Dear Friend,
Welcome to the Create Climate Justice Newsletter and network. There are 12 UU climate-related organizations thinking together and sharing through this newsletter (see full list at the end of this note). We are building movement! Our hope is that this newsletter will help build a UU climate justice movement that supports a more powerful, spirited UU response to the climate emergency and climate change injustice we face.

Our intention is to consistently offer information, resources and opportunities for action to (1) strengthen Unitarian Universalist communications and mutual support networks for Climate Justice (2) Mobilize UUs in solidarity with Indigenous and front-line communities, and (3) Support the Just Transition to an ecological civilization through partnerships, advocacy and grassroots action.
In this issue you will find:
  • An Update from Aly Tharp, Program Director of UU Ministry for Earth
  • Just Transition Initiatives
    • UU Conference on Climate Justice & the Green New Deal, Sept. 15-17 in Washington, DC
    • Local Climate Commitments & Extinction Rebellion
  • Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples
    • Information about the KXL Pipeline court struggle - Indigenous Environmental Network
  • Building the UU Climate Justice Network
  • Movement Building - Important Dates
  • Climate Justice at General Assembly - Events & AIW on the Green New Deal
  • Meet the members of the UU Create Climate Justice Network

Faithfully, for All Earth,


Karen Brammer

UUA Senior Associate for Climate Justice
From UU Ministry for Earth (UUMFE)
… action is the antidote to despair
- Aly Tharp,  UU Ministry for Earth

Dear Friend,

I am currently winding my way through Oregon and Washington on a movement building tour for the UU Ministry for Earth with Levi Draheim, his mom Leigh-Ann Draheim, and "valve-turner" UUMFE Board member Leonard Higgins. We are giving talks at seven UU churches in the time between the June 4th Juliana v US court hearing in Portland and the UUA General Assembly in Spokane, Washington. Read more.

In faith,
Aly Tharp, UU Ministry for Earth


UUs are working in a myriad of ways to create a Just Transition through community organizing and advocacy for implementing bold, just climate policies at all levels. Here are some highlights for this Create Climate Justice priority area:
UU Conference on Climate Justice & the Green New Deal, Sept. 15-17 in Washington, DC. UUs for a Just Economic Community invite you to a strategy conference and lobbying day on the Green New Deal. Come to this UU convergence about advocacy and action to create a just transition to an ecological civilization. We will hear from front line partners such as the Sunrise Movement, activists from Extinction Rebellion, and others.
Sponsored by UUs for Just Economic Community, UUs for Social Justice, UU Ministry for Earth, UU Service Committee, UUA & All Souls Church Unitarian. Scholarships available. Purchase tickets.
Announcing the Strengthen Local Climate Commitments (SLCC) Campaign! SLCC provides resources, peer support and visibility for encouraging local
elected leaders to aspire higher and accelerate the climate commitments they have already made. UUs and neighbors reach out together so that humanity will realize a Just Transition to an ecological civilization and stay below 1.5°C; the global warming threshold. Join the info call on June 12th at 8 PM EST. Going to General Assembly? Learn more about the SLCC campaign at a UUMFE Table Talk --- Saturday 6/22, 12:45-1:15 pm. Meet in the exhibit hall at the UUMFE booth (#324)
Extinction Rebellion (XR) has come to the US! UUA Congregational Advocacy & Witness Director Susan Leslie is in touch with XR national and recently attended the start up of Extinction Rebellion in the Upper Valley area of Southern Vermont and NH. UU clergy and lay leaders from 5 towns were at the gathering and XRUV (Extinction Rebellion Upper Valley) was born. XR is dedicated to building mass direct action and civil disobedience to confront the climate emergency. For more info or to share your participation in XR contact Susan at
Indigenous Solidarity
UUs are working in a myriad of ways to support Indigenous water protectors and frontline campaigns for climate justice. Here are some highlights for this Create Climate Justice priority area:

KXL PIPELINE 9th Court of Appeals Throws Out Case Blocking Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline, Citing New Permit Issued by President Trump Members of the Oceti Sakowin (Sioux Nations) file second lawsuit

Incarcerated Water Protectors Support – Having been welcomed as relatives by Indigenous Water Protectors in the NoDAPL movement at Standing Rock, Unitarian Universalists passed a significant Action of Immediate Witness (AIW) at the 2018 General Assembly. The AIW pledges ongoing, tangible solidarity with Indigenous Water Protectors who have faced federal imprisonment, as well as their loved ones. In collaboration with the NoDAPL Political Prisoners Support Committee UUs are co-creating an infrastructure of support that includes prayer, letter writing, event hosting, fundraising, home stays for visiting loved ones, and amplifying the voices of political prisoners and their families. Contact Rev. Karen Van Fossan to support.

The Unist'ot'en Clan are calling for an international day of solidarity action on June 15th -- info and resources here.

Inter National Initiative for Transformative Collaboration GRASS ROOTS GATHERING, August 22 - 25 Rapid City, SD . "Join us for an intercultural, interfaith sharing of experience for the profound social, cultural, economic, legal and environmental issues reflecting the impacts to the health and well being to our collective Nations and our Planet."

