"The prophetic liberal church is the church in which all members share the common responsibility to foresee the consequences of human behavior (both individual and institutional), with the intention of making history in place of being merely pushed around by it."
—James Luther Adams, "Taking Time Seriously," in The Prophethood of All Believers.
The new Congregational Study Action Issue on Escalating Inequality chosen at General Assembly provides a broad frame for the many injustices that Unitarian Universalists (UUs) and others continue to address. The emergence of fusion coalitions in faith-based and progressive organizing (such as the Moral Mondays Forward Together movement) is an inspiring development. Fusion coalitions bring together different groups working on many different justice issues, acknowledging that all our causes are connected and that addressing economic inequality and defending democracy are key for success.
What would a UU fusion coalition look like? How are partnership, intersectional approaches, and a focus on escalating inequality infused into your congregation’s justice ministry? By framing our justice ministries in this context we can build a UU coalition in partnership with other faith and justice groups. Here are seven resources and suggestions related to our interconnected UU justice ministries for your new church year.
At the 2014 General Assembly in Providence, RI, delegates selected Escalating Inequality to be the 2014-2018 Congregational Study/Action Issue (CSAI). Learn more, find out key dates, and download the study guide.
The 2014 recipient of the Bennett Award for Congregational Action on Human Justice and Social Action is the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Church of Akron, OH. Building on a long and distinguished history of social activism and service, the UU Church of Akron has a growing and thriving social justice ministry.Thanks in large part to dynamic partnerships with local organizations, to their focus on three key program areas, and to a hands-on, experiential approach to social action that engages church members across the generations, the UU Church of Akron comes together to live out a mission to be “a prominent force for social justice” in their local community and in the world at large. Read the full story to learn more.
More resources for advocacy, organizing, and witness.
We work in partnerships and coalitions on key social justice issues. Our top priorities are:
Search the Social Justice Statements that Unitarian Universalist congregations have approved over the years, and participate in our ongoing Social Witness Process. The two current issues Reproductive Justice and Escalating Inequality.
For more information contact socialjustice @ uua.org.
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Last updated on Monday, December 8, 2014.
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