Social Justice in Action

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


Talking about Race and Racism with Kids

Sept-Oct 2017, Sundays noon-1:30 pm at 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 .

Active Voices, Tuesdays, 2:15pm. Join others from FUS and the wider community as we engage our local, state, and na tional representatives on issues that matter most to us. If you 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.

Social Justice RoundtableSunday, Sept, 17, 9:30-10:15 am, Lower Assembly Hall. On the 3rdSunday of every month, our First Hour programming will be the SJ Roundtable, an informal conversation about SJ work at First Unitarian Society.This is one of the two major ways we discuss our SJ activities; the other is the monthly newsletter. Hope you can join us! Questions? Contact .

Social Justice Special Collection Champions MUUSJASunday, Sept 17, Assembly. The Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance, or MUUSJA, has hired Rev. Danny Givens as their new statewide organizer. The UUA issued a grant for this vital work; area congregations have pledged to match it. And we’ve asked our Foundation to match our special collection. Minnesota is a model for how other UU state organizing networks can operate. It’s a joy to help fund Rev. Danny and this new position that will leverage our statewide impact!

FUS Supports Students at MCTC: Sunday, Sept. 2111:45-12:15 pm. Location TBA. We’ve made thousands of sandwiches and snack bags for students at our neighborhood campus, Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Our support means that students who experience hunger and homelessness can get some quick nutrition and get on with the business of learning. Every other Sunday after Assembly, starting Sept. 21, we make 100 sandwiches and snack bags, and we deliver 50 of each on every Monday. You can just show up to help make the food; all ages are welcome. We need folks to sign up to shop at Costco on selected Thursdays, and to deliver on Mondays before noon. It’s easy and all details and instructions are provided. You do need a Costco card for the shopping run. Please contact  or  for more information.

Remembering the 1934 Minneapolis Truckers Strike: Friday, Sept 22, 7pm, Lower Assembly Hall. A theatrical production that focuses on the role of Vincent Raymond Dunne, union organizer with the Industrial Workers of the World and the Teamsters.

Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness: DCEH and Make Homes Happen are hosting a series of forums with most Minneapolis City Council members and candidates for office. The goal is to highlight the need for affordable housing in all the wards of Minneapolis and to make it known to the City Council that faith communities are engaged voters on this issue. Attendance and volunteers are needed at all of these forums. Can you attend or help? Contact  with questions.

All ward forums are from 6:30-8pm and the Mayoral Forum is from 6-8pm.

Ward 1– September 13th at Firefighter’s Hall and Museum
Ward 3– September 18th at University Lutheran Church of Hope
Ward 4– September 14th at Lucy Laney Community Center
Ward 5– September 18th at UROC
Ward 7– September 19th at Hennepin Avenues United Methodist Church
Ward 11– October 10th at Mayflower Church
Mayor– October 2nd at Plymouth Congregational Church

Homeless Forum– September 26th at First Universalist Church

Summer Social Justice Interns complete 9thyear of FUS program: Two high school students served as interns at local agencies focused on social justice this summer. The generosity of FUS members and friends allows us to pay these students a stipend for their work hours. Jack Goodrich worked at Joseph’s Coat, a free store serving people in need in St. Paul. Linnea Keire worked at the Animal Humane Society, helping folks to adopt cats. Much gratitude to FUS member Adele Hansen, who is the engine that makes this program run, and to the adult reflection partners of these two students, FUS members Kendrick Davies and Cheryl Moline. It’s an honor for all of us to work with these terrific young Unitarian Universalists.

Social Justice Portal – can you help? Our web team invites us to have a dedicated portal on our website for all things Social Justice at FUS. Rev. Kelli could use a volunteer to help make this happen. Good understanding of WordPress is necessary. Contact  if you’re interested.

Spotlight on where & how to focus your activist energy: Folks have asked if there are websites that have comprehensive lists of progressive actions and activities in the Twin Cities. Here are several. You will find suggestions for issue advocacy, numbers for phone calls, local and national watchdog groups, and two of my favorites: the TC Radical Calendar, and Resist MPLS. Both lists include public actions, rallies, trainings, and various ways to organize in making our voices heard.

ABOUT Active Voices

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.

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.