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Congregational Study/Action Issue Resource Guide 2006-2010


Delegates at the 2006 General Assembly in St. Louis, Missouri, selected "Peacemaking" to be the 2006—2010 Congregational Study/Action Issue (CSAI) of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA). See inside for an explanation of the next steps in the process.

This guide lists a variety of organizations and resources that might be helpful to study and act on this issue. Listing should not be interpreted as endorsement by the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations.

Table of Contents

Where This Issue Is in the Congregational Study/Action Process

Text of Congregational Study/Action Issue: "Peacemaking"

Introduction to this Issue and this Resource Guide

  1. Peacemaking in Our Lives and World

    1. Human Nature, Culture, and Conflict
      • Basic Human Biology and Culture
      • Current Cultural Dilemmas
    2. Interpersonal Conflict and Peacemaking
      • Human Perception & Mental Models
      • Compassion & Forgiveness
      • Emotional Intelligence
      • Listening
      • Communicating
      • Conflict
      • Mediating, Facilitating & Negotiating
    3. Inter-Community and International Conflict
      • Just War
      • Pacifism & Non-Violence
      • Neoconservative Approaches
      • Rule of Law
      • Preventive Defense
      • Soft Power
      • Democratic Peace
      • Human Security and UN Peacemaking Forces
      • Strategic Peacebuilding
  2. Unitarian Universalism and the Philosophy, Theology, and Ethics of Peacemaking

    1. Unitarian Universalism
    2. Other Traditions
      • Knowing Gandhi
  3. What are Our Peacemaking Principles?
    • Gandhi's Principles of Nonviolence
    • UUA Board of Trustee's Covenant
    • UNESCO Definition of Culture of Peace
    • Mennonite Peace Principles
    • Roman Catholic Just War Principles
    • Catholic Statement on Peace
  4. How Can We Be Effective Peacemakers?

    1. UU Initiatives
    2. Non-UU Initiatives
  5. Additional Suggestions for Study and Action
    1. For Congregations
    2. For Ministers
    3. For Religious Educators/Youth Group Advisors

The Social Witness Process

One way to engage in Unitarian Universalist social justice work and further promote liberal religious values is to participate in the UUA's Social Witness process. Together, as congregations and at General Assembly, we articulate and adopt positions on social justice issues, using procedures outlined in the UUA's Bylaws and Rules and facilitated by the UUA's Commission on Social Witness.

Your congregation or district may initiate a Congregational Study/Action Issue, starting the process that leads to a Statement of Conscience. Your General Assembly delegates may initiate Actions of Immediate Witness. Additionally, all congregations are encouraged to participate in studying and acting upon that year's chosen Congregational Study/Action Issue and Actions of Immediate Witness. Hopefully, if you're reading this, you're planning to do just that!

For further information:

UUA Washington Office for Advocacy
1320 18th Street NW, Suite 300B
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 296-4672
(fax) (202) 296-4673
uuawo [at] uua [dot] org

UUA Commission on Social Witness
24 Farnsworth Street
Boston, MA 02210-1409
socialwitness [at] uua [dot] org

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