Social Justice

"Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public."
Cornel West

As Unitarian Universalists, living our values is essential to our religious life. We seek out concrete ways to act that will bring healing to our world and hope to our own hearts and spirits.

 

Annual Standing on the Side of Love Events

Sunday, February 26th 10:00 am

“The Courage to Confront” A Standing on the Side of Love Service 

Guest Speakers Alicia Sojourner and Sara Jensen

Alicia Sojourner & Sara Jensen will share their experience and perspectives gained from leading anti-racism and diversity workshops with thousands of people across Minnesota. Please bring a dish to pass for the potluck lunch between the service and workshop following the service.  Details for the anti-racism workshop are directly below.

 

Sunday, February 26th 12:00 pm

Understanding and Dismantling Microaggression Workshop

Alicia Sojourner and Sara Jensen

Working together to transform our world into a more just and loving place requires that we address how our own unconscious biases and self-identities may be hurtful to allies from different life experiences than our own.  A team of trained facilitators from the YWCA of Minneapolis will lead us in a workshop to help us think more deeply about diverse issues of age, gender, race, inclusion and privilege through the lens of microaggression. They will help us develop skills to address and dismantle small hurtful behaviors within ourselves and our community.  Everyone welcome!

 

"Hate has no business in our community" poster campaignthumbnail of All Are Welcome Here Poster

We don't have to let a few voices of hate and fear speak for our communities.  Let's be clear that all are welcome here and that hate has no business in our community.  Our hope is that businesses, libraries, homes, places of worship, etc, will all show their support for all of our community members.

Download the 8.5x11 poster

Download the 11x17 poster

 

Sharing the Plate

Rainbow Check Presentation smEvery Sunday, we give half of whatever is place in the offering baskets (unless marked "UUFN Pledge) to a non-profit organization working toward our 7 Principles. Since we started our Share the Plate program in September of 2013, UUFN has given thousands of dollars to numerous non-profits.  The Share the Plate recipients for this season will include:

Summer 2016 - Community Action Center

September 2016 - Plants4Hunger

October 2016 - OutFront MN

 

Uniting to End Racism in Our Communities

Unite to End Racism Tabling Photo

UUFN members have joined forces with the Cannon Valley Friends Meeting to help end racism in our community.  Our first action was to table at the Faribault International Festival. Members of both congregations engaged in conversation with people from the community about the importance of addressing racism and offered various resources, including:

"Things We Can Do Now to End Racism in our Community!"

Resources on Police Conduct, Race and the Justice System,

Resources for Talking to Kids about Racism and Justice,

Resources on Protest, Social Movements and Community Visions for Racial Justice

Teen Reading List for Black Lives Matter.

 

Standing on the Side of Love

2015-03-18 18.58.19Along with congregations across the UUA, UUFN has participated in the Standing on the Side of Love effort since it began in 2009.  Each year we host at least one event that seeks to educate our congregation and the larger community on a critical justice issue.  UUFN has stood on the side of love of marriage equality, the movement to ensure that Black Lives Matter, Native American rights, Transgender rights, and more.  Watch for more info about upcoming events!

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