Key Dates in the "Immigration as a Moral Issue" CSAI Process
The Congregational Study/Action Issue (CSAI) process is designed to engage Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations in an ongoing process of study, action and reflection on pressing social issues. The process is congregationally driven and it is facilitated by the Commission on Social Witness (CSW) with support from the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) staff.
General Assembly 2010: Immigration As A Moral Issue selected as the Congregational Study/Action Issue (CSAI) for 2010-2014. Congregations and districts are encouraged to begin programs of education and reflection, service, community organizing, advocacy, and public witness.
November 1, 2010: Deadline for Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Multicultural Growth and Witness staff to post the initial Study Guide. Congregations will be notified of its availability.
Fall 2010-Spring 2011: Congregations begin the study of Immigration and get their ongoing comments to the CSW.
March 1, 2011: Deadline for congregations and districts to submit comments on the Immigration as a Moral Issue CSAI and Resource Guide. These comments will help the CSW prepare for the workshop at General Assembly.
General Assembly 2011: The CSW will conduct programs and workshops on the topic of Immigration and report on congregational involvement with the issue.
Summer 2011-Spring 2012: Congregations continue programs of education and reflection, community organizing, advocacy, and public witness on Immigration. Comments submitted by congregations to the CSW are reviewed and the Resource Guide is updated.
March 1, 2012: All of the comments received by this date are reviewed by the CSW. These comments assist in refining this Resource Guide and help the CSW prepare for General Assembly (GA) workshops on this issue.
General Assembly 2012: The CSW conducts workshops on the CSAI. One workshop includes reports on successful practices and discusses future possibilities.
November 15, 2012: Deadline for the CSW to prepare a draft Statement of Conscience (SOC) on Immigration. The draft statement and a ballot to place the SOC on the agenda of GA 2011 will be included in the annual congregational poll, conducted with annual membership certification.
February 1, 2013: Deadline for congregational poll ballots (a quorum of 25% participation required).
February 1, 2013: Deadline for submission of comments on the draft SOC. The CSW then prepares a revised draft of the SOC on Immigration, and places this revised draft on the Final GA Agenda.
General Assembly 2013: General Assembly considers the SOC. Approval requires 2/3 vote. The Assembly may also vote to refer the statement for an additional year of study. If approved, congregations and UUA staff conduct a year of implementation and action. The next study/action issue will be selected at GA in 2012.
General Assembly 2014: If a Statement of Conscience was adopted in the previous year, an Implementation Year workshop will be held on it. This concludes the Study/Action cycle.