UUA Connections

Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA):

The mission of the UUA is to equip congregations for health and vitality, to support and train lay and professional leaders and to advance Unitarian Universalist values in the world. The UUA is the central organization for the UU religious movement in the United States. The UUA’s 1000+ member congregations are committed to our Seven Principles. Each congregation is autonomous but are in covenant with one another in a shared faith. Congregations vote for the leaders of the UUA who oversee resources. Reverend Susan Fredrick-Gray is our elected President and the denomination’s public spokesperson.  www.uua.org

The UUA sponsors additional organizations that work to enhance our lives, provide special services or fill specific needs. Below are several important groups affiliated with Unitarian Universalism:

Long Island Area Council of UU Congregations (LIAC):  LIAC promotes cooperation and communication between congregations on Long Island. They sponsor several programs and assist societies in developing projects which express UU philosophy and principles to promote growth of the denomination.  www.liacuu.org

UU Central East Region:  www.cer@uua.org

UU Office at the United Nations:  The UU Office promotes the goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all as reflected in the UN Charter.  www.unitednations@uua.org

Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU): BLUU was formed in 2015 to expand the power and capacity of Black UUs within our faith. Further, BLUU provides support, information and resources to Black UUs. They search for justice-making and liberation through our faith.  www.blacklivesuu.com

Diverse & Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM): DRUUM is a UU People of Color Ministry and anti-racist collective bringing lay and religious professionals together to overcome racism through resistance and transform Unitarian Universalism through their multicultural experiences. DRUUMM is a collective of people who identify as People of Color. Allies are welcome and organized as Allies for Racial Equity.  info@druumm.org  and www.are.org

UU Women’s Federation (UUWF):  UUWF strives to advance justice for women and girls and promote their spiritual growth. UUWF amplifies the voices of UU women. There is a focus on key public priorities: reproductive justice, immigration reform, economic justice, and other issues as they impact women and girls. www.uuwf.org

Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF): CLF is a congregation without walls, connecting people all over the world to Unitarian Universalism for spiritual growth, worship, learning and mutual support. Their Quest for Meaning site engages 3,500 members and families.  www.questformeaning.org

UU Service Committee

The UU Service Committee (UUSC) advances human rights and social justice around the world, partnering with those who confront unjust power structures and mobilizing to challenge oppressive policies. The work is grounded in the belief that all people have inherent worth and dignity. UUSC supports self-determination and defends the rights of people displaced due to climate, conflict, or economic hardships.  They respond to humanitarian crises as partners with people whose access to aid is most limited.  The UUSC works in more than 20 countries and with over 60 grass-root partners. Become a member of the UUSC with a $40 donation and join a community of over 40,000 supporters. www.uusc.org

UUSC’s Guest at Your Table Program:  This is UUSC’s annual intergenerational program to raise support for and awareness about key human rights issues. Congregations sign on to the program to nurture awareness for all ages of UU principles, social justice, and human rights.

LI Congregations

UU Society of South Suffolk (Bay Shore) www.uusouthsuffolk.org
South Nassau Unitarian Universalist Congregation (Freeport) www.snuuc.org
UU Congregation of Central Nassau (Garden City) www.uuccn.org
UU Congregation of Queens (Flushing) www.uucq.org
UU Fellowship of Huntington (Huntington): www.uufh.org
North Fork Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (Jamesport)
UU Congregation of Shelter Rock (Manhasset): www.uucsr.org
UU Congregation of the Great South Bay (Sayville) www.uugsb.org
First Universalist Church of Southold (Southold)  www.firstuniversalistsouthold.org
UU Fellowship at Stony Brook (Stony Brook): www.uufsb.org

Youth Connections

Sofia Fahs Camp: Sophia Fahs Religious Education Camp creates an intergenerational UU community that provides enjoyable, practical, and spiritual experiences in a safe, beautiful and natural environment that will inspire children, youth and adults to explore their identities: personal, communal and Unitarian Universalist. Campers worship, deepen spirituality, and build community, while having an amazing, fun filled week, and making lasting friendships.  

The camp, located at Camp Echo in ​Burlingham, NY (about 3 hours from Bridgehampton), features swimming pools, tennis courts, ropes adventure course, woodworking, pottery, archery, golf, deck hockey, and a lake for swimming & boating.  Children and youth from grades 3-12 are invited to serve as campers for one week in August.  www.liacuu.org

Student Activity Fund (SAF):  SAF sponsors the Student Internship Program “Faith in Action.”  The program encourages young UUs to live their religious values through paid internships in social action, advocacy and service.  The program is open to students who are seniors in High School through College (16-24 years old) and a member or child of a member of a Long Island UU congregation.  Monetary awards for work of 10-35 hours per week for approved projects/agencies. www.liacuu.org

Star Island:  Enjoy rugged living seven miles off the coast of New Hampshire/Maine. Historic Oceanic Hotel hosts UU conferences during the summer.  Summer programs are diverse and include spirituality, world affairs, arts, ecology or just be a chance to unwind from life’s stresses.  www.starisland.org

UU College of Social Justice:  Is a collaboration between the UU Association and the UU Service Committee.  The mission is to inspire and sustain faith-based action for social justice through experiential learning.  Programs include volunteer opportunities, summer internships, workshops and immersion learning journeys.  www.uucsj.org