“The Corruption of Our Democracy”

“The Corruption of Our Democracy” Congregational Study Action Issue

Three Recommended Activities for Congregations

On Wednesday, February 15 we held the fourth meeting of our New England Region cross-congregational group to address the UUA Congregation Study / Action Issue of “The Corruption of Our Democracy.” 

Group Purpose Statement:     

We seek to learn from and help each other to implement activities in our congregations that will address the UUA Congregational Study/Action Issue “The Corruption of Our Democracy”.


We have identified three very useful, viable, no cost activities that congregations can implement to address this CSAI “The Corruption of Our Democracy”.

1)First Parish in Concord modified and utilized the recommendations from the CSAI Guide for this topic which was to show the video Legalize Democracy followed by small group discussions to highlight the important learnings from the video and discuss potential actions. FP Concord reduced and combined some of the sections from the Guide to fit into a two hour event. On January 31 they held the event and 75 people from 10 different churches attended. It was very successful and they are planning a follow-up on March 13. If you are interested in hosting a similar event at your congregation, please contact Fred Van Deusen at fredvandeu@gmail.com.  Fred will be happy to provide copies of the materials and answer your questions.

2) Ben Gubits and Jeff Clements from the American Promise Association are pleased to come to your congregation to speak about the work they are doing to “empower, inspire, and organize Americans to win the cause of our time: the 28th Amendment. This historic reform will rebalance our politics and government by putting the rights of individual citizens and the interests of the nation before the privileges of concentrated money, corporations, unions, political parties, and super PACs.” Jeff is the author of the book Corporations Are Not People. To learn more or to schedule an event, contact Ben Gubits, beng@americanpromise.net, 508-612-0438.

3) Lee Ketelsen from We the People Massachusetts is also very happy to come and help educate your congregation about our broken democracy and how it can be fixed. Her group has developed a customizable workshop that utilizes a PowerPoint presentation, videos and interactive discussion to review the history of how we got to this point and how we can move forward. Lee or another member of her group will do the presentation. You can contact her at leednotc@gmail.com, 781-894-1179.

If you would like additional information or assistance with any of these choices, please contact Fred Van Deusen at fredvandeu@gmail.com.

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