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Business of the Plenum

Agenda items for plenum sessions will include (but are not limited to):

  1. Votes on public positions as recommended by the Tikkun Olam Commission, and policies of the Reconstructionist movement

Positions are taken in response to larger world developments. They are externally oriented (e.g., gun control, hunger, immigration policy). The board of governors will also vote on positions, separately from the plenum. Both the plenum and the board must agree for something to become the official position of the Reconstructionist movement.

Policies are internally directed and guide the practice and behavior of the Reconstructionist movement (e.g., patrilineal descent, egalitarian roles). The plenum, board of governors, and membership of the RRA must all approve a proposal for it to become a policy for the movement.

  1. Regular updates on movement priorities
  2. Regular reports from the Congregational Services Committee
  3. Reports as needed from the movement commissions: Youth and Education, Movement Growth and Financial Health, Tikkun Olam
  4. At every spring meeting, the RRC president will facilitate a discussion on emerging budget and program priorities of the central organization.


The plenum also has a role in electing leadership of the central movement organization. The plenum elects its own chair, who serves as the chair of the Congregational Services Committee. The plenum also elects a congregational representative for the Congregational Services Committee and one for the Movement Advisory Committee. Finally, the plenum ratifies the board of governors slate for at-large governors and select ex officio governors, including the chairs of the movement ommissions (Youth and Education, Movement Growth and Financial Health, Tikkun Olam).

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