About UU Young Adults for Climate Justice

Our mission is to grow a diverse network of Unitarian Universalist young adult activists grounded in faith, supported by each other and the UU community at large, and working together for climate justice.

Our vision is that our individual and collective actions catalyze the movement for a socially just, resilient, and sustainable future.

Our members are young adults, aged 18-35, who are climate justice activists with some connection to the Unitarian Universalist faith.

Get Connected


Our History

UUYACJ was founded in 2012 by UU Ministry for Earth with the support of the UU Funding Program. In our first few years, we focused on building community through offering workshops at regional UU young adult gatherings and the annual Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly, which we have continued to do every year.

Our first network coordinator was Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom, followed by Curtis Murphy of Ontario (2013-2014), and Aly Tharp of Texas (September 2014 to 2021), who went on to serve as UUMFE Programs Director until 2022.

From 2021 – 2024, UUYACJ was supported young adult UUMFE staff member, Zoë Johnston who worked with a core team of young adults spread across North America.

In fall 2014, UUYACJ adopted a unique and consensus-based model for directly-democratic decision making among members, and shortly thereafter adopted our first continental campaign—100 Worship Services for Climate Justice—as part of the denomination-wide Commit2Respond climate justice campaign, of which UUYACJ served as a sponsoring leader.

In August 2015, we helped to create GROW Climate Justice—the first UU-sponsored skill-building workshop for young adult climate justice activism, with the UU College of Social Justice. In February 2016, we began a Climate Justice Book Club. Read our stories!

Our logo was created by Gaby Lamoureux.

A multiracial group of two dozen young adults cheers and holds a banner that says "Grow Climate Justice"

Help us Grow!

Can you help us grow by making a donation or taking a special collection?