Become a Volunteer
Become A Volunteer!
The purposes of CUSJ are: to develop and maintain a vibrant network of Unitarian social action in Canada and elsewhere and to proactively represent Unitarian principles and values in matters of social justice, and in particular to provide opportunities, including the publication of newsletters for Unitarians and friends to apply their religious, humanistic, and spiritual values to social action aimed at the relief of:
- poverty and economic injustice
- discrimination based on religious, racial or other grounds
- abuses of human rights whether of individuals or peoples
- abuses of democratic process, and to promote peace and security, environmental protection, education, and literacy in keeping with the spirit of Unitarian values.
These purposes are an integral part of the constitution of CUSJ, adopted at the CUSJ Annual General Meeting in Mississauga, Ontario, May 19, 1999.
CUSJ is a network of volunteers across the country who keep each other informed, dialogue and critique political positions, and strategize on how best to communicate our message and to whom. We publish a newsletter and discussion papers. We have a website. We can offer a worship service or a workshop for any congregation that wants to learn more about an issue or about social justice work. We develop partnerships with like-minded groups that may be working on the same issues as we are.
Anyone, anywhere in the country, can volunteer their gifts for CUSJ
- You can be an active participant on the CUSJ listserve, a list for the membership to exchange and test ideas relating to social justice.
- You could volunteer to be an issue monitor. This would be for an issue about which you are well-informed. You would prepare backgrounders to educate the board and the membership, and might draft letters on this issue to present to politicians or corporations. You could also help write a brief if that were warranted.
- If you have skills in letter-writing, you might volunteer to make the first draft of a letter for the board to consider for publication.
- If you have website skills, we would welcome someone to do updates to the website or to develop the website depending on your time and level of skill. You could also train others to help you.
- Philip Symons would welcome help with JUSTnews including photography, writing, updates from your congregation’s social action efforts, participation on the editorial board, and help with distribution. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- SEND PHOTOS OF UNITARIANS IN ACTION AND SERVICE
- If you have e-mail networking skills, you could help monitor the listserve, or you could help update the membership on the listserve.
- We have several openings on our Board of Directors, particularly in the Maritimes. If you would like to meet with other social activists across the country for one meeting a month, and reflect on the main issues of the day, you might want to sit on our board.
- You could attend the meetings of one of our partner organizations, and keep us informed as to what they are doing.
- If you are active in your congregation, you could be a congregational liaison to CUSJ. You could bring news of what your congregation is doing so that we can encourage and support. You could bring requests for group action. You could communicate what CUSJ is doing in your congregation and enlist their support for our work.
- You could be a youth liaison person or a young adult liaison person, similar to a congregational liaison, but with youth or young adults.
To join our listserve, contact Joy Silver at email@example.com
To contact our president to share your ideas on how we can improve our public witness to our values and principles, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org