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.

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Our Leadership

UUYACJ is currently supported by a paid, part-time young adult UUMFE staff member, one paid young adult intern, who work with a core team of young adults spread across North America. Our logo was created by Gaby Lamoureux. Meet the team!


Amelia Diehl (Network Coordinator) is a writer, musician and organizer originally from Ann Arbor, MI and currently based in Chicago, IL. Raised Quaker, she joined the YRUU group in high school and got involved with the UUYACJ network in 2015. With a BA in English Literature and Environmental Communication and Arts from Beloit College in WI, she also studied the role of public art in disaster recovery in Christchurch, New Zealand. In 2017, she walked over 200 miles from Paris to Bonn, Germany, where she protested at the COP23 UN climate talks with SustainUS. She currently organizes with Rising Tide Chicago, SustainUS, and the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network, and also works as a journalist. She is also passionate about connecting climate justice with interfaith organizing, prison and border abolition, and queer liberation.

Connect with Amelia: uuyacj@uumfe.org.

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Elizabeth Fernandez (UUMFE Intern), a recent graduate of SUNY New Paltz with a BA in Spanish and Biology, is from Long Island, NY. She is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington where she has gone since childhood. Elizabeth is passionate about animal rights and has been a vegan for 4 years. Through veganism she’s learned about the horrors of animal agriculture and its environmental impacts. In her free time she loves to dance, bike ride and travel. She also enjoys learning about zero waste living and hopes to spread the word on how everyone can make easy swaps to help conserve resources and decrease pollution. Elizabeth is excited to join UUYACJ where she hopes to learn more about climate justice and assist with young adult outreach!

Connect with Elizabeth: elizabeth@uumfe.org. 

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 present), who now serves as UUMFE Programs Director.

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!

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

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