Greetings. I am in the plenary session. These are the sometimes very long meetings where the basic work of the Association gets done….. votes, etc. I am learning how this whole thing works. First, Gini Courter is an awesome moderator. Funny, yet getting down to business and keeping things moving along. Okay. Sorry, that post was not finished up because we got to the voting, etc. in the plenary and I had to pay more attention. Now I am at the UFETA booth. I’ve been to fewer workshops than I had originally planned because between the plenary sessions and working at the UFETA booth, and traveling I’ve been quite exhausted.
Some of the more interesting summaries/responses to GA: A straightforward summary from Chris Walton’s at UU World here http://www.uuworld.org/news/ga/
Over at Chalice Chick she writes about what a mess she thinks this morning’s plenary was and how she will probably vote against the final resolution. She also mentions Gini Courter and what an amazing moderator she is. I must second that (again). Here is CC’s post: http://chalicechick.blogspot.com/2006/06/uuaga06-ecological-imbalance-on-global.html I posted a comment that I think this morning was just fine. Democracy is messy. That’s just part of the process.
Yet Another Unitarian Universalist has several posts on GA http://www.danielharper.org/blog/ One of the earlier posts on GA refers to how introverts cope with the massive amount of people and interaction that one encounters at GA. Amen. (Although that is not to say that I don’t like it, it just drains me.) People So Bold! has some short posts on GA and on ministers’ days which precede GA.
CUUMBYA (a self-proclaimed conservative UU blogger) is not happy with the Peacemaking Resolution http://cuumbaya.blogspot.com/2006/06/uua-paints-itself-into-corner.html (neither is CC http://chalicechick.blogspot.com/2006/06/why-i-dont-like-peacemaking-resolution). I’m not in love with it, but I figure it can’t hurt to talk about something and learn more about something. As long as one side or the other doesn’t bulldoze in with their own agenda and get crazy.
Lo-Fi Tribe has not a bad thing to say about GA or UUs. A little rare among our ever-opinionated people. http://www.lofitribe.com/2006/06/22/unitarian-universalist-people/ Yay for positive blogging. I need to do that more too. I do love Unitarian Universalism so. It reminds me of my journal – when things are going well, I feel no need to write that down and “get it out” and process it. When things are less well, I journal to express, process, and think “outloud” — blogging is a tad similar in that it is easy to get worked up about things that don’t go well. Feels less necessary to get worked up about things that go beautifully.
Okay, I’ve run out of time. That’s all for now. I hope to feel up to posting my actual thoughts at some point. Need to eat now :) Elizabeth