If you are not able to attend, you can support Indigenous leaders, youth, and others to make this gathering truly and deeply intercultural. Donate (and get a one-of-a-kind T Shirt!!).  For more information:
The Tokitae Totem Pole is returning home to the Lummi Nation and the Pacific Northwest.
Even though the Miami Sequarium will not release her to come home, the Tokitae Totem Pole will return, carrying her Spirit with it. The Totem Pole is not just about releasing Tokitae back to her waters of origin, but about the critical situation faced by our Southern Resident Orcas and the Salish Sea, the place they call home.
The Tokitae Totem Pole, on its trip home, will be stopping in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Tacoma, Seattle and Bellingham. Please attend and gather together to welcome the Tokitae Totem Pole home and show your support not just for Tokitae, but for the health and welfare for her Southern Resident families and the Salish Sea they call home. See the Tokitae Totem Pole Homecoming Journey Schedule.
Building the UU Climate Justice Network
The Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth is the primary fiscal sponsor of the Create Climate Justice initiative — deeply engaged in ongoing partnership with the Unitarian Universalist Association and UU organizations across the denomination to strengthen and grow UU Climate Justice ministries to the scale required in response to the existential crises of climate change.

"Catalyze the Movement" is a Faithify fundraising campaign that will support baseline operating expenses of UUMFE and the Create Climate Justice initiative (namely payroll for dedicated staff time) and scholarships for young UUs and UUs of the global majority to attend important retreats and convergences over the next 3 months. Support this important work now.

The Create Climate Justice initiative is moving from having a monthly "UU Climate Action Roundtable" call towards having alternating state/province, regional, and denomination-wide UU climate justice conference calls in a quarterly cycle. The first round of state-level calls will be this coming August, the first regional calls will be this September, and the first denomination-wide call will be this October.

Do you have basic facilitation skills and would you be willing to lead a conference call for UU climate activists across your state? Please volunteer! Facilitation guides and outreach support will be provided in July.

The UU Young Adults for Climate Justice Network is curating a zine exploring the threads between theologies of place and climate justice, and we want YOUR art! Art is a powerful tool for change, and we will use this zine to mobilize our communities and connect our movements. Intergenerational submissions are welcome as long as young adults are involved, and submissions can be anything that can be rendered in a 2D format - words, visuals, photos, etc.

Check out the FAQ here, and find resources to get inspired here.
Please fill out this interest form to stay in the loop!
Questions? Contact Amelia Diehl at - make an account for you and your organization/congregation, learn and start sharing information. Become part of a prophetic, faith-based UU movement for climate justice.
Movement Building
The following are opportunities to come together online or in person to strengthen and galvanize the UU Create Climate Justice movement:

General Assembly 2019 Connections
  • Decolonizing Unitarian Universalism in our Congregations and Association #234 (hosted by Green Sanctuary) Thursday 1:30 PM   DoubleTree Grand Ballroom I-III
  • Indigenous Experience and Unitarian Universalism #254 (hosted by Green Sanctuary) Thursday 3:00 PM  DoubleTree Grand Ballroom I-III
  • Truth and Reconciliation-Healing the Past and Looking Forward #263 Thursday 4:30 PM  Convention Center Conference Theater (hosted by Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship Native American Connections Committee)
  • Who Are We? The 2020 Challenge #417 Saturday 1:30 PM   DoubleTree Grand Ballroom I-III (The 2020 Taskforce)
  • The Power of We: Succeeding Through Partnerships #425 Saturday 1:30 PM  DoubleTree Grand Ballroom IV (hosted by UUSC)

UU Ministry for Earth will be involved in numerous workshops and many exciting side-events, including:
  • Thursday 6/20 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM --- a fantastically music- and art-filled worship service, "Community Arts & Embodied Prayer for Ecological Justice" in the Davenport Grand Meeting Room 10
  • Thursday 6/20 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM (UUMFE and UUA Organizing Strategy Team)- Mobilizing for Climate and Environmental Justice
  • Thursday 6/20 from 5:30 PM to 6:50 PM --- a Procession of Species and 30th Anniversary Celebration Dinner at Spokane Riverfront Park (RSVP HERE); meet on the lawn of the convention center immediately after the last workshop
  • Friday 6/21 from 12 Noon to 1:30 PM Organize and Create Climate Justice Poster Session (UUMFE and UUA Organizing Strategy Team) #304 Convention Center Exhibit Hall A
  • Saturday 6/22 at 5:30 PM --- Dinner outing for UUs of color interested in climate & ecological justice; meet Rev. Sara Green at UUMFE booth #324
  • Saturday 6/22 at 9 PM --- Sneak preview documentary screening of Necessity:Oil, Water, & Climate Resistance at the Magic Lantern theater (RSVP here)

GA 2019 Help get an Action of Immediate Witness passed: "Build the Movement for the Green New Deal".
UU Create Climate Justice Network
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