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Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Fairfax (UUCF) Social Justice Council (SJC) Advocacy Policy And Procedures
The purpose of the Social Justice Council Advocacy Policy is to make policy decisions and take positions as a Council on social justice issues, and to take positions as a congregation after completion of an appropriate policy-making process which the Board has approved.
From the UUCF SJC Charter approved by the UUCF Board of Trustees, 7/13/97
The Social Justice Council accepts the authority and responsibility for making, on its own behalf (and not on behalf of the UUCF as a whole), public expressions of position on matters of social justice and conscience in connection with public policy, and related issues of the day. The Council will arrive at such positions following full and open discussion within the Council, guided by commonly shared UU Principles and Beliefs, and the UUCF Mission & Covenant Statement. The goal shall be to arrive at a consensus, but it shall be sufficient and required that at least 6 Council members (including the Lay Minister) be in favor of the position to be taken. It is expected that all council members be engaged in the discussion surrounding any position considered for public advocacy.
Advocacy Statement appended to charter by the SJC 10/22/97
In keeping with our UU [Unitarian Universalist] Shared Principles, a Congregational social justice resolution does not bind any individual UUCF member to the position nor in any way devalues those members who oppose the position. Minority opinions foster the diversity we cherish and represent an opportunity for continued dialogue among ourselves and in the community at large.
Unanimously approved by the Social Justice Council on 3/13/00 and approved by the UUCF Board of Trustees
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