Justice-building innovators strengthen justice making in their communities across the country. As volunteers, they improve the capacity and effectiveness of congregations and their parishioners to engage in sustained justice work. Utilizing statewide networks and congregational projects, they are supported by UUSC with periodic training, ongoing coaching, a peer network, and various financial and technical resources. Updates will be posted here regularly so you can follow their struggles and successes.

Click on each photo to learn more about what each justice-building innovator is doing in their community!

PACIFIC WESTERN REGION

I am excited to be a JBI for the new beginnings it provides, new insights into the scope of Human Rights needs, new insights into our capacity to respond, and new insights into the power for change in our collective efforts.

Learn more about the work he is doing around refugee support and resettlement.

 

REV. FRED RABIDOUX
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF.

I am excited to be a Justice Building Innovator because it will give me an opportunity to meet and support liberal religious people throughout the state of Washington in their fight for justice on a multifaceted front, including strengthening The Thin Green Line!

Learn more about what Julia is doing throughout the state of Washington!

JULIA COCHRANE
PORT TOWNSEND, WASH.

Coming soon

KAT LIU
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF.

SOUTHERN REGION

I’m excited to be a Justice Building Innovator because I will be elbows & knees-deep in building the beloved community, strengthening old bonds and forging new ones, and deepening my spiritual presence all in service to the realization of a New, broad, bold, and strategic vision of social justice and ACTion in my congregation and larger community!

Learn more about what Kenny is doing to prepare his congregation to become a sanctuary congregation.

KENNETH JONES
HOUSTON, TEXAS

I am excited to be a JBI because I have a chance create lasting positive social change with the support of UUSC, friends and colleagues, and my congregation.

My plan will strengthen justice building by empowering people in my congregation and our community to address environmental and food justice issues. Through the Sprouting Change project, we will explore food justice from various perspectives and take action to address food access, sustainable farming, and farm/food workers’ rights.

GAYLA KEESEE
AUGUSTA, GA.

MIDAMERICA REGION

I am excited to be a Justice Building Innovator because an opportunity to build more justice using using spiritual practices is exactly why I am a Unitarian Universalist. My plan will strengthen justice-building by being intentional in word and deed, and by centering the voices of marginalized communities.

Learn more about what Cristy is doing to address White supremacy and gender inequality.

CRISTY CARDINAL
ANN ARBOR, MICH.

I am excited to be a Justice Building Innovator, because there is an urgent need to develop sustainable justice work that is intersectional and multi-faceted as we are beginning to see the intersectionality and deep insidiousness of the injustices of our world and the ways in which they intertwine and compound into greater and deeper systemic injustices.

My plan will strengthen justice building by developing deep resiliency and a well of resources that individuals and congregations can tap into while doing social justice work, by connecting individuals to other individuals and congregations to other congregations, and by shaping our congregations’ social justice work to be more intersectional and sustainable.

JACK GAEDE
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.

I am excited to be a JBI because of the investment being made by the UUSC in building our UU capacity for justice making, and the amazing new friends who are my colleagues in this inaugural cohort.

Learn more about how Mary is implementing strategic efforts to develop area UU collaboration in the Black Lives Matter movement.

MARY DEVITT
GLENDALE, WIS.

I am excited to be a Justice Building Innovator because it will provide me with training, support, and inspiration over an 18 month time period to help build our local Milwaukee area UU racial justice work.

Learn more about what Ann is doing to promote racial justice work in the local Milwaukee area!

ANN HEIDKAMP
WAUWATOSA, WIS.

CENTRAL EAST REGIONAL GROUP

I am excited to be a JBI for the opportunity to work alongside other UU’s from around the nation committed to social justice work and to making a difference in our shared world.  

My plan will strengthen justice building by strengthening and promoting NJ’s state-wide congregational leaders’s work around dismantling racism through capacitation, education, and advocacy.

ELIAS ORTEGA
MADISON, N.J.