Journeys For Individuals
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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...
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...
What is an immersion journey?
- 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
Fri28Sep2018Sun30Sep2018Twin Cities, MN
Sun28Oct20182:00 pmTheodore Parker Unitarian Universalist Church 1859 Centre Street, West Roxbury, MA
Learn more and register for "Immigration Justice: Prophetic Witness in Dangerous Times"
Sat10Nov201810:45 amUU Church of the South Hills in Mt. Lebanon
Sat26Jan20199:15AM-3PMFirst Parish in Hingham, The Old Ship Church, Hingham, MA
Join First Parish Hingham, The UU College of Social Justice and UU Mass Action to learn how to better advocate for the world we wish to see!
Fri31May20197:00PM-8:30PMWinchester Unitarian Society, Winchester MA
Join the Winchester Unitarian Society and the UU College of Social Justice to get practical guidance and direct practice on how to frame our justice commitments in the language of our faith.
Open to Religious Professionals and Lay Leaders - Learn More
Registration for this journey is now closed.
Wed22Jul20207:00-8:15 PM ESTTBD - online
We are all having an experience of living through massive social changes. Whether you are taking to the streets, working inwardly, or working within institutions to confront the behaviors, ideas, and structures that uphold systems of oppression, taking time for reflection is vital to our long term commitment. Regularly reconstructing our narrative about our goals and theories of change, especially when done within a community of support, can make the difference between long term engagement versus quick burn out.
Join UUCSJ program leader Claudia Espinel and UUCSJ staff member Gina Collignon for this 75 minute workshop to develop tools that will help you reflect on your experience with direct actions, understand your physical and emotional reactions, and increase awareness and flexibility towards your worldview.
Learn more about our online programming here.
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.
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.