To: The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Board of Trustees, which oversees the Investment Committee, which "selects professional outside advisors and investment managers utilizing criteria set forth in the UUA investment policies."

Divest the Unitarian Universalist Association's Common Endowment Fund

Divest the Unitarian Universalist Association's Common Endowment Fund

We are a large and growing movement of Unitarian Universalists who are serious about climate justice. We want the UUA to present a five year plant to divest our congregations' Common Endowment Fund from the top 200 fossil fuel companies (as listed in the "Unburnable Carbon" Carbon Tracker Initiative report) by 2014 at our denomination's General Assembly in Rhode Island. Along the way, we hope that our Socially Responsible Investing committee will follow our already active denomination in shareholder activism, discussion and other effective activities to help create the social will to make this country a leader in climate solutions.

Why is this important?

The Unitarian Universalist Association could be a leader in climate justice. Several other denominations have already or are preparing strong divestment statements. Please help us encourage the UUA to take the lead.

How it will be delivered

We will deliver the first round of petitions at a meeting with the UUA soon.

Reasons for signing

  • Mother Nature has nurtured us to ascendancy. Does humanity have the wisdom to care for the life that gives us life? Let's be symbiotic, not parasitic...t.o.d.
  • I signed, because this should be a number one priority within our faith community.
  • As someone who works as a DRE at a UU Church, I want to be able to speak proudly about the steps the UUA is taking to secure a liveable future for the all children, ours included.


2014-10-12 18:09:45 -0400

Rev. Peggy Clarke, minister of First Unitarian Society of Westchester in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., did propose one amendment, but it was defeated. Clarke asked that the UUA not be allowed to keep any fossil fuel investments. She said she didn’t believe that shareholder activism would work with this issue. “We’re not talking about asking a company to make a minor modification. We’re talking about the core of the industry. No activism will work in this case.”

2013-06-18 05:39:16 -0400

500 signatures reached