Effective activism, especially spiritual activism, cannot be done only in isolation behind a computer screen. Working with a community of peers, mentors, and diverse individuals and groups is key to developing accountability, being in right relationship, and building the beloved community with the self and partners.
SALT Cohort: Six months together–with shared reflections, trips, trainings, calls, small group meetings, meals and worship services–leads to deep connections between group members. The friendships and peer-mentoring relationships built during the SALT program form the basis of a spiritual community that can provide solace in times of hopelessness, challenge in times of complacency, and resilience in times of oppressive fear. It is a place for best selves and worst selves, and of transformative love.
UU Community: SALT members work in close relationship with UUJM’s Issue Action Teams and the Clusters on issues of economic justice, immigrant justice, the human right to water, and many others. The program helps create relationships between fellows and the social justice communities their home congregations, districts and nationwide.
Wider Community: Through Justice Journeys and personal projects, UUJM connects fellows to its partners and other community groups working for justice. One of the core components of the program is learning how to be in accountable relationship with partners, and the importance of working in coalition. UUJM works with organizations including the Winnemem Wintu tribe, the Community Water Center and the Restaurant Opportunity Center. Through the SALT Fellowship, young adults become part of those partnerships and build connections that can carry forward long after they graduate.