Covenanting communities are Unitarian Universalist (UU) groups that claim a UU identity but they look and feel different from a traditional congregation.
Related and Associate Member Organizations are diverse groups that embrace Unitarian Universalist (UU) principles and traditions outside of congregations and covenanting communities. They include member and professional organizations, justice-focused groups, camps and conference centers, and more.
Associate Member Organizations are named in the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) bylaws, and are limited to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and the Unitarian Universalist Women's Federation, two organizations with historic connections to the UUA.
Related Organizations do important work in providing identity groups for Unitarian Universalists, focusing on specific justice work, supporting people working within Unitarian Universalism, and providing unique UU experiences. Related Organizations are in formal relationship with the UUA in order to advance Unitarian Universalist values and claim a UU identity, but are not congregations or covenanting communities.
- To learn more about the ways the UUA supports Related Organizations, visit the benefits page.
- To apply to become a Related Organization, complete the online application form.
- Existing Related Organizations must complete a five-year renewal. If you've not already submitted your renewal, please complete the renewal form ASAP.
Associate Member Organizations
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
UUSC advances human rights through grassroots collaboration. In more than a dozen countries throughout the world, UUSC fosters social justice and works toward a world free from oppression. UUSC’s innovative approaches and measurable impact are grounded in the belief that all people have inherent...
Unitarian Universalist Women's Federation (UUWF)
UUWF is a continental membership organization that advances justice for women and promotes their spiritual growth. It is an independent non-profit, 501c3 corporation and one of only three associate member organizations of the Unitarian Universalist Association....
Minnesota Conference United Church of Christ
The Minnesota Conference United Church of Christ (UCC) is the state-wide organization that equips UCC pastors to lead, supports congregations, engages in transformative mission and witness, and guides youth and adults on their faith journeys.
Camps, Conference Centers, or Retirement Homes
A welcoming and unique community located in the forever-wild Adirondacks, Unirondack provides summer camp experiences for young people within a community where UU values are lived and every aspect of the program is filled with opportunities for self-expression, creativity and belonging.
The Rowe Center
The Rowe Center is a community, spiritual, and educational retreat center creating opportunities for the presentation and exchange of a wide variety of topics consistent with the Unitarian Universalist principles and values.
Ferry Beach Retreat and Conference Center
Ferry Beach is a retreat and conference center with a mission to "awaken hearts to explore, grown and renew the spirit of universal love." We accomplish our mission through programs in education, culture and the arts, spirituality, sustainability, social justice, and action and personal growth.
The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center, Inc.
Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Southern Appalachians, The Mountain offers camps, conferences, and educational programs for all ages. Comfortable accommodations are available for congregation retreats and programs sponsored by UU groups and community-based organizations.