The first UU multi-congregational organizing effort in our state began in 2000 with the UU Affordable Housing Partnership, an effort that brought together UUs from the metro area who shared a concern about the affordable housing crisis. UUAHP's success with a single issue - affordable housing - inspired formation of the Metro UU Social Justice Alliance, a multi-issue UU social justice organization, in 2001. UUAHP became a working group of MUUSJA in 2002. In 2006, successful state-wide UU organizing on the issue of same-sex marriage equality inspired the name-change to MINNESOTA UU Social Justice Alliance. It is our goal to work with UUs from all over the state who want to organize for social change.
As UUs we affirm and promote seven principles, including the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice, equity and compassion in human relations; the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all; and respect for the interdependent web of all existence. These principles and our living tradition of shared ministry call us - as individuals, UU congregations, and as the Minnesota UU Social Justice Alliance - to promote justice, sustainability, and peace in the world, in our work, and in our personal lives.
We follow in the foot steps of dedicated and visionary UUs like Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Pete Seeger, Margaret Sanger and others.
Our Vision For Justice in Minnesota
We are UUs from across the state of Minnesota - diverse, spirited, and deeply committed - firmly grounded in our UU principles of world peace, justice, and sustainability; we work together on focused programs of education, witness, and systemic change to create a world that works for everyone.
A key MUUSJA goal is to wage campaigns that achieve winnable systemic social change. Because we do this work as Unitarian Universalists, we aspire to develop and deepen our religious voice and to bring this voice to the public square.
Because we aim to make a difference, we work to build a lasting social justice organization and to prepare UUs to use an action, reflection, collaboration approach to social change—action to combat root causes of injustice; reflection to evaluate our progress and ground our work spiritually; and collaboration with faith based and secular social change organizations (including communities deeply affected by our target issues) to maximize our power and impact. Our collaborative work includes developing a social change infrastructure that shifts the political climate toward a social agenda that serves the common good.
We do our issue work through Issue Working Groups. Our current issue working groups are: UU EcoMinds (environmental sustainability), UUs Out For Marriage (same-sex marriage equality), UU Reproductive Rights/Sacred Choices Working Group (a partnership with AUW), and UU Voting Rights Working Group.