Congregational Study/Action Issues
We are stronger together. Our combined efforts to make the world more fair and humane can accomplish more than any one of us working alone. As Unitarian Universalists, we set priorities for our social justice efforts by investing in key issues that exemplify our commitments to justice, equity and compassion. Learn more about the social witness statement process.
New! In 2016 – 2017, the UUA is re-thinking how the Association does social witness work – and your voice is important. Share your ideas by going to the Vision for Social Witness forum.
Congregational Poll and Comment Period
For a draft Statement of Conscience (SOC) to appear on the 2017 General Assembly Final Agenda, our UUA bylaws require a minimum of 25% of certified congregations to participate in the ballot vote on whether the draft SOC should be placed on the Final Agenda.
- Read the draft SOC Escalating Inequality and download the line-numbered version (PDF, 4 pages).
- Vote in the congregational poll. Please base your vote on whether your congregation, or its representatives, believes the draft SOC is worded well enough to be considered by the General Assembly. It can be further refined by congregational comment before and during the 2017 General Assembly. Congregations may vote "Yes", "No", or "Abstain" based on the preferences that your congregation has expressed through a congregation-wide vote, vote by your board of trustees, work by your Social Action or Social Justice committee, or other body, or by whatever other method your congregation has selected. Vote by February 1, 2017 at 5:00 PM Pacific.
- Submit comments on the draft SOC Escalating Inequality, due February 1, 2017 at 5:00 PM Pacific. Download the comment form worksheet for use in gathering comments (Word, 2 pages).
- Congregations may also submit comments on the study guide for Congregational Study/Action Issue for 2016-2020: Corruption of Our Democracy. The deadline to submit comments is March 1, 2017 at 5:00 PM Pacific. Download the comment form worksheet for use in gathering comments (Word, 2 pages).
Congregational Study/Action Issues (CSAIs) are issues selected by Unitarian Universalist member congregations for four years of study, reflection and action.
Recent Past CSAIs
- 2012-2016 CSAI, now 2015 SOC: Reproductive Justice: Expanding Our Social Justice Calling
- 2010-2014 CSAI, now 2013 SOC: Immigration as a Moral Issue
- 2008-2012 CSAI, now 2011 SOC: Ethical Eating
- 2006-2010 CSAI, now 2010 SOC: Creating Peace