Social Justice

Our Social Justice focus helps us live into the Seven Principles...


by finding ways to engage in democratic processes

   to honor every person with dignity,

      to help further the work of creating a world

    community with peace, justice and liberty for all,

                     and so much more.


Bethlehem Inn Dinners

Since 2008, UUFCO has - once every month - prepared a full meal for the residents of the Bethlehem Inn, Central Oregon's largest homeless shelter. Since the Bethlehem Inn is a converted motel without a central kitchen facility, the meal is prepared offsite by volunteers who choose the portion they'd like to prepare or purchase: turkey meat loaf, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, cupcakes, or milk.  The food is then delivered to the Inn warm, and served by other UUFCO volunteers.  The residents of the Inn are always deeply appreciative of the food shared with them - healthy and prepared with love and kindness. 

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Make a Difference in a Child’s LifeSJ ClarkeS Tutoring

The Wildcat Wizard Tutoring Program

At Juniper Elementary School

2016-2017 School Year

You can make a difference in a child’s life by tutoring one-on-one, Tuesdays from 4-5pm, with the Wildcat Wizards Tutoring Program at Juniper Elementary School in NE Bend. Most tutors and substitutes are UU’s.

Staff at the school said they saw positive changes in the children who participated last school year, in both their self confidence and their academic achievement.

In a relatively few hours from the end of September through May, you can help a 3rd grader who is referred to the tutoring program by their teacher for help with math, language arts, or both.  

If once a week is not the right commitment for you right now, consider being a substitute, backing up tutors when they can’t be there. We hope substitutes can be available at least 5 times over the school year.

Training is provided by the school.

For more information contact Christine Walsh at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Greater Community Collection

Since 2006, UUFCO’s monthly Greater Community Collections (GCC) have been a way for our fellowship to reach out  to others and learn more the about needs in our community.  We base our giving on the seven UU Principles, and recipients must be a non-profit organization and non-discriminatory provider of services.  We have placed emphasis on selecting smaller organizations where $500-$1,000 would make a significant impact for the organization.

Some of the community organizations we have given to in the past include: Planned Parenthood, Bethlehem Inn, Central Oregon Veterans Ranch, Family Access Network(FAN) and UUSC Guest at Your Table.

Suggestions are welcome from church members and friends and may be submitted to the GCC Community Collection committee using this nomination form.  Please contact either This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Project GRACE (Giving Respect And Choosing Equality)

UUFCO is embracing the call from the Unitarian Universalist Association to engage in a multi-year program on the expanding gap in income, wealth and opportunity in the United States.  Following a series of educational programs during the 2015-2016 Fellowship year, 6 Action Teams presented proposals for action in September, 2016.  

The proposals include:

  • Funding for Student Sports and Activities.  Supporting ongoing efforts by organizations in Central Oregon that assist students and families in covering the fees and charges imposed by schools for students to engage in sports, band, orchestra and other activities.
  • Wildcat Wizards Tutoring Program.  Our one-year old program tutoring third-graders at Juniper Elementary in Bend.  Additional tutors and substitutes are needed to match one-on-one with students who need a helping hand with math and reading—and just spending time with a caring adult.
  • An Innovative, inclusive early learning program.  We will be further exploring developing an innovative early learning program for 3 – 5 year olds that would utilize UUFCO’s outstanding educational space, working in collaboration with OSU-Cascades.
  • Conscious, Compassionate, Consumer Choices.  Developing handouts and other information to help UUs (and others) make purchasing choices that support businesses that support workers and that are socially responsible.
  • Changing the Narratives.  A group committed to using the arts and other means to bring the true story of inequality to light.  This group plans to work in collaboration with some of the other Project GRACE groups to highlight the issues of concern.
  • Fair Taxes for All.  This group is sponsoring a forum on October 9 at UUFCO on Measure 97.  If there is interest, they will work further on issues of tax fairness.

More detailed descriptions of these proposals are available at the Project GRACE table in the Pete Seeger Gathering Hall.  All of these efforts can benefit from more volunteers.  This is an opportunity to live our UU Principles.  To assist, please contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Chair, Project GRACE

Annual and Special Social Justice Opportunities:

We encourage our members and friends to take part in peace and justice events whenever, wherever possible. For the past several years, UUFCO has been involved in the following events, and others:

  • Project Connect:  a regional services faire providing much needed assistance to the homeless and underserved population
  • Central Oregon Pride: our regional LGBTQ-affirming event sponsored by Human Dignity Coalition

Additional Social Justice Information:

Central Oregon Social Justice Center, 155 NW Irving, Bend,  or email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

UUA Social Justice Information

UUA Social Justice Empowerment Handbook

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

Northwest Unitarian Universalist Justice Network    

Oregon Unitarian Universalist Voices for Justice


Upcoming Social Justice Activities

  • 4th Thursday      5:30 pm    Bethlehem Inn Dinner

Social Justice Advisory Team Meetings

You are invited to the next meeting of the Social Justice Advisory Team, which meets regularly.  New participants are welcome to come and help plan activities.  Contact Aldine Thorton for more information.


CSAI - Congregational Study - Action Issue

The 2014 General Assembly of Unitarian Universalists selected Escalating Inequality as the next study/action issue (CSAI) (2014-2018). We look forward to presenting informational programs on this issue and hope that actions also will be generated. Reproductive Justice: Expanding Our Social Justice Calling continues as a targeted issue as a current CSAI
(2012-2016) that will need continued attention.

UUFCO will co-sponsor “Building Common Ground—Addressing Privilege, Power and Oppression”. Building Common Ground is a task for everyone. Many of us feel we are not racist – or guilty of other “isms” that separate our social groups – and yet find ourselves unable to say we are free of those “isms”. Concepts will be introduced that help to build a deeper understanding, and steps will be identified that each participant can take to heal our communities. The program is being developed by various local social justice organizations. One session is planned for October and another in connection with COCC’s season of nonviolence.


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