The Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland (UULM-MD) envisions a Maryland free of oppression and injustice, where all are guaranteed their human rights. We address this vision by alerting, educating, activating and facilitating our statewide UU base to address several human rights issues before the Maryland General Assembly each year. In 2009, those issues were health care reform, ending marriage discrimination against same-sex couples, global warming, and abolition of the death penalty in Maryland.
In order to enhance the effectiveness of UU activism on human rights issues, UULM-MD remains mindful of the strong UU traditions of independent thought and witnessing for human rights and civil liberties. Supported and inspired by these traditions, UULM-MD works to achieve consensus among its base, then mobilize and advocate on specific issues before the MD General Assembly. Supported by an informed and mobilized base, partnered with like-minded coalitions and working with legislators and their staffs, UULM-MD provides a voice for UU principles and traditions in the discussions on state human rights issues by:
UULM-MD grew out of a February, 2005 UUs for Social Justice (UUSJ) advocacy workshop in which participants expressed a need for UUs to have a voice in Annapolis and do education, advocacy and coalition building. UULM-MD is building on the experiences of other groups, including the UULM of California and Legislative Committee of UUs of Maryland (LegiCUUM), which was founded in 1969.
UULM-MD held its first Annual Meeting in November, 2005. At this meeting, participants learned effective advocacy techniques, engaged in discussions of priority issues and voted to create the UULM-MD Board. Rev. William R. Murry gave an excellent talk entitled “A Theological Basis for a UU Legislative Ministry in Maryland.”
Please click here to read Rev. Murry's remarks.
The organization is composed of individual UUs. Congregations may become affiliate members and contributors. UULM-MD is establishing a network of UUs matched with members of the Maryland General Assembly and the 24 UU congregations in Maryland. Public officials are approached in a systematic manner in the effort to educate them on UU principles and positions on issues. UUs are trained in advocacy and asked to make contact with their individual legislators.
2013 UULM-MD Board of Directors
Betty McGarvie Crowley, Co-Chair
Jan Bird, Co-Chair
Rev. Lisa Ward, Chair-Elect
Steve Buckingham, Vice-Chair
Michael Benefiel, Secretary
Rev. Fredric J. Muir
Rev. David Carl Oslon