Congregational Based Community Organizing
California Interfaith Coalitions
Welcome to the rapidly-developing collection of Justice
Resources for UULMCA.
Can candidates for election speak from your pulpit? Can
your congregation take a position and/or organize around a ballot proposition
that involves issues that are important to your community?
The following publications offer information to guide
congregations as they seek to engage their congregations in the democratic
process, advocate effectively for justice, while being sure to avoid
being involved in party politics.
Participating in Ballot Measures as Congregations and Religious Non-Profits
Being Active and Staying Legal: Complying with the IRS and FPPC
Drafted by the Rev. Lindi Ramsden using references from the Alliance for Justice, the Fair Political Practices Commission publications and staff, and legal counsel; however, this outline is not exhaustive, and is no substitute for your own legal counsel.
Ballot Measure Rules for Congregations
The Real Rules:
Congregations and IRS Guidelines on Advocacy, Lobbying, and Elections
From the Unitarian Universalist Association Washington
Politics and the Pulpit: A Guide to the Internal Revenue
Code Restrictions on the Political Activity of Religious Organizations
From the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life
From the UUA
Congregation Based Community Organizing (also called Faith-Based or
Broad-Based) is a movement that seeks to establish inter-faith, cross
class, multi-ethnic and multi-racial grassroots organizations for purposes
of increasing social integration and power in civil society and for
making civic, regional and state-wide changes for social improvement.
By "civil society," we mean the voluntary sector, including
CBCO groups see their "primary role to develop participants' leadership
skills, build a strong web of relationships through congregations and
other institutions, and turn those relationships into civic power capable
of making changes to promote the public good." (Interfaith Funders,
A few UU congregations in California are active parts of these networks,
and can speak to the opportunities, benefits, and challenges of CBCO
style interfaith organizing.
PICO California networks:
UU Church of Long Beach
Member of ICO ( Interfaith Community
UU Church of Palo Alto
Member of PIA (Peninsula Interfaith Action)
First UU of San Diego
Member of SDOP (San Diego Organizing Project)
UU's of San Mateo
Member of PIA (Peninsula Interfaith Action)
First Unitarian Church of San Jose
Member of PACT (People Acting in Community
Gamaliel Foundation networks:
First Unitarian Church of Oakland
Member of OCC (Oakland
Coalition of Congregations)
Industrial Areas Foundation networks
UU Society of San Francisco
Member of BAOC (Bay Area Organizing Committee)
Phone Number: 415-751-6174 or
If you could recommend a book to fellow Unitarian Universalists
that would help us in the efforts to understand out times and bring our
values and principles into the public square, what would it be?
To send suggestions for books to review or to inquire about
doing a review for these pages, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't
Get It by Jim Wallis
Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think
by George Lakoff
Reviewed by the Rev. Doug Kraft,
Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento
“All language is metaphor. When conservatives talk
about politics, they use words like character, virtue, discipline, toughness,
self-reliance, authority, heritage, and hard work. Liberals use words
like social responsibility, human rights, concern, care, help, health,
dignity, and diversity.
George Lakoff is a linguist who has studied political discourse in America.
He concludes that conservatives are often an enigma to liberals and
liberal are an enigma to conservatives because they use different language
and metaphors. They might as well be from different planets..."
Read the whole review.
The mission of Beacon Press is to publish works that promote UU principles
and to promote the importance of literature and the arts in democratic
California Council of Churches
In development: content coming soon.
League of Women Voters
Including on-line audio via the UU Service Committee
Beatitudes for Justice Builders
(32K PDF) by the Rev. Lindi Ramsden.
There is no power greater than a community
discovering what it cares about. (6K PDF)
Ask "What's possible?" not "What's wrong?" Keep asking...
From "Turning Toward One Another"
by Margaret J Wheatley
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