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Creating Justice Together

Creating Justice Together

Service Projects for Families and Multigenerational Groups

This book belongs to the Tapestry of Faith Toolkit Series provided by the UUA Faith Development Office. Toolkit Books provide background knowledge, inspiration, and practical guidance to program and lead UU faith development and to help us explore and live our faith in our congregations, neighborhoods, nation, and world.

Editor: Susan Dana Lawrence

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Parents and caregivers are the primary religious educators of their children. This collection of multigenerational service projects from the Tapestry of Faith curriculum series, suitable for families and other multigenerational groups, helps adults engage with children in practicing and exploring a living faith that is active, expresses caring intention, and changes the world. Each project offers a conscious, intentional experience for all ages, from cooking in a homemade solar oven, to writing to a soldier serving overseas, to making a welcome kit for a new neighbor. Each project guides adults and children to connect experiences with values and to share or journal reflections so that growth in faith can be rich, personal, and long lasting.

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Susan Dana Lawrence is the managing editor for the Faith Development Office of the Unitarian Universalist Association. She is also a writer and educator who has worked in broadcast television, corporate communications, and print journalism. She belongs to Reform Jewish and Unitarian Universalist faith communities.

“Ministers, religious educators, and congregations have always longed for a publication like this one. We long to find ways to bring generations together and put their faith into action through projects and learning that speaks to all ages. This book will be a resource for families, and also for church professionals and leaders. Thank you to the creators!” --Linda Olson Peebles, Minister of Faith in Action, Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, Virginia

 "Whether or not families are able to attend church every Sunday, many are craving resources to help their children connect with their faith all week long. This good resource is a godsend to parents who are concerned with raising moral children, and who want to embody the values of their faith community. Creating Justice Together inspires engagement, equips parents as religious educators in their homes, and answers the yearning to make a difference that is shared across generations." --Karen Bellavance-Grace, Director of Faith Formation, Clara Barton & Massachusetts Bay Districts

"No matter how large or small your religious community, one thing is the same: our people lead full, meaningful lives! The projects in this book were created with that reality in mind. Easily laid out, with a focus on inner heart work leading to effective outward change, there are multiple ways to engage multigenerational communities in the faith-filled task of creating Beloved Community." --Tera Little, Minister, Throop UU Church, Pasadena, CA

“As a religious educator, I am so grateful for this compendium of social action projects--not only as a source of ready-made "how to”s for social justice project but for how it equips and empowers lay leaders with a framework to view and address whatever the social justice issues for their community may be.”  --Christopher Buja, Director of Lifespan Faith Development, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills, Somerville, NJ

 “Creating Justice Together is a wonderful collection of thirty-six meaningful projects and learning experiences intended for diverse groups of people. Anyone who is eager to grow in their Unitarian Universalist identity could gather a group and use this collection to make a real difference in the world, beginning with the group members. Families, covenant groups, neighborhood circles, and even groups of UU friends might use these projects to truly grow in spirit, service, justice, and love.”  --Deborah Cayer, Lead Minister, Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Durham, NC

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