The Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of New Jersey coordinates grassroots advocacy and works to establish public policy that is consistent with Unitarian Universalist principles and purposes:
- Upholding the worth and dignity of every person;
- Furthering justice, equity, and compassion in human relations;
- Ensuring the use of the democratic process;
- Protecting religious freedom;
- Promoting respect for the interdependent web of all existence
The activities that UULMNJ will engage in include:
UULMNJ will organize letter-writing campaigns in support of or opposition to proposed legislation that is consistent with our values.
We will coordinate testimony in support of or opposition to proposed legislation or policy, to be given by volunteers, members of the Board of Trustees, or the Executive Director of the Organization.
We will also work with volunteers to do grass-roots lobbying of their elected representatives on proposed legislation and policy. The Executive Director will work with volunteers from congregations to encourage them to seek out meetings with their state senators and assembly members, and to speak with them directly, either in Trenton or in their home districts, in favor of or opposition to certain policies.
At times we will issue press releases in support of or opposition to proposed legislation or policy, or engage in other actions of public witness in regards to specific policies. These actions of public witness might include participation in a rally or other organized, public demonstration.
We have to ‘leave home,’ in a sense, leave our comfortable ways of being, to find ourselves and our calling. We need to develop a passionate discontent, an anger that picks us up and shakes us by the neck and will not let us go. The Holy Spirit, you know, is not on the side of order and stability.–Rev. Marilyn Sewell, minister