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501c3 (Tax Issues for Congregations)
Tax exempt status—your congregation and Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3): getting a tax letter from the UUA; information about political issues, elections, and lobbying.
About Your Sexuality (AYS)
A Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)-published sexuality education curriculum for use in Unitarian Universalist and secular groups, used until 1998. It is now out of print, and has been replaced by Our Whole Lives(OWL).
Accessibility & Disability
Resources useful to you in your congregation’s work to create a welcoming and inclusive faith community for people with disabilities.
Financial Management for Congregations is for congregations wanting to assure their receipts and payables are appropriately handled, and that their members are adequately informed.
Acts of Faith
Eboo Patel's memoir Acts of Faith has been selected as the 2011-12 Unitarian Universalist Common Read. Patel is founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core, an international, nonprofit, youth service leadership organization.
Addictions present many challenges. The Unitarian Universalist Association recognizes that our faith provides strength and comfort with which to meet those challenges.
Administration Staff Group
Our Church Office section includes resources to facilitate congregational administration, including information on buildings & grounds and congregational staffing.
Administrators, Association of Unitarian Universalist(AUUA)
The AUUA is a continental network of people working as paid administrators in local Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations, district offices, or UU affiliated organizations.
Adult Midwest UU Singles Enrichment Camp (AMUUSE)
Adult Religious Education
Starting an adult faith development program, program resources, small group ministry/ covenant groups, and resources for leading and connecting.
Advertising / Marketing
Actively sharing the good news of Unitarian Universalism with those who are new to our faith is part of the role of Unitarian Universalists everywhere.
Alice Schulman Simmons Scholarship for UU Women
Annually, two scholarships are given to support Unitarian Universalist (UU) women attending Simmons College in Boston.
Allies for Racial Equity (ARE)
Building an anti-racism movement among white Unitarian Universalists (UUs), in partnership with Diverse & Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM): a UU People of Color Organization.
Amazing Grace: Exploring Right and Wrong
A Tapestry of Faith curriculum which intends to help sixth graders understand right and wrong and act on their new understanding.
AMUUSE (Adult Midwest UU Singles Enrichment Camp)
The Anchor Congregation program recognizes congregations that have made a significant commitment to young adult and/or campus ministry.
Andover Newton Theological School (ANTS)
The oldest theological school in the United States, ANTS is a United Church of Christ-associated institution, attended by significant numbers of Unitarian Universalists. Located in Newton Centre, Massachusetts, ANTS is part of the Boston Theological Institute, a collaborative association of nine seminaries.
Animal Ministry, Unitarian Universalist (UUAM)
A group of concerned Unitarian Universalists who desire to grow and express their faith as compassion towards all beings.
Annual Program Fund (APF)
A major source of income for the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) to which each congregation is requested to contribute a certain amount. APF contributions help to provide programs and services to member congregations and UUA districts.
Anti-Racism Anti-Oppression Multiculturalism (AR/AO/MC)
Unitarian Universalist Association staff work to promote anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and multicultural programs and presentations and to incorporate ARAOMC behavior and sensitivity in all activities and initatives.
ANTS (Andover Newton Theological School)
APF (Annual Program Fund)
Appraisal, Commission on (COA)
An elected committee which studies issues of significance to Unitarian Universalism, resulting in a published report made to the Association.
AR/AO/MC (Anti-Racism Anti-Oppression Multiculturalism)
Knowing Where You've Been: Maintaining Records and Archives
ARE (Allies for Racial Equity)
Arizona General Assembly in Phoenix: June 20-24, 2012
General Assembly 2012 will be a gathering with multiple ways of engaging in justice work for people of all ages. Joining with the people of Arizona, we will worship, witness, learn and work together. We will leave General Assembly grounded in our faith, energized for justice and with resources to bring this work home to our congregations. See also: Immigration
A request by the Unitarian Universalist Association for all congregations to recognize and support, both in spirit and financially, the national work of the Association.
Association, Unitarian Universalist (UUA)
The association of all member Unitarian Universalist congregations, predominantly located in the United States. It should be noted that the work of the Unitarian Univeralist Association (UUA) staff is not the same as the work of the UUA, given that the UUA is an association of congregations.
Atherton Ministerial Scholarship
Designed to provide financial assistance to promising ministerial students in their second or third year of seminary who have already proven their capabilities.
Audit Committee, UUA
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Board of Trustees established the Audit Committee at its April 2003 meeting.
AUUA (Administrators, Association of Unitarian Universalist)
Awards and Scholarships
AYS (About Your Sexuality)
B&B (Bed & Breakfast Directory)
UU're Home is a membership organization for Unitarian Universalists and other religious liberals that provides information about bed-and-breakfast accommodations in members' homes throughout North America, and a few abroad.
B&B, Eliot & Pickett Houses
Eliot and Pickett Houses offer the charm and style of bed & breakfast lodging in the heart of Boston to members of Unitarian Universalist congregations.
Ballou Channing District (BCD)
The Unitarian Universalist Association district covering southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Banners, Standing on the Side of Love
Turn your activism into a profoundly messaged, visible public witness with outdoor signage and vinyl banners from the Standing on the Side of Love campaign.
Baptism/ Child Dedication
Rather than holding Christian-style baptism ceremonies, most Unitarian Universalist congregations have child dedication services for infants, young adopted children, or young children whose families have recently joined the congregation.
Barbara Marshman and Ann Fields Memorial Scholarship
Awarded annually to a religious educator who is engaged in graduate study and serving a Unitarian Universalist congregation.
BCD (Ballou Channing District)
BCT (Beyond Categorical Thinking Program)
This program works with Unitarian Universalist congregations to promote inclusive thinking and help prevent unfair discrimination in the ministerial search process.
An independent publisher of serious non-fiction and fiction. Beacon books often change the way readers think about fundamental issues; they promote such values as freedom of speech and thought; diversity, religious pluralism, and anti-racism; and respect for diversity in all areas of life
Bed & Breakfast Directory (B&B)
Bennett Award for Congregational Action on Human Justice and Social Action
This award, instituted in 1999 by James Bennett to honor the congregation that has done exemplary work in social justice, is accompanied by a $500 cash award that is presented at General Assembly.
Bethany Union for Young Women
A non-profit charitable organization that exists for the purpose of establishing and maintaining subsidized housing for young women in Boston.
Betty and Ray Goodman Ministerial Aid Fund
This aid fund was established to help supplement newly settled ministers, particularly those whose churches are poorly funded, at some point during their ﬁrst three years of ministry.
Beyond Categorical Thinking Program (BCT)
Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Concerns, Office of (OBGLTC)
This office was renamed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Ministries (LGBT Ministries).
Board of Review
The Board of Review hears appeals from ministers or credentialed religious educators who have had their final fellowship or credentialing status terminated by the Ministerial Fellowship Committee or the Religious Education Credentialing Committee.
Board of Trustees of the UUA (BOT)
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Board of Trustees conducts the affairs of the Association and carries out policies and directives, acting for the Association between General Assemblies.
Order books and e-books for Unitarian Universalists online, by phone/ fax/ mail, or in person: the UUA Bookstore is located in Boston, on the first floor of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) headquarters.
BOT (Board of Trustees of the UUA)
Congregations that have achieved significant and sustained numerical growth share what they’ve done, and how they’ve done it.
Bridgers, or bridging youth, are youth between the ages of 18-20, who are bridging between the youth (ages 14-20) community and the young adult (ages 18-35) community. One of the most important things we can do for our youth is to support them into adulthood, keep them connected to UUism, and minister to them as they become adults. A Bridging Ceremony recognizes this transition.
Brown and Kapp Award
The Olympia Brown and Max Kapp Award is made to a ministerial student who, in addition to meeting the requirements for general financial aid, chooses to submit as part of their general financial application a paper, sermon, or other special project on some aspect of Universalism.
BTWWDA (Building the World We Dream About)
A Tapestry of Faith program for adults that seeks to interrupt the workings of racism and transform how people from different racial/ethnic groups understand and relate to one another.
Buddhist Fellowship, Unitarian Universalist (UUBF)
In recent years, Unitarian Universalists (UUs) have increasingly been drawn to explore Buddhist religious practices, especially seated meditation, in order to ground the "free and responsible search for truth and meaning" that is one of the guiding principles of the UU tradition.
Buehrens Ministerial Scholarships
These scholarships support the intellectual, spiritual, and professional development of future Unitarian Universalist ministers studying at the Starr King School for the Ministry.
Building the World We Dream About (BTWWDA)
Buildings & Grounds
Resources on accessibility, Green Sanctuary, building security, loan & grant programs, and more.
Bylaws and Rules of the Unitarian Universalist Association
Your Congregation's Bylaws: A Guide to Effective Writing and Revising
C*UUYAN (Continental Unitarian Universalist Young Adult Network)
The Unitarian Universalist young adult and campus ministry network for individuals aged eighteen to thirty-five.
Cakes for the Queen of Heaven
A woman-honoring adult curriculum by Rev. Shirley Ranck, "Cakes" examines pre-Judeo Christian cultures that may have worshiped the female as divine. The concepts of equality and reverence for the female in a religious setting are eye-opening to many participants.
Camp de Benneville Pines
Camp de Benneville Pines is a retreat and conference center located in the Barton Flats area of the San Bernardino National Forest, about 90 miles east of Los Angeles.
a camp for Unitarian Universalist individuals and families and other like-minded people. It is located on Star Island in Cass Lake, a part of the Chippewa National Forest in northern Minnesota.
Resources to support you in the work of developing thriving and sustainable campus ministries.
Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC)
The national organization of Canadian Unitarian congregations.
Congregational Stewardship and Fundraising Resources includes information about how to conduct annual budget drives and capital campaigns.
CBCO (Congregation-Based Community Organizing)
An interfaith, multicultural model of social activism that brings together faith communities, labor unions, schools, and other groups to leverage their power to create social change. Many Unitarian Universalist congregations are part of CBCO networks.
CBD (Clara Barton District)
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) district covering Connecticut, and western and central Massachusetts.
CBPC (Compensation, Benefits, and Pension Committee)
The CBPC provides oversight and education on compensation and benefits and the Unitarian Universalist retirement plan.
Cedar Hill Retreat Center
Founded and guided by Unitarian principles, Cedar Hill Retreat Center is a non-denominational retreat and learning center offering meeting space and accommodations to guests in Duxbury, MA.
Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal
The New Orleans Rebirth Volunteer Program allows volunteers from across the country and beyond to stand in solidarity with the people of the Gulf Coast for a just and equitable recovery. The Volunteer Program grew out of the Hurricane Relief and Social Justice project of the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge, LA.
Central East Regional Group (CERG)
Serving Unitarian Universalist Congregations in the Joseph Priestley, Metro New York, Ohio-Meadville and St. Lawrence Districts.
Central Midwest District (CMWD)
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) district covering Illinois, southwest Michigan, upper Michigan, eastern Missouri, eastern Wisconsin, and upper western Indiana.
