UU College of Social Justice begins

The Rev. Kathleen McTigue, director of the UU College of Social Justice (©Nancy Pierce)

The Rev. Kathleen McTigue was introduced during the June 24 plenary as the director of the new UU College of Social Justice, a joint initiative of the UUA and the UU Service Committee. (©Nancy Pierce)

General Assembly served as the kickoff for the UU College of Social Justice on Saturday. The UUCSJ is a collaboration of the UU Service Committee and the UUA. Essentially it collects many existing UU-related service trip programs plus some new ones, and it will also create non-trip learning opportunities around social justice.

The Rev. Kathleen McTigue becomes director of the college on July 16. She said, “I’ve been waiting for 25 years for this collaboration to happen. We anticipate that the college will take both institutions’ learnings around social justice and put it in one place. Our purpose is to transform people by engaging them in social justice opportunities. We don’t change the world without changing ourselves.”

Currently the organization has trips planned to places including Haiti, the U.S.-Mexican border, India, Tanzania and Burundi, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and New Orleans. McTigue said there will soon be multiple levels of learning, starting with “Social Justice 101.” More information is at the website, www.uucsj.org

“We believe this will lead to a lifetime of social justice making,” said the Rev. Brock Leach, one of the organizers of the new venture.

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