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Information about the Peacemaking CSAI at General Assembly 2009

Basic Information

Delegates at the 2006 Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) General Assembly in St. Louis, MO, selected "Peacemaking" to be the 2006-2010 Congregational Study/Action Issue (CSAI). At the 2009 General Assembly (GA) in Salt Lake City, UT, the assembly will vote on a proposed peacemaking Statement of Conscience (SOC).

The Congregational Study/Action Issue

The four-year CSAI process invites congregations and districts to reflect and act on a particular topic in a variety of ways. From the summer of 2006 through the fall of 2008, congregations have engaged in programs of education and reflection, service, community organizing, advocacy, and public witness. During this time, the UUA created a peacemaking resource guide (PDF, 32 pages) for congregations and organized a December 2008 “Pictures of Peace” project for Unitarian Universalist congregations.

The Statement of Conscience

The UUA Commission on Social Witness (CSW) prepared a draft statement of conscience on peacemaking in the fall of 2008. 

In the spring of 2009, congregations participated in a comment period on the draft statement and a poll to place the draft SOC on the final agenda of GA 2009. In response, the CSW prepared a revised draft in March 2009 and a vote on the peacemaking SOC will take place at General Assembly 2009.

Delegates will be able to suggest amendments to the proposed SOC for the CSW’s consideration during two mini-assembly sessions at General Assembly, and also to propose and vote on amendments during the specified plenary session. In order to be approved, the final text of the peacemaking SOC must receive at least a two-thirds vote from General Assembly delegates. If the statement passes, congregations and UUA staff will implement it over the coming year. The delegates may also, by a two-thirds vote, refer the statement for an additional year of study.

General Assembly 2009

The 2009 UUA General Assembly will take place from June 24-28, 2009, in Salt Lake City, UT.

General Assembly is the UUA’s annual meeting. More than 3,000 Unitarian Universalists from across the country will gather at the Salt Palace Convention Center to worship, celebrate and to take part in the democratic process that guides the work of this religious association of over 1,000 congregations.

The key General Assembly 2009 press events include the “Prom for All,” the Ware Lecture by Melissa Harris-Lacewell, the Sunday morning worship service, and the public witness event in support of immigrant families.

The 2008-2011 CSAI

Ethical eating is the UUA’s 2008-2011 CSAI.

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Last updated on Tuesday, May 24, 2011.

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