Ceremonies & Rituals
Unitarian Universalist religious ceremonies, like the rest of our faith, are always unique, always changing, and are determined by the beliefs of the individuals participating. Some ceremonies within Unitarian Universalism, like weddings, often follow traditional formats. Others, such as our coming-of-age services, are wildly creative and constantly evolving.
CERG (Central East Regional Group)
Certification, Congregational Membership
Certification of Membership is an annual process whereby member congregations report statistical information, and a certified membership number, to the Unitarian Universalist Association, following the established procedures for this reporting.
CFUU (Conservative Forum for Unitarian Universalists)
The Conservative Forum for Unitarian Universalists was founded in 1986. The mission of the CFUU is to ensure that all Unitarian Universalists are free to pursue a responsible search for religious truth and meaning in our societies and throughout the association regardless of their views on politics, economics or social issues.
CGEP (Charitable Gift and Estate Planning)
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) office, in the Stewardship and Development staff group, that helps people include the UUA in their estate or charitable giving plans.
Chalica, a weeklong Unitarian Universalist holiday in December, was first envisioned in 2005. Chalica devotes a day to each of Unitarian Universalism’s Seven Principles and invites families to conduct simple rituals at home.
Chalice graphics and clip art for use and distribution by Unitarian Universalists (UUs) and UU organizations.
Chalice Lighter Program
Individual Unitarian Universalists contribute $10 or more up to three times a year to help a congregation in their district complete a special project linked to growth.
Chalice Lightings: Words for Worship
"At the opening of Unitarian Universalist worship services, many congregations light a flame inside a chalice. This flaming chalice has become a well-known symbol of our denomination. It unites our members in worship and symbolizes the spirit of our work."—Dan Hotchkiss
Unitarian Universalist campus center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Charitable Gift and Estate Planning (CGEP)
Child Dedication/ Baptism
Children of Unitarian Universalist Ministers College Scholarship
College aid is offered to children of Unitarian Universalist Ministers; apply online.
Children's Products from the UUA Bookstore
Activity Books, Bibles and Bible Stories, Biography, Inspiration and Growing Up, Nature and Science, Picture Books, Posters, Religion-in-Life, Social Justice, Stories, Unitarian Universalist (UU) Principles, UU Sources, Worship and Prayer
Children's Religious Education
Resources that affirm Unitarian Universalist identity, as well as teach children about the wisdom of the world's religions.
Chorus of Faiths, A: Unitarian Universalists as Interfaith Leaders
A Tapestry of Faith Part program to develop Unitarian Universalist youth as interfaith leaders.
Christian Fellowship, Unitarian Universalist (UUCF)
The Unitarian Universalist (UU) Christian Fellowship is an organization of women and men, most of whom are members of a UU church, who are interested in exploring liberal Christianity within the context of their liberal religious faith.
Chrysalis Training Program
Managed by the Unitarian Universalist Association Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, the Chrysalis Training Program provides youth-adult led trainings for youth and adults including: Leadership Development Conferences, Spirituality Development Conferences, Basic Youth Advisor Training, Advanced Advisor Training, and Chaplain Training.
Chuck and Nancy Thomas Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a incoming first year student who has shown an outstanding commitment to Unitarian Universalism as a lay leader before preparing for Unitarian Universalist ministry.
Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF)
A Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregation on the web and in print reaching people who do not belong to a local UU congregation or who wish to connect to UUs around the world. CLF publishes the Quest newsletter and offers a prison ministry and online education.
Church of the Younger Fellowship (CYF)
The CYF is a specialized ministry effort of the Church of the Larger Fellowship, designed to meet the needs of spiritual young adults ages 18-35. The CYF currently ministers to hundreds of young adults world-wide.
Church Staff Finances
Information, services and programs for Unitarian Universalist congregations and their ministers, religious educators and other employees in matters of benefit plans, aid funds, and fair compensation.
Church Staff Finances, Council on
The Council on Church Staff Finances works in cooperation with the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and other affiliated organizations to provide information to local societies and their staff members concerning congregational financial management, staff compensation, the UUA Retirement Plan, the UUA Health Insurance Plan, and personal financial planning.
Church Staff Finances, Office of (OCSF)
The Office of Church Staff Finances provides information, services and programs for Unitarian Universalist congregations and their ministers, religious educators and other employees in matters of benefit plans, aid funds, and fair compensation.
Clara Barton District (CBD)
CLF (Church of the Larger Fellowship)
Closings: Words for Worship
If the “opening words” called people to worship and opened the time and space for this purpose, the closing words bring the service to an end and prepare people to return home. If the service has been thematically tied together, the words can be a summation, a parting thought, a final nugget for people to reflect on throughout the week.
CMWD (Central Midwest District)
COA (Coming of Age)
A program in which youth, generally aged thirteen to sixteen, learn more about their spirituality and faith. Members of COA groups usually learn about Unitarian Universalism, develop their own belief statements (often called credos), and visit other Unitarian Universalist congregations and the Unitarian Universalist Association headquarters in Boston. Also known as Affirmation groups. The equivalent of Christian confirmation groups.
COA (Appraisal, Commission on)
Code of Professional Practices, Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA Code of Conduct)
"We, the members of the Liberal Religious Educators Association, do affirm this Code of Professional Practices as our standard of commitment to the practice of religious education. This Code will be followed by all LREDA members who are or have been engaged as professional religious educators. It is supported by all who, by joining LREDA, indicate that they honor the importance of religious growth and learning in the congregations or communities they serve."
Code of Professional Practices, Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (Ministers Code of Conduct)
Covenant, Code of Conduct, Ethical Standards, Expectations of Conduct, Accountability Procedures, and Standards of Professional Practice from the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA).
College of Social Justice, Unitarian Universalist (UUCSJ)
The mission of the UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) is to increase the capacity of Unitarian Universalists to catalyze justice. UUCSJ is a formal collaboration of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.
Collegium: an Association of Liberal Religious Scholars
A primarily Unitarian Universalist independent association established to encourage collaboration among scholarly members of our clergy and laity who share similar interests; to promote significant theological reflections within and about the Unitarian Universalist movement and other liberal religious movements; to disseminate resources, research, and findings which bear upon the problem of how liberal religion is to address the contemporary situation; and to sustain our heritage of the learned ministry.
Coming of Age (COA)
Committee on Ministry (Ministry, Committee on)
The Committee on Ministry is concerned with the spiritual health of the entire ministry of the congregation—as a reflection of mission fulfillment. This Committee on Ministry model was invented in the early nineteen eighties and honed as a working model over an almost ten year period in a mid-sized congregation. This refinement brought it into being as an effective agent for keeping mission and ministry at the cutting edge of congregational life.
The Congregational Handbook section on governance includes resources for various congregational committees.
Committees, Unitarian Universalist Association
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) relies upon energetic, committed, visionary Unitarian Universalist volunteers to serve the twenty-plus committees, panels, and task forces that work with staff and the UUA Board to carry out the mission of the Association.
Common Ground I/II/III
Common Ground I and II were large representative gatherings of youth and adults held in the early 1980s. They symbolize the transition from Liberal Religious Youth (the previous organization for Unitarian Universalist (UU) youth) to Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU), the current organization for UU youth. Common Ground III refers to the gathering proposed to the YRUU governing body in 2004, which did not pass using the consensus process.
Common Read, Unitarian Universalist
A Common Read invites participants to read and discuss the same book in a given period of time.
Communications Staff Group
Through print and electronic publishing, public witness, communications consultation, marketing, and product distribution, the Communications Staff Group serves congregations by providing information and enhancing the visibility of Unitarian Universalism in the public arena.
Compensation, Benefits, and Pension Committee (CBPC)
Conclave was the annual gathering of district Religious Education chairs until 2002. A new training program, Covenanting for Excellence in Religious Education, was created to replace Conclave.
Resources to help turn conflict into opportunities for building community by examining together what we value the most, and clarifying our purpose and mission as a community.
Congregation-Based Community Organizing (CBCO)
Congregational Advocacy & Witness, Office of
This Unitarian Universalist Association staff group (renamed to Witness Ministries) supports Unitarian Universalist congregations in building and sustaining justice-seeking, inclusive, multicultural faith communities.
Congregational Handbook: How to Develop a Healthy and Vital Unitarian Universalist Congregation
This resource is intended as a web-based reference and guide for member congregations in the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Congregational Life Staff Group
Congregational Life supports the health and growth of congregations and other Unitarian Universalist communities through Congregational Stewardship Services, Growth Services, Large Congregation Services, and District Services.
Congregational Properties and Loan Commission (CPLC)
The CPLC manages Unitarian Universalist Association funds designated to provide service to our congregations that have property and land needs. The CPLC provides support to congregations seeking financing for those purposes.
Congregational Stewardship Services Staff Group
Specially trained consultants are available to guide and coach congregations through assessment visits, strategic planning, annual budget drives, financial feasibility studies, capital campaigns, and planned giving programs.
Find a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association. We look forward to your visit!
ConnectUU is an online interface to assist young adult Unitarian Universalists (UUs) communicate with one another, register for events, and find Young Adult groups in their area.
Conservative Forum for Unitarian Universalists (CFUU)
Consultation on Ministry to and with Youth
The Consultation on Ministry to and with Youth was a two-year process to revision, renew and support our Association's ministry to and with youth.
Continental Unitarian Universalist Young Adult Network(C*UUYAN)
Continuing Education for Ministers
The Ministerial Development Office gathers, assesses, and promulgates information about effective ministerial development programs and opportunities for ministers and ministerial teams.
Continuing Education for Religious Educators
Resources for professional development for religious educators.
Council of Unitarian Universalist Camps and Conferences(CU2C2)
The organization of Unitarian Universalist camps, conference centers, and regularly occurring conferences.
Small Group Ministry provides a format with which we nurture connections and explore spirituality within our congregations.
Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS)
A national organization for Unitarian Universalists who embrace earth-based, pagan, and wiccan spirituality.
CPLC (Congregational Properties and Loan Commission)
A Tapestry of Faith program for children (grades K-1) to help them develop a sense of home that is grounded in faith.
Credentialing, Congregational Delegates
Only certified member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association may send voting delegates to General Assembly (GA). Delegate credentials are mailed to certified congregations in late February by the GA Office.
The Ministerial Credentialing Office works with persons preparing for the Unitarian Universalist ministry by communicating the requirements of the Ministerial Fellowship Committee, relating to theological schools, administering scholarship aid, and supporting opportunities for field education, internships, workshops, and other programs.
Credentialing, Music Leaders
Through the Music Leadership Credentialing Program, music leaders in our congregations develop a foundational understanding of three main areas of knowledge: Music Skills and Resources, Unitarian Universalist Heritage and Values, and Leadership and Interpersonal Skills.
Credentialing, Religious Educators
The Religious Education Credentialing Program works to strengthen Unitarian Universalist religious education through the continued development and professionalization of lay religious educators, and to provide a clear and effective system for standards and recognition of these achievements.
CSRI (Socially Responsible Investing, Committee on)
This committee maintains and assists with the implementation of socially responsible investing policies and practices that reflect Unitarian Universalist values with respect to funds over which the Trustees have responsibility.
