What is it:
Rhode Islanders (R.I.) working for common sense laws that protect citizens rights. We lobby our state legislators and testify in support of human rights and acceptable government policy at the R.I. Statehouse. We are guided by the Unitarian Universalist Principles although our issues cross religious and political ideology. At our annual meeting we review proposed legislative bills and decide on which to address. We successfully lobbied for Marriage Equality (gay marriage), and we continue to fight for laws that support Womens’ Reproductive Rights (safe abortion). We support the efforts of the R.I. Coalition Against Gun Violence (RICAGV), and we support programs aimed at protecting the earth’s environment by reducing global warming. We supported restoring the state Ethics Commission’s jurisdiction over our state legislators whenever the legislators use their office to financially favor themselves, their family, their friends or their business.
The group is made up of members and friends from the five Unitarian/Universalist (UU) Churches in R.I.–First Unitarian Church (Providence), Bell Street Chapel (Providence), Channing Memorial Church (Newport), UU Congregation of South County (Wakefield) and Westminster Unitarian Church (East Greenwich).
The UULMRI members hold an annual meeting in March of each year at the Westminster “UU” Church in East Greenwich. The meeting attendees vote on issues presented by the UULMRI Steering Committee, a smaller group of ten to twelve representatives from each of the UU churches that meets monthly when the legislature is in session. Usually there are six or seven issues presented at the annual meeting and they are narrowed down to four after the voting. Approximately forty to fifty UU’s attend the annual meeting. The 2018 UULMRIAnnual Meeting was held on March 18th.”
The monthly meetings and the annual meetings are held at the Westminster “UU” Church at 119 Kenyon Ave. East Greenwich, R.I. 02818 usually on a Sunday from 2 to 4 PM.
Unitarian Universalists congregations affirm and promote seven Principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides. They are:
- 1st Principle – The inherent worth and dignity of every person
- 2nd Principle – Justice, Equality and Compassion in human relations
- 3rd Principle – Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
- 4th Principle – A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
- 5th Principle – The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large
- 6th Principle – The goal of World community with peace, liberty and justice for all
- 7th Principle – Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part