Our congregations are ideally suited to address important social justice issues that arise in their communities, and within their congregations. Yet often, congregations aren’t sure where to begin, how to move forward, how to ground their social justice work in our theology, and how to include younger people in that work. In the winter and spring of 2018, MidAmerica Region is working in collaboration with the Minnesota UU Social Justice Network to provide webinars to help congregations move forward in their social justice work. You will find the archived webinars here:
Justice Webinar Video Series
With Rev. Ashley Horan & Pastor Danny Givens
What do we do when the Green Sanctuary team and the Racial Justice Task Force and the Housing Advocacy Group and the Immigration Ministry all seem to be in competition with one another for members, resources, and visibility? Without an intersectional analysis—seeing how all systems of oppression are interlinked—we can get caught in patterns of “siloed” social justice work in our congregations that can make us less effective, or even cause harm. In this two-part webinar, we will explore a framework for deeply integrated, system-wide social justice work in the congregation, and think about how to move from single-issue teams toward a more holistic way of living out our commitments to justice.
In Part I of this webinar, we will present a praxis-based model for assessing our congregations’ current social justice work, how well integrated it is within all areas of congregational life, and what best practices for deeply-rooted, system wide justice commitments might look like. Participants will be introduced to the model, and encouraged to “audit” their congregations following the webinar.
Like most of us, the UU Church of Bloomington (IN) was looking for a new way to hold an inspirational canvass. So they tried something new they learned from First Universalist Church of Minneapolis (MN), a ONE DAY canvass that was a day-long party and celebration with multiple activities and events involved. Learn how they planed for and managed this event, what challenges they faced, how members responded, and what happened when the dust settled and all the pennies were counted.
Speakers: Rev. Mary Ann Macklin, Rev. Scott McNeill, Rev. Sharon Dittmar
Here is the Power Point slide presentation: default PLEDGE DAY UUCB (7.88 MB>)>
Here is the slide presentation in video format: https://youtu.be/pPED5nDFD4Q