Welcome!

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. Mostly, this means offering literature and having conversations.

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 polyamory as it relates to religion, and faith.

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 regional meetings and General Assemblies, where many of us serve as delegates from our congregations. 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, and try to keep up with household chores. Our family structure may be a little different than most people expect, but otherwise, we are just like everybody else.   

 

Within the Unitarian Universalist community, UUPA encourages conversation with:

  • 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

Beyond Unitarian Universalism, UUPA welcomes conversation with:

  • 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

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Conversations

A few of the many opportunities for conversation about polyamory and religion include:

  • Subscribe to UU Polyamory email list
  • Ask an "out" polyamorous person in your congregation for a conversation
  • Lead a religious education class on polyamory -- Love Makes a Family polyamory curriculum
  • UUPA trustees and UUPA local contact persons are available for questions and, as time permits, longer conversations or speaking engagements.

UU Polyamory email list

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. 

Today, this list is called UU Polyamory, and it continues to offer an avenue to explore ideas and challenges around polyamory and faith.

Individuals interested in the topic of polyamory and religion are invited to subscribe to UU Polyamory and join the conversation, without regard to religious affiliation or relationship status.
      UUPoly FAQ             Subscribe to UUPoly

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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.

Read more about UUPA's Beginnings.

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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Participate in UUPA's Mission!

UUPA Literature

Polyamory Curriculum for Congregations and Religious Professionals
Available now!
This religious education curriculum is designed for congregations and religious professionals. The curriculum is available on CD as a package with its companion book, What Does Polyamory Look Like? for those who send a donation to UUPA.
      More about the curriculum

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.
      Printer friendly pdf

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

UUPA Mission Statement Essay (html) Essay (pdf) Trifold (pdf)
Understanding Polyamory Essay (html) Essay (pdf) Trifold (pdf)
Polyamory in Liberal Religion Essay (html) Essay (pdf) Trifold (pdf)
Family & Relationship Structures   Essay (pdf) Trifold (pdf)
Polygamy and Polyamory Essay (html) Essay (pdf) Trifold (pdf)
Polyamory & Christians   Essay (pdf) Trifold (pdf)

 

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More Information

Sermons and Other Writings
Related to polyamory

UU Polyamory Email List
Talk with polyamorous Unitarian Universalists, allies, and people with an interest in polyamory and faith.

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

Additional Resources

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This page last updated: November 28, 2016

 

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