CSW (Social Witness, Commission on)
The mission of the Commission on Social Witness is to engage individuals, congregations, and districts in an ongoing process of study, action and reflection on pressing social issues to deepen our faith, to foster a greater sense of association among Unitarian Universalists, and to proclaim our vision of justice in the world.
CU2C2 (Council of Unitarian Universalist Camps and Conferences)
CUC (Canadian Unitarian Council)
Curricula, Unitarian Universalist Association
Embodying a faith development focus for our congregations, Tapestry of Faith is a series of programs and resources for all ages that nurture Unitarian Universalist identity, spiritual growth, a transforming faith, and vital communities of justice and love.
Curriculum and Resource Developers, Unitarian Universalist (UUCARDS)
Creating, promoting, and distributing religious education materials for Unitarian Universalists.
Use the updated (independent) Unitarian Universalist Curriculum and Resource Developers website in place of the obsolete Curriculum Mapping site, which has been removed.
CUUPS (Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans)
CYF (Church of the Younger Fellowship)
David Eaton Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to women from an historically marginalized group who share the same vision as David Eaton.
David Pohl Scholarship
Supports the intellectual, spiritual, and professional development of individuals preparing for Unitarian Universalist ministry.
DE (District Executive)
A staff person co-employed by a Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) district and the UUA to support that district's growth and vitality, mentor congregations, and oversee the administration of district business.
Death Penalty, Unitarian Universalists for Alternatives to the (UUADP)
A social action group, seeking to give witness to the six Unitarian Universalist Association resolutions calling for an end to capital punishment.
Delegates, General Assembly
General Assembly is the annual business meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association. Delegates from member congregations and from Associate Member Organizations, meet in business sessions and make policy for carrying out the purposes of the Association and controlling its affairs.
Demographic Research and Information
Congregations can use demographic information to help them successfully plan their congregation's growth and outreach efforts.
UUA Relations: Being a Member Congregation includes information about how congregations unite in the Association to provide services that individual congregations cannot provide for themselves.
Dictionary of Unitarian and Universalist Biography (DUUB)
A public web resource that contains hundreds of concise biographies of Unitarian and Universalist leaders and celebrated individuals whose religion was Unitarian, Universalist, or Unitarian Universalist.
Director of Religious Education (DRE)
An individual employed by a local congregation to run its religious education program. The Religious Education Credentialing Program works to strengthen Unitarian Universalist religious education through the continued development and professionalization of lay religious educators, and to provide a clear and effective system for standards and recognition of these achievements.
Directory of Unitarian Universalists
Search for or browse congregations, professional religious leaders, Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) officers, trustees, and committee members, UUA staff, or related organizations.
Disability & Accessibility
DiSciullo Award for Young Adult and Campus Ministry
This award was established in 1995 to recognize the importance of ministry to young adults (ages 18-35) and to honor people who have contributed to its advancement.
Distinguished Service to the Cause of UUism, Award for
Recipients of this award have, over a considerable period of time, strengthened the institutions of our Unitarian Universalist denomination or clarified our message in an extraordinary way. They have exemplified what Unitarian Universalism (UUism) stands for.
District Executive (DE)
District Presidents Association (DPA)
The DPA exists to be the voice and the ears for Unitarian Universalist district boards with the Unitarian Universalist Association staff, as well as for education and support of district leadership.
District Youth Steering Committee
The name of some districts' youth governing committees. See also Youth Adult Committee (YAC).
There are nineteen Districts of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) in North America. The mission of the UUA Districts is to serve as a local resource for congregations and to help extend Unitarian Universalist influence in the larger community.
Diverse and Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM)
DRUUMM was organized in 1998 by religious professionals of color (Ministers, Directors of Religious Education, Unitarian Universalist Association Staff), and has grown to be inclusive of all People of Color who share in the vision of DRUUMM and seek to build a meaningful anti-racist, anti-oppressive, multicultural community.
Diversity of Ministry Initiative
A program that provides extensive support from Unitarian Universalist Association staff to specific congregations that commit to doing intentional work around anti-racism and multiculturalism in order to pave the way for successful, long-term settlements for ministers of color.
DPA (District Presidents Association)
DRE (Director of Religious Education)
Drug Policy Reform, Unitarian Universalists for (UUDPR)
A continental coalition of Unitarian Universalists leading the denomination's efforts to develop and promote more just and compassionate drug policies, advocating that drug use should be a health issue, not a crime.
DRUUMM (Diverse and Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries)
DUUB (Dictionary of Unitarian and Universalist Biography)
E&P (Eliot & Pickett Houses)
Earth, Unitarian Universalist Ministry for (UUMFE)
Connecting and inspiring an active community of Unitarian Universalists for environmental justice, spiritual renewal, and shared reverence for our Earth home.
Economic Justice Action Group
The Economic Justice Action Group of the First Unitarian Church of Portland exists to raise public awareness and to take action on behalf of the citizens of our community, nation and world.
ECPC (Election Campaign Practices Committee)
This committee distributes the campaign practices guidelines and financial disclosure rules to candidates for at-large elective positions, and receives and considers written complaints of alleged violations of such guidelines or rules.
Election Campaign Practices Committee (ECPC)
Elections, Unitarian Universalist Association
Elections for various Unitarian Universalist Association positions (officers, board, and committee members) are held at General Assemblies.
Electronic Communication, Office of (OEC)
Renamed to Web Team, this office of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) oversees the operation of UUA.org, email list creation and maintenance, questions about the internet, editorial content on the UUA website, and related concerns and issues.
Eliot & Pickett Houses (E&P)
Eliot Institute is a gathering of Unitarian Universalists and their friends and family from all over the Pacific Northwest and around the world. Eliot consists of three camps each year, two week-long conferences in summer and a five-day conference to celebrate each New Year.
Emerging Congregations are new congregations that have been recognized by their district of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) as "emerging" and are actively working toward becoming a member congregation of the UUA.
Resources useful to any congregation in the process of establishing or managing an endowment fund.
Endowment, Unitarian Universalist Common Endowment Fund (UUCEF)
The UUCEF is available for the investment of endowment funds, trust funds, and other assets of congregations that have a long-term investment perspective and the need for income to support their missions.
Learn more about how to live out our Seventh Principle (respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part), practice environmental stewardship, and become better stewards of the Earth.
Equual Access promotes equality and access for Unitarian Universalists with disabilities.
Ethics & Safety
Although no policy or knowledge of the issues can absolutely guarantee safety in your congregation under all circumstances, congregations can take pro-active steps to create environments that are safe and prepared.
The Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association Guidelines for the Conduct of Ministry includes ethical standards, expectations of conduct, accountability procedures, and more.
European Unitarian Universalists
A group of Unitarian Universalists, mostly American ex-patriots, living in European countries.
Exploring Our Values through Poetry
A Tapestry of Faith program for youth that utilizes poems that are concerned with elements of the spiritual life: acute observation, conscious and continuous inquiry, the unveiling of reality, hope and hopelessness, the afterlife, and the tenderness of the human condition.
Faith like a River: Themes from Unitarian Universalist History
A Tapestry of Faith program for adults that explores the dynamic course of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist history—the people, ideas, and movements that have shaped our faith heritage.
Faithful Fools Street Ministry
Faithful Fools learn and educate through engaging in relationships with people who are impoverished and without housing, as well as those with homes and economic wealth.
A Tapestry of Faith program for children (grades 2-3) in which participants embark on a pilgrimage of faith, exploring how Unitarian Universalism translates into life choices and everyday actions.
A Tapestry of Faith program for youth that provides avenues for in-depth exploration of the diversity, commonality, and meaning of families.
Books, magazines, and websites that might be helpful to you in your journey of raising a family.
Ferry Beach is a Unitarian Universalist camp and conference center on the coast of Southern Maine.
Recommended resources for congregational financial support and financial "best practices."
Financial Advisor, Unitarian Universalist Association
The Financial Advisor advises the President and the Board of Trustees on financial policy and assists the Board in long range planning by reviewing the sources of funds, the application of funds designated for specific purposes, the balance between foreseeable income and proposed expenditures, and the overall financial welfare of the Association.
Financial Services Staff Group
Serves the Unitarian Universalist Association staff, board, committees, districts, member congregations, and affiliate organizations in a manner that will foster shared stewardship for the financial resources of the Association. The office maintains financial records, prepares reports to measure and analyze the use of resources, and pays staff and vendors.
FLD (Florida District)
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) district covering Florida (excluding the panhandle), southern Georgia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Florida District (FLD)
The significance of the flower communion is that as no two flowers are alike, so no two people are alike, yet each has a contribution to make.
Funding Program, Unitarian Universalist (UUFP)
The mission of the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Funding Program is to promote the influence of UU principles through grantmaking. Funds generously provided by the UU Veatch Program at Shelter Rock.
Resources to help Unitarian Universalist congregations transform their unique vision into bold action.
GA (General Assembly)
GA is the Unitarian Universalist Association's annual meeting. Thousands of Unitarian Universalists from across the country participate.
Gallon Scholarship Fund
The Lucille K. and Jerome P. Gallon Scholarship fund was created to support promising candidates for Unitarian Universalist ministry who have demonstrated strong preaching skills during their path to ministry.
GAMAP (General Assembly and Mission of the Association Partnership)
Convened by the President of the Unitarian Universalist Association, with representation from the Board, Administration, General Assembly Planning Committee (GAPC), and the Director of the General Assembly (GA) and Conference Services office. GAMAP meets each September before the major GAPC Planning Meeting to establish a shared vision for each GA and to address other GA-related issues that are important to all three entities.
GAPC (General Assembly Planning Committee)
The Planning Committee selects the site for each General Assembly, sets the daily schedule, and determines which organizations may present program material. In addition, the committee oversees the annual Ware Lecture, Opening Events, music, ambiance, and evening activities.
Gather the Spirit
A multigenerational Tapestry of Faith program that teaches stewardship with a focus on water.
Gathered Here is an invitation to all UUs to discover our common aspirations and unleash the power of our faith through one-on-one, small group, and larger group conversations to take place from July 2011 to October 2012.
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Pansexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex (GLBPTQQI)
A variation on the acronym LGBT. This particular conglomeration of identities was used from 2005-2007 during the Youth Consultation process and is not in current use. Please see LGBT for more info.
General Assembly (GA)
General Assembly and Conference Services Staff Group
General Assembly and Mission of the Association Partnership (GAMAP)
General Assembly Planning Committee (GAPC)
Giving & Generosity, Unitarian Universalist Association
Thanks to the generosity of individual donors and congregations' Fair Share contributions to the Annual Program Fund, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is able to provide vital resources to all sizes of congregations as well as develop and implement important programs and initiatives that strengthen our faith and deepen our commitment to each other.
GLBPTQQI (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Pansexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex)
Global AIDS Coalition, Unitarian Universalist
Global Chalice Lighting
The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU) distributes a new Chalice Lighting Reading each month.
