submitted by Mason Moseley
Sandra Engelhardt, Patricia Moseley, and Mason Moseley attended the initial meeting of this organization on Saturday, Sept. 14th, at the UU Fellowship of Fredericksburg. This is an effort that came out of last March’s Tidewater Cluster meeting at Williamsburg UU to be able to witness our values on behalf of Virginia UUs on the issues of the day. An email list was put together at the Cluster meeting and the group planned our first major gathering. Eighteen people from seven congregations were joined by representatives from the UUA district to the north and the UU Legislative Ministry of Maryland.
Reverend Jeanne Pupke, senior minister First Church of Richmond, reminded us of how much advocacy has been going on and offered the financial and physical-space support of her congregation. This Planning Committee meets again on Nov. 23rd, where details of membership and issues for the 2014 Virginia General Assembly are to be decided.
Brad Garbus is our web guru: please see his work at UUVLAN.org. At the meeting, the following was adopted:
VIRGINIA LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY NETWORK
The Unitarian Universalist Virginia Legislative Advocacy
Network is a statewide initiative of Unitarian Universalists
working for change. Unitarian Universalist Principles
guide us in creating a more just world by being an active
voice in the public arena.
Contribute to the legacy of UU activism by understanding
and acting upon the issues of our time. Create sustained
positive change through the work of organized activists
who have the courage to challenge and confront
oppression and oppressors.
Engage individuals and congregations in a continuous
process of learning, connection and action by increasing
the power of our voices and making those voices an
effective tool for change to proclaim our vision of justice
through words and deeds. Build coalitions with partners
to help create sustained positive education, organization