Bringing UU Values to the 2020 Elections.
The stakes couldn’t be higher in the 2020 elections. All our values—our work for justice, the communities we love, and the beloved community we seek to create—are under attack. Our religious community must speak and act with moral courage.
The meeting will start with an hour of discussion and brainstorming. Then we will watch a livestream webinar from the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) on what churches are and are not allowed to do in the political realm. We’ll take the last ten minutes or so to check our plans against what we learned in the webinar, and to set a next meeting date.
We will meet on Thursday, February 6, at 7:00 p.m. We will start with the first hour in the Sanctuary, then move to the Heritage Room. This meeting is open to all Heritage Church members and friends, regardless of whether you were at the first meeting in January. If you were not at the first meeting and would like the meeting notes, contact Russ Araujo. Childcare available if requested early.
UU the Vote is a program created by the UUA. Here are some resources available for review before the meeting:
- A good blueprint and idea source for congregations is contained in the UUA’s 53-page UU the Vote Launch Guide.
- An understanding of what churches can and can’t do politically is contained in the UUA’s 21-page guide The Real Rules: Congregations and the IRS Guidelines On Advocacy, Lobbying, and Elections.
Webinar description from the UUA:
Topic: Prophetic, Not Partisan: Understanding IRS Non-Profit Regulations for your Congregation
Description: As we dive into the work of UU the Vote in this election year, many congregations have questions about how to act boldly on behalf of our values while also remaining compliant with IRS non-profit/501(c)3 regulations. Join us for this interactive session with Attorney Davis Senseman, Esq. (Davis Law Office) and Rev. Rob Keithan (All Souls Church – DC, author of “The Real Rules”) where we will talk about some of the most commonly asked questions about congregational civic engagement and electoral work, interesting real-life case studies, and wonderings from our congregations as we head into UU the Vote 2020.
If you have any questions, please speak with Tracey DuEst or Russ Araujo, or send them an email at: