I have been writing my “monthly column” since the fall of 2012 and as I sat down to prepare my January submission I was struck with the fact that this past year and especially this fall we have welcomed a large number of new friends to our church. As they scan the Lightbearer or see my name tag with “Denominational Affairs” does the phrase have any meaning? It is certainly not self-explanatory. Briefly, the primary responsibility of denominational affairs is to serve as a liaison between a congregation and the Unitarian Universalist Association and its affiliates and to share information and resources.
The Unitarian Universalist Association of Churches (UUA) was formed in 1961 through the consolidation of the Universalist Church of America and the American Unitarian Association. Today the UUA is a faith community of more than 1000 congregations that support each other and bring to the world a vision of religious freedom, tolerance and social justice.
At our Melrose church we have a strong history of commitment to social justice as evidenced by our designation as both a Welcoming and Green Sanctuary Congregation, our long term involvement with Bread of Life, our Partner Church in Ikland, Romania, hosting the Alternative Fair, MAAV and many other causes. Garin B. is the chair of the Social Justice Committee which works closely with both local and UU affiliated organizations on social justice initiatives.
In addition to this column, you will see emails from me sharing various newsletters or announcements from the UUA and our New England Region. I share information in this “corner” that I hope will broaden our exposure to the world of Unitarian Universalism, reinforce its importance to us and our congregation and give us a sense of being connected to a larger movement.
For more information you may visit these links:
In June I will be stepping down as Chair and would love to chat with folks who might find this an interesting challenge.