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Living Wage Certification Toolkit, by Dean Wanderer

Aug 24 2017

The Richmond Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy Chapter is partnering with the Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building to develop a Living Wage Certification program. This is a voluntary certification program designed to recognize and promote employers that pay living wages. The Certification Committee has set $16 or more per hour for the Gold Star Living Wage Certification, $12.50 or more for the Silver Star Living Wage Certification, and $11 or more for the Aspiring Living Wage Certification. 

New Report by Chuck Collins: Reversing Inequality

Aug 14 2017

UUJEC's longtime friend and Advisory Board Member Chuck Collins has released a compelling new report we're proudly sharing with you. Chuck will also be joining us for a webinar to discuss his report and how we can work toward a more equitable economy. Stay tuned for developments from our mailing list. 

Webinar Series; Join Us for Monthly Inspiration, by Rachel Bennett Steury

Aug 08 2017

To follow up from our spring conference “Reversing Inequality, Healthcare Justice is a UU Value,” UUJEC is working in partnership with UU’s for Social Justice (UUSJ) to continue that important dialogue around healthcare. Our webinar series features discussions and crucial updates by our colleagues from leading advocacy groups.

Our recent webinars featured action calls, toolkits and updates from NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, and FCNL, the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Our upcoming webinars will also keep you informed and connected to others working for healthcare justice. 

A-Mazing!! The UUA passes “Reversing Economic Inequity” Statement of Conscience, by Lucy Hitchcock

Aug 03 2017
We (the UUA) have come a long way.  In 1979, President Paul Carnes created the UU Task Force on Economic Justice.  Soon, Rev. Dr. Richard Gilbert published, “How Much Do We Deserve?” and with Dr. Loretta Williams, Director of the UUA Office of Social Responsibility, published the first economic justice curriculum, “A Call to Do Justice.”  In 1989, the Rev. Paul Sawyer called a group of colleagues together with lecturers from the Center for Popular Economics and, out of the dialogue, UUJEC, an affiliate UUA organization, was born. Years of study, curricula, workshops, GA resolutions, marches followed. 

The Benefits of UUJEC Membership, by Jim Black

Jul 27 2017

The benefits of membership in the Unitarian Universalist Just Economic Community (UUJEC) are many.  The benefits which I have taken advantage of several times are the resources available on the UUJEC website.  Go to the UUJEC website and click on the menu “escalating inequality” and a drop down menu will appear with several workshops and videos which can be presented at your congregation or community setting. I have had personal success with TED Talk presentations.

I chose TED Talks to present at our Fellowship in Door County Wisconsin. My timing was not the greatest. I made the first presentation of TED Talks during the non-tourist season.  There are just a handful of communities in northern Door County. These communities all have populations less than a thousand.  During the tourist season there are tens of thousands of folks in Door County. During the non-tourist season it is common to see neither a car nor person on the main streets. These same streets during tourist season are so crowded open parking spaces can not be found and walking is difficult due to the crowds.  My expectations were low.

Working for Healthcare Justice in Pennsylvania, by Mardys Leeper

Jul 06 2017

I have worked as a parent of a disabled woman, and as the co-leader of the UUPLAN Economic Justice Team. As a parent, I tried to get to get an appointment with someone in Senator Toomey's office. Despite phone calls and emails, it didn't happen. He seems to be locked away from us. I wanted to tell my story as an example of reasons the Republican bill is so bad. When that failed, I went to Lancaster to hear Senator Casey. Although I didn't get to read my letter, I did get to share my thoughts to Fox 43 Harrisburg after the superb town hall. 

Spotlight On Congregations, by Jane Bannor

Jun 26 2017
Throughout the year, the UUJEC web-site has been presenting profiles of the social justice work done by different UU congregations across the country.  While some activities are popular in many of the churches in our denomination, others fill special needs or are carried out in unusual ways. Since adoption of the Study / Action issue on Income Inequality, many congregations have held workshops on the issue.  There are six different curricula on the subject available under the “Escalating Inequality” tab of the UUJEC web-site at  

Reclaim Our Democracy, Guest Post by Fred Van Deusen

May 22 2017

The Denominational Affairs Committee at First Parish in Concord, Massachusetts embraced the 2014 UUA Congregational Study Action Issue of Escalating Inequality and sponsored activities in 2014 and 2015 that led to the formation of our group in May of 2015. We created a name and mission statement for ourselves and encouraged others to join our efforts. Our goals were to find ways to increase economic fairness in elections, taxes, wages, education and healthcare.  As we have learned, the issues surrounding escalating inequality are complex, intertwined, systemic and deeply rooted in our culture. The most compelling issue that the group identified was the impact of escalating inequality on our democracy. 

Economic Justice Spotlight: BuxMont UU Fellowship, Warrington, PA

Apr 25 2017

BuxMont UU Fellowship’s Peace and Justice Committee drives a thriving social justice ministry.  Their Peace and Justice Committee is a composite of the Peace Initiative, Diversity Task Force, Green Sanctuary, Reproductive Justice, Immigration Liaison, Friday Movies, Oxfam Hunger Banquet and their Split Plate Program.

Located in Warrington, PA, BuxMont UUF has donated over $100,000 to non-profit organizations since 2004.  Their guidelines are that the organization is non-profit and non-partisan (following 501 C3 rules).  The charity must address social justice issues, promote fair and equal treatment while empowering marginalized communities to reduce poverty, racism, homophobia and ageism while reducing violence and preserving the environment.

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