Social Justice Action Update: 6/16/19

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.


Family focus – Pride. In honor of Pride month, our June social offering goes to OutFront MN. As we strive for social justice for all, consider ways to talk to children about LGBTQ issues. The Human Rights Campaign offers some valuable resources (Talking with kids about LGBTQ issues). Another resource is The Conscious Kids list of 20 must-read LGBTQIA+ children’s books.

Family focus – Tree planting and distribution events. Volunteering with Tree Trust is a great way to improve your environment and invest in your community. Each year, Tree Trust plants and distributes more than 2,000 trees and shrubs in the Twin Cities metro. Tree Trust provides hands-on training; no experience is required. They are looking for volunteers for varying work shifts (usually 3-4 hours). Check website for dates and times and locations. Families with children age ten or older are welcome to volunteer. To learn more, contact Karen, Registration is available online.

Family focus – Help seniors in your community with spring yard clean up. HOME Program of Senior Community Services is looking for volunteers to help with yard clean-up, beginning now and continuing through the summer. Come once or on an ongoing basis. Clean up can be scheduled for weekdays or weekends, and families with children ages seven or older are welcome to participate. To volunteer, contact Cat at  or 952.767.7894

June 2-August 18

Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Avenue S., Mpls.  Tickets are now on sale. Presented by Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, the New York Times calls the exhibition “much-anticipated” and ArtForum says it’s “groundbreaking.” Women have long been the creative force behind Native art. Presented in close cooperation with top Native women artists and Native-art scholars, this first major exhibition of artwork by Native women honors the achievements of over 115 artists from the United States and Canada spanning over 1,000 years. Their triumphs—from pottery, textiles, and painting, to photographs, videos, and a gleaming El Camino—show astonishing innovation and technical mastery.

Saturday, June 8-Sunday, June 30

To Let Go and Fall, Theater Latte Da, Ritz Theater, 345 13th Ave NE., Mpls. Highly praised world premiere of play that tracks a same-sex romance at varying stages of life.  See Star Tribune review:

Tuesday, June 18 and 25

Know Your Somali Neighbor, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Eisenhower Community Center, Room 217, 1001 Hwy. 7, Hopkins.  Join a lively discussion on the misconceptions about Islam which can sometimes hinder the relationship between Muslim and non-Muslim communities.  Learn about our newer neighbors and be part of promoting mutual understanding. $29. Register:

Sunday, June 23

March in the Twin Cities Pride Parade with UUCM
Loring Park – 1382 Willow Street in Minneapolis
The Twin Cities Pride Festival is a CELEBRATION of the LGBTQ+ Community. There will  be 400 exhibitor booths, 40 food vendors, and 4 free stages with music and other performances. All LGBTQ+ people and allies are welcome! The event is FREE. Click here to learn more. UUCM is registered to be a part of the MUUSJA group, and we need to have an idea of the number of people who can attend. Contact Mary Cotton at 763-442-5808 or to sign up or with any questions. 

Monday, June 24 – Friday, June 28

Youth Leadership Experience. Sponsored by Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light, youth in grades 7-12 are invited to participate in a week full of outdoor adventure at Lake Itasca State Park.  Departing from 4407 E. Lake St. Mon. 9 a.m., returning Fri 3 p.m. We’ll get to know and love the headwaters of the Mississippi River. We’ll visit indigenous farms, meet with indigenous water protectors, and explore solar development on the Red Lake Reservation. Students will have a chance to meet with Native leaders and find their own voice in creating the world they want to see. Register here. 10 spots available. Apply now, and you will be “accepted” within 2 weeks. Contact: for more information!

Sunday, July 7

Angela Davis: The Fight for Collective Liberation.  Join a call with social justice advocate Angela Davis at 7:00 p.m. Central Time.  Register here.

Sunday, July 21

Water Is Life Festival, Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth.  12:00-6:00 p.m. Winona LaDuke and Honor the Earth are excited to invite you to gather at the shores of Lake Superior with many of our allies across the state and region including national organizations, local partners in Minnesota, and Water Protectors  across the state for our annual Water Is Life Festival. Children under 10 are free. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE.

November 15-16 SAVE THE DATES

Overcoming Racism Conference, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul. Presented by the Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative (FREC). Each day will include a full slate of workshops, with opportunities to reflect, connect, & commit.  Registration opens September 1st. Featuring.Distinguished Professor Joe Feagin, Texas A&M University, and Winona LaDuke, Environmentalist, Political Activist, Founder and Co-Director of Honor the Earth, Founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project.


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