The UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) was launched in June 2012 as a joint collaboration of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Its mission is to help Unitarian Universalists deepen and sustain the work of justice in their congregations and communities. One way to accomplish this is through experiential learning: programs that help people cross boundaries, gain insight, and imagine new ways to bring their faith together with their yearning to make a difference in the world. The college offers experiential learning journeys and social justice training grounded in the UU faith’s historic commitment to human rights. UUCSJ programs offer participants intensive engagement with justice work along with the tools they need to bring the experience home again.
Each UUCSJ program utilizes a study guide designed to help participants better understand the dynamics of race, class, power, and privilege both in their own lives and in the lives of the partners they will visit. This framework includes an exploration of the ways the UU faith has historically engaged with human rights struggles, and it incorporates contemplative practices of meditation, prayer, and worship to deepen and sustain the work of social justice. Each program also explores the history, context, and current struggles of the people and area being visited.
UUCSJ has programs specifically designed for high school youth, young adults (college age through early 30s), and ministers and seminarians, as well as experiential learning journeys open to the general population. The college warmly welcomes participants from other faith traditions as well as those who are unaffiliated.
For more information about UUCSJ, please visit the FAQ page.
About the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)
Founded in 1940, UUSC is a nonsectarian organization that works to advance human rights and social justice around the world. By partnering with grassroots organizations, mobilizing members and supporters, and advocating for changes in public policy, UUSC helps people claim their rights — from the right to organize as workers to the right to safety and relief in the wake of disaster.
About the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)
The UUA is a religious association of congregations established in 1961 via the consolidation of the Universalist Church of America (organized in 1793) and the American Unitarian Association (organized in 1825). With the membership of more than 1,000 independently governed congregations in the United States, Canada, and overseas, the UUA helps UU congregations thrive and promotes the values of Unitarian Universalism.