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"Our vision was that someday, there would be an uprising of UUs across the state, but we knew there were many steps before that could happen.
I am just delighted to say that this is well along that path...what I have seen here is well along that path."
-Tom Stapleford, UULMCA Founding Board Member at UUJMCA's 2019 "Turning the Tides" Justice Leadership Summit at Camp de Benneville Pines
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The Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of California - YOUR Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of California is moving, growing, and changing lives for the better.
This past year, UUs and UU-aligned Californians have been engaging in deeper conversations, building accountable partnerships, and taking concrete action to promote justice and equity around the state. And UUJMCA has been a part of that journey, providing access to powerful resources, offering faith-rooted trainings, and creating opportunities for connection and collaboration.
With the leadership of our new Executive Director, Rev. Ranwa Hammamy, UUJMCA has been growing in our work as a grassroots-led network of Californian UU and UU-aligned justice makers. We continue to live out our mission of being relational, faithful, and strategic in our ministries, cultivating connected communities, collaborative justice, and collective liberation.
This year, UUJMCA not only continued but expanded our Regional Justice Trainings, providing California UUs with opportunities to connect, collaborate, and create at our trainings in Davis, San Diego County, Ventura, and Orange County. Programming this year included the a new Friday evening dinner and spiritual grounding opportunity, where attendees were invited to imagine together what it would look like to have a "world with love at the center." Together, over 100 Unitarian Universalists were able to connect not only around what we are fighting against, but connect more collectively and more deeply to the world that we are fighting for.
In August, we also saw the return of our Intergenerational Justice Leadership Summit and Camp, "Turning the Tides," where over 40 UU justice makers spent three and a half days at Camp de Benneville Pines building community, strengthening their resilience, and reconnecting their faith to their work for justice. With workshops on artivism, accountable partnerships, young adult leadership support, ancestors in justice, and more, as well as twice-daily worships, "Turning the Tides" was one of our most powerful summits yet! And out of that community came the revival of our Climate Justice Action Team, a group of volunteers leaders who are committed to raising and supporting the public presence of UUs in California organizing for climate and environmental justice.
The momentum behind our Climate Justice ministry only continues to grow, with over 60 Unitarian Universalists attending UUJMCA's Climate Justice Summit in the Bay Area this past October. As we continue to actively engage our understanding of the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a morally responsible part, we remain committed to partnerships with frontline and directly impacted communities who are calling on all of us to share the work of our collective liberation.
And this year, UUJMCA has only strengthened our faithful engagement of immigrant justice, working alongside our partners in ongoing advocacy and witness efforts, like the Immigrant Day of Action with California Immigrant Policy Center in May, and our growing relationship with the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity. This year, we and our partners managed to achieve the passage of Assembly Bill 32, which will end private prisons and detention centers in California by 2028, and continued to push for the passage of a bill that would provide #HealthForAll Californians, regardless of immigration status. Our UUBorders journeys continue in collaboration with GaryMar Academy in Tijuana, Mexico, providing UUs with an faith-rooted, immersive opportunity to learn more intentionally about the realities of the US immigration system and policies.
In short, UUs working for justice in California have had strong 2019.
And we are gearing up to do even more.
In August, Maddie Tuning joined the UUJMCA staff as our new Spiritual Activists Leading Together (SALT) Program Coordinator, who plans to bring back this transformative and necessary Young Adult mentorship and spiritual leadership program in Fall 2020. Under Maddie's leadership and with input from young adults around the state, SALT's revival will involve greater access, support, and community among young adults interested in deepening their faith as they work for justice.
Our immigrant justice ministries are also expanding to include a new partnership with the Starr King School for the Ministry on an immersion course on forced migration, allowing seminarians to have a hands-on, immersive opportunity to learn more about the socio-ecological and economic factors impacting immigration.
Our revived Climate Justice Action Team is also powering up with new and emboldened partnerships with indigenous and frontline communities leading the way to water justice and an end to California's abysmal dependence on oil and oil refineries. Working in partnership with the UU Ministry for Earth's CreateClimateJustice.Net, UUJMCA's Climate Justice Action Team is developing strategies to support YOU in your work for real, sustainable change in our environmental policies and practices.
In 2020, UUJMCA will also be working alongside our sibling UU "State Action Networks" around the country to #UUtheVote to advocate for voting rights, election reform, and to #VoteWithLove in our local, regional, state, and national ballots.
Your Support Can Make That Vision Come True
At this year's Regional Justice Trainings, we reminded ourselves that love doesn't just resist oppression. Love also creates liberation. UUJMCA is not only committed to resisting injustice - we are also committed to creating real, sustainable, accountable justice rooted in our UU values. But we cannot do it without your support. Your faithful act of financial support is essential to that vision of a statewide uprising of Unitarian Universalists. Your faithful act of financial support will strengthen and sustain the grassroots power that California UUs already have in the state, by helping us connect and collaborate more effectively.
With your support, we WILL create a world guided by love.
Support UUJMCA Today!
Your pledge of support will determine what we can create together in the coming year. We know that there are many ways you give to the work of justice - and we ask that you give whatever monthly amount you feel comfortable with, be it $5 or $50. Your monthly, tax-deductible support allows us to generate our collective power to create collaborative, sustainable, and faithful justice.
UUJMCA is deeply grateful for your faithful act of financial support. Your donation will help us strengthen our work to support and connect UUs around California who are working for justice and liberation. If you can, please take a moment to share with your friends via email or social media about why you gave, and encourage them to do the same!
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