About the Sponsoring Organization
The Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of California (UUJM) is a statewide justice ministry which cultivates and connects leaders and communities to empower the public voice of those who share UU values and principles.
UUJM has recently initiated an Immigrant Justice campaign and expanded work on Climate Justice through the Sustainable Communities campaign. The annual Walking the Walk Leadership Summit, regional trainings and justice “plunges” fulfill UULMCA’s commitment to leadership development with a strong spiritual foundation.
Since its inception, UUJM has been committed to the development of young leaders and grateful for the energy that they have brought to our justice ministries. Young adult engagement has included lobby days, retreats, internships, water justice road trips, justice journeys and active participation on UUJM’s action teams, committees and Board.
Justice movements and faith communities require leaders.
UUJM plays an important role in recruiting, equipping, engaging and supporting UU young adults who will serve as powerful and principled UU justice leaders now and into the future.
What is SALT?
The Spiritual Activist Leadership Training (SALT) program trains, empowers, connects and releases the potential of young adult UU justice leaders through development of concrete justice and organizing skills, faith development, spiritual deepening and community building. Engaging with California’s justice history and its current leaders and movements, this 10 month, part-time, non-residential program includes weekend travel for California “Justice Plunges,” retreats, regional theological reflection circles, activist projects, and a monthly mid-week on-line training webinar.
SALT is open to UU young adults in or out of school and is designed to also be accessible to those who are working.
SALT Fellows Will…
1. Connect with justice makers across California.
2. Develop concrete faith-based leadership, fundraising, and community organizing skills.
3. Deepen their connection to our UU faith and communities.
4. Experience managing a group and individual justice projects.
5. Discover spiritual practices that help them to stay energized and engaged for the long haul.
5. Enjoy fun with young adults from across California.
6. Deepen their understanding of California’s people, justice history, geography and current issues.
7. Develop mutual mentoring relationships and build a network of UU friends who are advocates for justice.
What does SALT cost?
UUJM believes in investing in young leaders who are willing to make a serious commitment to the SALT Program. While the SALT program costs approximately $2,300 per participant, SALT Fellows are only charged $500 tuition with scholarship and hardship assistance also available. SALT Fellows learn about fundraising as part of their curriculum and will make a commitment to raise $200 for the program as well.
- Unitarian Universalist young adult (18-35) with a passion for justice
- Willingness to make the SALT Fellows program a priority in your life during the six month Fellowship
- High level of personal integrity
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
- Excellent communication skills, including the ability to listen in an open and respectful manner
- Intermediate-level computer skills
- Commitment to follow through on SALT program requirements (see below)
SALT Fellow Commitments
- Attend once a month in-person training (retreat, all day justice plunge, regional assembly, etc. – these events will include travel)
- Check your calendar to insure your availability before applying.
- Participate in, and contribute to, a monthly webinar training (weekday evening).
- Share in planning, organizing and leading training activities.
- Participate in UU community outside of SALT at least once a month, behaving in a manner that respects your role as a SALT Fellow
- Meet monthly with your SALT mentor.
- Participate in fundraising training and raise $500 for SALT before May 1, 2013.
- Identify and explore a weekly spiritual practice (as an individual, partner, or group).
- Practice the leadership skills you are learning through hands-on engagement with a UUJM or other local justice campaign and/or design an individual faith-based justice project.
- Be accountable to fellow participants and SALT coordinator for timely communication.
- Assist in making SALT program visible to interested UUs.