Who We Are

RYP youth and youth from member churches

Mission Statement
“The UU Urban Ministry unites communities and transforms individuals through education, service, and advocacy.  We engage communities and congregations in social action and change, with programs that empower youth and adults to realize their full potential.”

The UU Urban Ministry is a social justice organization based in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston. Our programs focus on providing:

  • Academic and enrichment programming for children and youth
  • Emergency shelter for individuals and families fleeing from domestic violence
  • Affordable housing and intentional community for young women, including transitional housing for those leaving shelter
  • volunteer-based capacity-building services for Roxbury-serving nonprofits.

Our ministry is rooted in direct experience and solidarity with those in Boston who participate in our programs. More than 150 volunteers work with us each year, many from Boston-area UU congregations as well as local colleges and universities. We seek to build bridges of understanding and mutuality so that people from different social and economic backgrounds can work together to effect change. Our goal is to create a human community that is peaceful and just.

Although based on the Unitarian Universalist principles of justice, equity and compassion, all UU Urban Ministry programs are non-sectarian.