TAKE CARE. TAKE ACTION.
Challenging oppressive systems requires that we listen carefully to the people at the frontline of the struggles, understand our relationship to those we want to support, and to reflect on our own motivations and assumptions. For members of marginalized communities and identities, it is important to remember how spiritual practice and self-care are fundamental – without these, we burn out and continue to internalize the oppression we are struggling against.
As you review the information below and choose your avenues for action, you are invited to keep in mind the full spectrum of effective justice work: education, service, advocacy, witness, protest, and creating alternative structures that demonstrate Unitarian Universalist values.
2023 Intergenerational Spring Seminar Booklet
Learning, like abolition, is about relationships.
The UU College of Social Justice created this booklet as a simple tool for participants to be in relationship with themselves and their learning process as they journey through the 2023 Intergenerational Spring Seminar.
The hope is that this booklet offers all who read it the ability to take time throughout the three days of the Spring Seminar and beyond to notice what is happening inside their bodies. Through the act of recording both what happened externally (what you heard, what ideas or quotes stuck with you) and internally (how your body felt, how your breath was, how you had cared for your physical needs), the hope is that readers can stay curious about why certain ideas resonate or don’t resonate. Above all, the hope is that through the careful tending of self through this learning process, folks can model the care that abolition asks of us. Through this process we hope that you leave the spring seminar ready to join and/or reengage with others from a spiritually grounded place ready to co-create the supportive relationships we need in order to fight for the world we know can exist.
Congregational Accompaniment Project for Asylum Seekers
Throughout history and around the world, people have found ways to accompany, shelter, and defend the rights of those who are at risk of persecution. The Congregational Accompaniment Project for Asylum-Seekers (CAPAS) supports communities of faith as they host and accompany individuals and families seeking safety through the process of obtaining legal asylum in the United States. We invite you to join us in this journey of welcoming people exercising their human right to migrate and resisting our government’s xenophobic immigration policies.
CAPAS provides multiple ways for congregations and individuals to offer much-needed solidarity to asylum-seekers. We can work with you to figure out the best role for you and your congregation at this time. Learn more about our support at UUSC’s website.
If you are interested in learning more about CAPAS, please begin by reading the CAPAS Handbook. Once you have completed this first step, fill out this form to register your interest, and we will contact you.
Learn More from Our Network
Side With Love
Side With Love is an interfaith public advocacy campaign that pursues social change through advocacy, public witness, and speaking out in solidarity with those whose lives are publicly demeaned.
UU Ministry for Earth
UU Ministry for Earth, Tools for Organizing and Taking Action: its mission is to be a wellspring of spiritual, educational grounding, practical support for bold, accountable action for environmental justice, climate justice, and the flourishing of all life.
Love Resists is a joint campaign of the UUA and UUSC that is activating people of faith and conscience to resist the criminalization of our neighbors and communities and create a safer, more just, welcoming, and sustainable world.
UUSC Tools for Taking Action
UUSC Tools for Taking Action: Curated tools to support individuals, congregations, campus clubs, and community groups to mobilize in support of critical human rights issues.
Living Legacy Project
The Living Legacy Project’s vision is a just and equitable world free from racism and other systems of oppression. Mindful of this vision, the Living Legacy Project’s mission is to provide experiential education about the American Civil Rights Movement that challenges, inspires, and equips people from diverse backgrounds and identities for justice work in their communities and beyond.