Social Justice Happenings

Hello fellow justice seekers! 

Find ways to get involved. Sometimes, writing a letter to our political representatives or offering a hug is what we can give right now. Maybe it’s more. The following are opportunities for you to get involved in social justice efforts at First UU. Do you have an organization, campaign, or great idea for a project? Get in touch and let me know!

Shelly Rohe she/her
Social Justice Coordinator | First Unitarian Universalist Church
1727 Walden Lane SW | Rochester, MN 55902 | 507-923-1362 |

July’s Social Justice partner is Boundless:

Boundless, an indoor plays pace and activity center brought to you by SEMCIL.

It is widely recognized that the social and physical benefits of play are important to all individuals of all ages. Play allows for development in the areas of communication, coordination, problem solving, imagination, and relationship building at a pace that is determined by the individual. Children should have inclusive access to recreational activities in all communities. Parks and playgrounds are spaces that foster this need yet Southeast Minnesota lacks fully accessible play spaces, particularly indoors and in rural communities. We’ve designed Boundless to remove as many barriers as possible and to open the play experience in a new way. Your donations will help us make sure that as many people as possible can experience Boundless.

Open doors, open play, open minds


First UU Rochester, MN

  • General Social Justice Group on Realm
  • Shared Social Justice events and opportunities in and around Rochester.
  • If you would like to be added, let Shelly know
  • Visit the Social Justice table for opportunities to connect with other justice seekers.
  • Join the Wide Welcoming Team

Rochester, MN and the surrounding area

ISAIAH ~ Social Justice in Action

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Rochester is a member congregation of an interfaith coalition called ISAIAH. This organization works collectively and powerfully to realize racial, economic and climate justice in Minnesota. 

ISAIAH brings together faith based organizations and community members across the state including here in the Rochester area. In Rochester we are working together to develop strategies and take action on housing, child care, healthcare and climate issues. We have monthly meetings (third Sundays at 5:30pm) to plan and implement our next steps. We hope you will join us as we put our shared values into action to create a Minnesota that is inclusive and just for every person.

If you would like more information about ISAIAH please contact:

Fletcher Hinds
Kim Harris 
Patty Trnka
Visit the website at: 

UUs in Minnesota

MUUSJA Builds Capacity for Justice Work.

We equip Unitarian Universalists in Minnesota and the surrounding area to do powerful, sustainable, accountable, spiritually-rooted work — both locally and in the broader public sphere.

Only together can we unleash courageous leadership and collective power to build a just and loving world.

Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light works in partnership with faith and spiritual communities and all Minnesotans to build transformative power and bring the lights of people’s unique gifts to addressing the climate crisis.

UUs Nationally


UUSJ works to make our Government fairer and more inclusive by the following actions: 

  1. Selecting issues strategically that are moving in Congress
  2. Arranging meetings with Congressional staff so UUs can talk to Congress.
  3. Publicizing Action Alerts
  4. Maintaining Issue Action Teams on the priority issues
  5. Conducting workshops and webinars
  6. Organizing witnessing activities

A just, compassionate, and sustainable world community

Advance equitable national policies and actions aligned with UU values through engagement, education, and advocacy

Action Posters:

UUs Globally

UUSC – The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

Our mission: UUSC advances human rights and social justice around the world, partnering with those who confront unjust power structures and mobilizing to challenge oppressive policies. Our work is grounded in the belief that all people have inherent power and dignity.

International Justice and Accountability

Grassroots Partnerships

In Your Congregation

Justice Education & Leadership Development

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UUA Office at the UN

Guided by our principles, Unitarian Universalists (UUs) are called to advocate for international human rights, peace, and climate justice, promoting the inherent worth and dignity of people and planet. The Unitarian Universalist Office at the United Nations (UU@UN) is the UU voice to the UN. Join our global social justice movement by getting involved and building awareness!

Get Involved

World Day of SocialJustice

Past UU@UN Spring Seminars