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 |

Our April Social Justice Partner is The Village Agricultural Cooperative:

The Village Agricultural Cooperative creates opportunities for our communities to grow culturally relevant food. Their goals are founded in our community needs, and by creating space for public and market gardens in urban areas, they address the health needs of our people and planet while building hope for future generations. They believe that sustainable agriculture creates healthy communities.


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

Join one of the First UU community service organizations:

Hawthorne Helps

Refugee Resettlement Program

Riverside Central Elementary Reading Program

Tax Assistance Program for Lower-Income Individuals & Families

Other Volunteer Opportunities:

Community Food Response

Family Promise

Saturday Noon Meals

ISAIAH, Rochester


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 visit the website at: 

MUSSJA – Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance

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.

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Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light

Demand The Us Pay Its Fair Share

Loss & Damage: A Global Human Rights Campaign

MidAmerica Messenger

Latest edition


Side With Love – Social Justice campaign

Our intersectional justice priorities are:

Climate Justice (inclusive of Indigenous sovereignty and Climate Resilience) with Create Climate Justice

Democracy and Electoral Justice (inclusive of Voting Rights and electoral participation) with UU the Vote

Decriminalization (inclusive of Racial Justice and Immigration Justice) with Love Resists  *The button in the center of the page to sign up for the class is not working. I have an email in to see if there is a new one.

LGBTQIA+ and Gender Justice (inclusive of reproductive justice and abortion access) with UPLIFT Action

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UUSJ – Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice

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:

Write to your Senators and Representatives by clicking each link below. A pre-written letter will populate with blanks next to it for your information. Read through the information and send a letter adding any additional information you wish. 

Tell the White House to stop the raid on postal workers’ pensions (2.19.24)

Tell Congress to Support Expansion of the  Child Tax Credit (1.21.24)

 Tell Congress to act urgently to help Afghans access lasting safety in the U.S. by passing the recently reintroduced bipartisan and bicameral Afghan Adjustment Act (S.2327 and HR 4627)

Tell your legislators to support the John R. Lewis Voting Rights, Advancement Act (H.R.14)

Tell our Senators to Support Strong Climate Provisions

Tell Congress to require binding ethics rules for Supreme Court Justices

Tell the U.S. Congress to prioritize people and protect critical anti-poverty programs like SNAP

Tell Congress it is time to step up and pass legislation to provide lasting protection for the Dreamers

Tell Congress We Still Need The Environmental Justice for All Act

Tell Congress To Act to Protect & Strengthen Our Democracy

Tell President Biden and his administration to do more in challenging Operation Lone Star 

Tell Our Legislators The U.S. Can Do Better, Let’s Welcome In The Spirit Of Inherent Worth And Dignity

Tell Congress to support H.R. 1325 The Asylum Seeker Work Authorization Act

Tell Your Legislators to Pass the Indigenous Peoples’ Day Act

Ask President Biden to protect Indigenous lands

Tell congress to retain the Endangered Species Act’s protections for all of the grizzly bears in the lower-48

 Federal Advocacy Resources –

U USC – 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!

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World Day of SocialJustice

Past UU@UN Spring Seminars