The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is proud to be a part of the national interfaith coalition, Faithful Democracy. Founded in part by the UUA in 2004 to increase civic participation, Faithful Democracy has a strong web presence, valuable resources, and a commitment to turning out the vote.
"There is work to be done. I'm not talking about simply affirming
the importance of voting, nor of simply promising to vote ourselves. I'm talking about mobilizing
to get out there and work to prevent the travesties of recent elections from recurring. We want to see
this nation's promise of democracy restored, and to do what we can to ensure that everyone's vote
- Rev. William G. Sinkford, UUA President
In 2004, hundreds of Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations participated in
voter registration and Get-Out-The-Vote activities. Youth groups registered
classmates at high schools and did outreach at local malls. Small and large
congregations alike held community forums and partnered with community
organizations to educate and mobilize voters. Congregations even rented buses
to transport voters to the polls.
This work led to lasting partnerships between many Unitarian Universalist
congregations and the community groups. It raised the profile and increased the
relevance of Unitarian Universalism.
The 2008 election provided a tremendous opportunity to engage and inspire people. Record numbers of voters participated. Let's build on that momentum so even more people can - and do! - participate in our nation's democratic process! We can demonstrate our commitment to democracy and justice by helping to bring more
diverse voices into the public arena and shape the debate on key issues.
Religious individuals and groups play a prophetic role in public life by
calling attention to oppression, demanding change, and holding leaders and
institutions accountable for their actions and policies. Congregations and
people of faith can also help counter cynicism and distrust of the electoral
process. The Constitutional separation of religion and state (and related
Internal Revenue Service regulations) protects the integrity of religious and
political institutions. While religious organizations must remain strictly
nonpartisan, there are many activities that any religious group can do without
jeopardizing its nonprofit tax-exempt status. Unitarian Universalist
congregations and campus groups can legally register, educate, and mobilize
voters for elections.
Remember: Registering people to vote lets people know that they matter to us. This is an act of faith.
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This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations.
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Last updated on Tuesday, August 23, 2011.
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