Goodman Ministerial Aid Fund
Established by Betty and Ray Goodman to help supplement newly settled ministers, particularly those whose churches are poorly funded, at some point during their ﬁrst three years of ministry.
Resources for those working to best govern their congregation’s affairs in ways that are effective, efficient, and faithful to our liberal religious tradition.
Governance, Unitarian Universalist Association
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is a voluntary association of autonomous, self-governing local churches and fellowships, which have freely chosen to pursue common goals together. The Association’s polity is congregational; Association decisions are made by congregational delegates in business sessions at the annual General Assembly (GA). Between General Assemblies, the UUA is governed by the Board of Trustees.
Gives roots and wings to the vision of a world in which all people make reverence, gratitude, and care for the living Earth central to their lives.
Growing Your Congregation's Membership includes resources grouped by congregational size and by specific topic.
Guest at Your Table
Guest at Your Table is an annual tradition in which congregation members take home a box featuring people that the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) has worked with recently. These people are your 'guests,' and you are asked to share your blessings with them each meal by putting your spare change in the box. UUSC uses the funds raised through this program to support their human-rights work in the United States and around the world!
Gulbrandsen Ministers’ International Studies
Established to provide opportunities for ministers and candidates for ministry to engage in meaningful ways in a developing country for academic, interfaith or social justice purposes.
Hardcore Unitarian Universalist Person Energized and Ready (HUUPER)
A two-year position on General Assembly Youth Caucus planning staff, the Youth Caucus Co-Dean.
Harvard Divinity School
Harvard Divinity School was established in 1816 as the first non-sectarian theological school in the U.S. Today, its students and faculty represent over fifty-five religious traditions. Students enrolled at Harvard study curriculum in three areas: Scripture and Interpretation, Christianity and Culture, and Religions of the World.
Harvest the Power: Developing Lay Leadership
A Tapestry of Faith program for adults that provides leadership skill development that goes hand-in-hand with faith development.
Haseltine Aid Fund
Ingeborg Haseltine made a gift from her estate to establish a permanent scholarship and aid fund to support the education of women pursuing a career in the ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Church.
Haseltine Scholarship Fund
Ingeborg Haseltine made a gift from her estate to establish a permanent scholarship fund to support the education of women pursuing a career in the ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Heartland District (HLD)
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) district covering Michigan (except southwest and upper Michigan); Indiana; Kentucky; and western Ohio.
Heeding the Call: Qualities of a Justice Maker
A Tapestry of Faith social justice curriculum for youth (ages 12-15) that not only explores linked oppressions in our society, but also encourages participants towards personal growth in values that counteract the marginalization of others.
History & Heritage Society, Unitarian Universalist (UUHHS)
Supports research and scholarship in various fields of historical interest and provides programs and publications for the benefit of students, scholars, and others committed to promoting and preserving our Unitarian Universalist heritage.
History, Unitarian Universalist
Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religious tradition that was formed from the consolidation of two different religions: Unitarianism and Universalism.
HLD (Heartland District)
Holdeen India Program, Unitarian Universalist (UUHIP)
The UUHIP works with key leaders and organizations of India's most marginalized and disadvantaged peoples in their struggle to secure human rights and economic and social justice.
The Holmes-Weatherly Award is given to an individual or organization, not necessarily a Unitarian Universalist, whose life-long commitment to faith-based social justice is reflected in societal transformation.
Hopkins Ministerial Aid Fund
The purpose of this award is to ease the ﬁnancial burden of becoming or remaining a minister, so that our clergy’s minds may be freed to attend to their higher calling.
Human Resources, Office of
The Office of Human Resources is responsible for benefits administration, compensation, employee relations, employment and equal employment opportunity, performance management, policies and procedures, and training and professional development for the Unitarian Universalist Association's national staff.
HUUmanists works to advance humanism within the Unitarian Universalist (UU) denomination and to promote religious humanism in general.
HUUPER (Hardcore Unitarian Universalist Person Energized and Ready)
IARF (International Association for Religious Freedom)
An interfaith association of religious organizations with over one hundred member groups, including the Unitarian Universalist Association.
ICUU (International Council of Unitarians and Universalists)
This organization of Unitarian and Universalist societies from around the world seeks to strengthen the worldwide network of Unitarian, Universalist (UU), and UU organizations.
ICUUW (International Convocation of Unitarian Universalist Women)
ICUUW will work through concerted action and in partnerships around the world to achieve tangible advances in the lives of women.
IDBM (Identity-Based Ministries Staff Group)
The Unitarian Universalist Association IDBM staff group has been renamed to Multicultural Growth & Witness. They support Unitarian Universalist congregations in building and sustaining justice-seeking, inclusive, multicultural faith communities.
Identity-Based Ministries Staff Group (IDBM)
IllUUmination is a holiday conceived in 1994 by the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Church of Little Rock in response to a member family's children's desire to celebrate not only the special days of other faiths, but a special day of their own. The church has developed a weekend of programming including an IllUUmination Feast, songs, and a Sunday service for all ages. The celebration has received an enthusiastic response, and is now celebrated in a number of UU congregations.
Supporting human rights for all people, especially those most vulnerable, is a core Unitarian Universalist value. The Unitarian Universalist Association has a long history of support for migrant workers, refugees, and other displaced peoples. See also: Phoenix General Assembly
Independent Study Program
A graduate-level program (now the Modified Residency Program atMeadville Lombard) of individualized and highly structured study which helps people prepare for careers as Ministers of Religious Education in Unitarian Universalist congregations.
Infidels, Unitarian Universalist (UUI)
A group of Unitarian Universalists supporting non-religious discussion in our faith.
Information and Public Witness Staff Group (IPW)
This Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) office handles media contact, questions about the UUA and Unitarian Universalism, historical research, and other information-based items.
Information Technology Services Staff Group (ITS)
ITS handles internet services, web technology and connectivity, and data services and programming for the Unitarian Universalist Association.
InterConnections: A Newsletter for Congregational Leaders
InterConnections is an email newsletter that publishes tips and stories about vital congregations for lay leaders and the professional staff who work with them.
Interfaith Spirituality Scholarship
The purpose of this scholarship is to support deserving individuals who have demonstrated an interest in and are prepared to integrate interfaith understanding into their ministry, and have a commitment to guiding others on their own spiritual path.
Internal Services Staff Group
The Unitarian Universalist Association's (UUA's) Internal Services staff group includes Finance, Financial Services, Operations, and Pickett& Eliot, and is overseen by the UUA Executive Vice President.
International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF)
International Convocation of Unitarian Universalist Women(ICUUW)
International Council of Unitarians and Universalists(ICUU)
A listing of Unitarian, Universalist, or Unitarian Universalist (U/U) international organizations.
The International Resources Office is available to all Unitarian Universalist Association congregations that are either internationally engaged or in the process of developing internationally focused ministries.
International Religious Fellowship (IRF)
A member organization of International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF) consisting of youth groups and young people from various countries.
Interweave Continental is a membership organization actively working toward ending oppression based on sexual orientation and gender identity, recognizing that we will not be free until all oppression is a thing of the past.
Introducing the Unitarian Universalist Association
Investment Committee, Unitarian Universalist Association
The Committee’s primary responsibility is the management of the Unitarian Universalist Common Endowment Fund (UUCEF).
IPW (Information and Public Witness Staff Group)
IRF (International Religious Fellowship)
ITS (Information Technology Services Staff Group)
Jackson Ministerial Scholars Fund
This scholarship is awarded to recipients who share with the wider world their enthusiasm about Unitarian Universalist ideas and conclusions, drawn from their faith, which influence their lives.
Jewish Awareness, Unitarian Universalists for (UUJA)
Committed to supporting Unitarian Universalist Jewish multi-religiosity.
Joseph Priestley District (JPD)
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) district covering Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, and northern Virginia.
Josseline, The Death of
The 2010-11 Unitarian Universalist Common Read book was The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona-Mexico Borderlands by Margaret Regan, which presents a series of intimate stories from immigrants, activists, human rights workers, and border patrol people.
Journey Toward Wholeness Transformation Committee(JTWTC)
The JTWTC was established in June of 1997 by the Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees as part of the 1997 General Assembly Resolution, "Toward an Anti-Racist Unitarian Universalist Association."
JPD (Joseph Priestley District)
JTWTC (Journey Toward Wholeness Transformation Committee)
Jubilee Anti-Racism Training
A Unitarian Universalist Association weekend-long workshop that helps participants deeply understand racism and how to counter it (previously called Jubilee II).
Just Economic Community, Unitarian Universalists for a(UUJEC)
A group of Unitarian Universalists working to solve poverty, homelessness, and other economic problems.
Justice in the Middle East, Unitarian Universalists for(UUJME)
Works within the Unitarian Universalist community to promote peace and justice in Israel-Palestine, including a settlement of the conflict affirming the equality, dignity, freedom and security of all peoples involved.
JUUST Change Consultancy
A Unitarian Universalist Association program that helps congregations create a tailor-fit plan for transformation grounded in anti-oppression.
Kaufmann Ministerial Student Mental Health Fund Legacy Gifts
In 2007 Katherine S. and John W. Kaufmann established this fund to assist with personal therapy expenses for Ministerial Students who are preparing for ministerial fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Lambda Ministers Guild
The Lambda Ministers Guild exists to offer support to and facilitate communication among bisexual, gay, lesbian and transgender Unitarian Universalist ministers.
Latina/o Unitarian Universalist Networking Association(LUUNA)
Leaders who are not in a paid, professional, or staff position. They do their work on a purely volunteer basis. And for this reason we love them!
LDC (Leadership Development Conference)
Part of the Chrysalis Training Program. A training put on for both youth and adults for the teaching of leadership skills and ideas.
Leaders' Library (Retired)
The Leaders' Library (where UUA.org resources could be sorted by topic) has been retired in favor of our topically-based site navigation. Other tools to help you find what you're looking for include this A-Z Index and our site search.
This body is comprised of the heads of each staff group of the Unitarian Universalist Association who meet together to conduct business which impacts the staff of the Association.
Resources to help congregations be deliberate about training leaders and prospective leaders.
Leadership Development Conference (LDC)
Leap of Faith
Leap of Faith is a pilot program aimed at congregational growth through mentoring.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT)
This phrase is currently the most popular way in U.S. culture to refer to all people who are marginalized on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity, although other labels/letters are often included as well to represent more identities under this umbrella.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Ministries Staff Team (LGBT Ministries)
Seeks to make Unitarian Universalism a welcoming, inclusive, empowering, and just faith for Unitarian Universalists who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender, through education, programming, resources, and other support around LGBT issues and concerns. Part of the Multicultural Growth office.
LFD / RE (Lifespan Faith Development / Religious Education)
The Unitarian Universalist Association provides curricula and professional leadership to support religious education programs for children, youth, adults, and multigenerational groups in congregations, and faith development resources for lay leaders, religious professionals, families, and seekers of all ages.
LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender)
LGBT Ministries (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Ministries Staff Team)
Liberal Religious Charitable Society
c/o UUA, 25 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108; email@example.com
Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA)
A professional organization of the Unitarian Universalist Association, LREDA furthers the interest of liberal religious education by advocating for high professional standards for lay and ordained religious educators.
Liberal Religious Youth (LRY)
This name identified the continental affiliate organization which served UU youth up until 1982 when it was dissolved and Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU) was created. See also Common Ground, the conferences which led to this change.
Lifespan Faith Development / Religious Education (LFD / RE)
Loan Library (RE) (Religious Education Loan Library (Retired))
The Unitarian Universalist Association no longer provides a curriculum loan library, but does provide the free, downloadable, adaptable Tapestry of Faith family of Unitarian Universalist curricula online.
Long Range Planning Meeting
January 2003. Initiated by Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU) and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Youth and adults gathered to make recommendations in six areas–Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression, Curriculum/Resources/Transitional Age Range Programs, Geography and Canadian Concerns, Governance/Structure, Communication/Outreach, and Spirituality/Unitarian Universalist Identity.
Long-Range Planning: Congregational Governance
Your district office staff can provide help and resources in your long-range planning. See also: Vision, Mission and Covenant Development, and Holy Conversations: Strategic Planning as a Spiritual Practice for Congregations by Gilbert Rendle and Alice Mann.
Love Connects Us
A Tapestry of Faith program for children (grades 4-5) that celebrates important ways Unitarian Universalists live our faith in covenanted community.
Love Surrounds Us
A Tapestry of Faith program for children (grades K-1) that explores all the Principles in the context of Beloved Community of family/home, school, neighborhood. Participants engage in activities that emphasize the love they feel in community.
Love Will Guide Us
A Tapestry of Faith program for children (grades 2-3) in which participants learn to seek guidance in life through the lens of our Unitarian Universalist Sources, with an emphasis on love.
LREDA (Liberal Religious Educators Association)
LREDA Code of Conduct (Code of Professional Practices, Liberal Religious Educators Association)
LRY (Liberal Religious Youth)
LUUNA (Latina/o Unitarian Universalist Networking Association)
MacLean Award for Excellence in Religious Education
Each year, the Unitarian Universalist Association presents the Angus H. MacLean award to a person who has made outstanding contributions to religious education.
To ensure that everyone whose life would benefit from the practice of Unitarian Universalist Christianity has access to and room in a nearby congregation.
Making Music Live
A simple guide to help you weave music into our Tapestry of Faith programs.
Marketing / Advertising
Marshman and Fields Memorial Scholarship
The Barbara Marshman & Ann Fields Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a religious educator serving a Unitarian Universalist congregation who is engaged in graduate study.
Massachusetts Bay District (MBD)
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) district covering northeastern Massachusetts.
MBD (Massachusetts Bay District)
MDD (Mountain Desert District)
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) district covering Colorado, eastern Idaho, Montana, western Nebraska, New Mexico, western Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.
Meadville Lombard Theological School
One of two Unitarian Universalist (UU) seminaries, Meadville educates students to become religious leaders who serve primarily UU congregations and ministries. Meadville is affiliated with the University of Chicago and the Association of Chicago Theological Schools.
Meditation Manuals from the UUA Bookstore
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Bookstore sells a variety of meditation manuals from Skinner House Books and other publishers.
Meditations: Words for Worship (Prayers)
Meditations, prayers, and blessings for use in Unitarian Universalist worship.
Melcher Book Award
The Frederic G. Melcher Book Award is given annually to a work published in the U.S. during the past calendar year judged to be the most significant contribution to religious liberalism.
Membership Totals (PDF)
Statistical summary of membership in Unitarian Universalist Association congregations.
Resources about greeters, printed matter, publicity, newcomer classes, membership requirements, making first-time visitors feel welcome, helping newcomers decide to join, involving new members in the life of the congregation, and keeping longer-term members active.
Membership, Congregations in the UUA
Congregations unite in the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) to provide services that individual congregations cannot provide for themselves.
There is no single, standard Unitarian Universalist memorial service or funeral. For information on memorial services or funerals within Unitarian Universalist congregations, please contact your local minister or district office.
Men's Network, Unitarian Universalist (UUMeN)
A continental membership organization for Unitarian Universalist men. Women are also welcome. Our purpose is to build a mature, liberal religious masculinity: male-positive, pro-feminist / womanist, gay-affirming, culturally and racially inclusive and diverse.
Metro New York District (MNYD)
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) district covering New York state from Long Island to Kingston, including metropolitan New York City, northern New Jersey, and southwestern Connecticut, plus two congregations in Pennsylvania.
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende is a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
MFC (Ministerial Fellowship Committee)
The MFC has jurisdiction over all phases of ministerial credentialing. Candidates for ministerial fellowship are interviewed by the Committee before fellowship is granted. Additionally, the MFC has the authority to remove ministerial fellowship.
MFD (Ministries and Faith Development Staff Group)
This staff group serves Unitarian Universalism by creating healthy, transformative, multigenerational, and diverse ministries and religious education.
MGW (Multicultural Growth and Witness Staff Group)
This Unitarian Universalist Association staff group supports Unitarian Universalist congregations in building and sustaining justice-seeking, inclusive, multicultural faith communities.
Mid-Atlantic Community, Unitarian Universalist
An annual intergenerational summer institute with programs intended to strengthen the community and programs of churches, fellowships and societies within the Joseph Priestley and Metropolitan New York Districts of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Mid-South District (MSD)
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) district covering Alabama, northwestern and central Georgia, Mississippi, the panhandle of Florida, and First Unitarian Universalist Church in Nashville, Tennessee.
The MidAmerica region of the Unitarian Universalist Association is comprised of three districts: Central Midwest, Heartland, and Prairie Star.
Unitarian Universalist congregations with between 150 and 550 adult members are considered midsize.
Military Ministry, Unitarian Universalist (UUMM)
We believe that the door to religious freedom is always open and so are committed to offering Unitarian Universalist ministry to active military members.
Minister of Religious Education (MRE)
A minister who specializes in religious education, sometimes hired or called by a local congregation in addition to a parish minister. The Religious Education Credentialing Program works to strengthen Unitarian Universalist religious education through the continued development and professionalization of lay religious educators, and to provide a clear and effective system for standards and recognition of these achievements.
Ministerial Aid Funds
The Office of Church Staff Finances administers some funds that provide financial assistance to ministers in fellowship and other eligible persons.
Resources for persons preparing for the Unitarian Universalist ministry, including the requirements of the Ministerial Fellowship Committee (MFC), information about theological schools, scholarship aid, and opportunities for field education, internships, workshops, and other programs.
Assistance for ministers in fellowship as they develop their skills and deepen their ministry.
Ministerial Fellowship Committee (MFC)
The Ministerial Credentialing Office administers scholarship funds available to students who are in aspirant or candidate status and who are enrolled in a Master of Divinity degree program leading to fellowship as a Unitarian Universalist minister.
Ministers and Professional Religious Leaders
Browse or search our directory of Unitarian Universalist ministers and professional religious leaders.
Ministers Association, Unitarian Universalist (UUMA)
The professional organization for Unitarian Universalist ministers, governed by its membership through an annual meeting preceding General Assembly each year.
Ministers Code of Conduct (Code of Professional Practices, Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association)
Ministers' Partners and Spouses, Unitarian Universalist (UUMPS)
An informal, inclusive group that provides information and support for non-clergy partners of Unitarian Universalist ministers and ministerial students.
Ministries and Faith Development Staff Group (MFD)
Resources for professionals in ministries and faith development.
Ministry and Professional Leadership Staff Group (MPL)
This staff group (renamed to Ministries and Faith Development) serves Unitarian Universalism by creating healthy, transformative, multigenerational, and diverse ministries and religious education.
Ministry, Committee on (Committee on Ministry)
The Unitarian Universalist Association Office of Ethics and Safety, in addition to broad support for safe congregations and right relations, provides a system for response to complaints of professional misconduct that is grounded in principles of restorative justice and reconciliation.
Mission / Vision / Strategy / Goal Setting
The key to having a healthy, growing congregation is visionary shared leadership, both lay and professional.
MNYD (Metro New York District)
Moderator, Unitarian Universalist Association
As Chief Governance Officer, Gini Courter, Unitarian Universalist Association Moderator, presides at the General Assembly and at meetings of the Board of Trustees.
A Tapestry of Faith program for children (grades 2-3) that attempts to provide children with the spiritual and ethical tools they will need to make choices and take actions reflective of their Unitarian Universalist beliefs and values.
Mountain Desert District (MDD)
Mountain Retreat & Learning Centers, Inc. (The Mountain)
The Mountain is an ecologically conscious retreat center that has been inspiring people of all ages for more than 30 years with enriching programs, a caring environment and amazing beauty in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina.
MPL (Ministry and Professional Leadership Staff Group)
MRE (Minister of Religious Education)
MSD (Mid-South District)
Multicultural Growth and Witness Staff Group (MGW)
Multicultural Growth, Office of
Part of the Multicultural Growth & Witness staff group, this office seeks to increase Unitarian Universalist congregations’ capacity to minister effectively in a multicultural world and make Unitarian Universalism a welcoming, inclusive, empowering, and just faith for Unitarian Universalists of all identities, especially people of marginalized races/ethnicities, sexual orientations, and gender identities.
Multiculturalism means nurturing a religious community where people of all races, ethnicities, and cultures see their cultural identities reflected and affirmed in every aspect of congregational life—worship, fellowship, leadership, governance, religious education, social justice, etc.
Hosting multigenerational events and worship, building relationships across generations, and creating a community that honors the contributions and milestones of all ages.
Multigenerational worship more than having the children in the sanctuary once in a while for the same service the adults experience every week. "Multigenerational worship"recognizes that there is often a wide spectrum of ages present in our congregations—from the infant to the elder.
Explore Unitarian Universalism through our audio and video resources.
Murray Grove Retreat and Conference Center
Located near Barnegat Bay and close to the New Jersey coast, 90 minutes’ drive south of New York City and about the same distance east of Philadelphia, Murray Grove Retreat and Conference Center occupies twenty lovely partially-wooded acres.
Music is an integral part of our worship culture—whether that music be European classical or African American blues. Find hymnals and songbooks, CDs of hymns and accompaniments, and other resources for music in your congregation.
Musician's Network, Unitarian Universalist (UUMN)
The professional organization for Unitarian Universalist (UU) musicians, whose mission is to advocate for music ministry in UU communities and support those who provide it.
my.UUA.org is an online system that enables congregations to view and change contact information for their members, lay leaders, and staff.
Mystics in Community, Unitarian Universalist
A community of Unitarian Universalists who share an interest in mysticism, in order to gain the rewards of mutual stimulation and support.
New congregations within the Unitarian Universalist movement are those that are in the early stages of development.
New Massachusetts Universalist Convention
An organization of individual Unitarian Universalists devoted to fanning the flame of Universalism in order to inform the Unitarian Universalist movement today and to help light the way toward the future.
New UU, The
A Tapestry of Faith program for adults that provides important tools to help congregations welcome, orient, and integrate newcomers into their faith communities.
