Who we are and what we do
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.
UULM-MD is you!
UULM-MD is a collective voice of liberal religious values in our state. UULM-MD is comprised of anyone interested in making their voice heard in Annapolis on issues that advance freedom, equality and justice.
Our work is grounded in the belief that everyone should be able to exercise their basic human rights to achieve their fullest potential and to live in a clean, sustainable environment. In the last decade, UULM-MD has played a significant role in statewide education about and advocacy for marriage equality, environmental protections, increasing the availability of clean energy, death penalty repeal, preventing gun violence, transgender civil rights, increasing the minimum wage, the DREAM Act and advances in health care for all. Unitarian Universalist voices and sensibilities are now an integral part of the dialogue in Annapolis, due to dedicated advocacy through this legislative ministry.
To enhance the effectiveness of our activism, we remain mindful of the strong UU traditions of independent thought and witnessing for human rights, civil liberties and the protection of our environment. Supported and inspired by these beliefs, we work to achieve consensus among our base, then mobilize as advocates for specific Maryland issues. Partnering with like-minded
coalitions and organizations as well as working with legislators, UULM-MD provides a voice for UU principles and traditions in the discussion of issues by:
Identifying priority legislation and informing Marylanders through issue coordinators and
Providing educational programs, speakers and materials on these issues;
Holding an annual meeting for presentation, debate and strategizing on issues to be addressed;
Mobilizing and facilitating testimony, writing legislators and witnessing;
Providing updates on the status of bills, hearings and actions.
UULM-MD 2020 Leadership Team
The UULM-MD Board elected Steve Buckingham ( UU Congregation of Frederick) as Chair, Rev. Diane Teichert (retired) as a Vice-Chair, Craig Beyler as a Vice Chair and Jan Bird (UU Church of Annapolis) as Treasurer for 2020.
Additional members of the Board are Rev. Amy Williams Clark (Cedarhurst UU), Elizabeth Bobo (UU Congregation of Columbia), Don Chery (River Road UU Congregation), Betty McGarvie Crowley (UU Church of Annapolis), Rev. David Carl Olson (First Unitarian Church of Baltimore), and Jack Taylor (Rockville UU Church). Ashley Eagan is our Coordinator.
Our Leadership Team also includes non-Board Member Task Force Chairs: Rev. Alexa Fraser (Medical Aid in Dying), Immigration Co-chairs Jim Caldiero (Channing) and Tammy Spengler (Columbia), Climate Change Chair Dr. Phil Webster (Columbia) and Criminal Justic Reform Chair Candy Clark (Annapolis).