Environmental Justice Ministry

Service, Education, Witness, Advocacy, and Justice opportunities at UUCA

In person meetings at UUCA have been cancelled until further notice. Off site service opportunities have been scaled back, as well.

At its recent Spring Congregational meeting, UUCA members voted to have the justice ministry focus on environmental issues. We have EJM committee meetings the first Thursday of each month at noon on Zoom. You can also follow the UUCA EJM on Facebook and Twitter for relevant news articles and local events. Thanks!

Environmental Justice sermon - On the 2nd Sunday of each month we will hear from a speaker on an Environmental Justice, UU the Vote, or other Social Justice related topic:  
  • September 13 - Andrew Ellis - from the Climate Reality Project, will present: Climate Change In A Warming World from a unique perspective as a paleontologist with an understanding of climate change in deep time - over hundreds of millions of years.  Mr. Ellis studies the connection between climate and its relation to all the mass extinctions on record. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of the solutions to the climate crisis. 
  • October 11 - tbd
  • November 8 - tbd
  • December 13 - tbd

UU the Vote - UU the Vote is a non-partisan faith initiative to engage our neighbors, educate our communities, mobilize voters, and rally around key ballot initiatives. All through 2020 the UUA is supporting congregations and UU organizations in activating thousands of Unitarian Universalists to mobilize for electoral justice at the local, state and national levels. Here at UUCA we've already done the following:
  • December 8, 2019 - We heard from the League of Women Voters about the new Vote Centers in OC. The upcoming elections in Orange County will be run differently than before, now with Vote Centers. A Vote Center is more than a traditional polling place - it's a full-service voting experience. Cast your ballot at any location, stop by on the weekend, even register to vote. 
  • January 12, 2020 - We learned about the 2020 Census and efforts to reach hard to count populations in OC from the Orange County Congregation Community Organization (OCCCO). An accurate Census determines how more than $800 billion in federal government resources will be distributed each year for the next decade to states and localities, determines apportionment of Congressional seats and redistricting at all levels of government, and determines where schools, roads, hospitals, child care centers, senior centers and other services should be built. OC Census FAQs here. 
  • March 8, 2020 - "Women's Suffrage: The Importance of Voting," with Dr. Kimberly Salter.  We celebrated 100 years of women's Right to Vote - learned about the 72 year struggle and then some; the importance of every vote, and why we should never take it for granted! Kimberly Salter has a Ph.D. in Organizational and Industrial Psychology and is a Licensed Marriage, Family Therapist. She is the Executive Vice President of the National Women's History Alliance and a past president of California National Organization for Women (NOW) and also OC NOW.  Past President of the Laguna  Beach Woman's Club and a long time member of AAUW - Laguna Beach Branch. Dr. Salter has a passion for Women's Herstory and spreading the word, making sure that women's stories get told. 
Want to do more? You could:
  • Pledge to register a new voter, and make sure they vote!
  • Help expand the electorate by volunteering at a citizenship fair.
  • Remember to vote in the election on or before November 3, 2020! Every registered voter will receive a mail in ballot, and no postage is necessary to return it by mail through USPS or drop it off in a ballot drop box location around Orange County. To learn more go to Orange County Registrar of Voters

Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival  is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality.
  • Join the local Orange County meetings. Check their Facebook page for details.

United to End Homelessness's overall goal is to end homelessness in Orange County. Key to achieving this is implementing the recommendations laid out in the groundbreaking 2017 UCI Homelessness Cost study. To that end, United to End Homelessness will:
  • Rally our community in support of a permanent supportive housing solution for chronically homeless individuals.
  • Identify homes for our chronically homeless neighbors in need through accessing existing rental units and by working with our partners to support and champion efforts to develop new units. 
  • Work with the County and others to leverage data that can help the community gain detailed insights so that we may enhance the overall system of care. 
Please sign their pledge to #EndHomelessnessOC.

Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of California


The Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice, a joint venture of the UUA and the UUSC, has service and educational opportunities for youth, college students, and adults:
  • Experiential Learning Journeys: Our transformative journeys to Nicaragua, the Arizona/Mexico border, Florida, and West Virginia will introduce you and your congregation to the justice work of UUA and UUSC partners, and help you make the connection to struggles in your own community.
  • Activate Youth Justice Trainings: Activate Youth Justice Journeys offer high-school aged youth, ages 14 to 18, the opportunity to deepen their understanding, transcend boundaries, and ignite their passion for justice through immersive and experiential learning. Current youth service journeys explore themes of racial, economic, climate, and immigration justice, and the intersections of spirituality & social justice as a whole.
  • Global Justice Summer Internship: The UU College of Social Justice offers summer internships for emerging young adults (ages 18-25) who wish to deepen their engagement with social justice and discover new ways to put their faith into action. Our goal is to offer young adults a first-hand experience of grassroots justice work along with framework that helps them explore potential career paths as well as their own spiritual development.

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