Social Justice Groups
2903 Jefferson Ave
The Conservative Forum for Unitarian Universalists was founded in 1985 to provide an institution within Unitarian Universalism for the expression of a full range of views on politics, economics and society, that while mainstream in society, are often not heard within the Unitarian Universalist movement. Activities sponsored by the Forum include presentations and events at General Assembly, the publishing of a twice-year journal, SIGMA, and the maintaining of our web site. Through these activities, we help provide substance to the freedom of inquiry, acceptance of on another, freedom of the pulpit and the pews, and the willingness to consider reasoned ideas which uniquely characterizes our chosen faith.
1895 NW 5th St
Following the WTO in Seattle last year about a dozen of us who had attended the demonstrations and were members of the First Unitarian Church began meeting on a weekly basis. We were determined to continue to educate ourselves as well as others on the threats of economic globalization. Since then we have had a busy and productive year. Among other things we have sponsored a six week study forum, continuously place economic justice informational pieces in the Sunday bulletins, and put together a 32 page book on Democracy vs. the WTO. After successfully initiating and helping to pass a resolution on the Campaign Financing at the 2000 General Assembly we are now working towards the passage of a Study Action Item on Economic Globalization at the 2001 General Assembly.
Contact: The Rev. Kathryn Jorgensen
Faithful Fools Street Ministry is located in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco. Faithful Fools was founded by UU Rev. Dr. Kay Jorgensen and Sr. Carmen Barsody, OSF. The Fools encourage and engage people from all walks of life in questioning assumptions and shattering myths about homelessness, poverty and the boundaries of separation we all protect. We provide resources, internships, practicum, workshops and artistic and cultural events for ministers, parishioners, seminarians and anyone interested in our vital justice-making community as it challenges both oppression and privilege. We seek to bear witness on the streets and in daily accompaniment and advocacy. Our community now extends from the barrios of Managua, Nicaragua to many cities in the U.S. and Vancouver, Canada. See our website.
UUAHC, a community development loan fund, is a nonprofit organization channeling resources from socially responsible donors and investors to community-based housing developers. The UUAHC loan fund makes bleow-market rate loans to provide housing for low-income families, transitional housing for special needs communities, pre-development, and child care facilities. Volunteers make vital contributions to both building projects and operations. Capitalized at almost $5 million, UUAHC has made loans and committments totallyin $11 milliion resulting in over 3000 affordable housing units with a volue of $130 million. UUAHC's more than 270 investments come from churches, religious orders, individuals, banks, foundations, and the UUA.
58 Winter Street
Our mission is to help Unitarian Universalists advocate for and with young people. We give special priority to initiatives that promote the well-being of low-income children and youth. Promise the Children works with advocates around the country, as well as in our home state of Massachusetts.
Promise the Children's e-alert service provides regular updates on legislative developments that impact children and youth. To sign up, or for more information about our organization, please visit www.promisethechildrenuu.org
29 Westchester Court
Unitarian Universalists for Alternative to the Death Penalty, organized in 1996, is a social action group seeking to give witness to the five UUA resolutions of past years calling for an end to capital punishment. Our mission is providing education and resources so that we may be well prepared to speak and act in ways that shed a truthful light on this issue, and refute the myths that surround it; urging participation in state and local groups that oppose the death penalty, and where no local chapters exist, provide help in organizing them; raising the consciousness of our congregations through workshops, programs, and sermons; and demonstrating how the principles of Unitarian Universalism are affirmed and promoted by our participation in this effort.
4425 Byron St.
We acknowledge and affirm the kinship and interdependence of human and animal, and adopt ethics of interspecies compassion as an integral component of liberal religion. Our ministry is to serve congregations with compassion so that we may support one another in our engaged spiritual paths that includes all beings. Congregations may join as UUAM chapters, or may enroll in our Reverence for Life covenant and certification program. For more information contact UUAM President: Rev. Beth Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org
1034 SW 13th Ave
Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth is an independent affiliate organization of the Unitarian Universalist Association. We provide UUs with organized ways to connect energy, ideas, and information about how their lives relate to the living Earth, environmental justice, and future generations. We do this by:
- focusing on modern web and communications tools
- providing and sharing ideas and resources developed by many people
- engaging members and friends in connecting and partnering with each other
- finding ways to influence the infusion of earth ministry into all levels of the UUA by collaborating with individuals and groups involved with policy and action
- supporting grassroots action
Contact Information: Office Manager- Sabrina Harle
Unitarian Universalist Network on Indigenous Affairs (UUNIA)
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UUNIA is being reorganized after a period of inactivity by Rev. Bob Thayer, who for the last 20 years has devoted sabbatical, discretionary time and money to developing knowledge and contacts with Native people East and West in the USA. UUNIA will reformulate it's goals accordingly to existing outlines in UUNIA brochures to 2000, and according to new directions aimed at education, advocacy and local congregational involvement with local Native issues.
