TRUUsT Membership Interest Form
Thank you for your interest in joining TRUUsT (Transgender Religious professional Unitarian Universalists Together)!
Please submit this interest form to express your desire to become a member, and a steering committee member will get in touch with you asap. For more details on our membership, please visit
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How do you understand yourself to be a religious professional? How do you describe your ministry?
What words do you use to describe your gender identity?
What is your relationship to Unitarian Universalism?
Why would you like to join TRUUsT? What hopes do you have and/or what gifts can you imagine yourself contributing to TRUUsT?
What questions or concerns, if any, do you have about joining?
Please review TRUUsT’s mission and covenant below.
Having read the mission and covenant of TRUUsT, I understand and agree to abide by it. I understand that if I do not abide by this covenant I may be asked to leave TRUUsT.
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To support Unitarian Universalist trans+ religious professionals, advocate for each other and our ministries, and transform Unitarian Universalism and our world.
We, the membership of Transgender Religious professional Unitarian Universalists Together, covenant to:
*affirm the diversity of gender identity and experience. We will model an expansive understanding of trans community as one that includes people who are transgender, genderqueer, gender fluid, non-binary, two spirit, intersex, agender, bigender, third gender, neutrois, transsexual, or otherwise marginalized in terms of gender identity.
*affirm the diversity of disclosure and “outness” with respect to gender identity and experience, and practice the utmost confidentiality with one another’s identities and histories. We will make no assumptions about the level to which other TRUUsT members are “out” about their gender identity or the degree to which they disclose their gender history to others.
*affirm the diversity of leadership and ministry that exists among us. We acknowledge that the systems that bestow authority within dominant culture do not recognize the full spectrum of what leadership means within marginalized communities. We are leaders who understand ourselves as living out a calling to ministry within Unitarian Universalism; we are ordained and lay ministers, credentialed and non-credentialed religious educators, directors of music and church administrators, seminarians and chaplains, and more. What makes us leaders is our calling, not our credentials.
*affirm the diversity of spiritual practice and theological understanding among us. We identify as Unitarian Universalists and recognize each individual understanding of UUism as unique and sacred.
*affirm intersections of identity and act in solidarity across lines of race, ethnicity, class, dis/ability, age, sexuality, and other identities, cultures, and experiences. We will partner with other identity-based UU organizations and work to dismantle oppression in all its forms within ourselves, our community, and the larger UU denomination.
*practice communal care. We will stay in relationship, reach out and support each other, deepen trust, take care of ourselves and each other, ask for help when help is needed, communicate our limits as we are aware and able, be truthful and compassionate with ourselves and each other, work through conflict with love and humility, and support each other in our spiritual practices.
*practice care toward the wider UU community. We will seek always to center our personal faith and the vision of Unitarian Universalism as it may be—not as it is—and work from a place of faith toward that vision. We will treat ourselves and others with care and compassion when harm or hurt occurs.
*maintain unity as a community of trans UU leaders. We will invest the TRUUsT Steering Committee with the ability to speak for and work on behalf of TRUUsT as a whole, and we will back each other up in public and remain alert to the workings of transphobia in the UU denomination and in ourselves.
*affirm that each of us brings vital energy and ability to the work of TRUUsT. We will bring forward our gifts, ideas, and passions in service of the TRUUsT community and in collaboration with other TRUUsT members, knowing that we are stronger together. The loss or diminishment of any of us diminishes what we can accomplish together.
*hold each other accountable to the affirmations and commitments within this covenant, knowing that those on the Steering Committee will take on extra responsibility to protect this covenant and the TRUUsT community.
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