I know that I’m nosy, so I try to find out as much as I can about things that interest me. And when I first encountered UUism, I tried to learn as much as I could as fast as I could.
So I’m really shocked that there are so many UUs out there who’ve never heard of the Commission On Appraisal. One of the few committees that is explicitly mentioned in the UUA by-laws, its job is to study issues that are relevant to the wider UU community.
If you are interested in what the COA does, here’s what the by-laws state:
Section 5.8. Commission on Appraisal.
The Commission on Appraisal shall consist of nine elected members. A member shall not during the term of office serve as a trustee or officer or hold a salaried position in the Association. The Commission on Appraisal shall:
- review any function or activity of the Association which in its judgment will benefit from an independent review and report its conclusions to a regular General Assembly;
- study and suggest approaches to issues which may be of concern to the Association; and
- report to a regular General Assembly at least once every four years on the program and accomplishments of the Association.
There is a reason that the COA has put out an alert about its funding. Unfunded mandates don’t work (as anyone who has dealt with them knows). To require the COA to do a study and not fund it makes no sense.