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Proposer's Guide—Part 1: Congregational Study Action Issues / Statements of Conscience

Every two years, the Commission on Social Witness (CSW) receives proposals from congregations and districts and specified Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) sponsored organizations for Congregational Study/Action Issues (CSAIs), each hoping theirs will be selected and will eventually result in a UUA Statement of Conscience. The Study and Action Process was created to uphold our principles and to engage Unitarian Universalists (UUs) in the articulation of our conscience on pressing social justice issues. The process is initiated by congregations, districts, and specified UUA sponsored organizations and culminates with the delegates at General Assembly (GA). The CSW facilitates transitions from one phase to the next.

After three years of study and action on a CSAI, the General Assembly delegates may adopt a Statement of Conscience (SOC) on the subject. It is the product of countless hours of thought, collaboration, and dedication. During the year following adoption of a SOC, congregations and UUA staff will work to implement the SOC and report their results to the following General Assembly. Adopted Statements of Conscience focus the efforts of congregations and other UU groups on the topic of the SOC, shape the meaning of contemporary Unitarian Universalism, and empower the UUA staff to lobby our positions in pending legislation.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why propose a Congregational Study/Action Issue?
  2. Who may propose a Congregational Study/Action Issue?
  3. Who is not permitted to propose a CSAI?
  4. What kind of issue is appropriate for a CSAI?
  5. What should my proposed CSAI look like?
  6. How do I submit my proposed CSAI?
  7. What happens between submission and General Assembly?
  8. What happens at GA?
  9. What happens after the first GA?
  10. What should I do now?

Proposer's Guide—Part 2: General Assembly Actions of Immediate Witness

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Last updated on Friday, October 10, 2014.

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