The Regional Justice Training 2019 tour is coming! Check out the dates below to find the location nearest you. As always, these events are free of charge and bring resources that are timely and relevant to justice-makers in a rich and invigorating format.
Guest speakers and breakout sessions will vary in each location in order to be responsive to local partners and the availability of our statewide collaborators. The theme and core programming for 2019 will be “Love Resists,” and it will focus on the framework and actions being taken as part of this new, multi-year campaign being built by organizations including the UUA, UUSC, UUJMCA, UURISE, and other partner groups.
This year we are honored to have UURISE CEO Katia Hansen joining us with new material updated for 2019. We anticipate also being joined by organizers from the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), and the Unitarian Universalist Ministry for the Earth (UUMFE). In addition to these prophetic core presenters, each training will have breakout sessions to intentionally engage healthcare, immigration, and economic justice, as well as legislative updates for attendees to take back to their congregations.
Currently we have the following trainings scheduled. Click on each to find out more. If you are interested in hosting or attending a Regional Justice Training, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Davis/Sacramento – Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis – May 31 & June 1
- Central Coast – Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura (Date TBD)
- Anaheim / Southeast LA – UU Congregation in Fullerton – October 11 & 12
- San Diego or South SF Bay Area – TBD
What is a Regional Justice Training?
UUJMCA works with local congregations in areas around the state to host cluster-based social justice trainings. Programming begins on Friday night with community building and spiritual grounding, and continues on Saturday morning thru afternoon with skill-building and issue updates. Regional Justice Trainings typically draw members from 4 to 10 congregations to strengthen our collaborative work for justice in three primary ways:
- Spiritual Grounding. At each training we explore UU values and history that grounds our work for justice as integral to living our our faith. On Friday evening, programming focuses on further developing Unitarian Universalists as grounded in our shared heritage of social justice, with connection and community built on honoring our justice-making ancestors and those of our interfaith partners.
- Skill Building. A typical Regional Justice Training includes a workshop component on a particular skill/set of skills, such as how to identify and develop partnerships with impacted communities, effective and accountable allyship, how to do one-on-ones in justice outreach, public speaking basics and/or social media for social change. The specifics of the workshop components of the weekend’s program is based on input from the justice leaders of the attending congregations.
- Issue Updates and Action Engagement. The third common component to a Regional Justice Training consists of updates on key issues as indicated by statewide and local partners, along with legislative actions and ways to engage. We typically include two-to-four breakout sessions on topics that can include immigrant justice, climate and water justice, economic justice or racial justice.
Most trainings run Friday evening, and Saturday from mid-morning to late afternoon. Friday includes dinner and community building opportunities; Saturday includes lunch and time to collectively discern action opportunities. Dates for trainings are generally between April and October of each year and typically finalized by the end of February.