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Voting Rights and Election Reform
Voting Rights, Election Reform, and Democracy
Religious & Civil Liberties, Election Reform, Voting Rights

Post-Election Spiritual Sustenance: Join UUA president, Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, and other UU ministers and organizers, for a post-election conversation to discuss how our faith showed up for the midterms, what we learned from our work, and how we were nurtured by sacred organizing. (Aired 11/7/2018)

One of the fundamental principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is the use of the democratic process. As an expression of our faith, many Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations engage in voter registration, election reform, and protecting voting rights and democracy.

Defending the right to vote has been central to the work of the UUA and at the core of Unitarian Universalism for decades—from expanding enfranchisement for women and Black people  to advocating for a path to citizenship for immigrants; from our history of civil rights engagement to taking on the New Jim Crow and white supremacy today. As a faith community UUs are vocal and active about voting rights and have contributed to change throughout history. In the past few years, UUs have been part of a groundswell of voting rights, electoral work, and democracy movements that have emerged and gained even more momentum since the 2016 US elections.

Election Engagement 2020 and Democracy

  • Spiritual grounding:  Our prayer is for democracy to be a spiritual practice of accountability that resists fascism. -Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen

The Fifth Principle of Unitarian Universalism calls for the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.

  • Why now? With the increasing control of our government by corporate and special interests and the alarming rise of authoritarianism, we face many challenges to ensure democracy. At GA 2019 delegates will vote on a Statement of Conscience on the Corruption of Our Democracy.
  • What you can do: Join Us for a Webinar on Democracy & Electoral Justice 2020 on Wednesday, August 14th, 7 pm ET/4 pm PT.  Speakers include:
    • Adam Eichen--Co-Author of Daring Democracy (Beacon Press, 2007)
    • Charlene Sinclair--Center for Race, Religion and Economic Democracy
    • Everette Thompson--Side with Love Campaign Manager
    • Susan Leslie--Congregational Advocacy & Witness, and others.

We will explore strategies from now through Elections 2020 and beyond, focusing on three phases of engagement from massive voter registration, ballot initiatives and advocacy, and all out Get Out the Vote! Register now.

2016 - 2020 Congregational Study/Action Issue: The Corruption of Our Democracy

Delegates at the 2016 General Assembly in Columbus, OH, selected "The Corruption of Our Democracy" to be the 2016-2020 Congregational Study/Action Issue (CSAI) of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) of Congregations.

The Congregational Study/Action Issue is an invitation for congregations and districts to take a topic of concern and engage it, reflect on it, learn about it, respond to it, comment on it take action—each in their own way. A CSAI is NOT a statement—it is a question. Download the Corruption of Our Democracy CSAI Study Guide (PDF, 24 pages), (Word, 24 pages).

Voting Rights Organizing Videos & Webinars for UUs

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UU congregations and organizations are working with partners to protect the vote, register people to vote, and get out the vote!

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Theological Grounding and History


We know that too often people are excluded from this process due to economic and racial bias. Ironically, the right to legislative representation is denied to the residents of the U.S. capitol, Washington, DC. The UUA works to make sure that those who are eligible to vote can do so, and to extend the right to vote to the citizens of the nation's capitol.

We invite you to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and our commitment to voting rights as an issue of economic and racial justice.

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