Social Justice in Action

We have many activities around Social Justice at First Unitarian Society. Here are some of them for the month of February 2017:

Social Justice Clarify the Call to Action workshop
Saturday Feb. 4, 9am-3pm, Lower Assembly Hall
Sunday, Feb. 5, noon- 2:30 pm, Chalice Room
Many of us feel overwhelmed by current events. Our communities are divided and many of us sense a need to come together in a purposeful way to address some of our key concerns and causes. We know there is a way forward involving listening, understanding and acting together on our shared values. The Call to Action workshop will allow us to identify and share our concerns and causes with respect to the current events that we face. Our goal and activity during this workshop will be to align as a community and to collectively form a way to change existing situations into more preferred ones. We will engage in facilitated sessions where we identify positives, negatives, and opportunities for social justice, then share and group these into strategic themes for possible action. We will assess the opportunity for action on these themes and decide on ways to support community members to pursue activities with them. Facilitation by FUS member Jay Elkerton. Registration is limited to 30. We respectfully request that those attending plan ahead to join the full sessions on both days. Please send a registration email to , and include any dietary restrictions or childcare needs.

Women’s March Debrief & Mobilization Meeting
Monday, Feb. 6, 7-9pm, First Universalist Church,
3400 Dupont Ave S, co-sponsored by FUS.
On Jan. 21, the Women’s Marches around the country and the world bore powerful witness to gentle angry people filling the streets to uphold humanist values. We strongly encourage UU marchers to attend this meeting. It will help us extend our efforts beyond the march and challenge us to continue to lean into our social justice, especially racial justice, work. The debrief will be hosted by Lena K. Gardner and Rev. Ashley Horan (Executive Director of MUUSJA). RSVP and share on Facebook.

Anti-Racism Book Group, “Underground Railroad”
Thursday, Feb. 9, 7-8:30 pm, in the Senior High Room
Join our ongoing reading group for a discussion of Colson Whitehead’s novel, The Underground Railroad. This National Book Award winner and NYTimes #1 bestseller is a powerful chronicle of a young slave’s perilous adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. Please commit to reading the book before the session. At our discussion, we will use this reading guide.

First Hour: Social Justice Roundtable
Sunday, Feb. 12, 9:30 am, Dietrich Room
This month on the 2nd Sunday instead of our usual 3rd Sunday, we’ll hear reports from the Clarifying the Call to Action Workshop on Feb. 4-5, and from our Tuesday Social Action and Advocacy group. Learn about our new Rapid Response Network! This continues our important conversation about how FUS members can work and advocate for a variety of social justice causes. Contact for more info.

Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness (DCEH) Legislative Kick-Off
Thurs., Feb. 16, 6:30-8pm, Basilica of St. Mary,
88 17th St. N, Minneapolis
FUS is an active member of DCEH; we are strongly encouraged to attend this event that will outline the 2017 Homes for All agenda. We will hear from legislators about housing in MN and the importance of direct advocacy, and we will build a message on housing and homelessness that is powerful to you and to people in power. DCEH Day on the Hill will be March 14. Watch this space for more info.

JRLC Day on the Hill
Thursday, Feb. 23, morning and early afternoon, St. Paul River Center and State Capitol
DCEH is a sponsor of the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition’s Day on the Hill. At issue this year is the $100 increase (per month, per household!) to the MN Family Investment Program (MFIP), which has not increased in over 30 years. There is a $40 attendance fee, registration is required, and scholarship money is available; let know if receiving a scholarship would make it possible for you to attend. Register here.

Active Voices, Tuesdays
2:30-3:30 pm in the Library
Write letters, emails, send faxes or make phone calls to our elected and other officials regarding issues of concern to members and friends of FUS. We meet to support and re-energize each other and to keep our voices heard. Contact Anita Martinez if you are interested in joining us. 612-722-8158 (text or voice) or .

Third triennial Service Trip
returning to the Arizona Navajo Reservation, over Spring Break, April 3-7, 2017
This is an all-abilities, intergenerational opportunity to experience a diverse culture while working along side the Navajo to improve their infrastructure and community. High School students are encouraged to participate in this trip, with or without family members. Former FUS member Pamela Meade, who lives with her family in Pinon, AZ, will be organizing our service projects and at least one “fun” day to see Arizona sights and/or tour the Hopi reservation. We will be staying near Canyon de Chelly, with either hotel or camping options. You are responsible for transportation and lodging costs, plus a fee (TBD) per person for van rental, group meals and project expenses, based on the total number of participants. For more information, please email or call 612-781-0418.