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What kind of issue is appropriate for a Congregational Study/Action Issue (CSAI)?

  • An issue complex enough to merit three years of study and action by congregations and districts before a position on the matter is adopted by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), and after adoption, a fourth year of focused implementation.
  • An issue for which there is a strong “yes” to questions of grounding, fit, and opportunity:
    1. Grounding: Does Unitarian Universalist (UU) theology and practice resonate with the issue historically, ethically, and spiritually?
    2. Fit: Do our member congregations have the resources and people to take meaningful action on this issue?
    3. Opportunity: Do circumstances make it likely that our member congregations would become respected participants in public dialogue on this issue?
  • An issue that lends itself to study and action that would enable UUs to put our Principles into practice
  • An issue that lends itself practically to congregational and/or district study and action projects
  • An issue that the UUA has not recently adopted a position on through a General Resolution (before 1996) or a Statement of Conscience (after 1996), unless further study and action would substantially enhance or change the UUA’s position
  • An issue that is not so urgent that it would be appropriate for immediate advocacy through an Action of Immediate Witness at the next General Assembly (GA)

Please note the following:

  • You are encouraged to contact the Director of the UUA Washington Office for Advocacy for feedback and assistance on choosing, narrowing, and articulating your CSAI proposal. You can reach this office at (202) 393-2255.
  • You are encouraged to review past social witness statements on issues related to yours.
  • A proposed CSAI may neither direct the actions of UUA. staff nor require the UUA to encumber funds.

What should my proposed CSAI look like?

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Last updated on Tuesday, August 30, 2011.

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