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Key Dates in the Ethical Eating: Food and Environmental Justice CSAI Process

June 25-29, 2008: General Assembly 2008 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Ethical Eating: Food and Environmental Justice selected as the Congregational Study/Action Issue (CSAI) for 2008-2012. Congregations and districts are encouraged to begin programs of education and reflection, service, community organizing, advocacy, and public witness.

November 1, 2008: Deadline for Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Advocacy and Witness staff to post the initial Study Guide. Congregations will be notified of its availability.

March 2, 2009: Deadline for congregations and districts to submit comments on the Ethical Eating: Food and Environmental Justice CSAI and Resource Guide. These comments will help the Commission on Social Witness (CSW) prepare for the workshop at General Assembly.

June 24-28, 2009: General Assembly 2009 in Salt Lake City, UT. The CSW conducts workshops on Ethical Eating: Food and Environmental Justice. Study and action continues.

March 1, 2010: Deadline for congregations and districts to submit comments regarding the Ethical Eating: Food and Environmental Justice CSAI and the Resource Guide.

June 23-27, 2010: General Assembly 2010 in Minneapolis, MN. The CSW conducts workshops on Ethical Eating: Food and Environmental Justice. Study and action continues.

November 15, 2010: Deadline for the CSW to prepare a draft Statement of Conscience (SOC) on Ethical Eating: Food and Environmental Justice. The draft statement, a comment form, and a ballot to place the draft Statement of Conscience on the Final Agenda of GA 2011 will be included in the Congregational Poll. Congregations will be notified of its availability.

February 1, 2011: Deadline for Congregational Poll ballots and Comment Forms. In order to be placed on the Final Agenda for General Assembly, twenty-five percent (25%) of all certified congregations must participate in the ballot vote on the Statement of Conscience, with a majority voting affirmatively. The CSW shall then prepare and place on the Final Agenda a revised draft Statement of Conscience, taking into consideration comments received by the member congregations and districts.

June 22-26, 2011: General Assembly 2011 in Charlotte, NC. General Assembly delegates consider the Statement of Conscience. It can be amended; overall approval requires a two-thirds vote. The Assembly may also, by a two-thirds vote, refer the Statement for an additional year of study. If adopted, congregations, districts, and UUA staff carry out a year of implementation.

June 20-24, 2012: General Assembly 2012 in Phoenix, AZ. If a Statement of Conscience was adopted in the previous year, workshops are held on it. This concludes the Study/Action cycle for Ethical Eating: Food and Environmental Justice.

For more information contact socialwitness @ uua.org.

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Last updated on Friday, August 19, 2011.

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