Justice Training Resources

These tools and programs have been especially designed to strengthen the justice ministry in your congregation. Learn more about each of them by using the links below.

Justice Leaders Engaging and Developing (Justice LED)

Justice Leaders Engaging and Developing (Justice LED) is a training program offered by Justice & Witness Ministries (JWM) designed to equip local church leaders with the skills and tools needed to develop, strengthen and sustain justice advocacy ministries in our UCC congregations. 

This fantastic curriculum includes interactive scripture study, engaging video resources, and guided reflection and dialogue for groups. Justice LED offers congregations an opportunity to engage in theological reflection on the justice dimensions of Christian faith and discipleship, and ultimately, to discern and act on justice issues that they have passion and energy for and in ways that make sense for them. Congregations might respond to engaging with Justice LED  in big or small ways, and because Justice LED is not issue-based, their mindfulness and engagement with justice issues will be rooted in a deepened theological understanding and reflect their particular concerns, contexts and capabilities rather than an issue someone else asks them to take up. Learn more.

Centers of Education and Social Transformation Issue-Centered Programs

Centro Romero

Centro Romero's mission is to create an environment where social transformation can take place by:

• Furthering understanding of the migratory realities between Latin America and the United States
• Providing immersion and educational opportunities in the city of Tijuana, Mexico
• Enabling participants to enhance their political, socio-economic, and cultural views of the forces that are shaping the lives of many countries and families throughout the continent
• Reflecting theologically on the constant migratory exchanges between both sides of the border.

Economic Justice Covenant Program

In 2009, General Synod XXVII approved a resolution that established the Economic Justice Covenant Program. The resolution encouraged all congregations and other settings of the UCC to become Economic Justice Churches (or Economic Justice Seminaries, Associations, Conferences, etc): to study economic injustices, pray and discern God's will for their economic justice ministry, draft and adopt an Economic Justice Covenant, and engage in actions to promote economic justice.

This curriculum is designed primarily for a local church but is easily adaptable for the needs of other settings.

Franklinton Center at Bricks

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. At this historic center of transformation, issues affecting the marginalized, the oppressed, and the poor are addressed.

Green Justice Congregations

We challenge all our congregations to become Green Justice Congregations. Why not just “green?” Because like Sally Bingham says above, justice is more than just changing light bulbs. It is about a transformation of our hearts and minds to see God’s creation in new ways that lead to living in new ways. It is about acting on new values in your life and in the life of your community.

UCC Center for Environmental Justice

The UCC Center for Environmental Justice at Pilgrim Firs is a place where participants can come from all over the U.S. – and particularly in the northwest U.S. – and be immersed in a justice-centered response to climate change and environmental equity.

Just Peace Church

The Just Peace Church vision is a hallmark of United Church of Christ theological identity.  For over two decades, the Just Peace Church pronouncement has inspried a grassroots movement of UCC congregations committed to corporately naming and boldly proclaiming a public identity as a justice-doing, peace-seeking church.

Washington, D.C. Office

This is the goal of the UCC Washington office is to make a better world possible by addressing the systemic problems that we face as a country and as part of the world. Hunger, poverty, peace and security, racism, care for the earth. These are among the types of justice issues that we work to improve through federal policies.

Open and Affirming

Open and Affirming (ONA) is the United Church of Christ's (UCC) designation for congregations, campus ministries, and other bodies in the UCC which make a public covenant of welcome into their full life and ministry to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.

Other Opportunities

Our Whole Lives (OWL)

Our Whole Lives is a series of sexuality education programs for six age groups: grades K-1, grades 4-6, grades 7-9,  grades 10-12, Young Adults and Adults. The resources are written by professional sexuality educators and provide accurate information for parents, teachers and pastors to be used in the affirming and supportive setting of our churches. We offer training opportunities for individuals who want to become OWL instructors.

Becoming an Immigrant Welcoming Congregation

Become an immigrant welcoming congregation. The Journey toward becoming an Immigrant Welcoming Congregation involves multiple study and reflection sessions. Download this wonderful toolkit created by our UCC Southwest Conference.

Congregation-Based Community Organizing

Congregation-based community organizing (CBCO) is community organizing rooted in faith bodies that come together in answer to God’s call to love our neighbors, stand with the marginalized, and work with God for a more just society.

Homegrown Faith & Justice: Faith-Forming Activities, Conversations, Rituals, and Resources for Families with Children

Homegrown Faith & Justice introduces children and youth ages 3 to 18 to the following topics, with Biblical reflection and age-appropriate conversation moments and activities:

  • God’s Vision of Shalom
  • God and Love
  • Love and Neighbor
  • The Courage to Do the Right Thing 
UCC Fair Trade Coffee Project

The UCC Coffee Project means that your congregation can partner with UCC Justice and Witness Ministries and Equal Exchange in building fair trade for small farming communities by serving fairly traded coffee, tea and cocoa, and chocolate, almonds, and olive oil for justice at fellowship hour on Sundays. It is a way for your congregation to join hands with farmers and communities in the developing world.

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CONTACT INFO

Ms. Helga Mingione
Office Support Administrator, Justice & Witness Ministries
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland,Ohio 44115
216-736-3712
mingionh@ucc.org