Unitarian Universalists have long been involved in movements for social justice. From prison reform to immigration to civil rights and LGBT rights to reproductive justice to opposition to wars among many other causes, members and congregations have engaged the work of creating a just, loving, peaceful world by acting for change.
Social Justice through the Unitarian Universalist Association
The Unitarian Universalist Association’s (UUA’s) provides programs and materials to enable effective social justice action by congregations and individual members. The Social Justice pages are maintained by the Advocacy & Witness staff group.They exist to represent Unitarian Universalist (UU) values in public discourse and to help congregations be more effective in their social justice work. Current iniatives and information include:
- Side with Love
- Social Justice Empowerment programs including UU the Vote!
- Congregation-Based Community Organizing (CBCO)
- Socially Responsible Investing (SRI)
Side with Love
Side with Love is a public advocacy campaign that seeks to harness love’s power to stop oppression. It is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association and all are welcome to join and participate. Side with Love is both an invitation and a challenge. It is an opportunity to firmly name what we are for and against.
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is a nonsectarian organization that advances human rights and social justice in the United States and around the world. We envision a world free from oppression and injustice, where all can realize their full human rights.
Through a combination of advocacy, education, and partnerships with grassroots organizations, UUSC promotes economic rights, advances environmental justice, defends civil liberties, and preserves the rights of people in times of humanitarian crisis.
UUSC also engages local communities through two experiential-learning programs, JustWorks and JustJourneys, which introduce participants to the work of our domestic and overseas partners — who are often on the front lines of addressing social-justice issues.
The work of the UUSC is built on the conviction that all people are entitled to basic human rights, which transcend divisions of class, race, nationality, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, and gender.
UUSC is an associate member of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), but receives no general financial support from the UUA. Nor does it receive funding from federal or state governments or institutions, ensuring an independent voice.