GROW Climate Justice: Grounded & Resilient Organizers’ Workshop

By Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice

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GROW Climate Justice, the Grounded & Resilient Organizers’ Workshop, is an intensive five-day training on spiritually grounded climate justice activism for young adults.  The workshop will be happening August 7-11th, 2015 at the Cenacle Retreat Center in Chicago.  The primary intention of this effort is to give young activists some of the skills, practices, and relationships that will help them do the work of climate justice for the next 50 years.  We as a society have already committed to a level of climate crisis that will shape the lifetime of our young people.  We as people of principle must commit to also giving young people the resources they need to be resilient for that long struggle.  Even a $5 gift helps makes this happen and shows grassroots support for this effort!

As part of the Commit2Respond initiative, GROW Climate Justice is organized by the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice.  The main coordinator behind this training is Tim DeChristopher, a UU student at Harvard Divinity School who founded the climate justice group Peaceful Uprising.  Tim has been a leader in the climate movement since his 2008 act of civil disobedience that blocked the sale of mineral rights to the oil industry on public land in Utah.

The GROW training is designed to help organizers advance their skills for effective strategy and tactics, as well as provide the support to grapple with the emotional and spiritual challenge of “fighting for love in the age of extinction.”  This workshop will include tried and true training practices, but we also have faith in the power of  bringing passionate people together with incredible leaders and giving them the time to deeply connect.  In addition to Tim, we have assembled an amazing list of trainers and facilitators with a wide range of skills and insight.

Elandria Williams, a teacher at the Highlander Folk Center and former UUA staff, will bring the knowledge and tools gained from her years of organizing at the intersection of economic, racial and environmental justice in Appalachia.  Joshua Kahn Russell, an organizer with 350, and David Solnit, a longtime justice organizer and artist, will share the best practices for strategy and tactics at the frontline of climate justice.  Writer and activist Terry Tempest Williams will use her unique gifts of drawing out the deep emotional truths that we often repress.  UU ministers Rev. Kathleen McTigue and Jennifer Nordstrom will help create a safe space for those difficult emotions and teach spiritual practices for managing despair while working for justice.  Rev. Fred Small will add to his pastoral care role by leading us in frequent songs.  He will be joined by musician and organizer Lauren Wood to keep us singing empowering justice songs.

Your donation will ensure that participants will have five powerful days to draw on these mentors and make strong relationships with each other.  This training is meant to catalyze sustained climate justice activism in UU communities, so there will significant time built into the schedule for participants to envision the kind of network that can best support their shared work.  We have set a subsidized price of only $200 to make this accessible for young people, so we need your help to cover the rest of the costs.  Your donation will also help to provide scholarships and travel stipends for participants from marginalized communities to make sure that diverse voices are included.

Remember, registration is still open, so if you or someone you know want to join this amazing training, register at http://uucsj.org/grow/.

How does your project claim Unitarian Universalism?

The GROW workshop is grounded in UU values and teachings. Our facilitators are mostly UU ministers and activists. Our target participants are young adults who identify as UU in some way. Our intention is to use this training to grow and advance the UU Young Adults for Climate Justice Network.

How is your project claimed by Unitarian Universalism?

The UU College of Social Justice was launched as a joint project of the UUA and the UUSC. The GROW workshop is part of Commit2Respond, a joint climate justice initiative of the UUA, UUSC, UUCSJ, UUMFE,and UUMA. UUCSJ is committed to supporting the network with continued trainings, resources and staff time.

Endorsements

 “A hurting world badly needs confident, resilient organizers who can help shift our societies on to a workable path. The people involved in this project are some of the finest, deepest advocates our planet has–any young adult would gain immeasurably from working with them.” –Bill McKibben, writer, activist, and founder of 350.org

“GROW Climate Justice is a powerful way we can support the rising generation as they face the enormous challenges of climate change. The workshop will help these activists join their passion and commitment with concrete organizing skills, and will ground them in music, spiritual practices, and the strength of community they will find in one another.” –Rev. Kathleen McTigue

“There are a lot of ways to get trained for justice-making work. Few of them have the clarity around intersections of oppression, our economic system and climate that GROW offers – fewer still equip leaders with practices to sustain the spirit and buoy up the brokenhearted.” –Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen

“The team of presenters they’ve enlisted is world-class.  It will bring wisdom, expertise and invaluable on-the-ground experience for what is sure to be a game-changing training.   I applaud and gratefully encourage their work.  Let’s do it.” –Rev. Kurt Kuhwald

“I am so grateful for the leadership of Unitarian Universalist young adults who are growing the climate justice movement.  They bring me hope “when hope is hard to find.” Please help fund this network so people can still give each other “a rose in the summertime” long into the future.” – Susan Leslie, UUA Congregational Advocacy & Witness Director

Project Partners

 UU Young Adults for Climate Justice Network

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The UU Young Adults for Climate Justice Network has been a part of envisioning GROW Climate Justice and will be the primary vehicle for the sustained organizing network that emerges from this workshop.

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Update #0 (2015-03-23)

1 Comment

  1. Barbara Ford

    What a wonderful group of trainers, some of whom I’ve known for their good work in the world for some time. Grateful that you’ve put this together!

