Covenanting Communities

In 2023, we will be asking our California UU congregations and communities to formalize your community’s connection with UUJMCA by becoming a UUJMCA Covenanting Community.

Building the world we dream about requires ongoing relationships and collaboration at the local and statewide levels. 

Our Goals

Increase support of Congregational and Community justice initiatives and programming
Develop programming rooted in congregational needs and support
Provide multi-platform educational opportunities
Remove or minimize financial barriers to UUJMCA programming
Create more opportunities for individuals and congregations  to engage with UUJMCA

Our Program

Our Covenanting Congregations program invites our California UU communities and congregations into an intentional relationship to strengthen our ministries of social transformation. By strengthening our connections to each other, our partners, and our collective imagination for California.

We can not only succeed in creating justice – we can celebrate and enjoy it.

Some of the benefits of becoming a Covenanting Community are:

  • Support of YOUR community justice initiatives
  • Youth (Middle and High School) programming
  • FREE Leadership Education
    • On-Demand Learning Lab
    • Community and Individual Virtual and In-person Education
    • Experiential Learning Opportunities
  • Community Justice Discernment Programs
  • Sunday Guest Speakers
  • And more … 

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,
  2. encouraging members of your congregation to participate in justice efforts in your local communities as well as UUJMCA events, workshops, and activities,
  3. making a financial pledge or contribution to UUJMCA.

We know that our California UU congregations and communities do not all have the same justice needs or priorities, therefore over the next few months you will be hearing from us in a variety of ways as we solicit your feedback and ask for your input.  Together we can create a more equitable California for all.

Our Plan

Stage 1 – Inquiring: During the balance of 20221 and in the 1st Quarter of 2023. We will be reaching out to our UU Communities to ask for your feedback, input, and assist us in understanding your justice programs, needs, and commitments. This will be done through collective meetings with ministers and staff, congregational leadership, and other justice advocates.

Stage 2 – Covenanting: In the 2nd Quarter of 2023, we will begin the covenanting process. During this time we will be asking congregations and communities to pledge a commitment to support UUJMCA AND UUJMCA will be making a commitment to support your local congregation and community efforts.

Stage 3 – Actualizing: In the 3rd Quarter of 20232, we will host youth programming and other educational opportunities for individuals and congregations. Additionally, our Turning the Tides Justice Summit will be returning in the Summer of 2023 in a weekend virtual format. So that we can hear from more voices from all of California without any significant financial burden, we will be providing all of our programming virtually and when feasible in-person.

Stage 4 – Growing: In the 4th Quarter of 2023, we will be unveiling our newly reimagined community programming that will include an online learning platform so you can engage at your own pace, community workshops, and visits to your congregations by UUJMCA leadership to further explore how UUJMCA can support your community’s justice efforts.

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