Religious Leaders


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Why programs for religious leaders?

  • UUCSJ tailors some of our justice programs specifically for clergy, seminary students and religious educators.
  • We do this in recognition that the voices of our religious leaders carry great power to galvanize our congregations and communities toward more effective and spiritually grounded action for justice.

What are these programs like?

  • UUCSJ programs for religious leaders offer powerful insights into some of the social justice issues that most trouble our congregations and our ministries.
  • They will bring you into direct conversation with the people most impacted by injustice; the communities and groups organizing effectively for change; and the resources you need in order to tackle the issues more effectively.
  • Because we travel in the company of others who seek to motivate new and effective action within our faith communities, we have a unique opportunity to learn from one another, and to pool our wisdom and inspiration for new strategies.

Can seminary students earn credit?

  • In most cases, our immersion programs earn seminary credit for students; in a few cases they are linked explicitly to specific seminary courses for such students.

How does financial aid work?

  • We have financial aid available on a needs basis. When you register for a journey, the form you fill out will include financial aid questions that will allow us to reduce your program fee. Funds are given out based on need, on a first come, first served basis until they are gone.
  • We also know that seminary students and religious educators often have a harder time affording experiences like these, so we also offer travel stipends to those seminarians and religious educators who need them. Please email our admin after you are accepted to a program to ask about these funds.

What programs does UUCSJ offer for religious leaders?

  • Here are the upcoming programs. See the icons below for more information about each program.

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

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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