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  1. Jennifer Lazar
    $32
  2. Nicole McConvery
    $25
  3. Elizabeth Siftar
    $50
  4. UUSC Action Group First Unitarian Church Portland OR
    $200
  5. John Whaley
    $100
  6. Ronn and Linda Smith
    $50
  7. vanessa warheit
    $20
  8. Ginny Doxsey
    $50
  9. Jason Box
    $50
  10. Bob Cleveland
    $100
  11. nuala carpenter
    $25
  12. EdmondsUUC Peace&JusticeCommittee
    $300
  13. Carol Fern Culhane
    $25
  14. Deia Schlosberg
    $25
  15. Daniel Neuspiel
    $50
  16. linda barrett
    $25
  17. Kate McClain
    $50
  18. Anne White
    $150
  19. Gary Mummert
    $100
  20. gail Mershon
    $100
  21. Linda Melski
    $50
  22. Heritage Church
    $313
  23. Susan Meredith
    $50
  24. Cynthia Howard
    $50
  25. Ellen Faby
    $50
  26. nancy corr
    $25
  27. Douglas Throp
    $25
  28. Evan Seitz
    $25
  29. Cindy Davidson
    $200
  30. Ramanujachary Kumanduri
    $100
  31. Nadine Sapirman
    $200
  32. Anita Wald-Tuttle
    $25
  33. Paul Sprecher
    $50
  34. Pete Dignan
    $40
  35. Dorothy Emerson
    $10
  36. Social Justice Committee Nature Coast Unitarian Universalists
    $100
  37. Diane Rusch
    $20
  38. Laura Randall
    $75
  39. Beth Brownfield
    $25
  40. Kimberley Bouchard
    $50
  41. Carol Alfus
    $25
  42. Bruce Mcconachie
    $100
  43. Jane Kana
    $50
  44. Ruth Rinehart
    $100
  45. Madeline Dalrymple
    $25
  46. Phyllis Culp
    $100
  47. Patricia Shifferd
    $50
  48. Marilyn Sewell
    $200
  49. Kenneth Jones
    $25
  50. Raymond Grosch
    $25
  51. Christiane Graham
    $35
  52. john keevert
    $100
  53. Vincent CAngiano
    $25
  54. Beth Milham
    $100
  55. Jeffrey Lott
    $50
  56. Marlene Blatnik-Freeze
    $25
  57. Anne Vaughan
    $50
  58. Jamaine Cripe
    $20
  59. Janette Lallier
    $25
  60. David Collins
    $25
  61. steve holtsford
    $50
  62. Cristina Parra
    $100
  63. nancy corr
    $35
  64. Rev Dennis and Suzanne Reynolds
    $200
  65. David Overton
    $50
  66. Lind Goldman
    $100
  67. Anonymous
    $2,430
  68. Peggy McTigue
    $500
  69. Carole Straughn
    $50
  70. Louise Cofield
    $50
  71. Peggy Clarke
    $100
  72. Janet Irwin
    $10
  73. julianne Waters
    $100
  74. Lucia Zachowski
    $250
  75. Anonymous
    $2,500
  76. Nancy Smith
    $50
  77. Karen Urbano
    $100
  78. Lynne Nittler
    $200
  79. Benjamin Craft-Rendon
    $5
  80. Ellen McClaran
    $250
  81. Laura Wagner
    $100
  82. steve jens-rochow
    $100
  83. Daniel Jantos
    $50
  84. Karen Brammer
    $100
  85. Nick Nyhart
    $100
  86. Shannon Meagher
    $30
  87. Lee Abn Slinkard
    $500
  88. Lawrence Litvak
    $200
  89. Michael Ignatowski
    $100
  90. Michael Dowd
    $25
  91. Claudia Keith
    $250
  92. Lisa Gardner
    $25
  93. Rick Brown and Ruth Robbins
    $70
  94. Janis Thompson
    $15
  95. Beth Gage
    $100
  96. Karen Johnston
    $25
  97. Liz Sharek
    $50
  98. Elizabeth Nguyen
    $25
  99. Cheryl
    $770
  100. Karenna Gore
    $100
  101. Anonymous
    $250
  102. Casper ter Kuile
    $25
  103. Barbara Ford
    $500
  104. Leslie MacPherson Artinian
    $25
  105. Rachel Mark
    $50
  106. Shoshana Friedman
    $180
  107. Rev. Sean Parker Dennison
    Rev. Sean
    $15
  108. Shelly Koo
    $10
  109. Christine Purcell
    Christine Purcell
    $50
  110. Steve Ramshur
    $100
  111. valerie ramshur
    $25
  112. Rev. Kurt Kuhwald
    $100
  113. Margaret Klepack
    $20
  114. Kathleen McTigue
    $100
  115. Molly Housh Gordon
    $100
  116. Peter Bowden
    $50
  117. Susan Leslie
    $100
  118. Jay O'Hara
    $20
  119. Brock Leach
    $200
  120. Melinda Pitcher
    $50
  121. Sue Phillips
    $50
  122. Anonymous
    $10

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