The Congregational Study Action Issue (CSAI) for 2006 - 2010 is "Peacemaking."
Should the Unitarian Universalist Association reject the use of
any and all kinds of violence and war to resolve disputes between peoples
and nations and adopt a principle of seeking just peace through nonviolent
As the human population has
increased there has been a corresponding increase in contact between groups of
people who were largely isolated from one another in the past. This contact,
coupled with differences in politics, religions, moral values, and beliefs as
well as economic injustices and competition for resources, have led to countless
conflicts around the world. Humankind struggles to achieve peaceful coexistence
economically, socially, politically, and spiritually.
Universalists have agreed with the theory and practice of "just war," or use of
force in self-defense to preserve the life of another person. However, we
have also supported peace and disarmament in over eighty resolutions since
our merger in 1961. We offer counseling for conscientious objector status.
We call on the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, the Mahatma Mohandas K.
Gandhi, the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, and the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. Our principles are models for peacemaking yet we act as if
violence is more effective than nonviolence in certain situations. As a
religious denomination, we need to clarify our position and apply our covenant
to affirm and promote the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and
justice for all.
text was adopted at the 2006 General Assembly in St. Louis, Missouri, as the
Congregational Study/Action Issue for 2006-2010.
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Last updated on Friday, May 3, 2013.
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