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Working for a just society is central to our faith — faith based in the
creation of justice and peace here on earth and among our common world
community. The UUA seeks an economically just society in which government and
private institutions promote the common economic good and are held accountable;
all people have equal opportunity to care for themselves and their families; and
individuals take responsibility for the effects of their actions on their own
and others' lives.
The Unitarian Universalist Association of
Congregations in North America (UUA), through its annual General Assembly (GA)
and its Board of Trustees, has supported economic justice in eighteen
resolutions since the merger of the Unitarians and Universalists in 1961.
early as 1961 and 1966, in the Migratory Workers and Agricultural Employment
resolutions respectively, the UUA called upon Congress to
These goals were reaffirmed with the 1974 Support of
UFW Boycott, 1975 UU Migrant Ministry, and 1976 Farm Worker Initiatives
resolutions, which urged UU's to support the boycott and allocated funding for
community ministry to agricultural workers.
With the Economic Opportunity resolution of 1965,
the UUA recognized the need for impoverished populations to have influence in
the "economic activity programs" enacted by the Economic Opportunity Act of
1964. This resolution called for "adequate and substantial representation on
both the governing body and the policy advisory board of all community
The 1967 Freedom Budget and Poverty resolution
states that "in spite of the high cost of the Vietnam War, the country can
afford effective measures to eliminate poverty," urging member congregations to
study the A. Philip Randolph Institute's blueprint, "A Freedom Budget for
Similarly, the 1968 Poor People's Campaign
resolution highlighted the strategies of another organization, the Southern
Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), in support of the Poor People's Campaign
of the SCLC. The 1967, 1968 and 1985 Poverty and Unemployment resolutions
proposed a radical decrease in military spending to eradicate poverty in the
After a decade of calling for worker rights, the UUA
passed the 1971 Rights of the Poor and 1976 Tax Reform resolutions, placing
responsibility upon the government to fulfill basic rights of minimum income,
adequate housing and legal services by demanding the "elimination of inequities
and loopholes" (1976).
With the 1981 Economic Justice, 1983 A Call to the
Nation, 1985 Interfaith Action for Economic Justice, and 1985 Resolution
Commending US Catholic Conference resolutions, the UUA urged member
congregations to work collectively to link jobs and freedom with peace and
justice. Here again, as in 1967-8, the UUA recognizes and utilizes resources and
models from other denominations and organizations.
Such coalition work is endorsed in the 1988 Housing
for the Homeless, 1995 A Job, A Home, A Hope, and 1997 Working For A Just
Economic Community resolutions. These resolutions call members to actively
create, lobby for, and support affordable, safe housing and employment for
impoverished populations including the homeless, persons with disabilities, and
the elderly. The UUA urges dignity and hope in the face of international
corporate greed and governmental indifference.
Poverty1964 General Resolution
Economic Opportunity1965 General Resolution
Freedom Budget and Poverty1967 General Resolution
Poor People's Campaign1968 General Resolution
Housing for the Homeless1988 General Resolution
A Job, A Home, A Hope1995 General Resolution
Working for a Just Economic Community1997 General Resolution
Payment of the United States Debt to the United Nations1998 Action of Immediate Witness
Political Campaign Finance Reform1998 Action of Immediate Witness
Economic Injustice, Poverty, and Racism: We Can Make a Difference!2000 Statement of Conscience
Responsible Consumption Is Our Moral Imperative2001 Statement of Conscience
The Alien Tort Claims Act and Accountability For Multinational Corporations2004 Action of Immediate Witness
Congregational Programs on Racism and Classism2006 Responsive Resolution
UUA/UUSC Gulf Coast Relief Fund2006 Responsive Resolution
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Last updated on Wednesday, August 24, 2011.
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