The 5th Principle of Unitarian Universalism states that we “affirm the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.”

We acknowledge that this is a large task, so we have begun by acting locally. We have connected with our local representatives, welcoming everyone from our City Council Member, Helen Rosenthal, to our Congressman, Jerry Nadler, through our doors. We have visited others in their offices, both in New York City and in Albany.

We have hosted candidate forums to highlight vital justice issues and collected signed letters urging our leaders to implement early voting. And in the lead up to the 2018 election, we ran voter registration drives, both locally by tabling outside subway stations and further abroad, partnering with other congregations to register voters as far north as Kingston.

Looking ahead to 2020, we plan to conduct further voter registration drive in Philadelphia and work closely with partners like Faith in New on supporting the census in New York City.

If you would like to get involved in these efforts, I invite you to contact our Senior Minister, Rev. Schuyler Vogel, at, or our Democracy Justice Team, led by Brian Kramer and Ben Fishman, at We look forward to being in touch!