Unitarian Universalist Peace Fellowship
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The UU Peace Fellowship (UUPF) envisions a world of justice, peace and freedom. IT is a vision of a beloved community, where diversity is respected, where conflicts are addresses nonviolently, and oppressive structures have been eliminated. It is a world where we live in harmony with each other, with all sentient beings, and with the earth, nurtured by diverse spiritual traditions that are based on compassion and loving kindness toward all. We are committed to increase public awareness of the philosophy and strategies of nonviolence, especially our rich Unitarian Universalist history of peace activism. We aim to strengthen and support district and congregational activities, in partnership with other faith-based groups, to bring about the psychological, social, economic and religious conditions for peace. Soon, we hope to have a UUPF representative for each congregation. We encourage and support conscientious objection, the personal opposition to war of any kind. Each year, at General Assembly, UUPF presents the Adin Ballou Peace Award, honoring individuals and organizations for their deep commitment to peace and justice.
Officers: Rev. Dennis Davidson, president; John Ely, secretary; Tom Atchison, treasurer. For further information, please contact Rev. Davidson at the above address.
John Eliot Sq.
10 Putnam St
Founded in 1834, The Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry provides ministry-at-large to disadvantaged youth and families in Boston, and offers UUs the opportunity for direct engagement with those struggling for fair and decent lives. Approximately 55 Massachusetts UU congregations provide both financial and volunteer support, viewing this ministry as one of their social action arms in the inner city.
UU Urban Ministry programs include Roxbury Youth Programs, an after-school academic and character-building program for at-risk youth; Stand High/Stand United, a weekend and summer exploration and enrichment program for elementary-school-aged children; Renewal House, a shelter for adults and their children escaping domestic violence; and United Souls, a transitional support program for men facing re-entry issues or otherwise dealing with urban life's more difficult challenges.
1200 UUs have created a grassroots organization to foster systemic change and to encourage UUs and UU congregations to work for economic justice. Our vision is of building small democratic communities of action, reflection, solidarity and resistance moving toward global economic justice and sustainability. We foster that vision with: adult and youth RE curricula; creative cutting edge General Assembly programs; CALL Newsletter; monthly emails; dynamic website; workshops at district meetings; regional chapters; advocacy training; an annual Cross Border Trip to Mexico. Priority areas of concern are (1) Corporate Economic Globalization with a campaign focusing on Big Box Retailers (2) Developing a model for Economic Justice Congregations (3) Media reform by addressing the corporate conglomerates' control of the media and access to critical information.
Co-Chairs- Bob Alpern (CA) and Bo Chagnon (NC)
UUDPR empowers congregations and individual UUs nationwide to give public witness to the UUA's drug policy Statement of Conscience (passed by the General Assembly in 2002). Utilizing all effective means of mass communication and direct action, UUDPR has become the premier religious group in the movement for more just and compassionate drug policies. Join our 1,500 participants taking action on this cutting-edge issue!
Visit our web page to read the full text of the UUA's Statement of Conscience, order some excellent books, print out useful fact sheets (including "What UUs Can Do"), and link to other drug policy reform organizations. Call or email to subscribe to our electronic newsletter, request a speaker, or make a tax-deductible donation.
Stop the drug war! Educate, don't incarcerate. Just say "know."
Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice
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Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice of the Baltimore Washington Region (UUSJ) advances the social justice work of UU congregations, organizations, and individuals and increases the frequency, impact, and visibility of UU collaborative social justice efforts in the region of Baltimore, MD; Washington, DC; and northern Virginia.
UUSJ offers congregational/organization support by identifying and communicating successful local programs and projects, providing technical support through direct assistance and skill building workshops, facilitating regional communication, offering opportunities for networking, assisting in securing financial resources for social justice work and encouraging and supporting volunteerism. UUSJ offers regional leadership by identifying issues for regional leadership and action, providing project development and management for regional efforts, tracking regional social justice activities, offering educational materials and events, and initiating regional communication
This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations. Please consider making a donation today.
Last updated on Friday, November 30, 2012.