"To seek justice, to work for the Beloved Community is simply part of what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist. Faith exists by mission as a fire exists by burning. Our faith gives us a place to stand in the midst of a world than seems to have lost its way."
Rev. Richard Gilbert
The Unitarian Universalist State Advocacy Network (UUSAN) currently consists of 11 Networks. Each Network is locally based, led by UUs working under the basic principle that sustained, positive change is built through the work of organized activist with the courage to challenge and confront oppression. Through this work we seek to build our faith and give voice to Unitarian Universalist Principles in the public arena.
In our work, we acknowledge the importance and value of religious voice in the public debate. The United States stands proud of its commitment to the separation of church and state. However, separation does not mean silence. And churches have rarely been silent during the history of this country. Religious groups have been at the forefront of many of the major political debates of this country. For UUs, the natural voice of religious leaders combined with our own Principles requires us to be an active voice in the public arena. This is reflected in our history of leadership in many of these debates including the abolition of slavery, work for suffrage rights and civil rights and most recently in the work for marriage equality.
State Networks focus on increasing the power of our voice and making those voices an effective tool for change. The voice of a single church can be very strong, but the building of a network around the state enables us to strengthen the voice of our individual churches and expand our reach, build on-going relationships with legislative leaders, and develop political skills needed to enact the changes we are seeking. But even more importantly, State Networks give visibility to Unitarian Universalists. Through the small acts of many we have the opportunity to become a respected voice in our State Houses for the oppressed, the needy and the poor.
California and New York were the first states to establish networks. The growth of networks was significantly enhanced by the UU Service Committee (UUSC) decision in 2004 to support local activist as agents of change and bearers of a powerful, progressive religious voice by offering start up grants to state networks. The UUA has further supported the networks by encouraging congregations in states where there is a Network to join the Network and providing opportunities for joint programming between the UUA and the Networks.
Today UUSAN is an informal organization, which operates under shared leadership. We meet monthly and work in a consensus model. Monthly conference calls are organized by the UUSC and attended by representatives of the UUA Office of Advocacy and Witness and the UUA Washington office. We share current work efforts, best practices and look for opportunities to work together in support of our shared vision so we can make a difference in creating a world in which each person realizes their full human rights
|LGBT||Global Warming||Immigration||Renewing American Demcracy||Health Care||Other|
|CA||Rev. Lindi Ramsden, Executive Directorfirstname.lastname@example.org||http://www.uulmca.org||Marriage Equality||Climate/water justice||Health Care|
|FL||Kindra Muntz, Co- Chairemail@example.com||http:/www.uulmf.org||Environmental Justice/ Climate Change ||Immigration as a Moral issue ||Campaign Finance Reform/Media Reform/Election Reform, Redistricting Reform, and Corporate Personhood|
|MA||Jesse Jaeger, Executive Directorfirstname.lastname@example.org||http://www.uumassaction.org||Transgender Rights||Environmental Justice/Green Justice ||Immigration||Homeless Prevention |
|MD||Margery Knight, Executive Directoremail@example.com||http://www.uulmmd.org||Marriage Equality/Marriage Equality||Climate Change/offshore wind energy|
Health care/raise alcohol tax to fund
Death penalty repeal
|MI||Randy Block, Network Managerfirstname.lastname@example.org||http://www.uujustice.org|| LGBT Rights||Health Care||Criminal Justice/ Poverty|
|MN||Ralph Wyman, Directoremail@example.com||http://muusja.org/||Marriage Equality||Environment|| Voter Rights||Reproductive Rights|
|Fair Tax Coaliton|
|NJ||Rev. Craig Hirshberg, Executive Directorfirstname.lastname@example.org||Marriage Equality||Environmental Protection of the seashore ||Immigration Rights||Funding for Woman's Health||Affordable Housing |
|NY||Robb Smith, Executive Directoremail@example.com||http://www.interfaithimpactnys.org/||Gender expression of non-discrimination|| Hydrofracking/ clean air||Immigration||Redistricting Reform/ Ethics Reform||Minority access to health care|
|PA||Eric Dupree, Outreach Coordinatorfirstname.lastname@example.org||http://www.uuplan.org/||GBLT Civil Rights|| Water Rights - hydrofracking, environment|
|WA||Carol McKinley, Coordinatoremail@example.com||http://www.uuvoiceswa.org/||Marriage Equality||Global Warming/ environment||Restorative Justice and corrections reform/Housing & homeless|
There are seven principles, which Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote:
Unitarian Universalism (UU) draws from many sources:
These principles and sources of faith are the backbone of our religious community. For more information, visit http://www.uua.org/visitors/index.shtml