Washington Stat UU Voices for Justice seeks 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
In 2005 the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee in Boston, Massachusetts 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. The network was to be grounded in the life and priorities of Washington UU congregations and to bring our collective voices and shared religious values to political and public issues. They applied for and received funding in July 2005. In Spring 2006 Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation became UU Voices fiscal sponsor.
In its initial two years, Washington UU Voices was guided by a steering committee. At Washington UU Voices' first annual meeting in June 2007, attendees adopted bylaws and elected a board of directors to guide the organization's operation.
501 (c) (4) Tax ExemptionLast Updated on 2009-12-15 14:29:53
The following documents confirm the tax exempt status of Washington State UU Voices for Justice.
IRS letter granting 501(c)(4) exemption from federal income tax.
Application for 501(c)(4) exemption from federal income tax.
Unitarian Universalist Principles and ValuesLast Updated on 2009-12-15 00:00:00We, 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... More »
Bylaws of Washington State UU Voices for JusticeLast Updated on 2009-12-15 00:00:00
Section 1 – Name: The name of the organization shall be Washington State Unitarian Universalist Voices for Justice.
Section 2 – Purpose: Washington State Unitarian Universalist Voices for Justice (WA UU Voices) is organized as a liberal religious legislative advocacy network to enable Unitarian Universalists in Washington State to give voice effectively to our values in the political arena. To this end, it shall maintain a regular and effective Unitarian Universalist presence in the legislative process, work with congregations to create a politically informed network, and promote focused statewide action on legislative issues that build a just and sustainable world.
Section 1 – Membership shall be open to all Washington State Unitarian Universalist congregations, or any current member of a Washington Unitarian Universalist congregation.
There are two... More »