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Mission of the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry, CA
The Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry, CA is a statewide justice ministry that cultivates and connects leaders and communities to empower the public voice of those who share UU values and Principles.
. Guided by Unitarian Universalist principles, the Ministry seeks to develop the skills of civic engagement that we may educate, organize, and advocate for public policies that:
- uphold the worth and dignity of every person
- further justice, equity, and compassion in human relations
- ensure use of the democratic process
- protect religious freedom
- promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence
Charitable activity is a familiar and important part of a religious life. However, when poverty, environmental degradation, inequitable access to health care, and higher education are part of the structures of society, rather than unforeseen exceptions, then we know that charity is not enough. Our faith calls us to change policies and structures that inhibit human development, harm the environment, and destroy communities. We are called to educate and organize for justice.
UULMCA is building a statewide education and advocacy network that:
- is anchored in our UU faith, and informed by its history and principles
- shares information and policy expertise, particularly
from member UUs
- can inspire and mobilize coordinated action through a network of mutual support and accountability
- trains new leadership, with special attention to involvement of youth and young adults
- is celebratory, sustainable, and fun
- raises the visibility of Unitarian Universalism and its values to policy makers and the larger community
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- Spiritual Activist Leadership Training (SALT Fellows) - a faith-based, justice centered leadership training for young adults in California. Our first class of SALT Fellows graduated at General Assembly 2012 in Phoenix. The second class graduated at Regional Assembly 2013 in San Jose. Applications for the 2014 SALT Semester will be accepted on-line starting in September 2013.
- Annual Fall UU Leadership Summit – training to strengthen UU justice ministries in CA, held the weekend before Thanksgiving, and alternating between northern and southern CA.
- Regional Issue-based Trainings addressing immigrant justice and environmental justice
- Justice Tours– in 2013-2014, we will continue our Water Justice Road Trips and are establishing a tour of the CA/Mexico border to learn about the Deportation Pipeline.
Education, Organizing and Advocacy Priorities:
Climate change has a profound impact on California's water supply and quality. In turn, how much energy we use to pump and treat water can have a profound impact on our carbon footprint. UULMCA is helping to build support for a climate and water justice ethic and partners with organizations that advance environmental justice in both the water and energy sectors.
- Human Right to Water Campaign - Human Right to Water Campaign Millions of Californians lack access to safe, affordable water for drinking, cooking and cleaning. In an increasingly uncertain hydrological future we must recognize the human right to water in California. UULMCA is one of the founders of the Safe Water Alliance.
- Sustainable Communities Campaign –We’re calling for bold action to reduce fossil fuel dependence, clean our air, and create green jobs that support clean and healthy communities for us all. California law (SB375, the Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act) requires that 18 regions in California adopt a Sustainable Communities Strategy: a county or region-wide transportation and land-use plan that will allow us to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through planning for affordable housing, reliable public transit, walkable, bike-friendly communities, and preserving parks, natural habitats and agricultural lands.
UULMCA recently added a new area of focus – supporting the reform of a broken immigration system. We are organizing educational opportunities among California UUs, identifying key congregational volunteers, linking to statewide and regional partners and developing opportunities for UUs to engage with immigration reform in their own counties.
UULMCA has been a leader in the movement to secure legal recognition for same sex couples who wish to marry. Unitarian Universalist clergy have been officiating at the religious weddings of same-sex couples in our congregations for over 40 years and see this as an issue of religious freedom. As the founding organization for CA Faith for Equality, UULMCA links UUs to interfaith organizing and contributes legal and organizing talent to multiple amicus briefs filed in the marriage equality cases in both CA and federal courts.
Our UU Voices for Healthcare curriculum for congregational use addresses the health care crisis, proposed solutions, and the ethical questions we face. We support the implementation of the Affordable Care Act as well as those UUs who are championing a comprehensive single payer solution to the health care crisis.
Priorities for education, action, and reflection are chosen by the UULMCA Board of Trustees. They are informed by input from California Unitarian Universalist clergy and lay leaders, Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) priorities, and opportunities to partner with interfaith and secular allies.
In 2013, the Board is engaged in a strategic planning process and welcomes your input. Take our survey to offer your input online!
The UU Legislative Ministry has organized and incorporated a separate non-profit, the UU Legislative Ministry Action Network, California, 501 (c) 4 to which donations are not tax deductible. The UULM Action Network will focus on advocating for legislation that is consistent with Unitarian Universalist principles and values, and will coordinate UU action in Sacramento.
The members of the UU Legislative Ministry Board are drawn from UU clergy and lay leaders from both northern and southern California. Board Roster.
UU Legislative Ministry, CA
717 K Street, #514
Sacramento, CA 95814
We welcome the formal affiliation of California UU congregations. A first step is to invite a speaker from the UU Legislative Ministry to lead a worship service, workshop, or meet with your Board of Trustees. Please read the congregational covenant information for further details about opportunities and expectations for collaboration.
Please consult our calendar for information about upcoming activities and meetings.
Thanks to our Individual Donors!
Please sign up for a monthly donation, or make a one-time gift through our secure website, more than half of our annual support comes from individual donors!
Donate online to the UU Legislative Ministry, CA
Or, send a check to:
UULM California, 717 K St, #514. Sacramento, CA 95814.
Thanks to our Contributing Congregations
Include UULMCA in your congregational justice budget and/or take a special collection to support this ministry.
Thanks to our Institutional Supporters:
• Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock
• Unitarian Universalist Funding Program
• Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
• Pacific Central District of the UUA
• Pacific Southwest District of the UUA
• Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association, PCD and PSWD Chapters
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2009-10 UULM-CA Form 990
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