Centers for Education & Social Transformation
Through the power of the Stillspeaking God, Justice and Witness Ministries is here to help you put your faith into action, grow a just, compassionate and peaceful world, and gain a deeper understanding of yourself.
From our offices in Cleveland and DC to cutting edge centers in California, North Carolina and Washington state. From advocates in the public square who tell truth to power to training leaders for effective social justice action. From online action alerts to resource guides on issues you care about - the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries has the tools to help you help the world.
The UCC Justice and Witness Ministries staff in Washington, is in partnership with UCC staff, Conferences, Associations, Congregations and individual UCC members. They monitor and seek changes in legislations at local, state and federal levels through a coalitions and working groups.
The staff works in partnership to influence public policy in a number of ways:
- Direct advocacy with members of Congress, congressional staff and Administration officials;
- Working with interfaith and secular coalitions to track and influence legislation;
- Grassroots education and empowerment, including:
- letter-writing campaigns
- letters to the editor
- in-state visits with elected officials
- advocacy training and congessional advocacy visits in Washington
Join the Justice and Peace Action Network and start taking action. Learn more about our Washington Office.
Franklinton Center at Bricks - Whitakers, NC
The Franklinton Center at Bricks is a conference, retreat, and educational facility in eastern North Carolina with a focus on justice advocacy and leadership development.
The Franklinton Center is a historic center of transformation where issues affecting the marginalized, the oppressed, and the poor are addressed. Because of its transformative legacy and healing power, the Franklinton Center is an excellent conference facility for local, regional and national events — especially gatherings of youth and young adults.
Choice of exceptional motel type or conversation-friendly dormitory style accommodations;
- Swimming pool
- Meeting space for small groups of 3 or large groups of up to 250 people
- Choice of country cooking or catered cuisine
Learn more about Franklinton Center at Bricks.
Centro Romero - San Yisdro, CA
This Center offers:
- Immersion experiences
- Lectures, workshops and conferences at our sites in San Ysidro and Tijuana, Mexico;
- Supports outreach activities with local communities, schools, churches universities and seminaries and;
- Leadership development for those interested in justice work on both sides of the border.
We can customize the educational/transformational experience the best suits your needs. If you do not see a category or track that is right for you or your group, we will be happy to assist you in any way possible.
Learn more about Centro Romero.
Environmental Justice Center at Pilgrim Firs - Port Orchard, WA
Our newest center will serve to immerse people of faith in the values of environmental
justice. Participants will first focus on their own transformation in bringing hope and action to those who are most affected by climate change and disproportionate environmental impacts.
Participants will then be given the tools to return to their home communities to train
others on the tenets of environmental justice and to work towards significant and necessary public policy impacts. The goal is to develop a nationwide network of leaders from the faith community to bring environmental justice to individuals, communities, and public policy makers.
Learn more about the Environmental Justice Center at Pilgrim Firs.