Work for Justice
As Unitarian Universalists, we have a legacy of “deeds not creeds.” At UUCS, our mission and vision call us to “work for justice” everywhere as we harness love’s power to stop oppression. From grassroots community organizing to advocacy; in protest marches, vigils, and community partnerships; in our special collections for local organizations doing justice work, UUCS members and friends put our mission into action through our Social Justice Council.
We are supported in our justice ministry work by local and regional partner organizations, and other UU organizations, including the Unitarian Universalist Association, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, and Washington UU Voices for Justice.
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:
- Standing on the Side of Love
- Social Justice Empowerment programs
- Congregation-Based Community Organizing (CBCO)
- Socially Responsible Investing (SRI)
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.
JUUstice Washington supports legislative change that aligns with our UU values in Washington state and beyond.
JUUStice Washington strives to
- empower, and
the capacity of Unitarian Universalists (UUs), as well as our community allies, to collaboratively advocate for and undertake social and environmental justice initiatives. Visit the JUUstice Washington Website.