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Just Acts: 7 Resolutions for Revolution in 2018--A Revolution of Values! + Support for UU Congregational Social Justice Ministries
Hi Everyone,

Thank you for the many enthusiastic responses about the campaigns we lifted up in Just Acts last week that UUs from across the country are working on, AND to the several of you who let us know that our Social Justice Ministries Short Survey link wasn’t working when we first sent this out. It is fixed now. Please fill out this short survey so that we can more effectively build our collective justice ministries. We want to know what’s happening in your congregation--what’s going well and where you need help. Please answer our short survey (just 10 questions—either multiple choice or short answers) by Feb. 1st here and we will share results back with you and provide needed resources for strengthening our justice ministries together.

And speaking of effective congregational social justice ministries, Love Resists is hosting a webinar on January 30th, before the State of the Union. What better way to spend time together that day than to explore how we can more faithfully and effectively resist the assaults coming down on immigrants and other marginalized communities through congregational organizing. Join our Love Resists Webinar on Effective Congregational Organizing on Tuesday, January 30th, 7 pm ET (4 pm PT).

Lastly, we want to let you know about UU Funding Program Actions of Public Witness Matching Grants of up to $1,500 and available on a rolling basis, with an EZ application form and a 3 week turn around time. Use them for your Love Resists actions!

To turn a phrase, “Don’t just mourn and be outraged, let’s put our faith into action and organize!”

Love, Susan

January 11, 2018

Dear ,


We’re looking forward to what we can do together this year to build more powerful, intersectional, and transformative movements that can bend the arc toward justice in our communities, our country, and our world. Each of our congregations has its own unique gifts, challenges, settings, partners, and priorities. At the same time, we share, or strive to create, a common vision through our Unitarian Universalist faith of the kind of world we want to bring into being, the communities we need to nurture in the present, and the practices we seek to let go of as we welcome in the new year.

Here are seven resolutions – courses of action – for a revolution of values that UUs are working together on to bring our light, love, and support to the new movements emerging in our midst that are challenging old systems based on domination and exploitation and creating new collaborations for justice.

1) Love Resists

UUA-UUSC campaign to resist criminalization of people of color, migrant, Muslim, LGBTQ and other targeted communities. Together with key front line partners we are learning how to protect, support, and accompany those
communities targeted by the current administration and the systemic oppression it upholds.
If you haven’t already joined, sign up here! You’ll receive invitations to join calls and webinars to support your work and find resources for starting a Love Resists Team in your congregation with people already working for justice and those who want to get more involved.
  • This month Love Resists is focusing on defending migrants with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or ‘Dreamers’) while we fight for all undocumented people’s right to remain. Please join us and take action with Congress calling for passage of a clean Dream Act now.
  • Join our Love Resists Webinar on Effective Congregational Organizing  on Tuesday, January 30th, 7 pm ET (4 pm PT)
2) Side with Love

The UUA’s rebranded campaign to provide spiritual fortification, political education, and organizing skills for how faith communities can resource, support and engage with today's leading movements. See the Fortification Series 2 here and get ready for this year’s inspiring 30 Days of Love, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day through Valentine’s Day.
3) The Promise and Practice of Our Faith for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism

A commitment to dismantle white supremacy in our faith and beyond and to connect our finances with our theological values as we enter a new chapter within our faith. Many congregations are holding services on February 4th to engage on this theme. This year’s UUA Common Read on Centering featuring Unitarian Universalist religious professionals of color explorations of how racial identity is made both visible and invisible in Unitarian Universalist communities will help educate and inspire your congregation.

4) The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival

Co-Chaired By Rev. William Barber, II, and Rev. Liz Theoharis of the Kairos Center, the UUA has signed on and many UU congregations and UU State Action Networks are already participating.

Get ready for a season of civil disobedience this spring from Mother’s Day through the Summer Solstice with six weeks of direct action “to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality” and build powerful statewide coalitions for a national movement. Organizing and training sessions will be happening soon, so sign up now here.
5) Promise to Protect is organizing people to commit to travel to the Keystone XL pipeline route to engage in peaceful and creative resistance when the call is put out by frontline communities to come stop it this year. The UUA, the UU Ministry for Earth, and UU environmental justice groups are joining native and non-native communities in the promise to protect the land, water, and climate. Sign up to commit and receive action updates.
6) Defend & Expand Democracy

Connect with a partner group and make voter registration, fighting voter suppression, supporting justice-oriented ballot initiatives, and Get Out the Vote (GOTV) part of your justice ministries. The UU Funding Program has $500 rolling grants that can be used to fund your efforts, available starting March 15th through to the November elections. Host a meal and event and pay a partner group to train and deploy your volunteers. Many groups have map routes and software to identify historically disenfranchised communities. If each of our congregations got people out just 2 times between now and registration deadlines and recruited volunteers for GOTV for the mid-term elections we would have a real impact. A great resource is this year’s UUA Common Read on Daring Democracy.

7) Share & Learn About Excellent UU Social Justice Ministries

Nominate a congregation (it could be your own) for the UUA Social Justice Bennett Award. On-line applications are due March 15th. The award includes a $500 cash prize. Read about the award, the 2017 winner Foothills Unitarian Church of Ft. Collins, CO, and other inspiring past recipients here.

  • Let us know what’s happening in your congregation--what’s going well and where you need help. Please answer our short survey (just 10 questions—either multiple choice or short answers) by Feb. 1st here and we will share results back with you and provide needed resources for strengthening our justice ministries together.
  • Participate in the Congregational Social Witness Process. Vote in the Congregational Poll by Feb. 1st to put 1 or both (or neither) of the Congregational Study Action Issues (CSAIs) submitted this year on the 2018 General Assembly Agenda. Comments on the Current CSAI on The Corruption of Our Democracy are due March 1st. For text of the proposed CSAIs and more info, visit www.uua.org/socialwitness.
A Note to Our Readers: In the spirit of intersectional organizing, we have combined our Just Acts, Immigrant Justice News, Voting Rights News, and other lists all into this one Just Acts newsletter. That way we can re-inforce our own practice of intersectional organizing—centering racial justice and work to dismantle white supremacy in our inter-related justice ministries. We are also publishing less frequently as we work closely with Love Resists & Side with Love and want you to subscribe to those lists while not overwhelming your in-boxes.

Here’s wishing you a wonderful MLK Weekend and a tremendously powerful year. The 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s death and of the launch of the original Poor People’s Campaign provides inspiration and challenge for us in 2018. As Dr. King said,

“We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a “thing-oriented” society to a “person-oriented” society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered…A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth with righteous indignation…I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values.”—Revolution of Values (1967)
Many blessings to all of you in this new year.

In faith & solidarity,

Susan Leslie

Susan Leslie
UUA Congregational Advocacy and Witness Director
Multicultural Growth & Witness Staff Team

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