UUCSJ Training initiatives offer essential organizing skills, connection, and leadership development to people seeking to become more effective activists, along with access to tools, resources, campaigns and movements that will support you in sustaining your engagement in social justice work.

Current Collaboration: Grounded and Resilient Organizer Workshop (GROW)

GROW Fellowship Winter/ Spring 2023

Grounded and Resilient Organizer Workshop is a virtual cohort of cultural workers, organizers and clergy (ages 18-35) who are engaged in campaigns, base-building, art making and community care for justice. Together, we’ll build community and solidarity, study social movements and imagine new worlds. Our mission is to bolster our social movements with organizers and cultural workers who are accountable, spiritual grounded and rooted in radical imagination.

Our journey will have 4 phases. The first phase is community building and orienteering. The second phase is study- topics include care, governance, conflict, time, and imagination. Third, we’ll focus on departing and transitioning well. Lastly, we’ll have the opportunity to gather in Pittsburgh, PA in June for deeper community building and praxis.

GROW is for you if you’re discerning your place in social movements for justice, if you want a community of people to struggle with that aren’t connected with your paid work, if you want to infuse your justice work with a deeper spiritual practice. Come grow, struggle, build, and celebrate with us.

This program is FREE to attend for all participants. At the end of the fellowship, all active participants will receive a stipend of $250 as thanks for their participation.

Program Schedule: Starting January 24, 2023 and running through May 23, 2023, The group will gather every Tuesday from 5:00-6:30pm PST/ 7:00pm-8:30pm CST/ 8:00-9:30pm EST

Application Deadline: January 4, 2023

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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 hvickery@uucsj.org and 617-301-4303