Our UUCM Social Justice Ministry’s work focuses on three main categories: climate, housing and racial justice. We recognize the intersectionality between racial, climate and housing inequities. As UU faith community we also support and value other important issues including LGBTQ+ rights and our Welcoming Congregation commitment, Universal Health Care for all, Guest at Your Table and the Side with Love campaign.
The Social Justice Ministry meets quarterly on Zoom. Mike Elliott serves as the facilitator for the Social Justice Ministry. Please reach out to him with any questions about getting involved at email@example.com.
The Social Justice Ministry is always looking for opportunities to connect our congregation with ways to volunteer and learn. We welcome your participation in our Social Justice Ministry.
The Social Justice Ministry shares upcoming community events the UUCM community may be interested in on our social justice calendar. Please view and subscribe to the calendar below!
The Climate Justice group is working to reduce our personal and collective environmental footprint, moving toward a more just and sustainable world. The Climate Justice group meets virtually on the first Wednesday of each month from 6:30–8:00 p.m.
The committee works to foster practical solutions we can all take in our life including ways to:
1. Conserve energy and reduce carbon emissions.
2. Address the causes of climate change and advocate for policy and structures that will ensure a livable future for all.
3. Bring balance and health to relationships with ourselves, each other and the natural world.
Jackie Smolen serves as the chair of our Climate Justice group. Please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on getting involved.
The Housing and Homelessness group is working toward a time when all people have a place to call home. We recognize the impact of racism in the growing housing crisis. We frequently work with other community organizations including Beacon Interfaith Collaborative and Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners (IOCP).
UUCM is dedicated to working to end homelessness and housing insecurity. Our volunteers meet with local lawmakers often and advocate for legislation to support more affordable housing in Minnesota.
The Housing Justice group meets virtually on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 6:30–8:00 p.m. Sue Fust serves as the chair of the Housing Justice Committee. Please reach out to her at email@example.com for more information on getting involved.
The Racial Justice group at UUCM works to raise awareness about racism and combat in its many forms. As Unitarian Universalists, we believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person and justice, equity and compassion in human relations. Our congregation also voted to approve the 8th Principal to covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.
At UUCM, we work to end racial discrimination and injustice, starting within ourselves and moving out into the world around us. We're dedicated to working with our community partners, including BLUU, the Legal Rights Center, the Minnetonka Coalition for Equitable Education and the Mapping Prejudice Project.
The Racial Justice group meets virtually on the second Thursday of each month from 4:30–5:00 p.m. Karen Zais serves as the chair of the Racial Justice Committee. Please reach out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on getting involved.
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