Congregational Study/Action Issues (CSAIs) are issues selected by Unitarian Universalist member congregations for four years of study, reflection and action.
The personal is political. Young people and older people know what it's like to be abused, marginalized, and discriminated against because of their age and ability. How can congregations best empower young and old? How can people with different abilities, in different age groups, create the Beloved Community?
Be the change that you want to see in the world. A primary purpose of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is to organize and support congregations. Our congregations are voluntary, self-governing groups that can empower individuals and that can demonstrate new possibilities for creating love and justice.
Because of new technology, and because of cultural changes, the discussion about age and ability is changing. The first person to live to age 150 has already been born. She may be a Unitarian Universalist already or she may decide to join one of our congregations as she grows older. She may give birth to her first child at age 60 and she may start a new career while she's in her 70s. If she lives with a wheelchair, she may never set foot in a church. What's the future for organized religion? How can congregations, districts, camps and schools, and national networks be helpful?
Love reaches out. Instead of focusing attention on one age group, or on one agency or program, this discussion is multigenerational and inclusive. Every age group knows age discrimination and every age group includes people with different abilities. Alzheimer's disease and autism, hearing and vision concerns, pastoral care arrangements, and the future of family life, are among the many topics that need congregational attention. Resources in the Unitarian Universalist Association are noted in the paragraphs that follow:
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Last updated on Friday, November 1, 2013.
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