Watch the video of October's convening call, where we explored issues around the Dakota Access Pipeline. We spoke with Rev. Karen Van Fossan from the UU Church & Fellowship of Bismarck-Mandan, who has been on the ground in Standing Rock, struggling for justice, indigenous sovereignty, and access to clean water. We looked at the way in which many different native tribes have come together to form a strong coalition of voices opposing this pipeline and the problems that it represents.
Watch the video of September's convening call, which features special guest presenter Jeff Narabrook, Voter Outreach Director for the Office of the MN Secretary of State. We reviewed some of the voting rights issues at play in MN, heard about why voter turnout is critical and what our congregations can do to promote registration and participation, and look ahead to the Restore the Vote struggle coming up in the legislative session.
Visit the MN Secretary of State's website mnvotes.org for a trove of voting-related resources, such as outreach materials, online registration, information on early and absentee voting, sample ballots, registration verification, and a lot more. Visit the Citizens League to learn about the internship program with Minnesota Capitol Pathways for students of color and Native American students.
Watch the video of May's convening call which focused on planning justice work for the upcoming church year. We also looked at some ways to evaluate your congregation’s justice work. Through a capacity building lens, we discussed how to set goals and create work plans for justice programming.
Watch the video of our April call where we explored social media and other web technologies in order to grow your congregation's impact. We highlight examples from congregations as well as justice movements. We also reviewed best-practices for some of the largest social media platforms and how to integrate these into programs you are already doing.
Unitarian Universalists in Minnesota have been deeply involved in racial justice work for years, and have shown up in body and spirit as the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement in the Twin Cities has emerged. When have we been successful companions in solidarity? When have we fallen short? What is the role of UUs in the metro area, and how can congregations in Greater Minnesota show up for racial justice where they are? What can we learn from this growing movement about our faith, our identity, and our role in the struggle for racial justice?
Watch the video of this conversation between MUUSJA Executive Director Rev. Ashley Horan and special guest Lena K. Gardner, Cofounding Organizer and Leader with Black Lives Matter-Minneapolis, about the history of BLM nationally and locally, as well as the ways in which Unitarian Universalists have played a role here in Minnesota, within our congregations and beyond.