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Polyamory Curriculum
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About UUPA

UUPA has as its mission to serve the Unitarian Universalist Association and the community of polyamorous people within and outside the UUA by providing support, promoting education, and encouraging spiritual wholeness regarding polyamory.

As a service to the larger faith community, UUPA also welcomes inquiries from and conversation with any person, religious institution, or educational institution of any faith, as time and resources permit, concerning:

  • information about polyamory as it relates to religion, and faith
  • various perspectives on polyamory, religion, and faith

 

UUPA offers information and opportunities to exchange ideas to:

  • Unitarian Universalists with an interest in polyamory
  • Unitarian Universalist clergy and religious professionals
  • Unitarian Universalist congregational leadership
  • Members and other individuals associated with Unitarian Universalist congregations
  • Polyamorists with an interest in Unitarian Universalism
  • Unitarian Universalist organizations and institutions

UUPA also offers information and an opportunity to exchange ideas to:

  • Clergy and religious professionals from faiths other than Unitarian Universalism
  • Congregational leadership from any religious faith
  • Organizations and institutions associated with other faiths
  • Individual members of other faith communities
  • Individuals interested in polyamory and religion, without regard to membership in a faith community

UUPoly

UUPoly is an email list created in 1999 by polyamorous Unitarian Universalists to explore ideas and challenges around polyamory and faith. Interested individuals are invited to subscribe to the list and join the conversation.

UUPA trustees and UUPA local contact persons are also available for questions and, as time permits, longer conversations or speaking engagements.

UUPA is an independent organization; UUPA is separate from the structure of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
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Who We Are

We are UUs. We sing next to you in Sunday services and in choir lofts. We serve on church committees and teach religious education. We attend district meetings and General Assemblies, where many of us serve as delegates from our churches, societies, and fellowships. Our faith is important to us.

We are families. We raise children, cherish pets, and keep in touch with extended family. We have jobs, pay bills, carry out the trash. Our family structure may be a little different than most people expect, but otherwise, we are just like everybody else.   

In 1999, several UUs with an interest in polyamory created an email list called UUPoly. This list provided a place to talk about integrating our religion with our relationships, our faith with our families. Conversations on the UUPoly list led to the idea that we should form a national organization of poly UUs to serve as a resource to congregations, ministers, and individuals. 

Read more about UUPA's Beginnings.

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Our Mission

Unitarian Universalists for Polyamory Awareness (UUPA) has as its Mission to serve the Unitarian Universalist Association and the community of polyamorous people within and outside the UUA by providing support, promoting education, and encouraging spiritual wholeness regarding polyamory.  

Read more about UUPA's Mission.

Definition

UUPA defines polyamory as the philosophy and practice of loving or relating intimately to more than one other person at a time with honesty and integrity. UUPA advocates for any form of relationship or family structure -- whether monogamous or multi-partner -- which is characterized by free and responsible choice, mutual consent of all involved, and sincere adherence to personal philosophical values.

Vision

Our vision is for Unitarian Universalism to become the first poly-welcoming mainstream religious denomination. We look forward to the day when a polyamorous family or individual can walk into any Unitarian Universalist congregation with confidence that their full participation is welcome.

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  • Membership is open to all, whether UU or poly or an ally in our mission.

  • Financial contributions provide for exhibit booths, UUWorld ads, literature, and other expenses related to UUPA's mission.
    UUPA is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization; donations are deductible as provided by tax law.
    Learn how you can support UUPA's mission.
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UUPA Literature

Polyamory and the UUA Principles and Purposes
This document evaluates polyamory and UUPA's work in light of the UUA Principles and Purposes. The discussion is valuable for ministers, directors of religions education, congregations, and leaders at congregational, district and Associational levels who want to know more about this topic and its implications for ministry. It is also valuable for individuals attempting to integrate various relationship issues into their personal spiritual paths.
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Love Makes a Family Polyamory curriculum
Love Makes a Family is a religious education curriculum designed for congregations and religious professionals. The curriculum is now available on CD as a package with its companion book, What Does Polyamory Look Like? for those who send a donation to UUPA. UUPA is interested in opportunities to field test the curriculum with congregations or leadership events.
More about Love Makes a Family

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These brochures are available as convenient tri-folds.
Trifolds print best on laser printers, due to small margins.

UUPA Mission Statement Essay (html) Trifold (pdf)
Understanding Polyamory Essay (html) Trifold (pdf)
Polyamory in Liberal Religion Essay (html) Trifold (pdf)
Polygamy and Polyamory Essay (html) Trifold (pdf)
Are We Ready for This? Essay (html) Trifold (pdf)
Polyamory & Christians? Essay (pdf) Trifold (pdf)
 
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More Information

Sermons and Other Writings
Related to polyamory

UUPoly Email List
Talk with polyamorous Unitarian Universalists and allies

Chapters and Local Contacts
Start a chapter in your area!

UUPA Trustees
Trustees are available to answer questions, and possibly to speak to your congregation, event, or retreat.

Unitarian Universalist Association
UUPA is a Related Organization of the Unitarian Universalist Association. UUPA is separate from the UUA and is independently organized and managed.

100 Questions That Non-Members Ask About UUism
Developed by the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Nashua, New Hampshire

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