UUSJ VISION                  
We envision a peaceful, just and environmentally sustainable world.

UUSJ MISSION
Our mission is to mobilize and amplify the voice of Unitarian Universalists in the National Capital Region  (NCR) as we seek to change the world through acts of love and justice.

Announcing UUSJ's
New Executive Director!

(Pablo) Pavel DeJesúsThe Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice in the National Capital Region is pleased to announce that (Pablo) Pavel DeJesús has joined our organization as our new Executive Director. DeJesús holds a Masters in Social Policy from the University of Maryland, School of Public Policy, and a B.A. from Oberlin College. He is also a Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellow. He is a member of All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, DC.

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*NEW* Download UUSJ's Voter Registration Toolkit!

In the United States, the right to vote is a hard-won privilege that gives citizens an opportunity to influence government. When casting a ballot, voters express their preferences for a candidate or views on issues. The contentious political climate in the US today is giving voters a lot to think about. For UUs, guided by our 5th Principle, we are committed to encourage voter participation and advocate for election reform and voting rights.

UUSJ has received a special grant from the Fund for Unitarian Universalist Social Responsibility to support a regional voter education, voter registration and Get Out the Vote program leading up to the November elections. Eight congregations signed on to partner with us and will send representatives to the project leadership team:

  • All Souls Church, Unitarian, DC
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, VA
  • Bull Run Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Manassas, VA
  • Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, Bethesda, MD
  • Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church, Alexandria, VA
  • River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Bethesda, MD
  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville, MD
  • Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, Lutherville, MD

This program is open to all UU congregations in the national capital area. Please contact Anna Rhee, rheeoh@gmail.com, if you're interested in partnering with us.

To learn more, please check our list of resources and ways to take action.


Roundup - General Assembly (GA) 2016

At this year’s General Assembly, one Congregational Study/Action Issue (CSAI), three Actions of Immediate Witness (AIW), and two Resolutions were adopted. Final text for the AIWs and Resolutions have been made public. UUSJ will update our GA Roundup page when the CSAIs become available. Read for more information about the CSAIs, AIWs, and Resolutions.

UUSJ VISION                  
We envision a peaceful, just and environmentally sustainable world.

UUSJ MISSION
Our mission is to mobilize and amplify the voice of Unitarian Universalists in the National Capital Region  (NCR) as we seek to change the world through acts of love and justice.

Announcing UUSJ's New Executive Director!

(Pablo) Pavel DeJesúsThe Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice in the National Capital Region is pleased to announce that (Pablo) Pavel DeJesús has joined our organization as our new Executive Director. DeJesús holds a Masters in Social Policy from the University of Maryland, School of Public Policy, and a B.A. from Oberlin College. He is also a Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellow. He is a member of All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, DC. His free time is currently occupied as a first time father. DeJesús is a tested public policy advocate with over 15 years of experience in government affairs, advocacy, voter mobilizations, and development work with non-profits.

Prior to joining UUSJ, DeJesús consulted with CBOs and non-profits in New York and New Jersey, worked on issue campaigns in Maryland and Colorado, and served in the Office of the Governor of Puerto Rico, first at its Planning Board in San Juan, then at its Federal Affairs Administration in Washington D.C. These experiences have allowed him to work on issues such as Vieques, Economic Development, HIV/AIDS, Medicaid & Medicare, Census errors, Maryland’s Marriage Equality and Dream Acts, Fracking, Reproductive Rights, Immigration, Arts & Culture, and school based partnerships. Most recently DeJesús consulted with Sociedad Educativa De Las Artes, as Assistant Director of Funding Development, where he worked to assist Latino led arts-in-education organizations raise awareness of disparities for those serving Latino youth and their families and to improve institutional funder support.

“My work has been characterized by exploring the links between organizational strategies and the public good and by providing strategic guidance and tactical support on government interactions and community accountability. I’m looking forward to joining the UUSJ.”


Voting Rights & Mobilizing for the
2016 Elections Webinar

Vote ButtonAs a continuation of UU efforts at Democracy Spring and Democracy Awakening in April, UUA and UUSJ recently held a webinar on Wednesday, June 1. Participants learned how congregations can work to protect voting rights this election year. Susan Leslie, UUA Congregational Advocacy & Witness Director, and UU Congregational Leaders shared strategies and resources for registering voters, Getting out the Vote, protecting voting rights and election protection, speaking out on our values, developing community and congregational partnerships and more!

To learn more and get involved, please check our list of resources and ways to take action.

Unable to participate in the webinar? Watch a recording of the webinar and view the PowerPoint slides.

Questions? Contact Elizabeth, UUSJ Administrator, at info@uusj.org or 202-600-9132.