Two-Part Fall Social Witness Convening of the Commission on Social Witness

Two-part Fall Social Witness Convening of the Commission on Social Witness

Gather, Inspire, Launch! : Two-Part Fall Social Witness Convening of the Commission on Social Witness

Across the world, we UUs find ourselves pulled in many directions for justice & health, humanitarian aid, and earth care. Amid this trying time, let us inspire one another through collective action!

At the UUA General Assembly this past June, the delegates voted to affirm three bold statements for healing action. The delegates also adopted a formal UUA Statement of Conscience on Undoing Systemic White Supremacy. Join these two meetings to find out what UU leaders around the country are doing, what you can do, and who you can partner with to carry forward these bold actions full of inspiring possibilities.

Gather, inspire, and launch your social witness action! The Commission on Social Witness invites you to the Fall Social Witness Convening in two parts. Attend both sessions to find out about all the statements and actions!

Part One: Wednesday, Oct 6, 7-9 p.m. ET/4-6 p.m. PT

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“Defend and Advocate with Transgender, Nonbinary, and Intersex Communities” with guest speakers:

  • Shige Sakurai and Alex Kapitan, lead authors and members of TRUUsT (Transgender Religions professional Unitarian Universalists Together)
  • Rev. Michael Crumpler, UUA LGBTQ and Multicultural Programs Director
  • Janine Gelsinger, Executive Director, Unitarian Universalist Justice Arizona (UUJAZ)
  • Michael Soto (he/him) Executive Director of Equality Arizona

“Stop Voter Suppression and Partner for Voting Rights and a Multiracial Democracy” with guest speakers:

  • Donna Scheidt, lead author & member of UUSJ (Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice) Democracy Action Team
  • Fred Van Deusen, Convener of UUSJ Democracy Action Team
  • Nicole Pressley, UUA Organizing Strategy Team Field & Programs Director
  • Rev. Lisa Garcia-Sampson, Executive Director of 'Forward Together', the Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of North Carolina
  • Julia Sayles, lead author & member of UUSJ's Democracy Action Team
  • Min Choi, Reeb Project

Part Two: Wednesday, Oct 13, 7-9 p.m. ET/4-6 p.m. PT

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“The COVID-19 Pandemic: Justice. Healing. Courage.” with guest speakers:

  • Rev. Bob Murphy, Sally Gellert, and Terry Lowman, lead authors and members of UUJEC (Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community)
  • Carey McDonald, Executive Vice President of the UUA
  • Susan Leslie, UUA Partnerships & Coalitions Organizer

“Undoing Systemic White Supremacy: A Call to Prophetic Action" with guest speakers:

  • Carey McDonald, Executive Vice President of the UUA
  • Susan Leslie, UUA Partnerships & Coalitions Organizer
  • Members of the Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism Organizing Collective Board
  • Members of the Diverse & Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries Steering Committee
  • Members of the Allies for Racial Equity Leadership Collective
  • Paula Cole Jones, 8th Principle Project


All UUs are invited to these meetings, and no prior experience or knowledge is necessary. You may review the statements in advance if you are able. The statements are linked above. The meeting will take place via Zoom. Zoom accessibility features are outlined here at this link. In addition, the meeting will include minimal optional breakouts in order to promote meeting usability for all.

For questions, email socialwitness@uua.org