MUUSJA builds capacity for justice work:
We help Unitarian Universalists do powerful, sustainable, accountable, spiritually rooted work.
We equip you to be …
skilled, accountable, faithful partners with broad movements working for justice and collective liberation.
We strive to work in …
solidarity with communities both locally and in the broader public sphere who are seeking to bend the arc of the universe toward justice.
We are rooted in …
Unitarian Universalist understanding of the inherent worth and dignity of all humans, and our radical interdependence with all of creation.
Our work entails two intersecting spheres:
bringing people together within, across and beyond congregations
MUUSJA exists because together UU’s are smarter, louder, and stronger. Creating justice for the earth and its peoples requires self-exploration, relationship- building, perseverance, resources, knowledge, and skills. It can feel lonely, overwhelming, exhausting, sometimes even hopeless. From Bemidji to Winona, from fellowships of 10 to churches of 1000+, MUUSJA reminds us we are stronger together and we are not alone.
honing skills and spiritual grounding for effective justice-making
MUUSJA supports UU’s and community partners who engage with many different issues as faith calls us to local, regional, and national action. LGBTQ+ PRIDE, anti-racism and climate justice, tenant’s rights and immigration witness, fighting hunger and homelessness, are active concerns. MUUSJA shares resources and strategies for effective advocacy, authentic partnerships, sustaining resilience and claiming the power within each of us.
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.
We are proud of our collective work for justice! Read our recent and archived Annual Reports to get an overview of the ways UUs are working in Minnesota for a more just, equitable and sustainable state and world.