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A History of UUs and Social Justice

Jon Sievert

By Cliff Durand

Jon Sievert explores the long, remarkable history of Unitarian Universalism and social justice at this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship service.

UU Service
“A History of UUs and
Social Justice”
By Jon Sievert
Sun, May 1, 10:30am
La Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

UUs have a legacy of “deeds not creeds.” Their work for a better world calls them to unexpected places to harness love’s power to stop oppression. From grassroots community organizing to interfaith state, national, and corporate advocacy; in protest marches, prayer vigils, and press conferences; in homeless shelters and in prisons, Unitarian Universalists put their faith into action.

The Unitarians and Universalists joined forces in 1961 and, though their membership is quite small in numbers compared to other religions, they have had an inordinate impact on the world around them. Rejecting the constraints of other Christian denominations, Unitarians and Universalists sought tolerance for themselves and freely granted tolerance to others. They have regularly been at the forefront in fighting for many diverse social causes, including abolition, temperance, women’s suffrage, pacifism, educational reform, environmentalism, reproductive justice, immigrant justice, and voting rights. Over the past 200-plus years, their membership has included four US presidents (Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, John Quincy Adams, William Howard Taft) and such noted reformers and humanitarians as Susan B. Anthony, Albert Schweitzer, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Pete Seeger, Clara Barton, Dorothea Dix, Paul Newman, Charles Dickens, Henry David Thoreau, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Buckminster Fuller, and Linus Pauling.

Sievert has been a full-time resident of San Miguel for 12 years with a professional background that includes magazine editor, photographer, book publisher, book designer, and writer. He is a former president of UUFSMA.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at


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