About the UU Young Adults for Climate Justice (UUYACJ)
Photo by cameron whitten. Pictured: attendees of the first Grounded and Resilient Organizers Workshop (GROW: Climate Justice), August 2015
Our mission is to grow a diverse network of Unitarian Universalist young adult activists grounded in faith, supported by each other and the UU community at large, and working together for climate justice.
Our vision is that our individual and collective actions catalyze the movement for a socially just, resilient, and sustainable future.
Our members are young adults, aged 18-35, who are climate justice activists with some connection to the Unitarian Universalist faith.
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The UU Young Adults for Climate Justice has a half-time, paid network coordinator, contracted by the UU Ministry for Earth and supported by grants and donations. The network coordinator manages communications, campaigns, and facilitation of consensus-based decision making among the network's membership and core leadership. A core leader is a network member who is active in the our programs and community, and committed to attending our monthly meetings.
Current core members of the network are: In Alphabetical order, by first name Aly Tharp (Network Coordinator) Ariel Aaronson-Eves Asha Phillar Christine Chao Elizabeth Mount Evan Seitz Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom Jimmy Betts Julian Sharp Lee Stewart Rev. Matthew McHale Tim DeChristopher
If you are a young adult interested in joining this community, click here. If you would like to support us through a fiscal (tax deductible) donation, click hereand include "for UUYACJ" in the comments box.
In it's first couple of years, the UUYACJ network focused on building community through offering workshops at regional UU young adult gatherings and the annual Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembley. Our second network coordinator was Curtis Murphy, of Ontario, Canada, during 2013-2014. Our third and current network coordinator is Aly Tharp, since September of 2014.
In the Fall of 2014, we adopted a unique and consensus-based model for directly-democratic decision making among young adult members, and shortly thereafter adopted our first continental campaign --- 100 Worship Services for Climate Justice --- as part of the faith-wide climate justice campaign, Commit2Respond. Our involvement in Commit2Respond grew exponentially throughout 2015, and our Network Coordinator, Aly Tharp, is currently serving as Chair of the Executive Team of Commit2Respond.
In August of 2015, UU Young Adults for Climate Justice participated in and helped to create GROW: Climate Justice ---- the first UU-sponsored skill-building workshop for young adult climate justice activism, by the UU College of Social Justice. Future GROW: Climate Justice trainings are in the planning stages.
In February of 2016, we began a Climate Justice Book Club.