The Active Democracy Study Group completed its mandate with the vote on the resolutions at the 2013 Annual Meeting. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about the implementation of the Active Democracy resolutions.
In 2005 the Canadian Unitarian Council passed four linked resolutions under the heading Imagine Canadian Democracy that encouraged “the CUC Board to be leaders in, and advocates for, adopting democratic and transparent procedures in CUC internal affairs; recognizing the need for the Board to speak with one voice, once decisions have been taken.”
At the 2010 AGM, the Council passed a Study Resolution on Active Democracy, appointing the Active Democracy Study Group to undertake a two-year national conversation regarding the democratic processes employed in the governance of the CUC. The Active Democracy Study Group explored such issues as the decision-making extent of the Board, the selection of congregational delegates to the AGM, and the involvement and representation of all the UU communities.
The CUC Active Democracy Study Group, co-chaired by John Hopewell and Rev. Karen Fraser Gitlitz, presented their report, Strengthening Our Democratic Voices, at the May 2012 Annual General Meeting.
- Strengthening Our Democratic Voices: Report of the Active Democracy Study Group (Revised December 2012) (pdf)
- Active Democracy Feedback Summary (pdf)
- Staff and Budget Implications of ADSG Resolutions (pdf)
Active Democracy Resolutions 2013
The Study Group submitted their recommendations in December 2012, and at the AGM in 2013 delegates voted on and approved the following resolutions in seven parts.
Study Group members:
|Rev. Karen Fraser Gitlitz (Co-Chair, Ministry Member)||Western Region|
|John Hopewell (Co-Chair)||BC Region|
|Gary Groot||Western Region|
|John Marsh (Ministry Member)||Eastern Region|
|Mary-Anne Parker (Religious Educators Member)||Western Region|
|Carol Cumming Speirs||Eastern Region|
|Devin Murphy (Young Adult Member)||Eastern Region|