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We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. — The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This workshop looks outward to examine the impact of our personal financial choices in the global economic community. A story connects the availability of inexpensive consumer goods in our country with the lives of the workers around the world. The group will brainstorm a definition of economic justice and look for economic justice/injustice in local and global news stories. Participants will deepen discussion about ways our Unitarian Universalist values resonate with a sense of responsibility to the economic greater good.

Gather a selection of recent newspapers and news magazines before this workshop. You will also need small items of clothing with labels showing country of origin to place on the centering table.

Before facilitating this workshop, review the Accessibility guidelines in the program Introduction under Integrating All Participants.


This workshop will:

  • Demonstrate connections between participants' financial choices and economic welfare in the global community
  • Highlight the presence of economic justice issues in our everyday lives
  • Draw links between the seven Unitarian Universalist Principles and economic justice concerns.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Understand that the interdependence of our global community ensures that our financial choices affect others
  • Create a definition of economic justice and apply the definition to study local and national issues
  • Use the Unitarian Universalist Principles as a lens for exploring the impact of our individual and collective financial decisions across the planet.

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