Who We Are Today
The Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance is a network of Unitarian Universalist individuals, congregations, and communities across the state of Minnesota that seeks to bring our resources, skills, and values to serve as partners in broader movements for justice and collective liberation.
Our mission is to unleash courageous leadership and collective power to build a just and loving world.
MUUSJA’s work falls into two broad categories:
- CONVENING: We bring Unitarian Universalists together with each other and in partnership with faith-based and secular movements for justice working on a broad array of issues.
- CAPACITY BUILDING: We provide training, leadership development, skills-building, and thought partnership to Unitarian Universalists and our partners to equip individuals and communities to act in solidarity for justice. See our Programs for a sampling of our work in action.
We are UUs from across the state of Minnesota—diverse, spirited, and deeply committed and 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 develop the capacity of Minnesota Unitarian Universalist individuals and congregations to work effectively for systemic change and social justice. Because we do this work as Unitarian Universalists, we aspire to help Minnesota UUs 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.
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 this single issue inspired the 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.