The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has always understood that people with physical, mental, and sensory disabilities face discrimination and barriers. Our social justice commitment to disability rights can be documented as early as 1961, when a social justice resolution at the time of our consolidation asked Unitarians and Universalists to “influence public opinion and government agencies on behalf of the needs of people with mental illness.”
In 1997, the UUA made an historic social justice commitment to racial justice and, aware of continuing discrimination despite the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, made a similar commitment to disability justice—promising that the Unitarian Universalist Association would act “as an advocate for the human and civil rights of people with disabilities both within its own association and globally.”
In 2009, a new interfaith organization formed to work for disability rights and disability justice. The Unitarian Universalist Association is joining the new Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition, a part of the American Association of People with Disabilities. We will work collaboratively with Christian, Jewish, Islamic, and other religious organizations. Together, we are resolving to bring the power of our collective prophetic voices to the struggle for disability rights nationally and globally.
For More Information about Disability Rights
- Contact access [at] uua [dot] org.
- Join Equual Access, an affinity organization of Unitarian Universalists (UUs) with disabilities, allies, friends working toward the goal of complete accessibility.
- Express your opinions on Access-L, a subscriber-only email list for UUs who are interested in accessibility.
- UU sermons on mental health
- Starting a mental health ministry.
- Mental Health Ministry program at Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation
- The Caring Congregation Program is a congregational program of seven workshops focused on welcoming and supporting people with mental disorders and their families into our congregations.
- Mental Health Information for Ministers (PDF, 35 pages) a document written for ministers to help in their interactions with parishioners with mental health challenges.
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