Nurturing Positive Relations and Healthy Boundaries in UU Congregations

September 2014: We believe that Unitarian Universalism can be a faith for the 21st century. But the damage done by those in positions of trust, power, and authority is as much a part of our heritage as are our beloved Principles and Purposes -- and this must be dealt with honestly and forthrightly in a spirit of love and compassion.

In the wake of our petition of May 2013, we have begun to work with the UUA board and staff. We are deeply grateful to a be part of a new day of sunlight and transparency that our leaders are starting to usher in with their bold and courageous leadership. We stand ready to companion them on this journey of unabashed faith in all-encompassing love.



Safety Net is an Action Team of Social Justice. Our goal is to work in a positive way to effect much-needed change in the policies, procedures and attitudes surrounding clergy sexual misconduct in Unitarian Universalist congregations. Some ways we hope to do this are to:

  • Develop a certification program for UU Congregations that are "safe." This would be similar to the Welcoming Congregation Program. We hope to work with the UUWF (Women's Federation) and the UUMA (Ministers Association).
  • Develop a curriculum in support of the certification program.
  • Raise awareness around power differentials.
  • Raise awareness that clergy sexual misconduct is an issue of social justice.
  • Set up a resource for survivors of UU clergy sexual misconduct.