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Giving Voice To Our Values

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Washington State

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Washington State Unitarian Universalist Voices for Justice
438 NE 72nd St.
Seattle, WA 98115

Co-Coordinators:
Rev. Carol McKinley(360)786-8074 WebWeaver:
Corinne Kelly(206)526-7081

UUVoices@connectexpress.com
www.UUVoicesWa.org


OUR STORY


We Seek To:

empower Unitarian Universalists in Washington State to give voice to our values in the political arena.

We Strive To:

  • Create A Politically Informed Statewide Network
  • Maintain A Regular And Effective UU Presence In The Legislative Process
  • Promote Clear Priorities And Focused, Effective Statewide Action
  • Do Our Part To Create A Just And Sustainable World Community

Our Beginnings:

Spring 2005 the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee in Boston, Massachusettes asked that Jerome Chroman and Corinne Kelly, members of the University Unitarian Church, Seattle, consider applying for a five year grant to establish a progressive legislative network in Washington State grounded in the life and priorities of the Washington UU Congregations and build community around the intertwining of our shared spiritual values and policies of public interest. Jerome and Corinne interviewed UU leadership and allied organizations in the area to determine the practicality and the interest and support. They applied and received funding July 2005 and repeat this process annually for five years total at which point hopefully UU Voices will be sustainable. Spring 2006 Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation became UU Voices fiscal sponsor.

Washington State Unitarian Universalist Voices for Justice: A Legislative Advocacy Network (Wa UU Voices) formed a Steering Committee and a Specialist and Ministerial Advisory Board which first conferenced September 2005 and established some Congregational Contacts. Membership promotion began fall 2005. Jerome Chroman was the  Legislative Tracker in 2005-6.  Now there is a Legislative Tracker Team.

Our first year bore some satisfying Issues/Strategies/Successes.



Unitarian Universalist Principles and Values:

We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

The living tradition which we share draws from many sources:

  • Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
  • Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
  • Wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
  • Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
  • Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.
  • Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles our faith, we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision. As free congregations we enter into this covenant, promising to one another our mutual trust and support.