Social change campaigns are organized through our Issue Working Groups. Groups form when committed UUs from three or more Minnesota UU congregations organize around an issue they are passionate about. Issue groups present proposals at MUUSJA's annual meeting for consideration as one of our campaigns for the program year.
MUUSJA's current Issue Working Groups are UU EcoMinds, UUs Out For Marriage, UU Voting Rights, and UU Reproductive Rights: Sacred Choices.
- UU EcoMinds—promotes lifestyles, policies and technologies that respect and sustain life. EcoMinds advocates for sustainable energy policies, a green economy, and a response to the urgency of climate change that lifts up the environmental justice impacts of solutions. EcoMinds encourages energy conservation and carbon consciousness at the congregational and household level. Coalition partners include Minnesotans for an Energy Efficient Economy and Congregations Caring for Creation. EcoMinds runs a listserv which you can join here. EcoMinds fabulous 6 poster series on climate change are available from this UU Ministry for Earth page!
- UUs Out for Marriage—grounded in our UU legacy of LGBT equalty in our denomination, UUO4M is organizing UUs across Minnesota to work for the full inclusion of LGBTQ persons in society, expressly towards a goal of civil marriage equality. Coalition partners are OutFront Minnesota and Faith, Family, Fairness Alliance. Contact Ralph Wyman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- UU Voting Rights—works to protect the right and access to voting for all citizens and to ensure that votes cast in each election are counted and reported accurately. Contact Jennifer Thomas at email@example.com or Carol Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- UU Reproductive Rights: Sacred Choices—works to protect the legal individual rights of people to make decisions about their reproductive lives. They put the issue of reproductive rights within a UU theological framework that empowers UUs to defend reproductive rights and protect religious freedom. Contact Cathy Apostle at email@example.com or Jody Beresford at firstname.lastname@example.org.