Congregational Study Action Issues (CSAI) Resources

2016-2020 CSAI The Corruption of Our Democracy 
Study Guide

The 2016-2020 UUA Congregational Study Action Issue (CSAI) on The Corruption of Our Democracy Study Guide is available now, with a March 1 deadline for general comments on the Study Guide, the potential for congregational engagement for the issue, and the direction being taken by the UU Association.

 

2014-2018 CSAI Escalating Inequality
Statement Of Conscience

The Task Group’s review of the UUA draft Statement of Conscience on Escalating Inequality has been completed and disseminated to all area congregations. The group assessed the strengths and weaknesses of the draft, then developed specific and detailed recommendations for area congregations to consider in preparing their formal response to the UUA by the February 1 deadline. By press time, several congregations had already submitted responses, including Accotink UU Church, All Souls Church, Unitarian, UU Church of Arlington, and the UU Congregation of Fairfax.

Upcoming Escalating Inequality Task Group Meetings

Sunday, March 5, 7:00-8:00pm
Meeting will be held online, via Zoom. RSVP to receive video link and call-in details.
RSVP: Adam Wasserman, adamrw53@gmail.com

UUSJ’s Escalating Inequality Task Group will hold an online meeting via Zoom to plan engagement in the upcoming Reversing Inequality conference and strategies for reaching policy-makers on health care, criminal justice reform, and other aspects of inequality.

Upcoming Escalating Inequality Events

Reversing Inequality Conference

Monday, April 3 – Wednesday, April 5
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 301 A Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003
Flyer
Register
Fee: $150, limited scholarships available
Sponsored by UUSJ and the UUs for a Just Economic Community (UUJEC)
Keynote Speakers: Sister Simone Campbell of Nuns on the Bus, and Chuck Collins, author and senior scholar at the Institute for Policy StudiesParticipants in the “Reversing Inequality Conference will focus on tax reform leading towards a more just and equitable society. It’s a time to discuss, learn, and act—on day three, engage directly with your lawmakers, including asking them “Where do you stand on escalating inequality?” We will discuss how to continue to mobilize and advocate by creating a movement among UUs. Join UUs to “bend the moral arc” of our nation towards social and economic justice. To learn more, register and volunteer read more…Contact: Rachel, uujec@uujec.com

Past Escalating Inequality Events

Sean Barnett CSAI Briefing 2016-12-03UUSJ Convenes Briefing on Congregational Study Action Issues

Sean Barnett, formerly of Move to Amend, explained the efforts to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision on Citizens United and to get money out of politics, at Bring It Home to Your Congregation: UUA Congregational Study Action Issues (CSAI) Briefing on Dec. 3. Attended by 26 persons representing many of the UU congregations in the National Capital Region, the briefing reviewed the two current CSAIs, Escalating Inequality and the Corruption of Our Democracy.

UUSJ Hosts “Escalating Inequality” Expert and Author Chuck Collins

Anna Rhee captures ideas on a flip chart from the UUSJ discussion with Chuck Collins at the UU Church of Arlington.
Chuck Collins explains his views on how to remedy extreme economic disparities, at The Potter’s House in Washington, DC during a discussion of his new book,
Born on Third Base.
UU and noted expert Chuck Collins urged a “holding action” to avoid economic setbacks that would harm the most vulnerable, while pushing for policies such as a minimum wage increase that would help reduce inequality, during a discussion with 24 UUs from the area at the UU Church of Arlington, VA. He explained how his family history of wealth informed his perspective for his new book, Born on Third Base. The following evening more than 40 persons joined a discussion and book-signing, cosponsored by UUSJ, Sojourners magazine, and the Institute for Policy Studies, to learn his perspective on how to remedy economic disparities in these uncertain times.