New York State Convention of Universalists
The New York State Convention of Universalists was organized in 1825. Prior to the creation of the Unitarian Universalist Association, it served as the principal denominational body for Universalist churches in New York State. The Convention upholds the Universalist heritage, most notably through annual meetings and through a program of grants and loans.
Guidelines for congregational newsletters, in print and online.
NNED (Northern New England District)
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) district covering Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. A merger of the New Hampshire/Vermont Districts and the Northeast District (July 2008).
Nominating Committee, Unitarian Universalist Association
This Unitarian Universalist Association committee nominates candidates for all positions elected by the General Assembly except for President and Moderator. Candidates for elected positions may also be nominated by petition.
North Atlantic Region
Serving Unitarian Universalist Congregations in the Ballou Channing, Clara Barton, Massachusetts Bay, and Northern New England Districts.
Northern California Unitarian Universalist Camps and Conferences
Oversees camps & conferences offered in Northern California & Nevada throughout the year.
Northern New England District (NNED)
Nourishing the Spirit
WorshipWeb offers a variety of worship resources (sermons, quotes, meditations, prayers, blessings) for use in services, special occasions or for personal inspiration.
Now Is the Time Campaign
Read stories of generosity from the Now is the Time campaign.
Now is the Time! Multiracial, Multicultural Conferences
Enjoy reports and videos from the 2007-2009 "Leading Congregations Into a Multiracial, Multicultural Future: Now is the Time!" conferences.
OBGLTC (Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Concerns, Office of)
The Office of Professional Development keeps records of deceased Unitarian Universalist (UU) ministers, arranges for the preparation of ministerial obituaries for the UU World and the Unitarian Universalist Association Directory, and prepares appropriate memorial material for The Service of the Living Tradition at General Assembly.
OCSF (Church Staff Finances, Office of)
OEC (Electronic Communication, Office of)
Officers, Unitarian Universalist Association
The elected officers of the Association are the President, Moderator, and Financial Advisor. All officers are subject to the direction and control of the Board of Trustees. All appointed officers are appointed by the Board of Trustees and serve at its pleasure.
Ohio Meadville District (OMD)
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) district covering most of Ohio, western Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
OMD (Ohio Meadville District)
Open UUA Committee (OUC)
The Open Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Committee (OUC) (formerly Openness Implementation Committee (OIC)) was created by the UUA board to oversee the implementation of Rule #G-2.1. Democratic Process which was passed by the 1994 General Assembly.
OpenDoor Housing Fund/ Unitarian Universalist Interfaith Fund
OpenDoor Housing Fund helps to create economically strong and diverse communities by providing low-interest loans to mission-oriented affordable housing developers.
Openings: Words for Worship
Often called a “call to worship” these words bring the congregation from their separate lives and to this common place and time of the worship hour.
Operations Staff Group
This staff group oversees the maintenance of the Unitarian Universalist Association's headquarter properties.
The week-long annual conference of the Continental Unitarian Universalist Young Adult Network (C*UUYAN).
OUC (Open UUA Committee)
Our Whole Lives (OWL)
A multi-age sexuality education curriculum published by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the United Church of Christ (UCC) which is used in both secular and religious settings. In UU settings, this curriculum is used with a companion curriculum, Sexuality and Our Faith.
OWL (Our Whole Lives)
Owning Your Religious Past (PDF, 25 pages)
A curriculum by Bonnie (Stauffacher) Withers. Originally published in August 1981 as Owning Your Religious Past: The Haunting Church.
P&E (Pickett & Eliot Houses)
Now closed, Eliot and Pickett Houses offered the charm and style of bed & breakfast lodging in the heart of Boston to members of Unitarian Universalist congregations.
Pacific Central District (PCD)
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) district covering northern California, Hawaii, and northern Nevada.
Pacific Northwest District (PNWD)
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) district covering Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.
Pacific Southwest District (PSWD)
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) district covering Arizona, southern California, and southern Nevada.
Panel on Theological Education
Makes recommendations for the expenditure of funds from the Theological Education Endowment Trust subject to the approval of the Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees.
Partner Church Council, Unitarian Universalist (UUPCC)
For eighteen years the UUPCC has encouraged and supported congregational partnerships between American and Canadian Unitarian Universalists and Unitarians, Universalists, and Unitarian Universalists around the globe.
Members of Unitarian Universalist churches minister to one another and discover new ways of serving and being served.
PCD (Pacific Central District)
Peace Fellowship, Unitarian Universalist (UUPF)
The UUPF envisions a world of justice, peace and freedom.
Peace Ministry Network, Unitarian Universalist
Emphasizes peace and compassion as Unitarian Universalist values.
Pennsylvania Universalist Convention
The Pennsylvania Universalist Convention, established in 1831, continues to this day to support the "historic Universalist Churches" of Pennsylvania as well as the wider Unitarian Universalist Association.
People of Color
This is not a term that refers to a real biological or scientific distinction between people. People of Color in the U.S. share the common experience of being targeted and oppressed by racism. Multiculturalism means nurturing a religious community where people of all races, ethnicities, and cultures see their cultural identities reflected and affirmed in every aspect of congregational life.
Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) of Congregations periodicals include UU World and InterConnections.
Phoenix General Assembly in Arizona: June 20-24, 2012
Pickett & Eliot Houses (P&E)
The O. Eugene Pickett Award is given annually to the congregation that has made an outstanding contribution to the growth of Unitarian Universalism.
Place of Wholeness, A
A Tapestry of Faith program for youth that provides an opportunity to examine their faith journeys to better understand themselves in the context of Unitarian Universalism.
Planned Giving, Congregational
Resources for every element of a successful planned giving program.
Planned Giving, to Unitarian Universalism
Learn how to make a gift to to the Unitarian Universalist Association, your home congregation, or any other Unitarian Universalist organization, for any purpose you specify, through gifts by will, non-cash gifts, or life income gifts.
PNWD (Pacific Northwest District)
Many Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations have found podcasting to be an effective means of sharing audio and video files with members and the general public.
The David Pohl scholarship was established by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) of Congregations upon Rev. Pohl's retirement as UUA Director of Ministry in 1993. It supports the intellectual, spiritual, and professional development of individuals preparing for Unitarian Universalist ministry.
The Roy H. Pollack Scholarship was created in 1998 to support second or third year students who have strong academic records and are promising candidates for Unitarian Universalist ministry.
Polyamory Awareness, Unitarian Universalists for (UUPA)
Serves the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the community of polyamorous people within and outside the UUA by providing support, promoting education, and encouraging spiritual wholeness regarding polyamory.
PR (Public Relations, Congregational)
Resources for congregations dealing with the press or publicizing a variety of programs.
Prairie Star District (PSD)
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) district covering Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, northwestern Missouri, eastern Nebraska, North Dakota, eastern South Dakota, and western Wisconsin.
Prayers (Meditations: Words for Worship)
President's Award for Volunteer Service
The President's Annual Award for Volunteer Service to the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is given to the person designated by the President as having given extraordinary and vital service to the UUA as a volunteer.
President, Unitarian Universalist Association
The President of the Unitarian Universalist Association, Peter Morales, is elected by the General Assembly and is responsible for carrying out the ENDS of the Association as articulated by the Board of Trustees.
Principled Commitment: A Program for Unitarian Universalist Couples
A Tapestry of Faith program developed in response to Unitarian Universalist adults’ desire to build strong relationships and our congregations’ desire to meet that need. The eleven workshops of Principled Commitment provide avenues for growing in faith while nourishing committed partnership.
Principles and Sources
There are seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote, like the inherent worth and dignity of every person. Unitarian Universalism draws from many sources, such as wisdom from the world's religions. These principles and sources of faith are the backbone of our religious community.
Process Theology Network, Unitarian Universalist
Invites members interested in exploring ideas and sharing resources on the topic of Process Relational Theology/Thought.
Leaders who are in a paid, professional, or staff position. They are not just volunteers. They have certain credentials (whether that’s training or degrees) and have applied for the position.
Professional Organizations/ Ministry Groups
Professional Religious Leaders, Directory of
Search by name or browse by category: credentialed music leaders, credentialed religious educators, or ministers.
Project Harvest Hope
Committed to nurturing the Székeley spirit and traditions of rural life in the Unitarian villages of Transylvania. Through pilgrimage and partnership, shared faith and common purpose, we are forging relationships of love, trust and mutual respect.
Promise the Children
Our mission is to increase public support for the healthy development of our nation’s youngest citizens with regard to policies around public education, nutrition, healthcare, and comprehensive sexuality education.
PSD (Prairie Star District)
Psi Symposium, Unitarian Universalist
PSI, a letter of the Greek alphabet, refers to the paranormal, psychic, trans-sensory, intuitive areas of consciousness. The Unitarian Universalist Psi Symposium encourages the study and practice of Psi as a pathway to personal development and spiritual growth.
PSWD (Pacific Southwest District)
Public Relations, Congregational (PR)
Public Witness, Congregational
All the best wisdom we can offer about how your congregation can be an effective, credible, accountable community engaged in justice-making.
Racial & Ethnic Concerns, Office of
The work of this office is now part of the work of the office of Multicultural Growth.
RDO (Resource Development Office)
Develops curriculum and resources as a part of Ministries and Faith Development staff group.
RE / LFD (Religious Education / Lifespan Faith Development)
REACH (Religious Education Action Clearing House)
A packet of Religious Education (RE) materials contributed by local congregations and Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) staff. Reach-L is an email list for the discussion and sharing of UU religious education, and has replaced the "REACH Packet."
Readings: Words for Worship
Affirmations/ Covenants/ Doxologies, Responsive Readings, Litanies, and Offerings.
RECC (Religious Education Credentialing Committee)
This committee has exclusive jurisdiction over religious education credentialing.
Refugee and Immigrant Services and Education, Inc., Unitarian Universalist (UURISE)
Provides affordable, trustworthy legal immigration counseling, representation, and resettlement services to marginalized immigrants and refugees; and provides educational advocacy to the larger community.
Regional Sub-Committees on Candidacy of the Ministerial Fellowship Committee (RSCC)
The Regional Sub-Committees on Candidacy are sub-committees of the Ministerial Fellowship Committee (MFC). The MFC has jurisdiction over all phases of ministerial credentialing.
Find a Unitarian Universalist organization by viewing a complete alphabetical listing or by choosing a category.
Religion for Our Time, A
Short videos that highlight inspiring work in Unitarian Universalist congregations, including innovative projects relating to worship, religious education, social justice, membership, and fellowship.
Religions For Peace
The largest international coalition of representatives from the world’s great religions dedicated to promoting peace.
Religions For Peace: USA
The largest representative interreligious collaboration in the United States.
Religious Education / Lifespan Faith Development (RE / LFD)
Religious Education Action Clearing House (REACH)
Religious Education Credentialing
Religious Education Credentialing Committee (RECC)
Religious Education History Group, Unitarian Universalist
Encourages the study of the history of liberal religious education, especially among the Unitarians and Universalists.
