UUPA offers information and opportunities 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
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 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.
UUA Related Organizations
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
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
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.
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
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.
Become a UUPA
is open to all, whether UU or poly or an ally in our mission.
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.
Read about UUPA's
UUPA Report on General Assembly 2014
The 2014 General Assembly passed a package of amendments to the UUA Non-discrimination Statement,
including insertion of the phrase "family and relationship structures."
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
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
More about Love Makes a Family
These brochures are available as convenient tri-folds.
Trifolds print best on laser printers, due to small margins.
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!
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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March 02, 2015
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