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A-Z Index & Glossary of Unitarian Universalist Programs, Resources & Organizations

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SAC (Social Action Coordinator)

A youth elected by their district or region to research and organize social action issues and opportunities.

Safe Congregations

Although no policy or knowledge of the issues can absolutely guarantee safety in your congregation under all circumstances, congregations can take pro-active steps to create environments that are safe and prepared.

Saint Lawrence District (SLD)

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) district covering New York (except New York City and Kingston to Long Island).

SATUURDAY (Sexually Accepting Teenage Unitarian Universalist Respecting Diversity Among Youth)

A conference for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Queer youth

Saug-For-All

A weeklong fun-filled summer adventure for adults with opportunities to form new and lasting friendships and to provide an environment which encourages personal growth and spiritual enrichment.

Scholarships and Awards

Schulman Scholarship for Unitarian Universalist Women

Annually, two scholarships are given to support Unitarian Universalist women attending Simmons College in Boston.

Scouting

The Unitarian Universalist Association and the Boy Scouts of America: A Continuing Struggle for Inclusiveness; Alternative Scouting Organizations; Unitarian Universalist Scouting Curricula and Badges

SED (Southeast District)

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) district covering North Carolina, South Carolina, Eastern Georgia, Eastern and Central Tennessee, and most of Virginia.

Senexet House

Senexet House, built in 1886, was chosen because of its ideal location between Boston and New York. The house is ideal for groups up to 30 persons. It welcomes all religious retreats, family gatherings, counseling groups, young people's organizations, meetings and conferences, workshops and gatherings of all kinds.

Sermons: Words for Worship

Unitarian Universalist sermons, which generally last for fifteen to twenty minutes, may be about theology, social issues, holidays, or issues of importance to the life of the congregation. See also: Podcasts

Service Committee, Unitarian Universalist (UUSC)

An associate member organization of the Unitarian Universalist Association which works to promote and protect human rights in the United States and internationally.

Service Pension Society, Unitarian Universalist

Sexually Accepting Teenage Unitarian Universalist Respecting Diversity Among Youth (SATUURDAY)

A conference for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Queer youth

SGM (Small Group Ministry)

Small Group Ministry provides a format with which we nurture connections and explore spirituality within our congregations.

Sharing the Journey: Small Group Ministry with Youth

A Tapestry of Faith program for youth. Small group ministry can be a way to help individuals build relationships, experience a greater sense of belonging, and feel supported in their spiritual journey in the congregation.

Shelter Neck Unitarian Universalist Camp

For over a century, Shelter Neck has been a meeting place for Unitarian Universalists in rural southeastern North Carolina.

Sierra Ancha Wilderness Unitarian Universalist Religious Association

Located five miles south of Young, Arizona at an altitude of 5500 feet, this camp site is a beautiful 109 acres of wilderness nestled in the heart of the Sierra Ancha Wilderness and surrounded by thousands of acres of national forest.

Simmons Scholarship for Unitarian Universalist Women

Annually, two scholarships are given to support Unitarian Universalist women attending Simmons College in Boston.

Skinner House Books

Skinner House Books is an imprint of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, publishing books to aid individuals and congregations in their search for truth and meaning.

Skinner Sermon Award

This award honors Clarence Skinner, and is presented annually to the preacher of the sermon best expressing Unitarian Universalism's social principles.

SKSM (Starr King School for the Ministry)

Founded in 1904, SKSM is one of two Unitarian Universalist (UU) theological schools and is located in Berkeley, California. SKSM educates UU ministers and progressive religious leaders and is a member of the Graduate Theological Union, a consortium of nine seminaries and fourteen centers for religious studies.

SLD (Saint Lawrence District)

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) district covering New York (except New York City and Kingston to Long Island).

Small Group Ministry (SGM)

Small Group Ministry provides a format with which we nurture connections and explore spirituality within our congregations.

Small Group Ministry Network, Unitarian Universalist

Dedicated to creating healthy congregations and a vital Unitarian Universalist movement by supporting and promoting Small Group Ministry.

Smith Scholarship

Funds are available for Unitarian Universalist students attending Harvard University.

Social Action Coordinator (SAC)

A youth elected by their district or region to research and organize social action issues and opportunities.

Social Justice Empowerment

A Unitarian Universalist Association one-day workshop that helps participants assess the quality and effectiveness of their congregation's social justice work and how they can best put their faith into practice.

Social Justice, Unitarian Universalists for (UUSJ)

A Unitarian Universalist partnership of congregations, organizations and individuals in the Baltimore Washington & Northern Virginia area deeply committed to our religious principles of human dignity, justice and compassion for all people.

Social Witness, Commission on (CSW)

The mission of the Commission on Social Witness is to engage individuals, congregations, and districts in an ongoing process of study, action and reflection on pressing social issues to deepen our faith, to foster a greater sense of association among Unitarian Universalists, and to proclaim our vision of justice in the world.

Socially Responsible Investing (SRI)

SRI is ensuring that our investments are reasonably consistent with our values. The Unitarian Universalist Association is constantly engaged in SRI activity from shareholder resolutions, to community investing, to affordable housing and other justice initiatives. Congregations can get involved in SRI in a number of ways.

Socially Responsible Investing, Committee on (CSRI)

This committee maintains and assists with the implementation of socially responsible investing policies and practices that reflect Unitarian Universalist values with respect to funds over which the Trustees have responsibility.

Society for Community Ministries

A Unitarian Universalist movement of lay ministers & ordained clergy committed to promoting a broad spectrum of healing and social justice ministries.  

