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Overview of Social Justice

Justice Work Takes 5 Forms Here

Learning  - Increasing congregational awareness and knowledge about issues and opportunities for being involved and how to interpret an issue within the context of liberal religious values,

Serving  -  Implementing how an Action Group intends to carry out their program of justice ministry,

Transformation  -  Providing opportunities for participants to increase self-reflection, sensitivity, confidence, ability, and spiritual growth resulting in empowerment and organized ways to create change,

Witness  -  Sharing the convictions and contributions regarding a particular issue with the wider community, and

Advocacy  -  Contributing to public awareness or policy solutions by engaging with the legislative process and a wider public.

(compiled from the UUA ‘s Congregational Categories of Engagement and the Justice Transition Task Force summary report).


Justice Action Groups are defined as teams engaging with specific programs, initiatives, services, events, or relationships that are directly involved in justice work. Current examples are the Homeless Action Team, Earth Justice, San Ramon, and others.

Areas of Concern refer to larger categories within which reside specific Justice Action Groups that have common characteristics and intersecting interests. Current categories of Areas of Concern are: Alleviate Poverty, Advance Human Rights, Protect the Earth, Building Beloved Community, Partners for Justice.

A limited number of Areas of Concern have been proposed to sharpen the focus for congregation commitment and understanding and to develop communities of interest wherein partnerships among Justice Action Groups within ERUUF can increase program effectiveness of each group. Although monthly Area of Concern meetings are not envisioned, communication between Action Groups is encouraged.

An Area of Concern Liaison will be selected by members of the Action Groups within each area to serve as a member of the Justice Ministry Executive Committee.

The Justice Ministry Council (JMC) is a plenary group composed of all leaders and members of Justice Action Groups. The Justice Ministry Moderators (co-chairs) convene the Council that meets quarterly to shape Justice Ministry planning, review accomplishments, and discuss justice priorities and specific program matters.

The Justice Ministry Executive Committee (JMEC) is a subset of the Justice Council composed of 5-8 people convened by the Moderators monthly and is composed of coordinators with specific organizational assignments and Area of Concern Liaisons. The Executive Committee is a critical link between the congregation and Justice Ministry Leaders and is responsible for planning, budgeting, reviewing, and green-lighting justice proposals and opportunities.

Justice Ministry Associates are Fellowship members and families who have expressed an active interest in Justice Ministry activities. Justice Action Groups will alert this growing cadre of members to specific needs and opportunities. They may serve as consultants during planning periods and participate in justice program reviews. In addition, Associates may be invited to undertake limited assignments, give presentations, and offer testimony about justice activities.

Justice Sundays

For several years until June 2016, ERUUF funded the various justice projects that the Justice Council chose for continued long-term focus at ERUUF by periodically designating the collection plate offering for the Justice Council.  Six Sundays of the year, the plate was given to the Justice Council to support justice ministry at ERUUF and in the broader community.

Read more: Justice Sundays