How to comment on the draft SOC (Ethical Eating)

Climate Justice At General Assembly

The theme of General Assembly (GA) 2016 is “Heart Land: Where Faiths Connect.” There will be many workshops and activities that tie this theme to environmental, ecological, and climate justice. These presentations may be of interest to individuals and congregations looking for inspiration and projects for their Green Sanctuary action plans.

Also, come by the UUMFE booth in the Exhibit Hall (#222), a.k.a., “Climate Justice Central.” for UUMFE, UU Young Adults for Climate Justice and Commit2Respond newsletters, action alerts, and sign-up stations.


Note:  HR = Hyatt Regency   CC - Convention Center

#221 Building Interfaith Partnerships To Address Climate Justice,  Thursday at 10:45 a.m., HR Union E, UU Ministry for Earth.

Panelists will share how the global events of Paris and Laudate Si get played out in localized environmental justice coalitions.

The Color of Water,  Thursday, 12:00 noon - 12:30 p.m., UUSC, Booth #207, Exhibit Hall C,

Amber Moulton, the UUSC researcher who produced the UUSC report The Invisible Crisis: Water Unaffordability in the United States will be discussing the report in a ‘pop up’ session at the UUSC booth. Moulton will be available for questions and share where to find more information. 

#231 Exploring Regional and Interfaith Grassroots Organizing for Climate Justice, Thursday at 1:15 p.m., CC Union Station Ballroom A, North Texas UU Congregations.

Come for stories and discussion of regional, interfaith, multicultural climate justice organizing that strengthens roots and relationships for localized transformation and liberation.

#257 Sustainable Development and Interfaith Action Against Climate Change, Thursday at 3 p.m., CC Hall F, UU United Nations Office.

Learn about UU delegates’ multi-faith and multinational dialogue at COP21, the United Nations climate conference where the Paris Agreement was adopted, and how we can engage in interfaith climate action in our communities.

#251 Proposed Congregational Study/Action Issues(CSAI) for 2016-2020, Thursday at 3 p.m., CC C220-222, Commission on Social Witness.

Hear advocates for four proposed CSAIs present their issues and respond to questions. Voting for the next CSAI will take place in the General Session II, Friday 8:30am - Noon.

#336 Faith Communities Can Work Together To Reverse Climate Change, Friday at 3 p.m., CC Battelle South, UUs for a Just Economic Community; First UU Church of Columbus, OH.

Faith community leaders will discuss climate change, and practical actions to address the failure of democracy to mitigate its, due to unchallenged corporate power and money.

#355 MORALtorium: The Faith Community and Hydrofracking,

Friday 4:45 p.m., CC Battelle Grand B, UU Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network

The moral implications of fracking, including our health, safety and climate change will be discussed.  Also, strategies will be presented that have resulted in moratoriums that have been successful. Excerpts from the documentary Groundswell Rising will be featured.

 #411 Shared Liberation: Movement Building That Honors Front-Line Communities,  Saturday at 3 p.m., CC Union Station Ballroom A,  Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal.

Through a race, power, and climate justice lens, learn how UUs can stand on the side of love holistically, authentically, and with integrity.

Draft Ethical Eating SOC Needs Your Congregation's Response by January 31, 2011

In six months, the UUA General Assembly (GA) will likely pass a statement called “Ethical Eating: Food and Environmental Justice.” This statement will influence the path for UU justice work on issues like climate change, immigration, human rights, animal rights, trade, labor, and consumer and citizen responsibility for years to come. The draft Statement of Conscience was released this month.

This draft now needs to be revised through congregational input to reflect the full wisdom of our movement. Congregations will have only until February 1 to gather and submit their comments (additional comments are welcome when the final proposed draft is presented at GA).

I’m writing to encourage you to schedule a one-hour session at your congregation to share the draft and gather congregational feedback. This one-hour process can make a world of difference to the quality and relevance of the final statement. Download the Facilitator's Guide for Gathering Comments on the Ethical Eating: Food and Environmental Justice draft Statement of Conscience to assist you or another facilitator in running the session. I can also personally offer you my support; I am happy to answer any questions I can, though it may take a few days, given that I am traveling frequently (

Our democracy needs your congregation’s input in this process. Please organize a simple one-hour session in January and have your administrator send it in by February 1.

Vicky Talbert, UU Ministry For Earth Representative to the CSAI Core Team: “Ethical Eating: Food and Environmental Justice

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A Guide for Congregational Comments can be found in the Social Justice section of the UUA Website

Ways to collect your congregation’s response. The Board authorizes a group, committee, or congregational meeting to study, discuss. Download the PDF of the draft Statement with line numbers, for reference in your response. Gather comments and compose your response on the preview Comment Form. This form is marked DRAFT. Comments will ideally reflect a group’s consensus and not be those of one person.

How to submit your feedback to the UUA.  Give the DRAFT Comment Form to the administrator, minister, or person authorized to log in through the Data Services Login for Congregations  (where the congregation certifies the current membership and answers the congregational poll).  This person will transfer your group’s comments from your DRAFT to the online form.

Do not mail in the DRAFT Comment Form. Comments submitted by mail will not be accepted.

A good place to start. Study/Action Issues & Process page. Note that there are also links in the left navigation menu and also on the right in the Related Content panel or Download panel.