Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community: uujec.com
Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community (UUJEC) is a vibrant progressive organization committed to economic justice for all. Our philosophy is rooted in the UU liberal religious tradition – to create a world of justice, equity, and compassion. Our work contributes to a broader movement for social change, in collaboration with the UUA, UU Service Committee and grassroots organizations. We seek to inspire UUs to study our society’s economic and social systems and to become advocates for justice.
Class Action (classism.org)
Class Action inspires action to end classism and extreme inequality by providing change-makers with tools, training and inspiration to raise awareness and shift cultural beliefs about social class, build cross-class solidarity, and transform institutions and systems.
Through workshops, organizational consulting, printed and online resources, and public education, we:
- help individuals develop class awareness and a class lens,
- explore race and class intersections,
- address class barriers and class privilege,
- build bridges across the class divide, and
- help institutions become more equitable,
- promote economic justice.
Please sign up to get more information regarding the New Sanctuary Movement and how your congregation can be a part of it. There will also be a workshop on the New Sanctuary Movement at Walking the Walk, November 14-16. Click here to sign-up for more information on the New Sanctuary Movement and get involved as a UU or UU congregation.
While each congregation’s needs differ, we have 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. The main components of the program are:
- Discussion on how to help make your social justice program more spiritually grounded in Unitarian Universalist values.
- Assessment of the current status of your congregation’s social justice program, including key strengths within your current justice efforts, celebration of your congregation’s social justice history, and opportunities to be a social justice ally in your community.
- Examination of the various components of social justice work.
- Planning towards integrating social justice into the larger life of your congregation including worship, religious education, and adult programming.
- Identification of strategic opportunities based on the strengths of your congregation and opportunities within the communities you serve.
- Strategies for increasing the number of people involved in the social justice program.
Beatitudes for Justice Builders
(32K PDF) by the Rev. Lindi Ramsden.
There is no power greater than a community
discovering what it cares about. (6K PDF)
Ask "What's possible?" not "What's wrong?" Keep asking...
From "Turning Toward One Another" by Margaret J Wheatley
Who Carries Their Water? Excellent Sacramento Bee article on toxic pollution of water sources in the Tulare basin and Salinas Valley, 2012.Who Owns the Water? By Rev. Darcey Laine, 2007 Selected passages from the Rev. Thomas Starr King's Writings on God, Humans, and Nature, including "Living Water from Lake Tahoe" (116K PDF file) Water: Sacred and Profane by Mary Evelyn Tucker (Excerpt from a talk given at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, Nov. 7, 2001) (20K PDF file) A Guided Meditation on The Interdependent Web by the Rev. Craig H. Scott (52K PDF file) Gathering the Waters of Our Lives: A responsive reading for Homecoming Sunday by the Rev. Lindi Ramsden (41K PDF file) Waters of Summer a poem by the Rev. Dori Jeanine Somers from her book Pineapple Sage (7K PDF file)
Uncover the truth about marriage for gay and lesbian Americans. See the video of George Clooney, Martin Sheen and Jane Lynch perform a one-night-only benefit reading of “8,” the new play by Academy-award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J. Edgar) that chronicles the landmark federal trial of California’s Prop. 8 using the actual court transcripts and first-hand interviews.Marriage Equality Re-Engage Curriculum The Re-Engage curriculum provides congregations an indepth opportunity to strengthen their justice ministries. It offers training on having difficult conversations as well as tools for community assessment and media relations. UUA LGBTQ Welcome and Equality Resources National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Faith Resources
Curriculum All in God’s Family: Creating Allies for Our LGBT Families Building an Inclusive Church: A Welcoming Toolkit To Do Justice: A Study of Welcoming Congregations TransACTION: A Transgender Curriculum for Churches and Religious Institutions
My Mind Was Changed A New Way to Talk with Conflicted Christians about LGBT People in Church and Society
History of Marriage Letter to Senator Walsh of Massachusetts by Stephen Schloesser, S. J., Assistant History Professor, Boston College Hightlights Catholic social teaching and history in support of the freedom to marry.
Religion and Faith Human Rights Campaign
UULMCA Immigrant Justice Guiding Principles 2013
Immigrant Justice Webinar Slides January 2013
Immigrant Justice Webinar Slides November 2012
Immigrant Justice Webinar Slides "Ground Hog Day" February 2013
Congregational Based Community Organizing Suggested Reading California Interfaith Coalitions More ResourcesWelcome to the rapidly-developing collection of Justice Resources for UULMCA.
Legal Guidelines for Religious Involvement in the Political Process
Can candidates for election speak from your pulpit? Can your congregation take a position and/or organize around a ballot proposition that involves issues that are important to your community?
The following publications offer information to guide congregations as they seek to engage their congregations in the democratic process, advocate effectively for justice, while being sure to avoid being involved in party politics.
Participating in Ballot Measures as Congregations and Religious Non-Profits
Being Active and Staying Legal: Complying with the IRS and FPPC
Drafted by the Rev. Lindi Ramsden using references from the Alliance for Justice, the Fair Political Practices Commission publications and staff, and legal counsel; however, this outline is not exhaustive, and is no substitute for your own legal counsel.
Ballot Measure Rules for Congregations
The Real Rules: Congregations and IRS Guidelines on Advocacy, Lobbying, and Elections
From the Unitarian Universalist Association Washington Office
Politics and the Pulpit: A Guide to the Internal Revenue Code Restrictions on the Political Activity of Religious Organizations
From the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life