Advocacy that matches Unitarian Universalists’ Visionary Values
We maintain a Unitarian Universalist presence in the legislative process, educate to develop a politically informed network, and encourage Unitarian Universalists to reflect on and act on their religious values to promote a just and sustainable world.
We covenant to:
- Engage UUs in justice work that is congruent with our principles, and that has broad based UU support;
- Create means through which we may coordinate state congregational justice/advocacy with our national goals;
- Establish working relationships between UU Voices and UU Justice Making Organizations;
- Foster the spiritual foundation of justice ministry;
- Share ideas, resources, materials and tools of education and worship;
- Share leadership training opportunities;
- Coordinate enhanced media visibility for UU values;
- Implement the tools of e‐advocacy, and
- Build a loving network of support.
According to the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy, signature gatherers for I-1631 have gathered about 350,000 signatures, enough to qualify for the ballot with about 100,000 to spare (for weeding out invalid signatures). A ceremony will be held at the state capitol building in Olympia on Monday, July 2 at 10:30 a.m. to turn in the signatures. Then it is off to the races for the fall campaign! We can expect plenty of opposition from dirty energy companies.
The Unitarian Universalist Association Denounces Supreme Court Travel Ban Decision
The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to uphold the Trump administration’s travel ban is a dangerous assault on religious freedom—specifically the religious freedom of Muslim people of color.
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) was party to an amicus brief questioning the constitutionality of the travel ban, and we are profoundly disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor said it best in her dissent. “The United States of America is a Nation built upon the promise of religious liberty. Our Founders honored that core promise by embedding the principle of religious neutrality in the First Amendment. The Court’s decision today fails to safeguard that fundamental principle.”
Sotomayor accurately notes that the decision “tells members of minority religions in our country that they are outsiders, not full members of the political community.”
The decision continues the U.S. government’s criminalizing of identity under the guise of making the country safer. Criminalizing entire countries negates our global interconnectedness, a key part of our Unitarian Universalist values.
To the Muslim Unitarian Universalists in our congregations and to Muslim folks we may never meet—we will continue to support you, love you, and work for your right to live and worship freely.