This data was last updated on 3 July 2018.
Description: The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is a national organization of more than 1,000 Unitarian Universalist congregations in the United States, headquartered in Boston. The UUA was formed in 1961 from the uniting of the Universalists, organized in 1793, and the Unitarians, organized in 1825. According to the UUA website, "The UUA provides resources and offers consultations to local congregations, creates religious education curricula, spurs social action efforts, expedites the settlement of professional religious leaders, supports Beacon Press, and produces pamphlets, devotional material, and the bimonthly journal, UU World."
Programs and Services: The UUA serves as a source for various programs and services for its member congregations and the leadership within those congregations. The UUA website places these services in the following categories: congregational services, social justice, ministry and professional leadership, lifespan faith development, and specialized ministries. Congregational services includes ministerial and religious education resources for youth ministry, urban ministry, new congregation formation, lay leadership, and the like, geared primarily for congregational leadership. The social justice category includes the Office of Congregational Advocacy and Witness, which works with local congregations on specific advocacy issues, an Office of Information and Public Witness, which serves to make the UUA's activities more publically visible, and an 11-month social justice internship program in Washington, D.C. for young adults. The ministry and professional leadership category includes services for those training for the ministry, including financial and moral support, as well as continuing support for current ministers. The lifespan faith development category provides resources for religious education of UUs from childhood to adulthood. The specialized ministries category includes services geared for specific groups of people, such as youth and young adults, Spanish-speaking people, and bisexual/gay/lesbian/transgender people. For more information on these programs, please see the "Program Services" section of the UUA website . In addition, the UUA also hosts a group of online forums to promote dialogue among UU ministers and congregants, as well as those who seek to know more about Unitarian Universalism.