Last month at the 2012 Justice General Assembly in Phoenix, Ariz., we officially launched the UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ). A joint program of the UUA and UUSC, this collaboration offers us a bold new way to live our faith in the world. Linking resources, people, programs, and creativity under one umbrella, UUCSJ is one of the most exciting initiatives I’ve seen in my 25 years as a parish minister, and I am honored to serve as its inaugural director!
In the coming year alone, the college is offering service-learning trips to New Orleans, Haiti, India, Mexico, and Guatemala — sign up today! As you look ahead to the coming congregational year, please consider how UUCSJ can help you — and your congregation, too — live more deeply into our faith:
Immigration justice: Travel to the southwest United States and the borderlands of Mexico to learn firsthand about the complex struggles of the immigrant community. This journey will help you engage your congregation in immigration justice in your own community. Trips: February and May 2013. View the brochure (PDF).
Beyond the earthquake in Haiti: Thousands of UUs supported Haiti after the earthquake, and rebuilding continues today. Work with our Haitian partners to build innovative eco-villages and learn how you and your congregation can continue this important work. Trips: January, March, and May 2013. View the brochure (PDF).
Economic justice in India: The UU Holdeen India Program works with Indian partners on economic justice, focusing on women and girls. Explore this vital work and how it can inspire new congregational initiatives for economic justice here at home. Trip: November 26–December 5, 2012. View the brochure (PDF).
Education in Guatemala: UUCSJ is partnering with the Sienna Project in building schools in rural Guatemala and supporting the rights of Mayan people to education — join us for a week of hands-on work! Trip: February 15–23, 2013. View the brochure (PDF).
New Orleans equitable recovery: Six years after Hurricane Katrina, the rebuilding of New Orleans continues. UUCSJ offers you several opportunities to live, work, and learn in New Orleans for an unforgettable week. Trips: February, April, and July 2013. View the brochure (PDF).
Please visit our website for details on these and other UUCSJ programs — and register for a trip today. Contact us with questions, ideas, or requests for congregational delegations. We look forward to working with you and your congregation in the coming year!
Rev. Kathleen McTigue