The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), as a partner organization with Faithful Democracy, encourages Unitarian Universalists and all faith-based communities to get out the vote and bring civility to public discourse this Election Day. As the crucial midterm election approaches, Faithful Democracy offers resources and tips for all people of faith exercising the right to vote.
Standing on the Side of Love (SSL), a public advocacy campaign sponsored by the UUA, gathered in Washington, DC, on Saturday, October 2, 2010, as part of the One Nation Working Together march to recruit get-out-the-vote activists. The UUA and SSL will continue their commitment to voter registration and participation for the November 2 election and beyond.
“Unitarian Universalists hold as one of their primary principles ‘the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large,’” said Dan Furmansky, campaign manager for Standing on the Side of Love. “Unitarian Universalists are using Faithful Democracy as a crucial resource to mobilize their communities around the election. It’s exactly this kind of work that speaks to our Unitarian Universalist principles, especially as they relate to protecting vulnerable populations such as elderly or disabled citizens, and those whose reliance upon early voting may make or break their ability to cast a vote.”
Faithful Democracy offers resources to assist people in taking action in three ways:
1. Register and vote. People of faith and citizens of a democracy must remember the privilege and responsibility to vote. Check to see if you are registered to vote or register now.
2. Practice and promote civil dialogue. At a time when emotions are running high, be a voice for respect and thoughtful consideration. Get tips on civil dialogue.
3. Encourage voting in your congregation and community. Faithful Democracy has clear, simple, nonpartisan resources to promote informed civic participation.
The Unitarian Universalist Association is a faith community of more than 1,000 self-governing congregations that bring to the world a vision of religious freedom, tolerance and social justice.
Unitarian Universalism is a theologically diverse, non-creedal religion in which members support one another in the search for truth and meaning.
Standing on the Side of Love is a public advocacy campaign sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association that seeks to harness love’s power to stop oppression. Through community activism, social networking, and media outreach, people across the nation are equipped to counter fear and make love real in the world. All are welcome to join.
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