Using Technology in Organizing:
UUSC: Five tools for using social media to advance justice: Shelby Meyerhott, Senior Associate for Online Advocacy, talks about five tools activists can use to engage audiences with their social justice campaigns. Watch on YouTube
UUSC: Storytelling, Mobilization, and Social Media Workshop: Workshop PDF document
UUSC: Webinar on Blogging and Social Media for UUSC Volunteers: UUSC Link
The UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) was launched in June 2012 as a joint collaboration of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Its mission is to help Unitarian Universalists deepen and sustain the work of justice in their congregations and communities. One way to accomplish this is through experiential learning: programs that help people cross boundaries, gain insight, and imagine new ways to bring their faith together with their yearning to make a difference in the world. The college offers experiential learning journeys and social justice training grounded in the UU faith’s historic commitment to human rights.
UUCSJ programs offer participants intensive engagement with justice work along with the tools they need to bring the experience home again.
UUCSJ has programs specifically designed for high school youth, young adults (college age through early 30s), and ministers and seminarians, as well as experiential learning journeys open to the general population. The college warmly welcomes participants from other faith traditions as well as those who are unaffiliated.
Standing on the Side of Love is an interfaith public advocacy campaign that seeks to harness love’s power to stop oppression. It is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association and all are welcome to join. The Standing on the Side of Love campaign elevates compassionate religious voices to influence public attitudes and public policy. Through community activism, social networking, and media outreach, people across the nation are equipped to counter fear and make love real in the world.
The broad message, “standing on the side of love,” emerged as a rallying point for people of faith in Massachusetts during their early efforts for fully inclusive marriage, and later during the fight against Proposition 8 in California. The Standing on the Side of Love campaign was inspired by the 2008 shooting at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, which was targeted because they are welcoming to LGBTQ people and have a liberal stance on many issues. The Knoxville community
responded with an outpouring of love that inspired the leadership at the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) to launch our campaign in 2009, with the goal of harnessing love’s power to challenging exclusion, oppression, and violence based on sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, race, religion, or any other identity.
Susan Leslie – Congregational Advocacy and Witness Director
Inspired Faith, Effective Action: A Social Justice Workbook for Unitarian Universalist
Congregations: download PDF document at UUA.org