Religious Education Loan Library (Retired) (Loan Library (RE))
Resistance and Transformation: Unitarian Universalist Social Justice History
Grounded in the belief that even "failures" in our history can be instructive, this Tapestry of Faith program for adults presents the ongoing struggle of our tradition to live up to its ever-evolving ideals of social transformation.
Resource Development Office (RDO)
Retired Ministers and Partners Association, Unitarian Universalist (UURMaPA)
UURMaPA gathers us at regional conferences and area lunches, where we enjoy catching up and exploring new perspectives. UURMaPA has created a Caring Network of more than forty volunteers, who stay in touch with members to celebrate life’s joys and sorrows.
Riddle and Mystery
A Tapestry of Faith program for children (grade 6) that assists them in their own search for understanding.
Rise Up & Call Her Name
A Woman-honoring .Journey into Global Earth-based Spiritualities, by Elizabeth Fisher.
Rowe Camp & Conference Center
Nestled in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, Rowe is a conference center, retreat center and summer camp for youth and adults.
RRYSC (Western Region Youth Adult Committee (Canadian))
RSCC (Regional Sub-Committees on Candidacy of the Ministerial Fellowship Committee)
Rules and Bylaws of the Unitarian Universalist Association
SAC (Social Action Coordinator)
A youth elected by their district or region to research and organize social action issues and opportunities.
Saint Lawrence District (SLD)
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) district covering New York (except New York City and Kingston to Long Island).
SATUURDAY (Sexually Accepting Teenage Unitarian Universalist Respecting Diversity Among Youth)
A conference for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Queer youth
A weeklong fun-filled summer adventure for adults with opportunities to form new and lasting friendships and to provide an environment which encourages personal growth and spiritual enrichment.
Scholarships and Awards
Schulman Scholarship for Unitarian Universalist Women
Annually, two scholarships are given to support Unitarian Universalist women attending Simmons College in Boston.
The Unitarian Universalist Association and the Boy Scouts of America: A Continuing Struggle for Inclusiveness; Alternative Scouting Organizations; Unitarian Universalist Scouting Curricula and Badges
SED (Southeast District)
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) district covering North Carolina, South Carolina, Eastern Georgia, Eastern and Central Tennessee, and most of Virginia.
Senexet House, built in 1886, was chosen because of its ideal location between Boston and New York. The house is ideal for groups up to 30 persons. It welcomes all religious retreats, family gatherings, counseling groups, young people's organizations, meetings and conferences, workshops and gatherings of all kinds.
Sermons: Words for Worship
Unitarian Universalist sermons, which generally last for fifteen to twenty minutes, may be about theology, social issues, holidays, or issues of importance to the life of the congregation. See also: Podcasts
Service Committee, Unitarian Universalist (UUSC)
An associate member organization of the Unitarian Universalist Association which works to promote and protect human rights in the United States and internationally.
Service Pension Society, Unitarian Universalist
Sexually Accepting Teenage Unitarian Universalist Respecting Diversity Among Youth (SATUURDAY)
SGM (Small Group Ministry)
Sharing the Journey: Small Group Ministry with Youth
A Tapestry of Faith program for youth. Small group ministry can be a way to help individuals build relationships, experience a greater sense of belonging, and feel supported in their spiritual journey in the congregation.
Shelter Neck Unitarian Universalist Camp
For over a century, Shelter Neck has been a meeting place for Unitarian Universalists in rural southeastern North Carolina.
Sierra Ancha Wilderness Unitarian Universalist Religious Association
Located five miles south of Young, Arizona at an altitude of 5500 feet, this camp site is a beautiful 109 acres of wilderness nestled in the heart of the Sierra Ancha Wilderness and surrounded by thousands of acres of national forest.
Simmons Scholarship for Unitarian Universalist Women
Skinner House Books
Skinner House Books is an imprint of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, publishing books to aid individuals and congregations in their search for truth and meaning.
Skinner Sermon Award
This award honors Clarence Skinner, and is presented annually to the preacher of the sermon best expressing Unitarian Universalism's social principles.
SKSM (Starr King School for the Ministry)
Founded in 1904, SKSM is one of two Unitarian Universalist (UU) theological schools and is located in Berkeley, California. SKSM educates UU ministers and progressive religious leaders and is a member of the Graduate Theological Union, a consortium of nine seminaries and fourteen centers for religious studies.
SLD (Saint Lawrence District)
Small Group Ministry (SGM)
Small Group Ministry Network, Unitarian Universalist
Dedicated to creating healthy congregations and a vital Unitarian Universalist movement by supporting and promoting Small Group Ministry.
Funds are available for Unitarian Universalist students attending Harvard University.
Social Action Coordinator (SAC)
Social Justice Empowerment
A Unitarian Universalist Association one-day workshop that helps participants assess the quality and effectiveness of their congregation's social justice work and how they can best put their faith into practice.
Social Justice, Unitarian Universalists for (UUSJ)
A Unitarian Universalist partnership of congregations, organizations and individuals in the Baltimore Washington & Northern Virginia area deeply committed to our religious principles of human dignity, justice and compassion for all people.
Social Witness, Commission on (CSW)
Socially Responsible Investing (SRI)
SRI is ensuring that our investments are reasonably consistent with our values. The Unitarian Universalist Association is constantly engaged in SRI activity from shareholder resolutions, to community investing, to affordable housing and other justice initiatives. Congregations can get involved in SRI in a number of ways.
Socially Responsible Investing, Committee on (CSRI)
Society for Community Ministries
A Unitarian Universalist movement of lay ministers & ordained clergy committed to promoting a broad spectrum of healing and social justice ministries.
Society for Ministerial Relief
Provides financial assistance through its Clergy Fund to aged or needy Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist (UU) clergy and, through its Survivors Fund, to needy surviving spouses and orphans of deceased UU clergy.
Southeast District (SED)
Southeast Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute (SUUSI)
An intentional community of approximately 1,000 people who gather in July to explore our interconnectedness, learn new ways of seeing our world and each other, delight in the joys of meeting old friends and making new ones, share outdoor adventures, dance, and sing.
Southeast Unitarian Universalist Winter Institute in Miami(SWIM)
An annual Unitarian Universalist intergenerational intentional community in South Florida.
Southern/ Southland Unitarian Universalist Region
The Southland Unitarian Universalist Region is a cooperative venture between the four Southern districts of the Unitarian Universalist Association: Thomas Jefferson, Mid-South, Florida and the Southwestern Conference.
Southwest District, also known as the Southwest UU Conference (SWD, SWUUC)
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) district covering Arkansas, Louisiana, southwestern Missouri, Oklahoma, western Tennessee, Texas, and the Republic of Mexico.
Southwest Unitarian Universalist Women
A non-profit organization that supports women through worship, learning, leadership, community and social justice.
Southwestern Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute(SWUUSI)
The Southwestern District’s week-long multigenerational summer camp experience.
Spirit in Practice: Ten Workshops for Unitarian Universalist Adults
A Tapestry of Faith program for adults, created to help Unitarian Universalists develop regular disciplines, or practices, of the spirit—practices that help them connect with the sacred ground of their being, however they understand it.
Spirit of Life, Curriculum
Tapestry of Faith workshops for adults that offer participants space, time, and community to explore their Unitarian Universalist spirituality.
Spirituality and the Arts in Children's Programming
A Tapestry of Faith program for educators and parents to help give children the tools to make meaning in their lives at their own level at any age.
SRI (Socially Responsible Investing)
Staff Groups, Unitarian Universalist Association
Search staff members by name or title, or browse by office.
Whether your congregation employs a single part-time staff member or a diversified and specialized staff numbering in the dozens, it is important to staff in a way that promotes your congregation’s vision and mission while providing staff with the resources necessary to achieve what you expect of them.
Standing on the Side of Love
A public advocacy campaign that seeks to harness love’s power to stop oppression. It is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association and all are welcomed to join.
Stanfield and D'Orlando Legal and Art Scholarships
The Stanfield Scholarships Program is funded by a trust created by Mrs. Marion Barr Stanfield for Unitarian Universalists studying the fields of art and law.
The nonprofit Star Island Corporation has owned and operated Star Island since 1916, providing affordable individual and family retreats ten miles off the coast of New Hampshire.
Starr King School for the Ministry (SKSM)
State Advocacy Network, Unitarian Universalist (UUSAN)
Each of UUSAN's eleven networks is locally based, and led by Unitarian Universalists 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.
Statistical Information about Unitarian Universalism
Statistical Summary of Unitarian Universalist Congregations (PDF)
Stewardship and Development Staff Group
Stewardship and Development Staff are available to assist you year-round.
Stewardship Sermon Award
Established in 1984 and is given annually for the sermon judged most effective in exploring and promoting financial support of our Unitarian Universalist faith.
Stories: Words for Worship
Stories for worship, curricula, and fun.
Summit on Youth Ministry
Culmination meeting of the two year Consultation on Ministry to and with Youth. Included diverse group of youth and adult stakeholders to shape a youth ministry that includes all youth. Held in July 2007, in Boston.
Super Working Action Team (SWAT)
A self-selected group to assist the Working Action Manager with researching and organizing around the Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU) Working Action Issue (Education Reform and Multiculturalism).
Surviving Spouses and Partners of Ministers
Contact the Ministries and Faith Development staff group for assistance.
SUUSI (Southeast Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute)
SWAT (Super Working Action Team)
SWD, SWUUC (Southwest District, also known as the Southwest UU Conference)
SWIM (Southeast Unitarian Universalist Winter Institute in Miami)
SWUUSI (Southwestern Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute)
Tapestry of Faith Lifespan Curriculum
Taskforce on Youth Ministry
A group of 7 youth, 3 young adults, and 5 adults tasked with carrying out the Consultation on Ministry to and with Youth process (survey, congregational conversations, district/stakeholder gatherings, summit) and providing resources for all stakeholders to contribute.
Tax Issues for Congregations (501c3)
The Mountain (Mountain Retreat & Learning Centers, Inc.)
Unitarian Universalist and other theological schools.
The Chuck and Nancy Thomas Scholarship is awarded to a incoming first year student who has shown an outstanding commitment to Unitarian Universalism as a lay leader before preparing for Unitarian Universalist ministry.
Toolbox of Faith
A Tapestry of Faith program for children (grades 4-5) to discover what aspects of Unitarian Universalist faith are helpful to them, developing a toolbox of faith.
Transgender Religious Professional Unitarian Universalists Together (TRUUsT)
Advocates for the gifts, safety, liberation, and leadership of transgender religious professionals in Unitarian Universalist ministries and institutions.
Provides counsel and resources to congregations facing or planning for changes in their professional ministry, and advice for ministers on career planning and on seeking parish positions.
TRUUsT (Transgender Religious Professional Unitarian Universalists Together)
U-Bar-U is a Unitarian Universalist Retreat and Conference Center located on 142 rugged acres in the storied Hill Country near Kerrville, Texas.
A Unitarian Universalist camp that is committed to providing a safe and welcoming seasonal camp and spiritual retreat to a diverse community.
