UU Giving Tuesday: Support Unitarian Universalist Climate Justice Efforts

Friends,  join me TODAY and through this giving season in supporting Unitarian Universalist climate justice causes.

Climate Change is the MORAL ISSUE of our time, and NOW is the time when we must address it.

There SO many organizations to support. How to choose? I’m leaving it to the big UU orgs to do their own fundraising and am giving a my shout out to the new and independent but VERY INFLUENTIAL efforts I hope you’ll support. ~ Peter

1.  Rev. Fred Small

FREDSMALLThe Rev. Fred Small has just left parish ministry to work on climate justice full time.

Consider to giving to his 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Creation Coalition,  which aims to mobilize people of faith to as a political force for climate justice.

Fred is cited by Bill McKibben as “one of the true stalwarts in the fight against climate change” and “one of the key figures in the religious environmental surge.”

2. Tim DeChristopher

Tim DeChristopher (middle) at recent Center for Earth Ethics conference

Tim DeChristopher, a Unitarian Universalist and seminarian, went to prison for defending our future and is a key leader and is a key leader, mentor and truth teller within the climate justice movement.

I value his work SO MUCH that I’m now working with Tim to help amplify his voice and impact. If all goes well (give! give!) we’ll be starting a new podcast soon.  

Your support will allow Tim to go where he is most needed without worrying about speaking or consulting fees. These donations are not tax deductible at this time.  See next option if you need tax deductible option.

The following video is a recent appearance by Tim DeChristopher on Democracy Now from just  before President Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline.  Tim appeared on the show after helping to launch the new Keep It In The Ground campaign.


3. Climate Disobedience Center

This Fall Unitarian Universalist Tim DeChristopher and colleagues launched the new Climate Disobedience Center With  Unitarian Universalist (Tim), Methodist and Quaker leadership, this organization is offering critical spiritual and strategic support to the climate justice activists across the United States risking arrest to defend our future.  We need people to engage in civil disobedience to highlight climate change as a moral issue and we need to have their backs!

4. UU Ministry for Earth

Their purpose is to inspire, facilitate, and support personal, congregational, and denominational practices that honor and sustain the Earth and all beings. Although the UU Ministry for Earth has close ties to the UUA, it is a separate not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization with an independent Board of Directors.

From their website: Most of UUMFE’s funding comes from memberships, donations, grants, and resource sales. A special targeted gift, given to us through the UUA, supported the Program Associate in Environmental Justice position. All other UUMFE programs, projects, resources, and staff depend upon our own fundraising efforts. Here are the many ways you can support our work:

Become a member or renew, make a donation, purchase resources, and download the Environmental Justice Curriculum “Our Place in the Web of Life” on our Donate & Order page or download and print a form that you can mail to us.

5. UU State Advocacy Networks

Support your local state UU advocacy network


That’s my list!  Again, there are so many orgs and efforts out there.  These are just the ones that I value most based on my research and involvement in the UU climate justice movement.

Who are you supporting?  Do you have other great UU climate orgs to recommend? Share them in a comment.

In cooperation,
Peter Bowden