Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance

Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance

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Unleashing courageous leadership and collective power to realize a just and loving world.

Programs

MUUSJA's goal is to build the capacity for justice work by area Unitarian Universalists.

We help UU individuals, congregations, and institutions become better equipped to do powerful, sustainable, accountable, spiritually-rooted work. This creates impact both in the local context and in the broader public sphere.

 

Is your congregation struggling to integrate social justice work into the broader life of the congregation? Are your social justice leaders burned out? Does your social justice team want to build more effective organizing skills, or connect more deeply with other faith communities and justice organizations in your area? MUUSJA can help!

Too often, our congregations feel disconnected and ineffective in their social justice work. MUUSJA offers consulting services to Minnesota UU congregations looking to:

  • integrate justice work into their mission and practices
  • train leaders in best practices for congregational social justice organizing
  • articulate a deeper sense of how our UU principles and values call us to justice work
  • build dynamic, sustainable partnerships with community and interfaith organizations

MUUSJA staff is available for phone and in-person consultation, offered on a sliding scale fee basis depending on congregational needs and size. We will work with your congregation to plan a customized leadership retreat, congregational workshop, or ongoing consulting relationship.

Fees are based on congregational budget and membership size. Email Ashley Horan, MUUSJA Executive Director, for more details.

UU social justice leaders are invited to gather virtually to build relationships across congregations and interest areas, to connect into pressing social justice issues, and to help each other with leadership questions. Regular calls are convened by Pastor Danny Givens and often include guest movement leaders speaking about their work, faith, and struggle. Visit our calendar for upcoming events. Find details and recordings from previous calls here.

MUUSJA offers small group coaching and support for justice leaders in area UU congregations. If you are interested in joining these monthly calls, please contact our Statewide Organizer, Pastor Danny Givens.

In the small group ministry style, these online groups are a space for justice leaders to build relationships, find practices of renewal, connect to the sources of our UU faith, and process the justice work you are doing. A group meets once a month for four sessions. Because we encourage deep sharing and listening, participants in a group commit to attending the full series.

Each monthly session explores a different theme and how it relates to the work of social justice. Themes are drawn from the Soul Matters ministry program and adapted with permission for our use.  Between meetings, you will receive readings, reflections, and questions to ponder related to the month’s theme. Then at the meeting we will discuss, reflect, and learn together.

Groups will reform in the fall of 2018. Please complete this covenant group form to express your interest.

MUUSJA invites each area UU congregation to identify a MUUSJA Liaison. This strengthens congregational connections to MUUSJA and helps congregations better connect with one another.

MUUSJA Liaisons have regular direct contact with our Executive Director and staff. Liaisons will be asked to share information about MUUSJA and our work with the congregation through a variety of communication channels. The Liaison will also share information about their congregation’s social justice work with MUUSJA. We are particularly interested in hearing your success stories and events that are open to UUs across the state.

If you are interested in serving as a Liaison, please email Ashley Horan and indicate the congregation of which you are a member.

MUUSJA supports area congregations interested in making connections, building skills, and acting together for justice. If you are interested in organizing a cluster gathering at your congregation, please contact Statewide Organizer, Pastor Danny Givens.