• slideheader0

    slideheader0

UU PeaceAt the 2006 General Assembly in St. Louis, a Congregational Study/Action Issue (CSAI) was passed inviting all of us to consider how we can do more for peacemaking in our troubled world. The issue boils down to this: should the Unitarian Universalist Association reject the use of any and all kinds of violence and war to resolve disputes between peoples and nations and adopt a principle of seeking peace through nonviolent means?

As a religious denomination, it seems perhaps the time has come for us to clarify our position and apply our covenant to affirm and promote the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all. Congregations are therefore invited to create Peace Teams whose primary mission is to organize peacemaking programs. These Peace Teams would:

  • organize educational programs on peacemaking during the next three years of the Peacemaking CSAI process through developing their own programs or by using resources provided by the national Peacemaking CSAI Core Team
  • designate one or two contact persons to be liaisons with the CSAI network, and report on the effectiveness of peacemaking programs used (send contact information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Peacemaking Curriculum Working Group made up of volunteers has created an annotated list of educational resources for congregations. This Peacemaking Resource Guide listing numerous publications, films and other resources plus a number of small group discussion guides are available through the UUA Commission on Social Witness website. A Peacemakers Book Discussion Program has been started, with recommended books for October 2007 through May 2008. Information on this program can also be found at the Commission on Social Witness website.

Anyone interested in ongoing discussions about the CSAI is encouraged to join the Peacemaking-Network listserv. Because of high interest in the "Nonviolent Communications (NVC)" approach, a listserv with that focus has been created, UU-SpeakingPeace, to share information about UU Non-Violent Communication programs.

The national Peacemaking CSAI Core Team is also looking for volunteers in several national working groups and to assist with developing a website and other networking efforts. This would involve working together through conference calls and email. If interested please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The deadline for formal comments to the Commission on Social Witness (CSW) on the CSAI and what topics should be included in the draft Statement of Conscience is March 1, 2008. The comment form can be found here.

­