Committee for the Larger Faith

FUUN is part of a world-wide community of Unitarian Universalist congregations on every continent except Antarctica. We are one of over 1000 congregations in the U.S., the Virgin Islands, parts of Canada and other countries that have come together in a covenantal relationship for support and advocacy.

These 1000+ congregations form the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA), which is divided into regions and districts. FUUN is part of the Southern Region and the Mid-South District (MSD).

The Rev. Darihun, supervising pastor of our Pingwait Partner Church, the Rev. Gail Seavey, and FUUN’s (2014) GA delegates: Anna Belle Leiserson, Denise Gyauch, Gail Sphar, and Dick Sphar.

The Committee for the Larger Faith (CFLF) is the conduit through which our congregation can impact and benefit from this larger faith community.  Whether it’s a call to action for social justice or world-wide service projects, opportunities for fellowship and learning, or an invitation to participate in the governance of our Association, CFLF coordinates communication and action from the UUA, its affiliates, the Region, and our fellow congregations so that FUUN members remain connected to other Unitarian Universalists beyond our walls.

CFLF members learn a great deal about the collective impact Unitarian Universalism has on social justice, congregational support and building sustainable, loving communities. We meet the second Wednesday of each month at 5 p.m. in the Emerson Room. Our meetings are open and we welcome anyone who’s interested in learning more about how Unitarian Universalists around the globe can make this a better world. We can be reached at cflf@theFUUN.org.

Specific Duties

  1. Monitor UUA and Regional communications for information and opportunities for action, fellowship and learning.
  2. Coordinate with the FUUN Social Justice committee on local, state, and national actions.
  3. Publicize and support the Mid-South Chalice Lighter Program, a program supported by donations of individuals that provides congregations in our district grants for building/improving physical space or creating new programs that will grow Unitarian Universalism in the south.
  4. Recruit/coordinate delegates to General Assembly (GA); request board approval of delegates; instruct delegates in GA processes, as needed
  5. Coordinate congregational polls of GA/UUA issues
  6. Inform congregation of GA outcomes; coordinate local activities where needed
  7. Provide information to congregation concerning activities at The Mountain and Southeast Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute (SUUSI)
  8. Coordinate and publicize local efforts on behalf of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), including Guest at Your Table
  9. Act as coordinator and contact for our Partner Congregation, the Unitarian Church of Pingwait, India
  10. Publicize and support MSD Chalice Lighter program

********Information about attending the 2016 UUA General assembly is available here.********

 

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FUUN Group at General Assembly 2011

 

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FUUN delegates to our Unitarian Universalist Association’s (UUA’s) General Assembly (GA) June 22-27 will represent our congregation when they vote on several issues. One action by GA delegates will be to select the 2016-2020 Congregational Study/Action Issue. Congregational Study/Action Issues (CSAIs) are issues selected for four years of study, reflection and action. In the third year of this process, delegates at GA can vote to approve a Statement of Conscience (SOC) resulting from three years of congregational feedback on the CSAI. A fourth year is devoted to implementation.

A second action is a vote on two proposed business resolutions, Thanksgiving Day Reconsidered and Divestments from Organizations Complicit in the Violation of Palestinian Rights.

To get some sense of the congregational commitment to one or more of these issues, the Committee for the Larger Faith is asking members and friends to offer their views on the two business resolutions (click on their names for the links), and to select the one Congregational Study/Action issue they feel most motivated by and would be willing to work on. The proposed CSAIs are described below.

The following are the Proposed Congregational Study/Action Issues (CSAIs) for the

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Below are the issues and each issue’s grounding in Unitarian Universalism. To assist your FUUN delegates in voting on your behalf, please let us know about your interest in the “possible topics for Congregational Study” and “possible Congregational/District Actions” by filling out the form which follows.

Climate Change and Environmental Justice

Issue: What is the moral response to climate change? How can congregations work in solidarity with the oppressed? The problems of racism, economic injustice, patriarchy, ageism, and ableism continue. A vision with a plan for environmental justice is needed. Support human rights, care for the wounded, and defend Mother Earth.

Grounding: The Unitarian Universalist Association has seven principles. All of the principles are connected and all of the principles matter. Member congregations acknowledge an interdependent web of existence. Congregations work together for justice, equity, and compassion with “the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.”

Possible Congregational Study/Actions: Click here for the “possible topics for Congregational Study” and “possible Congregational/District Actions” related to this issue.

A National Conversation On Race

Issue: The blatant racism directed at President Obama, increased killings of unarmed Black men by police officers, persistent racial inequity, as well as the attacks on the Black Lives Matter Movement show that our country needs a faith community to demonstrate leadership in modeling racial reconciliation through a national conversation on race.

We can no longer wait for someone else to figure out how to help us recognize and combat racism, or to effect reconciliation. Our denomination and our nation cry out for guidance towards love and compassion. By now, the names have become all too painfully familiar. Black teens are 21 times more likely to be shot and killed by police than their white peers.

We have much to learn from one another. We have much to teach the world. Let us begin the conversation to bring love and healing to the world. Together we can.

Grounding in Unitarian Universalism: Principles 1, 2, 6 & 7 direct us to work for a just and compassionate world. Reconciliation among racial and ethnic groups is vital for realizing this goal.

Possible Congregational Study/Actions: Click here for the “possible topics for Congregational Study” and “possible Congregational/District Actions” related to this issue.

Ending Gun Violence in America

Issue: Gun violence in our country is epidemic. There are significant, societal, demographic and racial issues to investigate. Our American gun culture must be addressed. There are no simple answers as the NRA would suggest – we need to listen, learn, and act.

The media reports gun deaths daily. ..A Congregational Study/Action Issue (CSAI) will address many parts of this very large gun violence problem… Is this a poverty issue, poor education, lack of opportunity, easy access to guns, etc – we don’t know which is most important. Many academic studies have conflicting results. How do gang activity and domestic violence affect gun homicide rates? We must gather the facts, educate ourselves, prepare an action plan and do some good.

 

Grounding in Unitarian Universalism: Our first UUA Principle states: We covenant to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person. Clearly too many lives are being lost to gun violence.

Possible Congregational Study/Actions: Click here for the “possible topics for Congregational Study” and “possible Congregational/District Actions” related to this issue.

The Corruption of Our Democracy

Issue: As corporations use “corporate personhood” and “money as speech” for their interests rather than the people’s needs, can a constitutional amendment be passed to protect us? Could this further Unitarian Universalist work for social and environmental justice and help protect the health and safety of the people and the planet?

Grounding in Unitarian Universalism: Our Seven Principles give us spiritual grounding to put our faith into action. Our General Assembly considered CSAI proposals in 2010 and 2014 on “Revitalizing Democracy” and passed AIWs in 2011 and 2013 on amending the constitution. It is time for a full study of a possible 28th amendment.

Possible Congregational Study/Actions: Click here for the “possible topics for Congregational Study” and “possible Congregational/District Actions” related to this issue.

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