting of the Canadian Unitarian Council mandate the Canadian Unitarian Council and its member congregations to:
1. Invite ministerial support to youth and young adults through inclusive worship and intentional presence; and
2. Invest financial support in youth and young adult, regional and national leadership bodies when viable; and
3. Provide and promote youth and young adult conferences, leadership and spiritual development events on the regional and national level including appropriate resources to insure they are accessible by all youth and young adults who which to attend them; and
4. Provide support for youth and young adult staff and volunteers to receive suitable training and resources; and
5. Support youth and young adult self-directed anti-racism and anti-oppression work; and
6. Provide and support Our Whole Lives for both youth and young adults; and
7. Attend to the needs of youth and young adult constituents with marginalized identities by providing resources and opportunities within the congregation and at the regional and national level; and
8. Establish and maintain a formal process of cooperation between the Canadian Unitarian Council and the Unitarian Universalists Association and its affiliated organizations (such as YRUU and C*UUYAN), with the stated goal of insuring long-lasting and healthy continental programming for both youth and young adults.

Youth and Young Adult Empowerment Resolution Canadian adaptation

This is an adaptation I have made of the great Youth and Young Adult Empowerment Resolution Written by Victoria Mitchell and Kimberlee Tomczak. It’s intended to be a version that the Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC) can have passed at its Annual Business Meeting. Either at this years CUC Annual Conference and Meeting in Ottawa in May, or more likely at next years in Thunder Bay. And it is pretty much the exact resolution that they wrote with only I think one vary un-Canadian section removed and the language changed to be more CUC friendly, plus I think I added a section about the CUC’s duties and responsibilities in regards to continental activities, events and programming. And the reason for this document is the CUC needs to have the values of youth and young adult empowerment be part of its work with youth and young adults also and ‘cause it also needs to play its role in the future of continental youth and young adult programming. And I do believe the CUC has a roll to play wen it comes to continental youth and young adult programming. Thoughts? And to read the original resolution that was the inspiration for this just go here.

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Youth and Young Adult Empowerment Resolution

WHEREAS youth and young adults in the past have been visionaries for our movement, youth and young adult leaders were a key component of bringing Unitarians and Universalists together in the merger of 1961 and the subsequent creation of the Unitarian Universalist Association; and

WHEREAS the future of our movement benefits from the full participation of youth and young adults to enliven, grow and sustain our Unitarian Universalist movement, principles and ideals, including the use of the democratic process within our congregations and society at large; and

WHEREAS the Canadian Unitarian Council supports the full participation of persons in all of its and their activities and in the full range of human endeavour without regard to . . . age”; and

WHEREAS Youth and Young Adult empowerment is an attitudinal, structural and cultural process whereby young people gain the ability, authority and agency to make decisions and implement change in their own lives and the lives of other people to create multigenerational equity; and

WHEREAS if youth and young adult empowerment is to be a reachable goal in our movement, it is necessary for there to be support in providing unique opportunities at the congregational, regional, national and continental level for youth and young adult self-direction and for youth and young adults to be active, full members of our movement and its, bodes groups organizations and congregations; and

WHEREAS youth and young adult involvement at the regional, national and continental levels create synergy for a larger youth and young adult identity and promote communication and connections between local youth and young adults across the continent; and

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT Canadian Unitarian Universalists call for a commitment to support youth and young adult empowerment within the Canadian Unitarian Council, including in its regional and national structures, events and bodes, as well as amongst the activities, groups and bodes of its member organizations and congregations; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Canadian Unitarian Universalists call for ongoing cooperation with the Unitarian Universalists Association and its affiliated organizations (such as YRUU and C*UUYAN) by the Canadian Unitarian Council and its regional and national, events and bodes, as well as amongst the activities, groups and bodes of its member organizations and congregations to insure long lasting continental programming for youth and young adults, which is in accordance with the values of youth and young adult empowerment; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the delegates at the 2008 Annual Business Meeting of the Canadian Unitarian Council urge all the Canadian Unitarian Universalist congregations to:
1. Annually assess how youth and young adults are or are not supported in worship and congregational settings; and
2. Provide ministerial support to youth and young adults through intentional guidance, presence, devotion and time wen appropriate and needed; and
3. Invest financial support in youth and young adult initiatives when viable; and
4. Provide support for youth and young adult staff and volunteers to receive suitable training and resources; and
5. Attend to the needs of youth and young adult constituents with marginalized identities by providing resources and opportunities within the congregation and at the regional, national and continental levels; and
6. Support youth and young adult self-directed anti-racism and anti-oppression work; and
7. The facilitation of and support for Our Whole Lives for both youth and young adults; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the delegates at the 2008 Annual Business Meeting of the Canadian Unitarian Council urges the Canadian Unitarian Council and its regional and national, events and bodes to:
1. Allot specific staff support for youth and young adult constituents, groups, bodes and their congregations; and
2. Allow for an authentic youth and young adult voice by having youth and young adult regional and national leadership bodies were feasible; and
3. Invest financial support in youth and young adult regional and national leadership bodies; and
4. Provide and promote youth and young adult conferences and leadership development events on the regional national and continental level; and
5. Attend to the needs of youth and young adult constituents with marginalized identities and their groups and congregations by providing resources and opportunities within regional, national and continental levels; and
6. Support youth and young adult self-directed anti-racism and anti-oppression work; and
7. The facilitation of and support for Our Whole Lives for both youth and young adults; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the delegates at the 2008 Annual Business Meeting of the Canadian Unitarian Council urge all the continental Unitarian Universalist institutions be that within the Canadian Unitarian Council, or within the Unitarian Universalist Association or jointly within both to:
1. Invest financial support in youth and young adult programs, initiatives and staff; and
2. Provide accessible resources for youth and young adult constituents at the regional/district, national and congregational level ware appropriate; and
3. Provide accessible resources for youth and young adult constituents, especially those with marginalized identities, who are currently not supported at the regional/district, national and congregational levels; and
4. Provide and promote youth and young adult conferences and leadership development events on the continental level; and
5. Allow for an authentic youth and young adult voice by having youth and young adult continental leadership bodies; and
6. Support youth and young adult self-directed anti-racism and anti-oppression work; and
7. The facilitation of and support for Our Whole Lives for both youth and young adults.

This Youth and Young Adult Empowerment Resolution is a Canadian adaptation by Devin Murphy of the UUA targeted Youth and Young Adult Empowerment Resolution Written by Victoria Mitchell and Kimberlee Tomczak