A small Unitarian Universalist publishing venture that encourages dialogue, research and scholarship between and among differing Unitarian Universalists and liberal international religious groups; it supports the maintenance of liberal religious archives both nationally and internationally; through its publications and digital archiving, it safeguards and promotes liberal religious heritage and history.
A Unitarian Universalist Camp and Conference Center located in the forever wild forests of the Adirondack Mountains.
Unitarian Sunday School Society (USSS)
Provides funds for the development, testing, publication, and distribution of religious education materials that can be used by churches, fellowships, and individuals throughout the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Unitarian Universalism (UUism)
A theologically liberal religious belief system characterized by some as a "new religious movement" and by others as a Protestant denomination. Formed by the consolidation of the Unitarian and Universalist denominations in 1961, Unitarian Universalism has ties to and honors many religious practices, as discussed in the Principles and Purposes document which grounds our belief system. Congregations are self-governing with authority and responsibility vested in the membership of the congregation.
Unitarian Universalist (UU)
Unitarian Universalists draw inspiration from our faith's two historic roots. Universalism, with its roots in eighteenth century England and America, challenged its members to reach out and embrace people whom society often marginalized, guided by the belief that all were children of God. Unitarianism, which took root in America is the early nineteenth century, believed in one God and supporters were called to work for religious liberty and a rational search for truth and meaning. Both Unitarians and Universalists shared a commitment to create a more just society. Our faith's history and beliefs have a wide range: from liberal Christian views about Jesus to a rich pluralism that includes theist and atheist, agnostic and humanist, pagan, Jew, and Buddhist.
United Nations Office, Unitarian Universalist (UU-UNO)
The UU-UNO engages in the work of the UN to advance a peaceful, just, sustainable and pluralistic world community that promotes human rights, and engage and inspire Unitarian Universalists and others to support and participate in this work.
United States Congregations
Explores and draws from the heritage of Universalist experience and faith to inform Unitarian Universalism today and help light its way toward the future.
Universalist Heritage Foundation
Celebrates the heart of the Universalist message of faith, hope and love and develops programs that will articulate and spread this Universalist message, adding strength, depth and wisdom to contemporary Unitarian Universalism.
Urban Ministry, Unitarian Universalist
Since 1826, the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry has worked to empower Boston’s underprivileged citizens through education and advocacy.
USSS (Unitarian Sunday School Society)
UU (Unitarian Universalist)
UU World Magazine
UU World’s mission is to help its readers build their faith and act on it more effectively in their personal lives, their congregations, their communities, and the world.
UU're Home is a membership organization for Unitarian Universalists and other religious liberals that provides information about bed & breakfast accommodations in members' homes throughout North America, and a few abroad.
UU-UNO (United Nations Office, Unitarian Universalist)
UUA (Association, Unitarian Universalist)
UUADP (Death Penalty, Unitarian Universalists for Alternatives to the)
UUAM (Animal Ministry, Unitarian Universalist)
UUAWO (Washington Office for Advocacy, Unitarian Universalist)
Renamed to "Witness Ministries," we exist to represent Unitarian Universalist values in public discourse and to help congregations be more effective in their social justice work.
UUBF (Buddhist Fellowship, Unitarian Universalist)
UUCARDS (Curriculum and Resource Developers, Unitarian Universalist)
UUCEF (Endowment, Unitarian Universalist Common Endowment Fund)
UUCF (Christian Fellowship, Unitarian Universalist)
UUCSJ (College of Social Justice, Unitarian Universalist)
UUDPR (Drug Policy Reform, Unitarian Universalists for)
UUFP (Funding Program, Unitarian Universalist)
UUHHS (History & Heritage Society, Unitarian Universalist)
UUHIP (Holdeen India Program, Unitarian Universalist)
UUI (Infidels, Unitarian Universalist)
UUism (Unitarian Universalism)
UUJA (Jewish Awareness, Unitarian Universalists for)
UUJEC (Just Economic Community, Unitarian Universalists for a)
UUJME (Justice in the Middle East, Unitarian Universalists for)
UUMA (Ministers Association, Unitarian Universalist)
UUMeN (Men's Network, Unitarian Universalist)
UUMFE (Earth, Unitarian Universalist Ministry for)
UUMM (Military Ministry, Unitarian Universalist)
UUMN (Musician's Network, Unitarian Universalist)
UUMPS (Ministers' Partners and Spouses, Unitarian Universalist)
UUPA (Polyamory Awareness, Unitarian Universalists for)
UUPCC (Partner Church Council, Unitarian Universalist)
UUPF (Peace Fellowship, Unitarian Universalist)
UURISE (Refugee and Immigrant Services and Education, Inc., Unitarian Universalist)
UURMaPA (Retired Ministers and Partners Association, Unitarian Universalist)
UUSAN (State Advocacy Network, Unitarian Universalist)
UUSC (Service Committee, Unitarian Universalist)
UUSJ (Social Justice, Unitarian Universalists for)
UUW&R (Women & Religion, Unitarian Universalist)
Dedicated to freeing ourselves, others, and the Earth from traditional, historical, and contemporary oppressive and patriarchal systems.
UUWF (Women's Federation, Unitarian Universalist)
A circle of liberal religious women and men working to advance justice for women and girls and promote their spiritual growth.
UUWHS (Women's Heritage Society, Unitarian Universalist)
In simultaneous meetings in June 2011, the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Heritage Society and the Unitarian Universalist Historical Society voted to consolidate.
UUYAN (Young Adult Network, Unitarian Universalist)
A continental network of young adults aged eighteen to thirty-five.
Veridan Fund for Religious Education Excellence Scholarship
Awarded to a participant in the Unitarian Universalist Association Religious Education Credentialing program for the purpose of undertaking a significant program of professional development.
Verified Voting, Unitarian Universalists for
We call witness to the need for election integrity in our democracy, and the use of voting equipment and procedures that facilitate public oversight of our elections.
Vision, Mission and Covenant: Creating a Future Together (PDF, 97 pages)
Vision is a carefully defined picture of where the congregation wants to be in five or more years. Mission is a concise statement of what the congregation wants to be known for, or known as, within the wider world. Covenantis a statement of how members of the congregation will be with, and will behave toward, one another, as well as what is promised or vowed to one another and to the congregation as a whole.
Scholarships are given to support the intellectual, spiritual, and professional development of future Unitarian Universalist ministers who are attending Meadville Lombard Theological School.
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) President, in consultation with the General Assembly Planning Committee, invites a distinguished guest each year to address the General Assembly as the Ware Lecturer.
Washington Office for Advocacy, Unitarian Universalist(UUAWO)
Combined water is symbolic of our shared faith coming from many different sources.
The Wayside Pulpit has a long tradition of being a "message" on the bulletin boards outside of many churches of all denominations.
Web Team Staff Group
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Web Team oversees the UUA.org website, UUA blogs, and UUA-hosted email lists.
Be ready to welcome online visitors, and turn them into real-life visitors. Many congregations report that most visitors have checked out the congregation first on the Web.
There is no one standard Unitarian Universalist wedding service. Each service is developed by the couple and the presiding minister to best reflect the couple’s beliefs, hopes, and relationship. District staff can help you locate ministers or other local assistance to perform ceremonies or offer guidance.
Welcoming Congregation Program
A completely volunteer program for Unitarian Universalist congregations that want to take intentional steps to become more welcoming and inclusive of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender (LGBT).
Serving Unitarian Universalist Congregations in the Mountain Desert, Pacific Central, Pacific Northwest, and Pacific Southwest Districts.
Western UU Life Festival
Sponsors and promotes an annual event of one week's duration for the purpose of creating a community born of Unitarian Universalist values where earth-centered awareness cultivates the celebration of diversity.
Westwood Ministerial Aid Fund
This aid fund was established by the Westwood Family, all of whose members were dedicated to successfully spreading the faith and nurturing Unitarian Universalist congregations.
What Moves Us: Unitarian Universalist Theology
Providing a framework for Unitarian Universalists (UUs) to engage in theological reflection, not as an intellectual exercise, but as a process of meaning-making that equips one for living in the world as a UU person of faith, this Tapestry of Faith program for adults explores the life experiences of both historic and contemporary UU theologians, highlighting that which caused in them a change of heart, a new direction, new hope, and a deeper understanding of their own liberal faith.
Whiteness, Examining: An Anti-Racism Curriculum
Allows deeper understanding of issues that are essential to furthering a white anti-racist identity.
Wild Wild West Region
Wilton Peace Prize
The Wilton Peace Prize is given annually by the Unitarian Universalist Association to individuals or groups in recognition of their contribution to “peace and human progress.”
Windows and Mirrors
A Tapestry of Faith program for children (grades 4-5) that nurtures children's ability to identify their own experiences and perspectives and to seek out, care about, and respect those of others.
Witness Ministries, Office of
Part of the Multicultural Growth & Witness staff group, this office seeks to represent Unitarian Universalist values in public discourse and to help congregations be more effective in their social justice work.
Women & Religion, Unitarian Universalist (UUW&R)
Women's Federation, Unitarian Universalist (UUWF)
Women's Heritage Society, Unitarian Universalist(UUWHS)
A Tapestry of Faith curriculum for children (grades K-1) that engages and challenges leaders and children alike to explore how and why we are willing to welcome others into our lives.
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) publishes the quarterly UU World magazine in behalf of its member congregations, which provide free subscriptions as a benefit to their voting members. The online version at uuworld.org is updated with news and original content each week.
YAC (Youth Adult Committee)
The name of some districts' youth governing committees (DYSC). See DYSC.
YATF (Youth Advisor Task Force)
A Unitarian Univeralist Association (UUA) Board of Trustees appointed task force to assess youth advisors in our association. Met for two years and created a report which is available online.
YaYA (Youth and Young Adult Ministries, Office of)
Supports all Unitarian Universalist youth and young adults.
Young Adult Ministry
Fostering leadership and spirituality with young adults, supporting campus ministries, and building communities wherein all young adults are affirmed, empowered, and spiritually nourished.
Young Adult Network, Unitarian Universalist (UUYAN)
Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU)
A former sponsored organization of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) for Unitarian Universalist (UU) youth aged fourteen to twenty. The Continental Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU) structure ended in 2009, though district and congregational youth programs and communities may still use the term. See former UUA President William Sinkford's letter on youth ministry transitions as well as the Consultation on Ministry to and with Youth.
Youth Adult Committee (YAC)
Youth Advisor Task Force (YATF)
Youth and Young Adult Ministries, Office of (YaYA)
At the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) General Assembly, youth participants form a Youth Caucus to discuss business, attend programs, worship together, and plan social events, with assistance from the UUA Youth Office.
Youth Council Adult-At-Large Members of the Board of Trustees
The Unitarian Universalist Association uses the term youth to describe programming and ministry with those in high school grades 9 -12 or the equivalent for home-schooled youth. We offer resources to foster leadership and spirituality with youth, support youth advisor development, and build communities wherein all youth are affirmed, empowered, and spiritually nourished.
YRUU (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists)
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