Faith Based Justice

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Message from UUCSJ Director

It is a joy and a gift to join the College of Social Justice (CSJ) team as Director of Justice Education for the UUSC! I want to honor the commitment of the CSJ beloveds who have tended to the web of relationships - inspiring, equipping, and sustaining spiritually...

UUCSJ COVID-19 Response

Dear UUCSJ Community, As news of the  COVID-19 virus unfolds, we at the College of Social Justice are assessing next steps. While we are all in a state of uncertainty, we are acting with caution for the well-being of our...

Many religious liberals are comfortable bringing justice issues into our practice of faith, as when a sermon or worship service focuses on a problem of social inequality. If asked, we often say that our religious values inspire our activism or actions in the public sphere. Yet we are often reluctant to make this connection publically by framing our justice convictions in the language of our faith.

Spiritual practices inspire and sustain many of us in commitments to social justice, and when we draw on our moral and religious grounding, the language we use to speak our justice convictions can be much more powerful. The resources on this page may be of use to you or your community in thinking about and practicing how to become more fluent in linking spirituality and social justice.

  • Reclaiming Prophetic Witness by Paul Rasor was selected for the 2014-15 UUA Common Read.  A study guide is available for you to explore these ideas more fully with a community circle or with your congregation.
  • Talk the Walk: Speaking Justice in the Language of our Faith. Offered at the UUA General Assembly in June 2015, this video explores how we can bring our justice commitments into deeper conversation with our spiritual lives, and learn to speak our convictions in the language of our faith. Rev. Kathleen McTigue and Rev. Lindi Ramsden.


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Heather Vickery is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with UU congregations, State Action Networks, past UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) program participants, and regional staff in order to expand engagement in UUSC and UUCSJ’s work. As the Coordinator for Congregational Activism, she manages the workshop offerings and group visits to the UUSC/UUCSJ office and assists with communications for the Activism and Justice Education Team. Heather is an active member of the Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network and a dedicated dog-mom to her rescue puppy Nova.

Heather may be contacted at and 617-301-4303