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What Is A CSAI?

One approach used by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) to focus attention and congregational energy on key issues is a multi-year process executed at General Assembly. The Congregation Study and Action Issue (CSAI) helps us create an effective process.

CSAIs are issues selected by Unitarian Universalist member congregations for four years of study, reflection and action. In the third year of this process, delegates at General Assembly (GA) can vote to approve a Statement of Conscience (SOC) resulting from congregational feedback on the CSAI. A fourth year is devoted to implementation.

Approved CSAI at Providence GA 2014: Escalating Inequality

Upward mobility—the American Dream—has become a myth. Concentration of wealth and power has skyrocketed. King’s dream of justice and equality has fractured. Half of all Americans are impoverished or struggling, as the middle class shrinks and billionaires take the profits. Where’s our commitment to the Common Good? Grounding in Unitarian Universalism

Our Unitarian Universalist (UU) tradition places its faith in people to create a more loving community for all, guided by “justice, equity, and compassion in human relations”. Challenging extreme inequality has now become a moral imperative, just as prior generations have led movements from abolition to civil rights and marriage equality.

Read more at http://www.uua.org/statements/current/290506.shtml  
and contact First Unitarian Social Justice Minister, Rev. Kate Lore, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  



UUA Vote to Disinvest

Delegates at the 2014 General Assembly (GA) in Providence, RI, last month passed a resolution calling for divestment from fossil fuel companies in the UUA Common Endowment Fund (UUCEF). A CT200 company is identified by the Carbon Tracker Initiative as controlling the largest shares of fossil fuel reserves among publicly traded companies.

The resolution requires the UUA to:
• Cease purchasing securities of CT200 companies as UUCEF investments immediately
• Continue to divest its UUCEF holdings of directly held securities of CT 200 companies, reaching full divestment of these companies within five years
• Work with its current and prospective pooled-asset managers for the purpose of creating more fossil fuel-free investment opportunities, with the objective of full divestment of UUCEF indirect holdings in CT200 companies within five years
• Invest an appropriate share of UUCEF holdings in securities that will support a swift transition to a clean energy economy, such as renewable energy and energy efficiency-related securities
• Report, via the UUA President and the Treasurer, to each General Assembly from 2015 through 2019 on our Association's progress on the above resolutions
Following the vote, UUA President Peter Morales said, ''The UUA has a long-standing history of fighting for our environment. I am proud that we are going to put our money where our values are on this issue.'' 
The resolution allows the UUA to retain investments in fossil fuel companies with which it is engaged in shareholder actions seeking environmental justice. David Stewart, co-chair of the UUA's Socially Responsible Investing Committee, stated, ''We are encouraged that the UUA can continue its longstanding successes in shareholder advocacy while helping to lead the divestment movement with the approval of today's fossil fuel divestment resolution. We believe strongly that any effort that can change the current trajectory of climate change is a welcome improvement.''
The UUA has a long history of shareholder activism on a variety of issues including environmental justice. 


Tax Credit Offering

Due to energy-saving projects completed at the First Unitarian Church of Portland, Oregon, the Church received a State of Oregon energy tax credit certificate with a value of $66,500.  Because we are a 501(c)(3) organization, we are not able to use this credit directly and are therefore offering it for sale to a member of our church. pdfFollow this link for details.


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