Linked HERE is a copy of the AMENDED Proposal for Reparations at USG dated 3/6/2024.  The revisions are based on comments made at the information and education sessions about the proposal that were held in February and March 2024.  Proposal deletions are indicated by crossed out text (text) and additions are indicated by red font color.  

Thanks to all the members who participated in the town hall discussions and the congregational meeting on the reparations proposal. The proposal received a ringing endorsement by the congregation. A total of 76 people voted on the proposal, including absentee ballots, and the proposal was passed by 90%, 71–6.   Now we will watch for information on next steps to begin the work of implementing the proposal. 

The Reparations Committee
Linda Bernstein, chair 
Andrea Barsevick
Carla Campbell
Deborah Coleman 
Christine Ginsburg

History of the Proposal: 
The reparations committee was an outgrowth of a group of USG members who studied and reflected on the UUA working paper entitled “Widening the Circle of Concern.” That study and reflection went on for two years, from approximately June 2020 to June 2022. Each person who participated in the Widening the Circle study group was asked to go forward with one or more actions with the view to Widening the Circle at USG. The Reparations Committee began work in October 2022. Over time others volunteered for the committee. In April 2023, we invited members from Green Street Friends Meeting to visit USG and explain the reparations proposal they have enacted. In October 2023 USG’s Reparations Committee. presented the proposal to the Elderhood group. In December 2023, we presented it to the USG Board.  The week of Jan 22, 2023, the proposal emailed to members. Town hall discussions held Sunday Feb 4 in person, after the church service, Tuesday Feb 13, by Zoom 7:00pm (cancelled for no rsvps), Sunday Feb 25 in person, after the church service and Wednesday Mar 6, by Zoom, 7:00pm.
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