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Who We Are
UUAM is a group of concerned Unitarian Universalists and UU friends who desire
to grow and express their faith as compassion towards all beings. We do this by
asking these fundamental religious questions: What does it mean to be human in mixed species communities?
What is our response to this understanding?
To answer these questions we draw on our UU principles and sources, traditions,
and congregational life to deepen our awareness of the interdependence of life.
We then support one another in not just learning how caring for all beings is a
moral and religious issue, but also engaging in concrete actions that bring
about change on the individual, family, congregational, community, and societal
We do this not just for nonhumans, but for ourselves and all of life. For as we
live a life of awareness based on our interdependence (UU 7th Principle) and the
inherent worth and dignity of all beings (UU 1st Principle) we live fully,
deeply, and authentically. As we come to love our neighbors as ourselves, we
liberate not just others, but ourselves as well.
What We Do
We serve as a central source of nonhuman animal awareness and education for UUs by
relating the religious and spiritual aspects of our tradition to justice and
We provide a community to support one another. Whether we are undertaking
personal changes in our everyday choices, or engaging in advocacy for nonhuman
animals, we cannot do this work alone. We need one another.
We promote and support justice making efforts for nonhuman animals within
congregations and within UUA as a whole.
Our Guiding Principles
The seventh principle of Unitarian Univeraslism calls us to respect the
interdependent web of existence of which we are a part. We of UUAM understand
that human beings are only a strand in the intricate web of life.
While our Unitarian Universalist principles affirm the "inherent worth and
dignity of every person and call us to seek justice and compassion in human
relations, we extend these principles to include other species who also possess
an intrinsic value.
Recognizing the beauty and interconnectedness of all species that call us to
wholeness and toward justice for all beings, we dedicate ourselves to:
Growing our Unitarian Universalist faith in the interdependence of all life that
reveals itself in the inherent worth and dignity of all beings.
Informing ourselves about nonhuman suffering
Seeking and promoting ecological justice
Inspiring respect and reverence for the earth all its creatures
Living in harmony with the natural world, which includes a deep respect and
commitment to human as well as nonhuman animals.
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