UUSJ Events

Stay alert as Senators look for ways to act on healthcare!

Since the May 4 passage of the House healthcare bill, all efforts have been focused on the Senate, urging moderation. Instead, Senate Majority Leader McConnell chose to deepen the (partisan) divide by deciding the Senate healthcare bill is budget-related, allowing it to be considered through a reconciliation process that prohibits filibustering, allows only 20 hours … Continued

UUSJ Immigration Task Group: Advocacy & Growth

On Wednesday, June 14, three members of the Immigration Task Group met with staff at Senator Cardin’s office to discuss and delivered an official UUSJ letter, asking the Senator to support two Senate bills (S.303 and S.668) and oppose three pieces of legislation: H.R.2431 (the Davis Act), H.R.2406 and H.R.2407 not yet in the Senate. … Continued

Statement of Conscience on Escalating Economic Inequality

At this year’s General Assembly, the Statement of Conscience on Escalating Economic Inequality was passed. See feature story above and read the draft in the final document which will be posted widely. UUSJ’s Escalating Inequality Task Group will be reviewing the new statement closely for application to UUSJ’s work. For further information or to join the Task … Continued

UUSJ Social Justice Awards Nominations Now Open

We know there are many worthy individuals and groups from our congregations who are doing wonderful things to make the world a better place. UUSJ requests your help identifying these Social Justice Heroes so we can honor them at our Awards Gala to be held in the Fall. We ask you to solicit nominations from … Continued

UUSJ Board Election Results for July 2017 – June 2018

The Board held elections during its Saturday, June 3 meeting. Bob Denniston of Arlington was elected Board Chair as John Gubbings steps away from that role. Martha Ades of Fairfax was elected Secretary as Bill Alsmeyer-Johnson steps away from that role. The Vice Chair slot remains open. The Treasurer position is held under temporary appointment … Continued

Cedar Lane UU Church: A Sanctuary Church

“Therefore, be it resolved that as people of conscience, the members of Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church (CLUUC) declare our commitment to translate our values into action and to stand on the side of love with the most vulnerable among us…” Cedar Lane UU Church passed a congregational resolution on becoming a sanctuary church at its … Continued

UUSJ’s Immigration Task Group takes positions on immigration-related bills

UUSJ signed onto a letter asking Senators to co-sponsor the Agricultural Worker Program Act of 2017, at the invitation of Farmworker Justice. The bill provides a one-time opportunity for experienced agricultural workers to apply for legal status. The bill is framed as a bridge until comprehensive reform can be enacted, and will provided needed legal … Continued

Intersectionalities of Climate Change and Human Vulnerability

Coming off Earth Month (April), the People’s Climate March, and UU participation therein UUSJ volunteers seek to deepen collaborations with ally organizations and link climate change to key human vulnerability themes such as gender inequality, access to water, food security, hunger and to conflict (both domestic and international). If you have expertise on related intersectionalities … Continued

UUSJ Advocacy Day – May 9, 2017

On May 9, 13 people joined the UUSJ Advocacy Corps and delivered 575 letters to Capitol Hill written by UUs from 13 states, along with petitions signed by 270 UUs from across the nation gathered during the Peoples’ Climate Movement March on Earth Day. The focus of the letters and petitions was support for federal … Continued