Nurturing Positive Relations and Healthy Boundaries in UU Congregations

May 2013: We believe that Unitarian Universalism can be a faith for the 21st century. But it will never be such unless it reckons honestly with the damage done by those in positions of trust, power, and authority that is just as much a part of our heritage as are our beloved Principles and Purposes. We look forward to a new day of sunlight and transparency that our leaders will usher in with their bold and courageous leadership, and we stand ready to companion them on this journey of unabashed faith in all-encompassing love.

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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.