Proposal: To Change the Name of the "Unitarian Universalist Young Adults for Climate Justice" to "Re-Generation"
This is a consensus decision-making proposal intended only for young adults (age 18-35) who are interested-in or already engaged in the UU Young Adults for Climate Justice network (any active member of the network can make a proposal). Proposed by: Aly Tharp CONTEXT: The "Unitarian Universalist Young Adults for Climate Justice" --- a.k.a. UUYACJ --- is a very long name, and it does not seem easy for people who work with us or introduce us to say or remember. I've heard such things as "the young adults for climate change" more than once, which is not exactly what we're going for.
February 18-21st, there was a gathering of eight members of UUYACJ in Central Texas, in which the possibility of changing the name of our organization was discussed. It was also discussed on our last organizing call -- March 10th, 2016. The most-liked option that has emerged from these conversations is "Re-Generation".
We will be sure to prominently include descriptors such as "originally the Unitarian Universalist Young Adults for Climate Justice" on our website and wherever else relevant, for at least one year.
There is interest in making this decision quickly, because we are also having conversations about launching an ongoing podcast project. Ideally this podcast can be launched/premiered during Commit2Respond - Climate Justice Month (March 22 - April 22), and it would be better to have made a decision about our name before we publicly launch a podcast. That said, this is a major decision and this organization has a commitment to consensus-based decision making (which often takes more time than other models of decision making). I ask that you please weigh-in on this matter quickly, but honestly.
Why "Re-Generation"? We liked this name because "re-" ,"generation", and "regeneration" all have richness in meaning and relevance to our work for climate justice as a community of young adults. "Re-" is the beginning to many words: regeneration, resistance, revolution, revitalize, reduce, reuse, recycle, etc. etc. "Generation" evokes the notion of an age group (e.g. young adults), but also evokes a sense of creation. "Regeneration" has two definitions in Merriam-Webster that relate to who we are as an organization: - Spiritual renewal or revival - Renewal or restoration of a body, bodily part, or biological system (as a forest) after injury or as a normal process.
PROPOSAL: That the Unitarian Universalist Young Adults for Climate Justice change our name to "Re-Generation"
How This Works: Fill out the form below, to submit your feedback to this proposal. Our network coordinator (Aly Tharp) will respond to all clarifying questions and concerns raised, copying everyone currently participating in the process and all core members* of the organization. If it becomes clear from concerns-raised that more conversation or a modified proposal is needed, we will make that happen.
*Core members have participated in a minimum of three monthly organizing calls and participated in at least one of our programs (campaigns, trainings or workshops, book club, etc.). Only core members have the ability to block a decision.
To participate in this decision, fill out this form by no later than Saturday, March 19, 2016. If it becomes clear from concerns-raised that more conversation or a modified proposal is needed, we will make that happen as quickly as possible.