“Don’t ask if we are safe. Ask if we are ready,” Rev. David Breeden said in a recent talk. Our Social Justice program helps us be ready for the changes that are here and those that are coming. We join together in actions that are meaningful for our congregation, our community, and the world.
Rev. Kelli Clement, Assistant Minister, oversees our Social Justice Program. If you want to connect more deeply to your humanity and to other Unitarian Universalists who are working for justice, your presence, energy, and passion are needed and welcome.
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At FUS, congregants and staff work in five key areas to help bring about a more just and loving world:
Dismissal of congregations’ claims will allow the case to resume; congregation prioritized expediency in light of national abortion access crisis 05.24.2022 (PRESS RELEASE) Last week, the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis (FUS) asked the Minnesota Court of Appeals to resume proceedings and allow the congregation to withdraw from Doe v Minnesota, the ongoing legal challenge… Read More »Religious Congregation Decides to Leave Abortion Rights Lawsuit After Appellate Court Delays Case
With a tradition of activism in our democratic society, FUS will be joining the national UUtheVote campaign to become a Good Trouble Congregation. We hope that everyone will get engaged ASAP in activities to VOTE LOVE, and DEFEAT HATE by encouraging citizens to vote in the upcoming mid-term elections. We know there is much at stake,… Read More »Our Goal: Good Trouble
May 3, 2022 – Rev. Kelli Clement There’s no doubt that the leaked draft of the SCOTUS opinion in the Dobbs v. Jackson case is bad in all the ways: it purports not just to gut Roe but to overturn Roe and Casey. Fifty years of settled case law, and the ability to have agency… Read More »Some Post-Roe What Ifs
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The Social Justice Program at First Unitarian Society is robust, grounded in anti-racism, and open to new ideas and participation. Congregants and staff work together across 5 key areas to help bring about a more just and loving world.
The Active Voices Team builds community, offers engagement on issues, and promotes advocacy from the local to the national level.
The FUS Align Engagement Team works with our partners at Align Minneapolis, a collaboration of downtown congregations that addresses homelessness in our city. We are accountable to people with a lived experience of homelessness.
The Climate Justice Team, working with other congregations and organizations, offers opportunities to learn about and promote environmental stewardship and a just transition to a clean energy future.
The Moving Toward Equity Team engages with our Board, congregants, and staff to increase diversity, inclusion, and equity in our congregation. We are committed to dismantling white supremacy culture and other oppressions in ourselves and in our communities.
And finally, in the fight for reproductive freedom and justice, First Unitarian Society is a founding member of UnRestrict Minnesota, a statewide community supported campaign to raise awareness about abortion restrictions in our state. FUS is a plaintiff in a lawsuit that challenges those mandates as unconstitutional.
Cornel West said, “Justice is what love looks like in public.” We are committed to making that love manifest through advocacy, education, service, and witness. There are dozens of ways for you to get engaged with these efforts, which we think both deepen and soften our humanity. We’ve got lots of room for new ideas and new energy for change. Join us, won’t you?