Nicaragua: Spirit and Solidarity

The UU College of Social Justice has developed several different interfaith immersion experiences in Nicaragua to help explore avenues for solidarity with the Nicaraguan people. They focus on fair trade (in partnership with Equal Exchange), climate change, and human rights, with a special emphasis on women’s rights groups and community-based projects.
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BorderLinks: Immigration Justice

Human rights are at stake on the U.S.-Mexico border, and a BorderLinks trip is your chance to delve into various on-the-ground aspects of immigration. Through education, partner meetings, service opportunities, and theological reflection, you will explore immigration through a program designed by BorderLinks. Return home informed and inspired to be a leader for immigration justice.
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Haiti: Beyond Just Recovery

On this weeklong trip, participants will learn firsthand about the impacts of climate change on the global south, the environmental damage caused by decades of colonial exploitation, and the leadership of rural peasant movements in advancing climate justice and global sustainability.  We will work with members of the Papaye Peasant Movement (MPP) on “agroecology” projects such as building tire gardens, making natural insecticides, and helping in the seed nursery.
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Congregational and Youth Group Journeys

Congregational: When a group travels together from a single congregation, members have the benefit of returning home with others who have all shared in the same powerful experience. The process deepens learning, spiritual reflection, and solidarity with our partners. And the collective experience also makes it easier to share the rewards of the journey with the rest of the congregation.
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Youth-Group: Building on our experience of running congregational journeys for adults, these programs are designed to be a powerful opportunity for youth groups to engage in experiential learning and service, while also growing a stronger foundation for the group.
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Programs for Religious Leaders

Clergy and Directors of Religious Education hold unique positions of leadership throughout denominational life. Whether in parish or community settings, our religious leaders are acutely aware of the changing landscape of religious life, and the resulting need for our own continued growth as community leaders. Our diverse ministries all benefit when we strengthen ourselves in multicultural competence, and find new ways to challenge structural injustice through our religious values and the insight gained in spiritual practices.

Accordingly, the College of Social Justice has developed several programs for religious leaders, both in groups and as individuals.