Spotlight on a WNPJ Member Group - James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Team

Founded in 1993, James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation (JRUUC) in Madison is comprised of 100+ members.  JRUUC is known for its “depth-of-heart,” accepting and welcoming people for who they are.  Please come check out our Social Justice Team!

Our Mission Statement

We are a faith community rooted in Unitarian Universalist principles, called by love to welcome the seeker, cultivate relationship,nurture spiritual wholeness, and grow justice in the world.

Our Values

We. . .

Embody a broad spectrum of cultures, lifestyles, and creeds;

Honor the Earth and the seasons of nature;

Value truth and reason over doctrine and dogma;

Encourage social action in the name of liberty and justice;

Celebrate our community and the journey of life, and

Unite in our quest for personal and spiritual growth.


Worship Services are on Sundays – virtual

Upcoming Service: May 16, 2021 at 10:00 am

Stories Old and New

Rev. Karen Armina

Join us for this service via an on-line Zoom Meeting

We are guided by the stories we are told and tell ourselves.  And sometimes we tell ourselves old stories that are no longer true, but we don’t know how to stop telling them.  This morning, we’ll explore making space for new stories when the old ones no longer serve us.  Our annual congregational meeting will happen after the service.




The Social Justice Team at work at JRUUC

JRUUC is involved in various initiatives to create Social Justice in our community, city, state, and world.


  • Each week in our Share the Plate initiative we share half of our offertory with a community partner. In 2018/2019 JRUUC donated over $5,000 to organizations that share our mission.
  • JRUUC has been active in MOSES, a state-wide interfaith organization, since the Summer of 2012.
  • JRUUC has a Justice Leadership Team which meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday at 7 pm. All are welcome. See your weekly email for zoom link.
  • The Justice Leadership Team, in conjunction with the Emerson East Neighborhood Association, holds a Sustainable Saturday Night on the 4th Saturday of the month, 6pm-9pm (virtual during COVID).
  • The Justice Leadership Team coordinates our Share the Plate initiative.  Nominate an organization for the Share the Plate initiative today!
  • Some of the Social Action projects Reeb members and friends engage with include:
  • Picking up excess produce from the Dane County Farmers’ Market
  • Making and serving breakfast for the Men’s Shelter once/month
  • Organizing for statewide change in the prison system
  • Educating about (im)migration issues and reform
  • Advocating for racial justice via Groundwork and other means
  • Supporting formerly incarcerated individuals via Madison-area Urban Ministry’s Circles of Support and Breaking Barriers Mentoring
  • Helping with the efforts of Occupy Madison to build a Tiny Home Eco-Village


Read a nomination packet submitted to the UUA in hopes of receiving the Bennett Award in recognition of our congregations’ social justice commitment and action.


At the May 20, 2012 Congregational Meeting, JRUUC passed a Statement of Conscience on Over-incarceration.

At the May 17, 2015 Congregational Meeting, JRUUC passed a Statement of Conscience on Racial Justice.

At the May 21, 2017 Congregational Meeting, JRUUC passed a Solidarity Resolution.


Contact the JRUUC office 608-242-8887 ext 0  to learn how to get involved in any of the above.



James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation - Peace Justice & Sustainability Group

Contact: Tom Boswell
Address: JRUUC  - 2146 E. Johnson St., Madison, WI 53704
Phone: 608-242-8887 ext 0 (church) or 608-718-7312 (Tom) 

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