Changing Our World

We are working together to make a more fair, peaceful, and just community in Jackson, in Mississippi, and in our world! We use the power of love to stop oppression through grassroots community-based action, advocacy, education, and public witness.

Changing Our World Ministry Team Chairs: Fran Leber & David Vision

SOTSOLJoin the Standing on the Side of Love campaign.

Participate in 30 Days of Love 2017! Between Martin Luther King’s Day and Valentine’s Day (Jan. 16-Feb. 14), we will learn and take action together to promote social justice with the Standing on the Side of Love Campaign. This year’s focus, Fortifying the Movement, will lift up the ways Unitarian Universalists are building and organizing to take bold, courageous action for intersectional racial justice. There are many resources online as well as an All Ages Activity Calendar to share this special time with your entire family.

  • Work towards LGBTQ Equity to counter the discrimination, marginalization, and violence LGBTQ people still face despite the victories of the national marriage equality movement which recognized love was love and marriage needs no qualifiers.
  • Work towards Immigrant Justice recognizing that love has no borders, love keeps families together, love respects the inherent worth and dignity of all people.
  • Work towards Racial Justice supporting the Black Lives Matter Movement which recognizing in the importance of dismantling racism and white supremacy in ourselves, our families, our congregations and our communities. In the words of Julio Noboa, member of the Latino/Latina Unitarian Universalist Networking Association, only through sustained communication and authentic relationships can we begin to penetrate the layers of social identity to view and enjoy the singular soul within. Click here for more information about why we care.

UUCJ Social Justice Book Circle:

Current bookThe Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear by William J. Barber, II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

At a time when divide-and-conquer politics are exacerbating racial strife and economic inequality, Rev. Barber offers an impassioned, historically grounded argument that Moral Mondays, the largest state government-focused civil disobedience campaign in American history, are hard evidence of an embryonic Third Reconstruction in America. This Third Reconstruction is a profoundly moral awakening of justice-loving people united in a fusion coalition powerful enough to reclaim the possibility of democracy-even in the face of corporate-financed extremism. This memoir details how diverse activists came together to build a coalition and provides a hopeful message for a nation grappling with persistent racial and economic injustice. Rev. Barber writes about how the groundwork for a state-by-state movement uniting black, white, and brown, rich and poor, employed and unemployed, gay and straight, documented and undocumented, religious and secular to heal our nation’s wounds and produce morally defensible, constitutionally consistent, and economically sane public policy. The Third Reconstruction is both a blueprint for movement building and an inspiring call to action from the twenty-first century’s most effective grassroots organizer.

The UUA offers a discussion guide.

Check out dates for the Book Circle on the UUCJ Calendar.

Check out our previous Social Justice Book Circle selections.

42forbetter_webAlthough Initiative 42 did not pass, we will continue to work with partners to promote adequate funding to support better schools for our children in Mississippi.

The purpose of Initiative 42 was to ensure that each child in Mississippi received the adequate funding needed to provide a quality education. Over the last six years, MAEP has been underfunded resulting in a shortfall of $l.5 billion for the education of our children. Our state faces serious consequences due to our underfunding of education, including low educational attainment and the inability of our state to attract family-sustaining jobs.

We continue to support increases to funding of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP). See 42forbetterschools or more information.

UUSC logoPartner with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee:

For 75 years, the UUSC has taking action to advance a full array of human rights — promoting economic justice, bolstering environmental justice, and protecting rights at risk. Every day, UUSC works to deliver aid with dignity and advance the rights of people left behind during humanitarian crises, which include forgotten conflicts, natural disasters, and forced migration.

Find out how to Take Action today!

Contact the Changing Our World Ministry Team!

Do you have ideas for the Changing Our World Ministry Team to promote social justice? Would you like to get involved? Please contact the Changing Our World Ministry Team to find out how you can contribute!