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Speak Out for Social Justice—Louisville 2013
The social witness process is our communal process.
Implementation of our adopted statements is everyone’s responsibility.
Today’s schedule includes the Debate and Vote on the Immigration as a Moral Issue SOC.
Just arrived and glazing over about how to navigate the social witness process? An overview of the entire process awaits in living color at the Commission on Social Witness (CSW) booth #427. Remember that this daily CSW Alert is organized according to what’s happening most immediately for the draft Statement of Conscience (SOC), the current Congregational Study Action Issue (CSAI), and Actions of Immediate Witness (AIW). All related events are described below.
Welcome to Louisville and General Assembly (GA) 2013! Hold on to this Summary Commission on Social Witness (CSW) Alert. It’s your first of four daily guides to our social witness work at GA. As delegates of member congregations, it’s up to you to participate in the workshops and plenaries. There is much at stake, including voting on adopting the Draft Statement of Conscience on Immigration as a Moral Issue, attending programs on our active Congregational Study/Action Issues on Immigration and Reproductive Justice, and seeing opportunities to propose and adopt Actions of Immediate Witness. Plan to participate fully, and ask about what you don’t understand. You can access CSW members at Booth 427 in the Exhibit Hall and up front, on the right, during the plenary sessions that include CSW business, or at email@example.com. Let’s bear social witness together!
Check pages 72-75 of the Program Book (PDF, 136 pages) to find additional information on the social witness processes named below. At the CSW booth you’ll find a copy of the Delegates’ Guide to Social Witness and a large visual display on the process (which is also available on the About the Social Witness Process page).
Let’s first clear up the alphabet soup:
The CSAI emerges first in a congregation, district, or sponsored organization and moves through a process of congregational and GA selection every two years. An SOC is drafted by the CSW in the third year and presented to congregations and delegates for comments, proposed amendments, and final approval.
You also will have the opportunity at this GA to speak out on specific issues demanding our immediate attention through AIWs. You draft them. You propose them (preference is given to group-originated proposals). Delegates support them by signing sponsors’ petitions and voting to admit them to the GA agenda. Mini-assemblies are slated for Saturday afternoon from 1:45 - 3:00 p.m. for up to three AIWs that you as delegates can vote onto the Agenda. At the Sunday afternoon Plenary, delegates debate and vote on whether they are adopted and carry the authority of this GA.
Each CSW Alert will be organized according to what’s happening most immediately for the Draft SOC, Active CSAI, and AIWs. Related events will be highlighted.
Questions? Visit the CSW at Booth 427 in the Exhibit Hall or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Last updated on Friday, March 28, 2014.
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