New Orleans Community Building: Turning the Tides with CELSJR

Experience New Orleans with people dedicated to a holistic and equitable recovery for the city. UUCSJ is teaming up with the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal (CELSJR) to offer you a unique opportunity to live, work, and learn, in New Orleans — a city of warmth, caring, and immeasurable resilience — for a life-changing week. Be part of the changing tide. [hidden]

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Upcoming Trips
  • July 20–27, 2013 ($725 per person. Register by May 19, 2013)

Trip fees do not include airfare. A five percent discount is available for groups of three or more from the same congregation. Discounts are available for groups of more than 30 people.

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Our Partner

The Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal (CELSJR) is a catalyst in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region for nurturing a sustainable, equitable, and inclusive community by promoting social, racial and economic justice.

Program Leader

Deanna Vandiver is CELSJR’s executive director. She found a spiritual home in Unitarian Universalism shortly after moving to New Orleans in 2000, and is in the process being ordained as a UU minister. Vandiver has worked in government, education, and law on her journey toward community ministry.

[hidden]Quo Vadis Breaux is CELSJR’s executive director. An African American native of New Orleans, she has a long history in development and community/cultural activism. At CELSJR, Breaux has planned and organized service-learning programs for diverse volunteer groups from all over the country.[hidden]
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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