Building the world we dream about requires ongoing relationship and collaboration. By working together, UU justice makers and leaders prevent the feelings of isolation and overwhelm that can lead to burnout, despair, and apathy. By strengthening our connections to each other, our context, our partners, and our collective imagination for the world, we can not only succeed in creating justice – we can celebrate and enjoy it.
Are you a justice leader in your congregation? Help us stay connected to you so your community can get regular updates and support from UUJMCA! Fill out our Congregational Informational Survey today!
Congregational Discernment & Engagement Program
While each congregation’s needs differ, UUJMCA has identified key components that are critical based on congregations with healthy and effective justice ministries. We believe these steps will help congregations identify healthy, accountable social justice ministries which can be integrated into congregational life as well as a preliminary plan to begin to build such ministries. This is a fee-for-service program, and is somewhat customizable. The cost is $1,500 inclusive of all sessions and related expenses. A $100 discount is available for covenanting congregations. Find out more about the Congregational Discernment & Engagement Program and contact us if you’re interested in bringing it to your community.
Covenant of Collaboration
UUJMCA knows that Unitarian Universalist congregations and communities do not all have the same justice priorities. We honor this reality, while also encouraging forms of communication, collaboration, and support that remind us that we are part of a larger network working to create justice in our world. UUJMCA’s “Covenanting Congregations” Program invites UU communities and congregations in California into an intentional relationship to strengthen our ministries of social transformation.
Those communities in who covenant with UUJMCA commit to 1) informing UUJMCA as to the justice priorities that are important to their congregation and its members, updating this information as priorities change, and 2) encouraging members of our congregation to participate UUJMCA-sponsored regional and statewide trainings, activities (related to congregational justice priorities), and cluster events.
Interested in learning what it means to be a Covenanting Congregation? Look at this sample “Covenant of Collaboration” and let us know if you’d like to collaborate. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the form below.
The following congregations have made a commitment to work with UUJMCA and other UU communities in California to collaboratively strengthen our justice ministries and to bring UU values more powerfully to the public square. (Updated April 18, 2019)
- Start the process today to have your congregation recognized here!
Congregational Organizing with UUJMCA
As a core component of our grassroots organizing, we work to identify a Congregational Ambassador in each congregation. This assists us in keeping congregations up-to-date on various issues and actions, with clear opportunities for UUs to get involved. Congregational Ambassadors facilitate their congregation’s connection to UUJMCA programs, partners, resources, and other congregations. They receive training and ongoing support from UUJMCA to facilitate their congregation’s connections to justice opportunities, partners, and resources.
Cluster Co-Coordinators work with key contact points in congregations in their cluster to support connection and collaboration on local and statewide justice efforts. By having Cluster Co-Coordinators for each of the geographic clusters in California, we can empower and enable congregations to work beyond their church walls, imagining and creating justice on a local and regional level beyond what each individual congregation can do alone.