Extended Learning Opportunities

With a goal of building capacity to organize effectively for change, MUUSJA offers a variety of extended educational opportunities for congregations, social justice teams, or individual Unitarian Universalists from across Minnesota.

2023-24 Courses

Trans Inclusion in Congregations

Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8pm

October 11 – November 15

Is your congregation ready to take your welcome to the next level? Developed by Rev. Mykal Slack and Zr. Alex Kapitan, this course is for individuals, groups, and congregational teams who want to take their knowledge and skills to the next level in terms of trans identity and how to create congregations that are fully inclusive and affirming of the full breadth of gender diversity. Over six sessions you will deeply explore the intersection of trans identity, spirituality, and faith community, and gain the grounding, context, and skills to transform yourself and your congregation. Congregational teams are encouraged. Limit of 3 people per congregation. Facilitated by Katie Kline and Seth Anderson-Matz. Click here to register.

Seth Anderson-Matz is an interfaith & non-denominational faith leader, and a seminarian in the M.Div. in Religion & Theology program at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. Seth is currently serving as Interim Minister of First Presbyterian Church of Mankato, and previously served as Program Coordinator of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries at First Universalist Church of Minneapolis. He is also a member of the 2022-23 National Trans Seminarian Leadership Cohort.

The Shared Pulpit

Thursdays, 6 – 8pm

Jan 11, 25; Feb 8, 22; Mar 7, 21, Apr 4, 18

Working to develop your lay leadership skills? In this 8-session, biweekly class you’ll learn how to transform your personal justice work into a well-crafted sermon to share with your congregation – or take it on the road with other congregations or communities! Class size is limited. Facilitated by Rev. Leslie Mills. Click here to register.

Proposed Article II

Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8pm

April 23 – May 14

Article II of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Bylaws, Principles and Purposes is the foundation for all the work of the UUA and its member congregations and covenanted communities. This four session course from UU Wellspring provides a deep dive into revisions of Article II as proposed by the UUA. Updated to include the amendments passed at the 2023 General Assembly, this program engages you in the Purposes, Values and Covenant, Inspiration, Inclusion and Freedom of Belief of the proposed Article II which will be voted on at General Assembly 2024. Click here to register.