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Bay Area UU Congregations

The Unitarian Universalists of the Bay Area invite you to check out all 17 congregations in our region.  Click here for more information.

Peninsula Interfaith Action

Peninsula Interfaith Action (PIA) is a coalition of congregations organized to improve the quality of life for families throughout the San Francisco Peninsula.  PIA has worked on issues such as affordable housing and healthcare, tenants' rights and public service recognition.

If you are interested in finding out more about PIA, please contact our liaison, Caryl Hughan.

You can find out more about PIA at their web site.

UU Legislative Ministry

uulmUULM California is a statewide justice ministry that serves to empower the moral voice of Unitarian Universalist values in the public arena. Guided by Unitarian Universalist principles, the Ministry seeks to develop the skills of civic engagement that we may educate, organize, and advocate for public policies that:

  •     Uphold the worth and dignity of every person
  •     Further justice, equity, and compassion in human relations
  •     Ensure use of the democratic process
  •     Protect religious freedom
  •     Promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence

Our faith calls us to change policies and structures that inhibit human development, harm the environment, and destroy communities. We are called to educate and organize for justice.  Their website is here.

With Our Partner Church

BUILD UU PHILIPPINES Dormitory Project - Great News!
We received news from the international BUILD Committee that the project has a new architectural plan, and construction is underway. The $95,000 USD already raised for BUILD will cover all of the costs. UUSM was a major contributor to this project. Thanks to your generosity, the dream of the UU Church of the Philippines to create safe and affordable housing for young women attending colleges and universities in Dumaguete, will now be realized! Additionally, the Dormitory will create new employment opportunities for UU's in Dumaguete, and will develop a significant income source to support the growth of UUism in the Philippines for years to come. The BUILD Committee's letter with complete details is available on the Partner Church bulletin board.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of the Philippines in Ulay

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In the island of Negros in the middle of the Philippine archipelago, in the rural town of Ulay, is a small Unitarian Universalist chapel – UUSM’s Partner Church. The Ulay chapel is a one story, one room building with two covered patios for RE and sharing meals. Its congregation consists of about two dozen families, with more than 30 youth and children. The minister is Rev. Rogelio Lopez. Religious Education is taught by Jorelyn Sumiga (ages 3-5) and Thelma Lopez (ages 7-12). Over the past four years, UUSM has been working hard to strengthen our relationship with our partners across the Pacific. Our support has made a tangible difference in their lives.

Years ago most children did not complete elementary school. Now, through the Education Partner program, UUSM individual, family, and group members provide a modest annual sum that makes it possible for 27 children to complete elementary school and high school. Three outstanding students receive Scholarships through the UU Partner Church Council's Paths to Partnership program.

Malnutrition is a major concern. Through our annual donation to the Share A Meal program, $20 per week provides a healthy meal to the entire congregation following the Sunday service.

Families live in bamboo houses, mostly without water and electricity. During the Community Capacity Building retreat in 2011, witnessed by 9 visiting UUSM members, the community decided that Water was their first priority. UUSM donations provided most of the materials, and the community is providing the labor to bring water via pipeline from a distant source closer to their homes.