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Vision for Unitarian Universalism: Congregations and Beyond

Unitarian Universalism grows out of congregational roots. We organize ourselves according to congregational polity, which gives us a very democratic system of governance, with delegates from congregations making most of the major decisions affecting the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). (See Congregational Life for more information.)

Recently we have come to recognize that there is also opportunity for Unitarian Universalists to connect with our movement in ways that go beyond congregational walls.

Strategic Direction

In a paper entitled "Congregations and Beyond," the Rev. Peter Morales, President of the UUA, offers a vision of the opportunities and challenges that face Unitarian Universalism as an international movement. He presents a strategic direction for Unitarian Universalism consistent with our core values and historic willingness to push beyond pre-determined boundaries.

The Vision Starts to Unfold-May 2012

On May 14, 2012, a group came together to continue the discussion. This YouTube presentation helps explain the evolving vision for Congregations & Beyond.

All Unitarian Universalists are encouraged to read, discuss, and share read, discuss, and share "Congregations and Beyond" (PDF).

Discussion Guide

This discussion guide comprises plans for three 60-minute sessions to facilitate conversations about the Congregations and Beyond initiative.

Join the Conversation

The conversation is continuing on Facebook and on our blogs and by following twitter feeds at #faiththrive and #congbeyond.

For more information contact conglife @

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Last updated on Friday, October 11, 2013.

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