Ministerial musings: What is a Congregational Study Action Issue?

A CSAI is an issue decided upon by General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association. It is something that congregation holds meetings and classes about, and takes action on. Whether you know it or not, this congregation has been influenced by them. In recent years we have talked about ethical eating and immigration. These have been CSAIs.

But where do they come from? Are they decreed from on high? Anyone familiar with UU politics knows that there is no such thing as “on high.” Study action issues are developed by congregations and sent through a process.

Currently there are 5 issues that might be considered by UUA General Assembly this June:

  1. Climate Action and Adaptation Plans: Why Greenhouse Gases and Their Effects Matter to Us
  2. Ending Slavery
  3. Exploring Class Barriers
  4. Families, Population, and the Environment
  5. Reproductive Justice: Expanding Our Social Justice Calling

During Forum and Worship in January we will be exploring these issues. Towards the end of the month we will be taking a survey to see what issues are most important to this congregation.

We will send that information to General Assembly. This is an opportunity to join with other UUs and focus on the most important issues of the day.

For more information contact Rev. Charlie Davis or Tom McConville. There is also more information on the UUA website.

— Rev. Charlie Davis

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