Compassionate Immigration Reform: An Update on the Status of CIR & Strategies
March 2013: This spring, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to pass compassionate, comprehensive immigration reform. As people of faith, we must raise our voices for an immigration reform bill that promotes justice, compassion, and keeps families together. Learn more about comprehensive immigration reform legislation and strategies for organizing to bring compassion to the conversation.
Taking Action Against Anti-Muslim Bigotry
February 2013: In our society, anti-Muslim bigotry is often used for political gain and can pave the way to compromised civil liberties. Anti-Muslim rhetoric has a negative impact on our communities and affects us all. Learn how to counter anti-Muslim bigotry in your own community in our “Taking Action Against Anti-Muslim Bigotry” webinar.
Transgender Identity & Inclusion
October 2012: This interactive, informative webinar offered a crash course in transgender identity and provided practical and concrete ways to increase one’s mindfulness and support of people of all identities and ways of expressing gender. The presentation covered terminology, the experiences of transgender people, the ways in which all of us are impacted by gender norms, and how we can collectively increase our welcome and inclusion of transgender people.
Take Love to the Polls: Elections 2012
September 2012: We all know how much is at stake in the upcoming election at the national, state, and local levels. Regressive policies and corporate control oppress people on the margins and disenfranchise the vulnerable among us. Nevertheless, you can use your voice to lift up the issues that affect our communities and be part of voter registration, Get-Out the Vote, and stopping voter suppression efforts. Religious groups play a prophetic role in public life by calling attention to oppression, demanding change, and holding leaders and institutions accountable for their actions and policies. Learn what is at stake this season and how you, as a person of conscience and faith, can work with your congregation, community partners, and other allies to help level the political playing field this election season!
Breaking the Isolation of Immigration: Starting a Visitation Program
July 2012: More than 34,000 people are detained in the U.S. daily, and nearly 400,000 passed through the system every year, without regard to whether they are recently-arrived, asylum-seekers, or long-time residents. This webinar taught participants how to start a visitation program and included information from other successful programs that have resulted in hundreds of visits to detained immigrant and asylum-seeking women in the past year.
Resources for Grassroots Immigration Advocacy & Stopping Deportations in Our Communities
February 2012: A coalition of organizations including the Unitarian Universalist Association, the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, the National Day Laborer’s Organizing Network (NDLON), and the New Sanctuary Movement recently launched a national campaign of immigration advocacy in local communities. Our goal is to train interfaith teams to meet with local officials to: 1) change the way communities respond to detainment requests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and 2) stop the unlimited access of ICE agents to jails.
Envision a Better World Through Collective Visioning
January 2012: This webinar was based on ongoing conversations with Occupy movements in 20 cities in the United States and around the world and laid out the extensive and innovative work that must be done to build trust and openness. Collective Visioning involves intentionally bringing people together across social divides and generating a positive vision that is long-term, expansive, and solutions-driven. Collective Visioning is also about action planning so that we are prepared to actively work towards what we envision.
Best Practices in Campus Ministry–Standing on the Side of Love
December 2011: This episode of the “Best Practices in Campus Ministry” series featured Meredith Lukow, Standing on the Side of Love Program Assistant and student leader of American University’s Unitarian Universalist group. Learn how campus ministries can get involved with the Standing on the Side of Love campaign and in social justice work more broadly through examples from American University. Specific focus on the upcoming “30 Days of Love” campaign, running from Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 15th through Valentine’s Day on February 14th.
Deepen Congregational Involvement with Standing on the Side of Love
December 2011: Want to know how your congregation’s social justice work might be invigorated by using the Standing on the Side of Love frame? Discover the best practices of these groundbreaking congregations in terms of social justice committee structures, communications vehicles, pastoral care for those engaged in public witness, and thoughts about how to most effectively “show up” at social justice events. This webinar featured a conversation with Valley UU Congregation in Chandler, Arizona and First UU Church of Rochester, MN, who talked about how they have linked their social justice ministries with Standing on the Side of Love to tremendous success and renewed congregational energy!
Immigration for Congregational Leaders
September 2011: Strengthen your immigrant justice ministry, connect with faith communities and partners, and help prepare your congregation for Justice GA 2012! UU State Advocacy Networks, Standing on the Side of Love and our partners, New Sanctuary Movement and No More Deaths, discussed: immigration policy updates, actions to curb human rights abuses of migrants, and best practices for engaging congregations.
Congregational Immigrant Justice Ministries
May 2011: Best practices from outstanding congregational justice ministries. Congregational leaders addressed how they got started, obstacles they encountered and how they dealt with them, what they have accomplished, and their next steps. The National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) provided an overview of national and state campaigns and information on how congregations can get connected. Unitarian Universalist Association representatives provided additional resources and congregational best practices.