Justice Work in Our Movement
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.
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.
The delegates of the annual General Assembly (GA) of UU Congregations approve two kinds of resolutions. Congregational Study/Action Issues (CSAIs) are issues selected for four years of study, reflection and action. In the third year of this process, delegates at GA can vote to approve a Statement of Conscience (SOC) resulting from three years of congregational feedback on the CSAI. A fourth year is devoted to implementation. A CSAI is an invitation for congregations to take a topic of concern and engage it, reflect on it, learn about it, respond to it, comment on it, and take action—each in their own way. In addition, delegates at each annual General Assembly have the opportunity to take positions on issues that require immediate witness through the Action of Immediate Witness (AIW) process. An AIW expresses the conscience and carries the authority of the delegates at the GA at which it is passed. AIWs are initiated by individual delegates and move through their entire creation and adoption process during a single GA. The AIWs proposed at GA 2018 can be found at the link above.
There are two Congregational Study/Action Issues currently active:
2018-2022 CSAI: Undoing Intersectional White Supremacy
Racism is fundamental to U.S. social systems. White supremacy culture operates economically, institutionally, politically, and culturally, shaping everyone’s chances to live healthy, fulfilling lives. It is also the nation’s most toxic export, shaping policies and practices that do profound harm to the Earth and all living things.
Grounding in Unitarian Universalism
White supremacy culture shaped everything we consider norms, which recent experience has pushed us to analyze. Sociologist Robert Bellah challenged us to make “the interdependent web of all existence the first of your principles and not the last.” Decentering whiteness calls us to decenter individual dignity for our collective liberation.
See the full text of this CSAI, including a link to a study guide, here: https://www.uua.org/action/process/csais/undoing-intersectional-white-supremacy
2016-2020 CSAI: The Corruption of Our Democracy
As corporations use “corporate personhood” and “money as speech” for their interests rather than the people’s needs, can a constitutional amendment be passed to protect us? Could this further Unitarian Universalist work for social and environmental justice and help protect the health and safety of the people and the planet?
Grounding in Unitarian Universalism
Our Seven Principles give us spiritual grounding to put our faith into action. Our General Assembly considered Congregational Study/Action Issue (CSAI) proposals in 2010 and 2014 on “Revitalizing Democracy” and passed Actions of Immediate Witness (AIWs) in 2011 and 2013 on amending the constitution. It is time for a full study of a possible 28th amendment.
See the full text of this CSAI, including a link to a study guide, here: https://www.uua.org/action/process/csais/corruption-of-our-democracy
Three Actions of Immediate Witness were approved for 2018:
Dismantle Predatory Medical Care Practices in Prisons and End Prisons for Profit
We Are all Related: Solidarity now with Indigenous Water Protectors
End Family Separation and Detention of Asylum Seekers and Abolish ICE
The 2018 delegates also voted to affirm three other proposed AIWs that were not approved. See https://www.uua.org/action/process/planning-aiw-ga