University Unitarian Church participates in coalitions and denominational efforts at the local, state, national and international levels.
These collaborative efforts are an important way that we do our justice work. To learn more or to plug into UUC’s work with these organizations, contact our Assistant Minister, the Rev. Beth Chronister.
Northwest Equity Consortium was formed as a host committee for the national 2013 White Privilege Conference in Seattle, with the intent to continue on as a forum for antiracism efforts in the Seattle area. University Unitarian Church is a member of the consortium as part of our commitment to antiracism work.
Sound Alliance: University Unitarian Church was a founding member of this diverse partnership of religious congregations, labor organizations and grassroots citizen groups in Puget Sound. This kind of broad-based community organizing offers a vehicle for diverse people to act together for the common good while working to strengthen the leadership and relational culture of each member organization. Sound Alliance’s campaigns have included a focus on green jobs, local immigrant rights issues, and reforming our state’s broken and regressive taxation and revenue system.
University Unitarian Church is one of co-founders of the United Churches Emergency Fund, which assists people in our immediate neighborhood with rent, utilities, toiletries, and snack packs, as well as compassionate listening and referrals for other needed services.
Also: Learn more about our local Seeds of Justice partnerships.
Faith Action Network: University Unitarian Church recently joined this statewide interfaith advocacy organization that works to build a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world from a faith perspective. FAN is a merger of the Washington Association of Churches and the Lutheran Public Policy Office. UUC’s work with FAN has so far been focused on efforts to stop gun violence.
Northwest UU Justice Network is a growing group of Unitarian Universalists who are working to build a more just and sustainable world. NWUUJN focuses on connecting Unitarian Universalists from different congregations, primarily in Western Washington, who are interested in or working on areas of shared concern. UUC members have connected with other congregations via NWUUJN on issues of immigration, money in politics, and marriage equality.
Washington UU Voices for Justice is our denomination’s legislative voice in Washington state. Each year UU Voices brings together Unitarian Universalists from around the state to set legislative priorities, and then organizes and supports the UU voice in Olympia. While UUC supports UU Voices congregationally, it is also an individual membership organization. Joining WUUV and signing up for action alerts is the best way to stay connected to UU legislative issues and action.
National and International
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee has been our denomination’s voice and arm for human rights since World War II. While UUC supports the UUSC congregationally, it is also an individual membership organization. Joining UUSC and signing up for action alerts is the best way to connect with their work. Our church also has a Friends of the UUSC group that works to connect our congregation with the work of the Service Committee. UUSC’s current focus areas are civil liberties, economic justice, environmental justice, and rights during humanitarian crises. UUSC also recently partnered with the Unitarian Universalist Association to form the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice, which offers experiential learning journeys and social justice training grounded in the UU faith’s historic commitment to human rights.