The Pew Forum has issued its 2012 Guide to IRS Rules on Political Activity by Religious Organizations. The Unitarian Universalist Association’s own guide, The Real Rules, has additional information.
John Hurley, the UUA’s director of Communications, notes, “Over the years I’ve seen far more of our congregations shy away from political activity due to misunderstanding what is acceptable than to overstep the limits. The IRS regulations for political activity by non-profits afford a great deal of latitude for congregations: voter registration drives, candidate forums, and advocacy for or against ballot amendments are all acceptable practices. Engagement in the political process is an excellent way for our congregations to put our faith into action.”