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Understanding Actions of Immediate Witness (AIWs)

1U’s October Offering for the Sunday Morning Adult Education Program on the UUA’s Commission on Social Witness (CSW)

In October, the presentation for the Social Justice [CSW] Adult RE track will occur on Sunday, October 5 at 11am in the Library. In future months, this track will continue on the second Sunday of each month, at 11 am in the Library.

We will begin the program with a review of the Actions for Immediate Witness [AIW]. We will discuss how these witness statements are prepared and presented for consideration at General Assembly each year, followed by brief discussions of the process that leads to their review and adoption by the delegates.

We will then focus on one particular AIW presented at GA 2014 in Providence by a delegation from the small UU Congregation of Ellsworth, Maine. In this particular case, one member of the congregation arrived in Providence with an idea, learned about the AIW process in an orientation, and, with the help of her delegation, turned her passion into an AIW which was endorsed by the 4600 delegates at this year’s assembly.

Finally, we will briefly review the two other AIWs from the 2014 GA, and two others from GA last year.

Watch video of the AIW process at GA or read the text of the AIWs in advance.

Discussion about potential AIW each year in the months prior to GA can be an important part of our congregational life here at 1U. It is an opportunity for our members to participate actively in one of the most important aspects of GA even if they are unable to attend. Usually, most of the research and preparation of the AIW is done by members of the congregation before GA, with any needed modifications and presentation done by the delegates at the General Assembly. The process is likely to generate active discussion important to give our delegation to GA a better understanding of congregational thinking about current social justice issues.