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Action Steps for Transforming Congregational Justice Ministry
- Congregation calls a minister committed to social justice.
- Church board and minister begin conversations around broadening social justice ministries and establishing a Social Justice Coordinating Committee.
- Leadership attends district trainings and holds a congregational retreat with the goal of developing a justice ministry deeply engaged in the community.
- Congregation holds a Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Social Justice Empowerment Workshop to discern what they most cared about, to develop a collective vision, and decide who they wanted to work with and how.
- Based on conversations from these workshops, the congregation partners with organizations that share their values and vision, including a local Congregationally-Based Community Organization (CBCO), the Standing on the Side of Love campaign, the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Partner Church Council, and the Michigan UU Social Justice Network.
- Hosts an anti-racism training and multiculturalism workshop and uses UUA Examining Whiteness curriculum that allowed congregational members to work with greater sensitivity and awareness to issues of racism, oppression, privilege and diversity.
- Intentionally designs social justice ministries to include all ages, including children, youth and young adults.
- Nurtures and sustains ties with local community as well as with the larger Unitarian Universalist world.
- Applies for and receives grants from the UU Funding Program and other sources for training and partnerships. Supports their justice ministry and community organizations through Share the Plate collections.
- Recognizes individuals for their social justice leadership and celebrates the congregation’s achievements!