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Busy Person's Guide to Social Action, The, Revised Edition


The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee


The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee







The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee 78 Beacon Street Boston, MASS 02108




The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee is an independent membership organization founded in 1939, rooted in and inspired by liberal religious principles affirming the worth of every person, the interdependence of all people and each individual's right to peace, justice, and freedom. The Service Committee works for basic social change in the U.S., especially in the area of criminal justice, and for women's rights, economic development, health and human rights in the Caribbean, Africa, India and Central America. This guide is designed for the busy (and the not so busy) person who wants to know that their time organizing and participating as a political and/or social activist is well spent. It is meant to help those who are just starting a group as well as perhaps aid in revitalizing an already-existing organization. The tips, tricks, and ideas offered here aim to assist in the building of a strong group and avoiding the mistakes that can prove fatal to group action. The book discusses some of the classic problems frequently encountered when beginning to develop a group. The guide is part of the Service Committee's series of action manuals, produced in order to inspire individuals to have a hand in creating social change from below. Although, as a Church Organization, the Service Committee focuses mainly on the ability of individuals to take the tools outlined in their manuals to change the religious congregation into a mechanism for social change, these tools of course may be extended to any organization or group. The contents of the manual are as follows: I. The 10 and 2 Approach II. Why It's Best to Work First in Your Own Congregation III. Organizing Tips IV. Action Guidelines V. Appendices




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