UU Justice Action (JustAct) News
June 2013: Honoring UU Social Justice Heroes & More
It’s just wonderful when we can inspire each other’s justice ministries. This issue of Just Act brings you news of this year’s UUA social justice award winners – our individual and congregational justice heroes! Congratulations to Tim De Christopher and to the UUs of Clearwater FL! See their stories below. In anticipation of another year of worshipping and witnessing together, we’d also like to share a UU Social Justice Calendar and info on how you can get funding to support your congregational justice making!
2013 Social Justice Award Winners!
Tim DeChristopher Selected as UUA’s 2013 Holmes-Weatherly Award Winner: The Holmes-Weatherly Award is given to an individual or organization, not necessarily a Unitarian Universalist, whose life-long commitment to faith-based social justice is reflected in societal transformation. The award panel was moved by Tim De Christopher’s extraordinary commitment to environmental justice, from his radical non-violent protest as ‘Bidder 70’ at a 2008 auction of oil and gas leases, to the formation of his organization Peaceful Uprising. Read the full story here.
The 2013 Recipient of the Congregational Social Justice Bennett Award is Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, FL.: The Bennett Award for Congregational Action on Human Justice and Social Action was instituted in 1999 by James Bennett to honor the congregation that has done exemplary work in social justice. Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater (UUC), FL have a legacy of social justice since the congregation’s founding in 1951. Today UUC has an active, diverse, and dynamic justice ministry. Rev. Abhi Janamanchi was called as their minister in 1999, and the congregation adopted a social justice council model with four ministries: economic justice, environmental justice, human rights, and congregation-based community organizing with FAST (Faith and Action for Strength Together). Their dynamic 13-year partnership with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers has been transformative and lead the congregation from supporting local boycotts to organizing more broadly for compassionate immigration reform on the state and federal level. Read the full story to learn more.
For more information about UUA social justice awards and cash prizes click here.
UU Social Justice Calendar for 2013 - 2014
Plan your social justice calendar for the year. Whatever issue your congregation’s social justice ministry is focusing on, you can join in collective national advocacy with the UUA, UU social justice organizations, other UU congregations, and community and national partners! As we get closer to the dates, go to www.uua.org/justice for worship resources, action campaigns, educational materials and more! Download the PDF or customizable Word doc.
Funding For Congregations!
The UU Funding Program (UUFP) has two grant programs for congregations.
Congregation-Based Community Organizing (CBCO) Matching Grants: Matching Grants are now available to congregations considering participating in a CBCO organization for both membership and training. CBCO Training grants are considered on a rolling application basis, while matching grants for CBCO membership need to be received by September 15, 2013.
Standing on the Side of Love (SSL) Grants—The Fund for UU Social Responsibility has set aside $25,000 to be made available as rolling matching grants of $500-$1,500 to UU congregations participating in the Standing on the Side of Love campaign. SSL matching grants will support congregations mobilizing at critical times, using social networking and coalition building to stand with people who are excluded, oppressed, or attacked based on real or perceived identities.
Learn more and find the applications here.
Justice-Making at GA!
If you are attending GA, don’t miss our public witness rally: Energy for Change: Interfaith Action for Clean Energy and Healthy Communities featuring Rev. Peter Morales, Wendell Berry, Tim De Christopher, local clergy organizers and musicians!
See www.uua.org/justice for resources, organizing campaigns, stories, and more!