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Defend the Human Rights of Migrants: Root Causes

Defend the Human Rights of Migrants: Root Causes

At a time of deepening crisis for immigrants and asylum seekers, the UU College of Social Justice has organized an immersion experience with Cristosal specifically for religious professionals and lay leaders. This journey will help you deepen your understanding of the...

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Critical Connections in the UU Universe

Critical Connections in the UU Universe

Did you know that there are twenty-two established UU State Action Networks (SANs) and more forming as we speak (find out if your state has a SAN here)? Did you know that there is a Coalition of Unitarian Universalist State Action Networks (CUUSAN) that acts as a...

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What is an immersion journey?

Journeys are:

  • a group of people traveling together to have a first-hand experience of both an injustice and the ways people affected are responding to the injustice.
  • a powerful learning experience: UUCSJ’s Study Guide offers a spiritually grounded framework for participants to work through questions of power and privilege before traveling.
  • designed to inspire and sustain action for social change. After this kind of boundary-crossing experience, we hope participants return home ready to take action!
Who can register?
  • Anyone interested in exploring the intersections of spirituality and social justice. You don’t have to be a Unitarian Universalist!
  • Open enrollment immersion journeys are open to high school aged youth, young adults (18-35), and adults of all ages
  • We also have journeys specifically for religious professionals.
What journeys can I go on as an individual?
  • Any journey listed as open enrollment on our calendar is designed for individuals rather than a congregational group.
  • We run open enrollment programs to the Arizona border, Houston, West Virginia, Nicaragua and New Orleans. We may also create other open enrollment programs in the future. Please view our calendar or contact us to learn more.
  • Individual participants are welcome to apply to join congregational journeys, but space is not guaranteed. Once we receive your application, we will ask the congregational leadership if they have space you.
Upcoming Open Enrollment Journeys

There are no upcoming programs scheduled at this time. Please come back later or inquire about setting your own program dates.

How much does it cost?

Prices for each participant will depend on the journey destination and duration. There is also generous financial aid available for each program based on need and given out on a first come first served basis. If you would like to be considered, please fill out the financial aid section on the appropriate registration form.


This trip reinforced how faith and community connection can sustain a person when faced with adversity and give one the strength to fight for justice.

Laura Wagner

Executive Director, UU Mass Action

For a brief moment in the fall of 2014 I had the eye-opening experience that was UUCSJ’s Border Witness program, in Arizona and Mexico. It wasn’t that immigration injustice had escaped my awareness until then, but rather that the enormity of the injustice was difficult to comprehend until I was at close range. That experience has stayed with me these two years since, during which the world has seen the most significant human migration in history.

Rev. Carolyn Patierno

Minister, All Souls New London

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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