Social Justice Ministries Council
The Social Justice Ministries Council (SJMC) is a committee designed to address the social justice issues that concern our congregants and to help foster a “culture of social justice” in our church community. The council will comprise of representatives from our justice ministries, individual congregants, our minister, and a board liaison.
The Council will:
- Amplify the work of our existing justice ministries in our congregation;
- Address the relationship between social justice and the tenets of our UU faith;
- Create space in our congregation to address social justice issues as a community (this could be through sermons, coffee hour discussions, workshops, evening meetings, etc.);
- Help the congregation connect their social justice work with activist organizations outside the church and the social justice work of the UUA;
- Help support social justice work in the broader community (the support could be through donations, volunteering, etc.).
This Fall: Anti-Racism Workshop Series
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2017/18 UU Common Read
A Common Read invites participants to read and discuss the same book in a given period of time. A Common Read can build community in our congregations and our movement by giving diverse people a shared experience, shared language, and a basis for deep, meaningful conversations.
The challenges, the call, and the opportunity of this moment in Unitarian Universalism and in the broader US American society are compelling. Unitarian Universalists must be prepared and willing to look inward, examining, exploring, and acting to dismantle white supremacy culture in our association, in our congregations and groups, and in ourselves. At the same time, we must be prepared and willing to look outward and act to lift up Unitarian Universalist values in the political and civic challenges of our time. After much deliberation, the Common Read Selection Committee has chosen two books for this year’s Common Read:
- Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry, edited by Mitra Rahnema (Skinner House, 2017), centers the stories, analysis, and insights of a number of Unitarian Universalist religious leaders of color as they explore how racial identity is made both visible and invisible in Unitarian Universalist communities.
- Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want, by Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen, (Beacon Press, September 2017) lifts up the importance of democracy itself. It examines the anti-democracy movement that led to the Trump presidency, then offers a vision and call to action to save the democracy we thought we had and to take our civic life to a place it has never been.