Society for Ministerial Relief

Provides financial assistance through its Clergy Fund to aged or needy Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist (UU) clergy and, through its Survivors Fund, to needy surviving spouses and orphans of deceased UU clergy.

Southeast District (SED)

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) district covering North Carolina, South Carolina, Eastern Georgia, Eastern and Central Tennessee, and most of Virginia.

Southeast Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute (SUUSI)

An intentional community of approximately 1,000 people who gather in July to explore our interconnectedness, learn new ways of seeing our world and each other, delight in the joys of meeting old friends and making new ones, share outdoor adventures, dance, and sing.

Southeast Unitarian Universalist Winter Institute in Miami (SWIM)

An annual Unitarian Universalist intergenerational intentional community in South Florida.

Southern/ Southland Unitarian Universalist Region

The Southland Unitarian Universalist Region is a cooperative venture between the four Southern districts of the Unitarian Universalist Association: Thomas Jefferson, Mid-South, Florida and the Southwestern Conference.

Southwest District, also known as the Southwest UU Conference (SWD, SWUUC)

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) district covering Arkansas, Louisiana, southwestern Missouri, Oklahoma, western Tennessee, Texas, and the Republic of Mexico.

Southwest Unitarian Universalist Women

A non-profit organization that supports women through worship, learning, leadership, community and social justice.

Southwestern Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute (SWUUSI)

The Southwestern District’s week-long multigenerational summer camp experience.

Spirit in Practice: Ten Workshops for Unitarian Universalist Adults

A Tapestry of Faith program for adults, created to help Unitarian Universalists develop regular disciplines, or practices, of the spirit—practices that help them connect with the sacred ground of their being, however they understand it.

Spirit of Life, Curriculum

Tapestry of Faith workshops for adults that offer participants space, time, and community to explore their Unitarian Universalist spirituality.

Spirituality and the Arts in Children's Programming

A Tapestry of Faith program for educators and parents to help give children the tools to make meaning in their lives at their own level at any age. 

SRI (Socially Responsible Investing)

SRI is ensuring that our investments are reasonably consistent with our values. The Unitarian Universalist Association is constantly engaged in SRI activity from shareholder resolutions, to community investing, to affordable housing and other justice initiatives. Congregations can get involved in SRI in a number of ways.

Staff Groups, Unitarian Universalist Association

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Staffing, Congregational

Whether your congregation employs a single part-time staff member or a diversified and specialized staff numbering in the dozens, it is important to staff in a way that promotes your congregation’s vision and mission while providing staff with the resources necessary to achieve what you expect of them.

Standing on the Side of Love

A public advocacy campaign that seeks to harness love’s power to stop oppression. It is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association and all are welcomed to join.

Stanfield and D'Orlando Legal and Art Scholarships

The Stanfield Scholarships Program is funded by a trust created by Mrs. Marion Barr Stanfield for Unitarian Universalists studying the fields of art and law.

Star Island

The nonprofit Star Island Corporation has owned and operated Star Island since 1916, providing affordable individual and family retreats ten miles off the coast of New Hampshire.

Starr King School for the Ministry (SKSM)

Founded in 1904, SKSM is one of two Unitarian Universalist (UU) theological schools and is located in Berkeley, California. SKSM educates UU ministers and progressive religious leaders and is a member of the Graduate Theological Union, a consortium of nine seminaries and fourteen centers for religious studies.

State Advocacy Network, Unitarian Universalist (UUSAN)

Each of UUSAN's eleven networks is locally based, and led by Unitarian Universalists working under the basic principle that sustained, positive change is built through the work of organized activist with the courage to challenge and confront oppression.

Statistical Information about Unitarian Universalism

Statistical Summary of Unitarian Universalist Congregations (PDF)

Stewardship and Development Staff Group

Stewardship and Development Staff are available to assist you year-round.

Stewardship Sermon Award

Established in 1984 and is given annually for the sermon judged most effective in exploring and promoting financial support of our Unitarian Universalist faith.

Stewardship, Congregational

Resources to help Unitarian Universalist congregations transform their unique vision into bold action.

Stories: Words for Worship

Stories for worship, curricula, and fun.

Summit on Youth Ministry

Culmination meeting of the two year Consultation on Ministry to and with Youth. Included diverse group of youth and adult stakeholders to shape a youth ministry that includes all youth. Held in July 2007, in Boston.

Super Working Action Team (SWAT)

A self-selected group to assist the Working Action Manager with researching and organizing around the Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU) Working Action Issue (Education Reform and Multiculturalism).

Surviving Spouses and Partners of Ministers

Contact the Ministries and Faith Development staff group for assistance.

SUUSI (Southeast Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute)

An intentional community of approximately 1,000 people who gather in July to explore our interconnectedness, learn new ways of seeing our world and each other, delight in the joys of meeting old friends and making new ones, share outdoor adventures, dance, and sing.

SWAT (Super Working Action Team)

A self-selected group to assist the Working Action Manager with researching and organizing around the Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU) Working Action Issue (Education Reform and Multiculturalism).

SWD, SWUUC (Southwest District, also known as the Southwest UU Conference)

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) district covering Arkansas, Louisiana, southwestern Missouri, Oklahoma, western Tennessee, Texas, and the Republic of Mexico.

SWIM (Southeast Unitarian Universalist Winter Institute in Miami)

An annual Unitarian Universalist intergenerational intentional community in South Florida.

SWUUSI (Southwestern Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute)

The Southwestern District’s week-long multigenerational summer camp experience.

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Last updated on Tuesday, December 13, 2011.

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