Looking for resources to further your religious education and spiritual growth? Check out the selection of online resources for all ages below.
- youth — Service and Social Justice for Youth: Service and social justice work are some of the ways that people talk about putting their faith into action. Here are a few different ideas, resources and groups to get you started.
- adults — Social Justice Resources: From grassroots community organizing to interfaith state, national, and corporate advocacy; in protest marches, prayer vigils, and press conferences; in homeless shelters and in prisons, Unitarian Universalists put our faith into action.
- congregational leaders — Congregations Take Action: Justice is at the core of our faith. Our congregations are called to make a positive difference in our wider communities. We work to serve, to raise awareness, and to support and partner with people who face injustice. We advocate, organize, and act for justice to live out the values of our faith.
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- parents and families — Doing Good Together: Looking for family social justice activities? In addition to opportunities at Saltwater Church, check out Doing Good Together. Whether you have five minutes or five hours to give, whether you have an infant or a teen, whether you are doing well or working hard to get by, your family has a contribution to make. In the process, you will teach your children that giving back is a natural part of growing up.
- young children/children — 50 Family-Friendly Community Service Projects: It can be hard to think of interesting and practical ways to serve others on an ongoing basis. It can be especially difficult to find one or two things that include everyone in your family, especially when you have children of varying ages.
- youth/young adults — Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice: We offer immersion learning journeys, justice training programs, summer internships, and direct volunteer opportunities with partner organizations in the U.S. and abroad. All programs are designed to help people cross boundaries, gain insight, and imagine new ways to make a difference in the world.
- older adults — Journeys Programs: cross boundaries, gain insight, and imagine new ways to bring your faith together with your yearning to make a difference in the world.
- children — Social justice books for kids: Books in our church library on social justice heroes, peace, economic justice, immigration and refugees, human rights, diversity, and activism and taking a stand
- congregational leaders — Congregational Study/Action Issues: We are stronger together. Our combined efforts to make the world more fair and humane can accomplish more than any one of us working alone. As Unitarian Universalists, we set priorities for our social justice efforts by investing in key issues that exemplify our commitments to justice, equity and compassion.
- adults — Standing on the Side of Love: an interfaith public advocacy campaign promoting respect for the inherent worth and dignity of every person. Standing on the Side of Love confronts issues of exclusion, oppression, and violence based on identity. With the goal of creating beloved community, the campaign pursues social change through advocacy, public witness, and speaking out in solidarity with those whose lives are publicly demeaned.
- adults — Immigration Justice: We organize and advocate for immigration reform, for an end to detentions and deportations, and for a world where hands are extended in peace and care across borders and no one feels forced to leave home or risk death in pursuit of a decent life for their family.
- adults — Reproductive Justice: We campaign publicly for just and compassionate laws for family planning, reproductive health, and gender equality and advocate for the ability of all families and communities to realize a sense of wholeness with regard to their sexual and reproductive lives.
- adults — Voting Rights and Election Reform: As an expression of our faith, many Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations engage in voter registration and protecting voting rights, not for partisan reasons, but to empower all eligible people to contribute their voices to the democratic process.
- older adults — Ways to Leave a Tangible or Spiritual Legacy: Resources for creating ethical wills and legacy giving
- adults — Environmental Justice: We care for our environment so that it may sustain life for generations to come, an especially important responsibility because those who are most impacted by environmental destruction are often those with the least power. Creating a sustainable way of life is central to our view of a just and compassionate world.
- congregational leaders — Green Sanctuary Program: Our congregations demonstrate their commitment to environmental justice by aligning their values with their actions through becoming certified Green Sanctuaries. For 15 years the Green Sanctuary program has helped more than 230 UU congregations live out this commitment through spiritual connection, education, sustainable living, and social justice.
- adults — LGBTQ Justice: Unitarian Universalist (UU) legislative ministries, social justice groups, congregations, and individuals work across the United States to protect the civil and legal rights of LGBT individuals and families at state and local levels, while the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) does similar work at the national level.
- congregational leaders — LGTBQ Justice: As Unitarian Universalists (UUs), we not only open our doors to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, we value diversity of sexuality and gender and see it as a spiritual gift. We create inclusive religious communities and work for LGBTQ justice and equity as a core part of who we are.
- parents and families — Beyond the Golden Rule, published by Teaching Tolerance, is a parent’s guide to preventing and responding to prejudice, from preschool through high school. It is a useful resource for families of all racial identities. The book is available in a PDF format that can be downloaded and printed.
- adults — Racial Justice: We invite UUs of all ages and backgrounds to share their hopes and dreams for the role that Unitarian Universalists can play in advancing racial justice in the United States. Many UUs are already working with groups and campaigns, and others are still figuring out how they want to be involved.
- congregational leaders — Multi-cultural Leadership and Inclusion: We work to end racial discrimination and injustice, starting within ourselves and moving out into the world around us. We support multiracial, multiethnic congregations and advocate for stopping racist policies like mass imprisonment and attacks on voting rights. Our multicultural ministries will continue until there is peace, liberty, and justice for all.
- adults — Economic Justice: We know that the escalation of economic inequality undergirds a thousand injustices, from climate change to homelessness, from mass incarceration to low-wage worker exploitation. Economic inequality also disproportionately impacts people of color. A better world is possible, and we strive to be part of the solution.
- congregational leaders — UU Class Conversations: Educates Unitarian Universalists about class awareness and inclusion – empowering our religious movement to dismantle classism within our congregations and communities
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