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The Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland (UULM-MD) is a statewide advocacy network of Unitarian Universalists. We work to educate, mobilize, and coordinate UUs on specific issues before the Maryland General Assembly. Working in coalition with established state and national organizations, we as UUs model a reverence for the interdependent web of all existence which fosters justice, health and equity in society. We encourage you to join us on this journey as we engage Marylanders, expand freedom and nurture an inclusive, life affirming system of government. Read more.
The Shale Gas Drilling Safety Review (SB745/HB1122) would continue to place restrictions on the natural gas drilling process known as "fracking" until the safety of this process and its effects on people and the environment can be determined. Read more.....
The other members of the Board are Don Chery (River Road UU Congregation), Betty McGarvie Crowley (UU Church of Annapolis), Rev. William R. Murry (River Road UU Congregation), Rev. David Carl Olson (First Unitarian Church of Baltimore), Mark Patro (Towson UU Church), Rev. Fredric J. Muir (UU Church of Annapolis) Ex-officio.
Approximately 90 brave UUs weathered the cold and remaining ice and snow on Saturday, January 25th to listen to Senator Jamie Raskin (Dist. 20-Montgomery Co.), Keith Thirion (Director of Advocacy, Equality Maryland) and Josh Tulkin (State Director, Sierra Club, MD Chapter) as they outlined and answered questions about legislation of interest to UUs.
Following the Issues Survey completed by many of you, the UULM-MD Board of Directors recommended that 2014 Priority Issues for UULM-MD would be legislation supporting
This slate of issues was approved by those in attendance.
During the issue discussion break-out session, those interested explored continuing and emerging issues: health care reform, death with dignity and mass incarceration.
Those present also elected members of the Board of Directors for 2014. The Reverend William R. Murry, Minister Emeritus of River Road UU Congregation, Past President of Meadville-Lombard Theological School and former UULM-MD Board member, was elected to re-join the Board. Returning Board members who were re-elected are Michael Benefiel, Jan Bird, Steve Buckingham, Don Chery, Betty McGarvie Crowley, Andrea Hall, Rev. Fred Muir, Rev. David Carl Olson, Mark Patro, and Rev. Lisa Ward.
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UULM-MD has worked since its establishment in 2005 for health care for all. Now is the time to educate ourselves and others about the implementation of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), which we helped pass. Please review and share this information with others who may benefit.
Beginning on October 1, 2013, the Maryland Health Connection, our state’s insurance exchange responsible for implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—or “Obamacare”-- was operational. This is a one-stop shop for health coverage in Maryland......Read more......
On August 29th, the IRS announced that same gender couples who are legally married would be able to file joint federal tax returns, the same as married heterosexual couples. This new policy came in response to the Supreme Court's ruling in June that overturned a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act. To read more details, go to the Washington Post article here.
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Social Justice Advocacy
"The prophetic liberal church is the church in which all members share the common responsibility to foresee the consequences of human behavior (both individual and institutional), with the intention of making history in place of being merely pushed around by it".
—James Luther Adams, "Taking Time Seriously," in The Prophethood of All Believers.
If your congregation or cluster’s social justice ministry is focused on partnerships for economic, environmental, racial, reproductive justice and/or LGBTQ equality we have resources for you. Videos, powerpoint presentations, webinars, study guides and more. Read more.....
Survey of Maryland Residents About Climate Change Released
Two reports have been released from a survey developed by the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University. The first report, "Public Health, Energy & Climate Change," found that, "More than half of Marylanders (52 percent) believe people in the United States are being harmed by climate change. A majority of Marylanders believe respiratory problems, injuries from storms or other extreme weather events and heat stroke will become more common because of climate change." Read more....
The second report, " Climate Change & Energy: Public Attitudes, Behavior & Policy Support," found that, "Most Marylanders feel their local environment is changing, and their weather is worse." They prefer renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind, and there is broad support for state policies that will protect the environment. Read more...
The surveys were funded by the Town Creek Foundation of Easton, MD.
Are you interested in immigration reform? UUA is! For information on UUA-sponsored programs and events, follow this link to UUA Witness Ministries.
The Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland is funded in part by the Fund for Unitarian Universalist Social Responsibility.