I'll attend the Unitarian Universalist Association's General Assembly 2015 next week, as a member of the UUA Board of Trustees and convener of the Board's Committees Working Group. One item before the GA is a proposal to transform the Commission on Appraisal. I want to share here how the Board got to this proposal and why I personally think it’s a good step for the UUA.
The biggest reason I’m supporting this move is that it will create an avenue for the Commission to have a greater influence on the governance and vision of our Association. Yes, the Commission has long had influence and suasion within our UUA. But it does not have a home in our structure of governance and action to accomplish the UUA's mission. It can recommend action to the Board, but not compel the Board to take that action. It can recommend actions to the administration or the congregations in the same way. It can place items on the General Assembly agenda: this is its most formal authority. I’m in favor of a change that transforms this influence into greater formal authority.
The bylaws proposal does three things: it transforms the Commission into an appointed committee of the Board; it gives it the primary charge of conducting linkage on behalf of the Board, in addition to continuing its charge of identifying areas which need study within Unitarian Universalism; and it asks the Commission to report annually to the Board and the General Assembly.
Going a little deeper into some issues I know people care about: