Social Justice in Action

We have many activities around Social Justice at First Unitarian Society. Here are some of them for this month.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Resistance & Resilience: Sustaining Faithful Action for Justice & Solidarity in a Hurting World, Friday, May 19 & Saturday, May 20 at First Universalist Church, 3400 Dupont Ave S, Minneapolis. Join MUUSJA, in partnership with the UU Service Committee, for this groundbreaking two-day conference. Our own Rev. Kelli will join national and local leaders, organizers, artists, musicians, and activists in this interfaith gathering. More info and registration is here. Please contact if you would like scholarship support.

“Sofas & Spokes” furniture and bike drive, sponsored by the Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness (DCEH), will be held on Saturday, May 20, 9am-noon in the parking lot of Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis. Furniture and bikes (adult only, please) will be collected and provided to community outreach ministry guests of DCEH congregations. Furniture makes a house a home to someone just coming out of homelessness, and bikes can provide a free, healthy, and environmentally friendly method of transportation to those who are economically challenged and need to get to work, look for employment, or keep appointments. As you embark upon Spring Cleaning this year, keep “Sofas & Spokes” in mind! Questions about this important event? Contact Julia at DCEH at 612-317-3413. More info here


Active Voices

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Our grassroots group Active Voices got started after the election in November. Join this group and receive Action Alerts on specific issues. You will get clear information about the issue, who to contact by phone, email, or letter to address the concern. You will usually be given a suggestion about what to say. Can you find 5 minutes a day to help make a difference? Join us!

To sign up for the Rapid Response Network and receive Action Alerts, please and look forward to more info soon. You can also find out what the Active Voices group has been up to the previous Tuesday by checking out the newsprint on Rev. Kelli’s office window. There are suggestions there for what actions you might take in the coming week. Many thanks to FUS members Anita Martinez and Mary Ann Lundquist for their efforts organizing this group and helping us all share our UU values with our elected officials.

Active Voice Tuesdays, 2:30-3:30 pm in the Library
Join other folks from FUS and the wider community as we engage our local, state, and national representatives on issues that matter most to us. Each Sunday, look on Rev. Kelli’s office windows to see what Active Voices was up to the week prior. Want to be a part of work but can’t make it on Tuesdays? Join the Rapid Response Network for up-to-date emails on what actions you can take right now.  to be included on the list. 

Resistance School: Join fellow FUSers for this four-part online training program led by Harvard activists and scholars. We’re meeting in homes because of major construction at FUS. Contact  to get connected and gain tools and skills for fighting back in these troubling times. For the full calendar and syllabus, visit resistanceschool.com


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Emergency Rental Assistance
DCEH provides emergency assistance for those who have housing but need a little help to stay in their homes. If you or someone you know could benefit from this program, please contact  for an application.


COMING IN FALL

Talking about Race and Racism with Kids Coming Sept-Oct 2017, Sundays noon-1:30 pmat FUS. Our Religious Explorers program is bringing in educator Denise Konen for a five week workshop on how to talk to your kids about race. This is in-depth work aimed at building communities that are able to engage in productive conversations about racism and whiteness with kids. Note: families registered and signed up to volunteer for the FUS RE program in 2017-2018 are eligible for a fee waiver. Space for this workshop is limited. For more information on how to register for it, please .