The First Unitarian Church of Baltimore voted todayâ€”in what was one of the shortest meetings in historyâ€”to extend voting rights to youth members who have completed the Coming of Age program. This changes the previous bylaw and constitution restriction to limit voting on congregational matters to members were are 18 years or older.
This issue has come before the congregation several times in the past, but never succeeded. Congratuations and thank you to youth leaders, Emily Cross-Barnet and Carrie DiGregorio for working for the proposition.
Now youth in 7th grade and up who take and complete the Coming of Age program may sign the book to become full voting members of the congregation if they desire.