About UUPA

UUPA has as its mission to serve the Unitarian Universalist Association and the community of polyamorous people within and outside the UUA by providing support, promoting education, and encouraging spiritual wholeness regarding polyamory. Mostly, this means offering education, literature and having conversations.

As a service to the larger faith community, UUPA also welcomes inquiries from and conversation with any person, religious institution, or educational institution of any faith, as time and resources permit, concerning polyamory as it relates to religion, and faith.

We are still available online for questions and we welcome your membership, but we are not meeting in person until the end of the Covid-19 pandemic.

We are sad to report that Harlan Ray White, MD, widely known as Moonstorm Erosong, died Friday, November 19, 2021 at University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, of complications of liver disease. He was 71.

Storm was one of the founders and a longtime board member and past president of UUPA. He was also a former member of the Board of the Center for Sex Positive Culture.

Storm got his BA in English at Indiana University and his MA in English at the University of Iowa. Changing course, he then completed Medical School at the University of Illinois and became a psychiatrist. He practiced in Hawaii and then in Seattle until his retirement. While in Hawaii he got a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Hawaii.

Storm was born in 1950 in Louisville, Kentucky, to Harlan Scott White and Rosann Rentschler Van Valer White. He grew up outside Indianapolis, Indiana, and in the Chicago suburbs. He has one older sister, Valerie White, who wrote this tribute, and who is also a founder and long-time board member of UUPA. Storm and Valerie’s mother was one of the people who answered Alfred Kinsey’s questionnaire, and his aunt, her sister, is acknowledged as a research assistant in Kinsey’s "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male." His parents were founding members of the National Abortion Rights Action League.

Storm attended religious education classes as a child at the Unitarian Church of Hinsdale, Illinois, and identified as UU and pagan the rest of his life.

Who We Are

We are UUs. We sing next to you in Sunday services and in choir lofts. We serve on church committees and teach religious education. We attend regional meetings and General Assemblies, where many of us serve as delegates from our congregations. Our faith is important to us.

We are families. We raise children, cherish pets, and keep in touch with extended family. We have jobs, pay bills, and try to keep up with household chores. Our family structure may be a little different than most people expect, but otherwise, we are just like everybody else.   

We are associated with the Unitarian Universalist Association as a Related Organization of the Association. UUPA is separate from the UUA and is independently organized and managed.

We are proud to note the UUA officially includes polyamorists in their membership guidelines. See the UUPA Report on General Assembly 2014 The 2014 General Assembly passed a package of amendments to the UUA Non-discrimination Statement, including insertion of the phrase "family and relationship structures."

We are also active in the world as members. See this article for an action of one of our founding members.


Within the Unitarian Universalist community, UUPA encourages conversation with:

  • Unitarian Universalists with an interest in polyamory
  • Unitarian Universalist clergy and religious professionals
  • Unitarian Universalist congregational leadership
  • Members and other individuals associated with Unitarian Universalist congregations
  • Polyamorists with an interest in Unitarian Universalism
  • Unitarian Universalist organizations and institutions

Beyond Unitarian Universalism, UUPA welcomes conversation with:

  • Clergy and religious professionals from faiths other than Unitarian Universalism
  • Congregational leadership from any religious faith
  • Organizations and institutions associated with other faiths
  • Individual members of other faith communities
  • Individuals interested in polyamory and religion, without regard to membership in a faith community

Individual Conversations

A few of the many opportunities for members conversations about polyamory and religion include:

  • Ask them to subscribe to the UU Polyamory email list
  • Ask an "out" polyamorous person in your congregation for a conversation
  • Lead a religious education class on polyamory -- Love Makes a Family polyamory curriculum
  • UUPA trustees and UUPA local contact persons are available for questions and, as time permits, longer conversations or speaking engagements.

UU Polyamory email list

In 1999, several UUs with an interest in polyamory created an email list called UUPoly. This list provided a place to talk about integrating our religion with our relationships, our faith with our families. Conversations on the UUPoly list led to the idea that we should form a national organization of poly UUs to serve as a resource to congregations, ministers, and individuals. Today, this list is called UU Polyamory, and it continues to offer an avenue to explore ideas and challenges around polyamory and faith.

Individuals interested in the topic of polyamory and religion are invited to subscribe to UU Polyamory and join the conversation, without regard to religious affiliation or relationship status.
      UUPoly FAQ             Subscribe to UUPolyamory


Our Mission

Unitarian Universalists for Polyamory Awareness (UUPA) has as its Mission to serve the Unitarian Universalist Association and the community of polyamorous people within and outside the UUA by providing support, promoting education, and encouraging spiritual wholeness regarding polyamory.  

Read more about UUPA's Mission.

Read more about UUPA's Beginnings.


UUPA defines polyamory as the philosophy and practice of loving or relating intimately to more than one other person at a time with honesty and integrity. UUPA advocates for any form of relationship or family structure -- whether monogamous or multi-partner -- which is characterized by free and responsible choice, mutual consent of all involved, and sincere adherence to personal philosophical values.


Our original vision was for Unitarian Universalism to become the first poly welcoming mainstream religious denomination. We believe that was accomplished by the change in the Non-discrimination Statement the UUA passed in 2014. We continue to work for the day when a polyamorous family or individual can walk into any Unitarian Universalist congregation with confidence that their full participation is welcome.


Participate in UUPA's Mission!

UUPA Literature

Polyamory Curriculum for Congregations and Religious Professionals
This religious education curriculum is designed for congregations and religious professionals. The curriculum is available on CD as a package with its companion book, What Does Polyamory Look Like? for those who send a donation of $35 to UUPA.

Survey on Polyamory at GA 2017
At the 2017 General Assembly a survey was taken by random people in the Exhibit hall. It showed a supportive attitude toward polyamory by a majority of the participants."

Polyamory and the UUA Principles and Purposes
This document evaluates polyamory and UUPA's work in light of the UUA Principles and Purposes. The discussion is valuable for ministers, directors of religions education, congregations, and leaders at congregational, district and Associational levels who want to know more about this topic and its implications for ministry. It is also valuable for individuals attempting to integrate various relationship issues into their personal spiritual paths.
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These documents are available as convenient tri-folds.
Trifolds print best on laser printers, due to small margins.

UUPA Mission Statement Essay (html) Essay (pdf)
Understanding Polyamory Essay (html) Essay (pdf)
Polyamory in Liberal Religion Essay (html) Essay (pdf)
Family & Relationship Structures   Report (pdf)
Polygamy and Polyamory Essay (html) Essay (pdf)
Polyamory & Christians Essay (pdf)



More Information

Sermons and Other Writings
Related to polyamory

UU Polyamory Email List
Talk with polyamorous Unitarian Universalists, allies, and people with an interest in polyamory and faith.

Chapters and Local Contacts
Start a chapter in your area!

UUPA Trustees
Trustees are available to answer questions, and possibly to speak to your congregation, event, or retreat.

100 Questions That Non-Members Ask About UUism
Developed by the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Nashua, New Hampshire

Additional Resources


Questions about UUPA.
Contact a UUPA board member.
Comment about the website.

This page last updated:11/8/21


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