As emerging congregations are new congregations that decide
to work toward becoming
a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA),
in time they will need to determine what their public ministry is. Social justice issues,
from antiracism to environmental justice, can form core programming as the
congregation establishes its identity in the community. Some of our established
congregations are known in their communities for their sustained social justice
work: as the congregation with a green church building, the congregation that
works for equal rights for BGLT people, and/or the congregation that works for
living wages. An emerging congregation can work toward having such an identity
in its community.
Organizing around issues that are important to the members
and relevant to others in the local community can make a difference in the world
as well as make the congregation a fulfilling center for ministry that draws
people to join and calls them to action. The programming itself can be an entry
way into the congregation for many people. Discovering how much more we can do as a well-functioning
group than we can do alone is inspiring and empowering.
Begin by thinking and discussing what you might do as a
Over a dozen states now have UU Legislative Ministries and UU
State Advocacy Networks. See UU Statewide Advocacy Networks
to find if there is one in your state.
For help in adapting these resources to your particular
congregation’s context or to hold a workshop on empowering your congregation we
suggest that you contact the UUA’s Office of Congregational Advocacy and Witness (socialjustice @ uua.org).
For more information contact socialjustice @ uua.org.
This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations.
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Last updated on Monday, May 16, 2011.
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