Service and Social Justice

Youth marching with the UUA Banner at during the 50th Anniversary in Selma

Unitarian Universalists know our world is deeply broken by systems of oppression and violence. No matter your age or life stage, you can help heal our world. UU young folks engage in service and justice work to reduce harm and shift our structures to make our world more whole.

Many UU organizations work to make our world more just. The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) partners with organizations around the world to work on economic and environmental justice and human rights. The UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ), which is a joint program of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and UUSC offers programs for UUs of all ages to intentionally learn about injustice and expand their skills. Another joint UUA and UUSC project is Love Resists, started after the 2017 presidential election. Their current emphasis is on expanding Sanctuary wherever we can.

Standing on the Side of Love is a campaign of the UUA that seeks to harness the power of love to stop oppression through fortifying justice movements around the United States. We also have State Advocacy Networks doing local legislative work with UUs in many states.

Opportunities for Youth and Young Adults

Resources for Youth and Young Adults

When Youth Lead A Guide to Intergenerational Social Justice Ministry (Plus 101 Youth Projects)

By Jill M. Schwendeman

From inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop

Offers guidance, suggestions and advice for constructing and maintaining a healthy and spiritually vital youth ministry.

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  • The Power of Presence: Your Struggle is Ours
    From Love Resists

    A statement by Unitarian Universalist Association and Unitarian Universalist Service Committee As Unitarian Universalists, our faith calls us toward moral action affirming the sacredness of all life, regardless of repressive laws and legal consequences designed to criminalize our actions....

  • We Must Resist Fascist Federal Attacks on our Cities
    From Love Resists

    As the movement to Defend Black Lives, Defund Police, and invest in and transform our communities gains momentum, violent repressive responses from the state are also on the rise. And, as always, Black/Indigenous/people of color communities, queer and trans people, and other frontline groups are...

  • All Prisoners are Political Prisoners
    From Love Resists

    The last time Rattler called from Sandstone prison, I had just returned from the first action here in Fargo to commemorate the brutal murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and too many other Black people killed by police.

More from Love Resists

Journeys of the Spirit Planning and Leading Mission Trips with Youth

By Jennifer McAdoo, Anne Principe

From inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop

A comprehensive guide for youth advisors and leaders to plan, lead and unpack a spiritually transformative mission trip.

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