Unitarian Universalist (UUA) Social Justice Ministries
"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me."
— Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)
Our denominational UUA justice ministries focus on key priorities for our congregations and communities.
UUA Social Justice Issues
- economic justice
- environmental justice
- immigrant justice
- international justice
- lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer justice
- racial justice
- religious and civil liberties justice
- reproductive justice
A Sampling of UUA Campaigns
- #Love Resists
- Standing on the Side of Love
- Black Lives of UU
- Commit2Respond for #Climate Justice
- #Not One More Deportation
- Social Justice UUA
- Congregation Justice Program Resources
- UUA Social Justice Workbook
- Social Justice Empowerment Handbook UUA
- Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
- The Power of Yes, by Jeffrey A. Lockwood (UU World)
Support the Actions of the UU Service Committee (UUSC)
UUSC is an associate member of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) but receives no general financial support from the UUA. Neither do they receive funding from federal or state governments or institutions, ensuring its independent voice.
UUSC Mission Statement:
UUSC advances human rights and social justice around the world, partnering with those who confront unjust power structures and mobilizing to challenge oppressive policies.
The UUSC was established in 1940 in response to the persecution of the Jews and others by the Nazis.
UUSC believes that all people have inherent dignity, power, and rights.
In partnership with dedicated volunteers, tireless activists, and inspiring grassroots organizations throughout the world, UUSC aims to ensure that these fundamental human rights are realities for everyone — no matter race, gender, or class.
UUSC works specifically with people and communities who are denied their rights because of who they are — women, people of color, refugees, religious minorities, LGBTI individuals in Africa, and others. UUSC seeks populations who are not served by mainstream human rights organizations.
Every day, UUSC takes action to promote economic justice, bolster environmental justice, and protect rights at risk. No matter when or where, UUSC works to deliver aid with dignity and to advance the rights of people who might otherwise be left behind.
"It is not possible, nor is it necessary, to know the outcome of our actions; therefore, we act in faith. Faith asks not that we succeed, but that we try. We try because we yearn to live out our values. Conscience urges us on, for we have dreamed of a better, more just tomorrow. We care; therefore, we act. In acting, we risk having our hearts broken a thousand times; therefore, we are sustained by hope. That is the price those who cleared the way for us accepted. It is what living fully, deeply, and with integrity demands." ―Mark Morrison-Reed, The Selma Awakening: How the Civil Rights Movement Tested and Changed Unitarian Universalism