Social Justice Action Update: 11/11/18

UUCM’s Social Justice Ministry keeps members and friends informed about upcoming social justice events and activities of interest. We encourage you to participate and help build the congregation’s capacity to educate, serve, witness, and advocate for social justice. If you have a social justice event you would like to publicize, contact John Ziegenhagen.

Volunteer Opportunity

Jackie Smollen is looking for someone, preferably with nursing background, to help tutor a Somali woman taking an online nursing course anytime Mondays or Tuesdays. Jackie also needs another tutor at the Hopkins Library on Mondays from 4:30-6:00 p.m.


Saturday, November 17

UUCM Men’s Workshop
8:30 a.m.-12:00 noon, UUCM. Come join the men of our community for a facilitated, male-oriented conversation. We’ll explore topics such as our transition from boys to men, male privilege, how do we define “other” and some of the many opportunities and challenges facing us as men today. Open to any male or those who identify as male, and who is over 18. Bring your sons, nephews, your father or any other men you think would benefit from this conversation. To register: signup sheet in community room or

Saturday, November 17

Outfront Minnesota 2018 Gala
Save the date.  More information will be available soon. OutFront Minnesota’s mission is to create a state where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are free to be who they are, love who they love, and live without fear of violence, harassment or discrimination. We envision a state where LGBTQ individuals have equal opportunities, protection and rights. We are working toward the day when all Minnesotans have the freedom, power and confidence to make the best choices for their own lives.

Thursday, November 29

Colonization and Unitarian Universalism
6:30 p.m. Sponsored by the UU Ministry for Earth, this free webinar is the first in the “Decolonization Conversations: Solidarity with Indigenous Land & Water Protectors” 2018-19 program. The webinar will be led by Rev. Clyde Grubbs, a UU minister of Texas Cherokee heritage, which informs his spiritual understanding and practice, and his anti-racist commitment.  Register here.

Saturday, December 15

CAIR-MN 11th Annual Banquet
5:30 p.m. doors open for silent auction and networking reception, 7:00 p.m. dinner. Doubletree by Hilton, 7800 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington.  Please join us as we celebrate 11 years of protecting civil liberties and advocating for justice for Muslims in Minnesota who have faced discrimination, bullying, hate and the effects of Islamophobia. CAIR proudly presents keynote speaker Civil Rights Advocate Karen Korematsu, Founder and Executive Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute and special guest speaker Dr. Altaf Husain, PhD, MSW, Vice President, Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research. Individual tickets: $50; tables of 10, $500-$1,500. See

Sunday, December 16

Jewish Community Action Annual Meeting
1:00 p.m., Sabes Jewish Community Center, 4330 Cedar Lake Rd., St. Louis Park.  For members and allies, come discuss JCA’s current and future campaigns, hear from members and local leaders who inspire us, and discuss, together, who we want to be.

Thursday, December 20

Homeless Memorial March and Service
5:00 p.m. Every year, there is a march and memorial service for people who are homeless, or advocates for the homeless community, who passed away during the year. The event was started in the 1980s, as a way to honor the passing of those whose deaths often went unnoticed and without memorials. The event begins with a silent vigil at the Hennepin County Government Center. Attendees march to Simpson United Methodist Church for a brief service of remembrance and a community meal.

Sunday, January 27–REGISTER EARLY

UUCM at Families Volunteering Together
2:45-4:45 p.m., People Serving People, 614 South Third St., Mpls. Won’t you join other UUCM families in this fun event which helps children and their families better understand homelessness and the importance of supporting families in need. The event will begin with a short welcome, video, Q&A, and tour of People Serving People. Volunteer activities may include packing baby wipes, making tie-blankets, portioning laundry detergent, and building beautification. The event is open to children age 5 years and up with their parent(s) or grandparent(s). Bring a donation of new or nearly new board books for our youngest guests. It costs $5/per person to register. Families wishing to participate should register early, as the event is likely to sell out. Please contact Andrea ( if you sign up, for facilitating carpools and meet-ups at the site.


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