Unitarian Universalists for Polyamory Awareness
 
Louisville Chapter

 

UUPA, Louisville Chapter is a facilitated discussion group for people interested in or curious about polyamory and Unitarian Universalism in the Louisville, Kentucky area.
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This chapter is an autonomous organization that meets occasionally, depending on the interest if those who wish to attend.

The Louisville Chapter of UUPA is neither sponsored nor endorsed by a local Unitarian Universalist congregation.
Louisville Unitarian Universalist congregations

 

  What Are Your Meetings Like?
  Guidelines for Behavior
   
  What Is Polyamory?
  What Does Polyamory Have
 

to Do With Religion?

   
  Who We Are
  Getting Started
  Why We Started This Chapter
  Topics
   
  UUPA Membership
  Chapter Mission Statement
  UUA Principles
  UUA Purposes

 

What Are Your Meetings Like?

UUPA, Louisville Chapter, met regularly once a month for about a decade as a facilitated discussion group for people interested in or curious about polyamory and UUism in the Louisville, Kentucky area. The chapter successfully raised awareness and offered education about polyamory to the local Unitarian Universalist community.

The Chapter is currently inactive. 

The typical format of meetings includes a topical discussion or open conversation, sometimes over a meal. Meetings are generally suspended during the summer, and sometimes in December, due to busy schedules. Meetings begin with a reading and chalice lighting, and then a few minutes for business as necessary. Next we share ideas and experiences and explore the many issues raised by responsible multi-partner relationships and their relationship to religion and spirituality.

Meetings usually occur at First Unitarian Church of Louisville KY, at the corner of 4th and York. Access to the church is through the Library Lane door, at the rear of the parking lot, near the accessibility ramp. If the door is locked, look to wall at the right of the doors for a doorbell, which will ring the telephones in the building. Visitors are encouraged to contact the meeting organizer ahead of attending, so we can make sure you find the meeting. First Unitarian Church of Louisville Kentucky does not sponsor this UUPA chapter, nor does it endorse polyamory.

UUPA, Louisville Chapter, will begin to meet again as interest develops. For information or to express your interest in the UUPA Chapter, please visit First Unitarian Church, Kentucky Polyamory, or email Jasmine.

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Guidelines for Behavior

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What Is Polyamory?

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.

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What does polyamory have to do with Religion?

Relationships are central to our sense of ourselves, and therefore to our spirituality. Polyamorists, like everyone else, need religious communities where we are safe to talk freely about our families.
Polyamory and the UU Principles and Purposes

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Who We Are

We are individuals who have an interest in both Unitarian Universalism and polyamory. We are UU members and friends, some of whom are polyamorous, who have an interest in learning about polyamory, spirituality, church, and the relationship among them. Our meetings have welcomed some UUs who are not polyamorous and some polyamorists who are not UUs. People who are neither UUs nor polyamorous are welcome also. Diversity in our discussions makes them all the more interesting.

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Getting Started

Tom and Jasmine, members of First Unitarian Church of Louisville Kentucky, attended the UUA General Assembly in Nashville Tennessee in June of 2000. While at General Assembly, we attended an organizational meeting of Unitarian Universalists for Polyamory Awareness (UUPA). On arrival back home, we formed a local chapter, in ministry to the several polyamorous UUs in our home congregation. Our first meeting was held in September of 2000.

UUPA is an autonomous organization. First Unitarian Church of Louisville Kentucky does not sponsor this UUPA chapter, nor does it endorse polyamory.

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Why We Started This Chapter

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. The purposes of the UUPA Louisville Chapter are:

For information, email Jasmine.

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A sampling of topics we've covered:
The Spectrum of Poly   Facets of Polyamory
Poly Holidays   Long Distance Relationships  
Coming Out   Spirituality and Relationships  
Non-sexual Polyamory   Time Management  
Children of Poly Families   The Youth Perspective  
Jealousy   Poly Books and Movies  
Poly and Community   Personal Poly Stories  
Question and Answer Time   Safety    
 "When Two Won't Do" Video   "Why Church?"
The Hidden Message   Conversation with the Minister
The Youth Perspective   Marginalizing Our Own
Conversation with Child Protective Services   Commitment and Belonging
Many Kinds of Love   From Partners to Friends
Conversation with Researcher   Coming Out to Health Care Providers
Boundaries and Consent   Trust
Famous Polys   What does Polyamory Have to Do With Me?
Changing Boundaries: How to Say No After You've Said Yes  

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Additional topic ideas
Different Drummers   Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
Compersion   Being Outed
Promiscuity or Chastity: Is There a Middle Ground?   Finding Polys
Open and Closed Relationships   Polygamy: Is It Polyamory?
Legal Issues for Polys   Relationship Styles
Poly and the Church: What Will the Neighbors Think?

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UUPA Membership

Membership in UUPA is open to anyone who affirms alignment with UUPA's Mission Statement and with the Principles and Purposes of Unitarian Universalism. Each membership advances the work of awareness and education about polyamory in the religious community.

Membership in the Louisville Chapter is open to anyone who affirms alignment with the Chapter's Mission Statement and with the Principles and Purposes of Unitarian Universalism. To learn more about membership, visit UUPA's membership page, or contact UUPA at :

UUPA
18305 57TH AVE NE
KENMORE WA  98028
uupa at uupa dot org

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Mission Statement of UUPA's Louisville Chapter

The mission of Unitarian Universalists for Polyamory Awareness, Louisville Chapter, is to serve members and friends of First Unitarian Church by providing support, promoting education, and encouraging spiritual wholeness regarding polyamory.

Adopted Aug. 28, 2003

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The Principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association

We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote:

The living tradition which we share draws from many sources:

Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles our faith, we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision. As free congregations we enter into this covenant, promising to one another our mutual trust and support.

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The Purposes of the Unitarian Universalist Association

Updated 01/30/2013