About UULMNC

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The Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of North Carolina initiative is a statewide Social Justice Network of participating congregations that is focused on state public policy matters. Its primary purpose is to inform congregations through their local Network teams about legislative dockets and developments that relate to social justice priorities that UU congregations across the state have covenanted to advance. Its mission is also to encourage congregations and individuals to enter the public forum in support of those issues that are the foundation of our UU Principles.

We are justly proud of our leadership and commitment to social justice action and service in our local communities. Many of us have dedicated ourselves to work in food pantries, soup kitchens, tutoring, homeless shelters, farm worker issues, and many other programs within our communities. But we can do more. By building on this work, we can extend our reach collectively by encouraging legislators, local leaders, and our community leaders to forge public policies that respond to, rather than diminish, opportunity and the rights of North Carolina citizens. Our many hands and our experience have earned us the legitimacy and the opportunity to speak with one very powerful and unified voice.

The good news is that we are not alone. We will seek partnerships with community organizations and other faith groups to advance our views when they intersect. We partnered effectively with other state-level organizations in our effort to defeat the so-called marriage amendment. Locally, every congregation has kindred working relationships with other community organizations. We will build on those relationships. We will learn from them, and they will be strengthened by our experience, work, and our passion.

This year is dedicated to exploring and testing interest in this project. The Steering Committee invites your ideas and questions. Because we are a geographically dispersed state, we will need to establish communication links for an efficient exchange of suggestions and concerns that will lead to workshops and local presentations.

Let us begin the conversation and the satisfying work of giving the ‘shape of justice’ in our state. We know that change rarely emerges from the “top-down.” It begins with individuals, and for us, congregations working together to find our collective and passionate voice. Our voices must be heard.

To learn more and to join the conversation, contact either or both of us: Doug Rhodes, Eno River, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Steve Scroggin, Winston-Salem, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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