Connect by Issue

UUs in the Pacific Northwest are working on a variety of social, environmental, educational and human rights needs and issues.  The topic tree below includes links to ISSUE GROUPS and topic information structured into our website. Additional areas and pages will be added whenever we have content and/or individuals to warrant development.*




Basic Needs

      Health, Health Care & Safety

           HOSPITAL MERGERS see Separation of Church & State


           Homelessness - an OUUC Report




Educational Needs            






Ethical Eating


Good Governance

      Connect to Advocate (Many Issues here!)


Separation of Church & State


Human Rights

FIRST/American Indian NATIONS (HUB)







Reproductive Justice


Palestinian-Israeli Peace & Justice (See Human Rights: PALESTINIAN RIGHTS)


* Please contact D D Hilke, Executive Director, at to suggest additional issue areas for our region or if you’d like to convene an issue group or support the creation of a new resource HUB online. 


Recently Updated
Cruel Move: US Supreme Court Justice John Roberts Has Delayed the "Trial of the Century" Last Updated on 2018-10-24 14:49:20 “We are 6 business days from a trial we have been preparing for for 3 years. The lengths my own government is going to to get this case thrown out and avoid trial is absurd and offensive. This case is not about money...This is about my future and the future of our youngest generations. This is about fundamental constitutional rights of children.”Vic Barrett​​, 19-year-old plaintiff Juliana v US Youth Plaintiffs File Response with Supreme Court Pointing to the Government’s Serious Mischaracterization of Juliana v. United States Eugene, Oregon -- Today, 10/23/18, attorneys for youth plaintiffs in the landmark climate lawsuit, Juliana v. United States, filed their response with the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, requesting that the Court allow their trial to proceed on October 29 and pointing to numerous mischaracterizations of the lawsuit by... More »
Responding to Maas's "Vote No on 1631" Last Updated on 2018-10-22 22:15:01 Even as the number of endorsements grows for I-1631, including heavy weights Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg, and cities across the state like Seattle, Tacoma, Mercer Island and little Langley on Whidbey Island, the anti-campaign heats up driven by millions of dollars from oil companies in Texas. Up to now, spending more than 21 million dollars.  One of the lead stories in this campaign concerns weather celebrity and University of Washington professor Cliff Maas, co-author of the "No on 1631" response in the voters pamphlet. Here we respond to Maas's assertions. “If you care about the environment, if you worry about global warming, and if this summer's smoke is of concern, you should vote against Washington State Initiative 1631.” Cliff Maas Blog 10/14/18 Cliff is a great meteorologist, but, has always had disturbing attitudes about climate change... More »
Shocking Signs of Impending Peril Last Updated on 2018-10-20 03:08:35 Did we leave this on the back burner too long?  IPPCC says we have 12 years left to get to carbon neutral.  “It’s like a deafening, piercing smoke alarm going off in the kitchen. We have to put out the fire,” said Erik Solheim, executive director of the U.N. Environment Program  The bottom line, the report found, is that the world is woefully off target. “Net zero must be the new global mantra”- To avoid surpassing 1.5 C rise we must reduce GHG emissions precipitously by 2030. We have two choices: stop emissions entirely by 2050 or remove the amount of carbon dioxide from the air which humans put there since the industrial revolution. “What is needed is a WWII like mobilization.” Lester Brown Earth Policy Institute, 2007“ 1.5 degrees is the new 2 degrees,” said Jennifer Morgan, executive director of Greenpeace... More »
Justice Fair Opens 2018 Summit, Oct. 20 in Edmonds, Wash. Last Updated on 2018-09-14 19:01:01   Join us for a day of learning, celebration, commemoration, comradery, creativity and getting real about justice work in Washington State. The NW Justice Summit takes place at Edmonds UU Church in Edmonds, Wash. on Oct. 20, 2018. Registration is now open Register here   This year’s summit will be very special because it will launch the joint evolution of Northwest UU Justice Network and Washington UU Voices for Justice. Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Congregation will be our hosts for the first summit of the new organization, JUUstice Washington, just as it was for the first NW Justice Summit eight year ago. Your voice is important to the development of this new organization. What can JUUstice Washington do to further your justice work?   This year’s summit will include a new Justice Fair, featuring exhibits, information kiosks and... More »
Ways to Support Key Washington Ballot Initiatives Last Updated on 2018-09-05 16:25:52   Train to Canvass – Trainings available by weekly webinar series starting next week—these are not required, but they can help you answer questions about the initiative. Join the training next Tuesday from 7-8 PM or Thursday from 7-8 PM. Join a Canvass Team! Sign up for one of the canvasses this weekend from Spokane to Anacortes to Vancouver, and many points in between, or check the map for the full list. Spread the word with VoterCircle VoterCircle is a new friend-to-friend outreach tool that lets you identify which of your friends are Washington Voters and quickly send them a message about the campaign. Click here to start messaging your friends. Write a Letter to the Editor (LTE) Share personal stories that explain why you believe in 1631, as opposed to policy explanations. Here is an LTE guide with some great samples. Contact FAN if you want to... More »