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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Wildcat Wizards Tutoring Program
SJ ClarkeS Tutoring

Making a Difference

This successful partnership between UUFCO and Juniper Elementary School is in its second year. Tutors work one-on-one with a 3rd grader who is referred to the program for extra help with school work.School staff members have reported improvements in student self-confidence and learning outcomes.

Twenty-one students are being supported by tutors this year. Most tutors are from our Fellowship. The program runs from October through May and meets on Tuesdays after school from 4-5 PM. Substitutes provide important backup for tutors. More substitutes and totrs could be utilized thi9s school year. You do not need to be a teacher to participate; training and support are provided.

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, Project GRACE has established an Early Learning Team that is exploring opportunities to increase the availability of high-quality, affordable pre-school in Central Oregon.  The Early Learning Team will be sponsoring a series of discussions on early learning from January through May, 2017.  Details are available in the monthly Newsletter.  

  • for more information, please contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Chair, Project GRACE 

Social Justice Movie Night

On the last Friday of every other month, the Social Justice Movie Program sponsors a movie with a social justice theme.  The movie is preceded at 6:00 with a snack potluck, with the movie beginning at 6:30.  Details are available in the monthly Newsletter.

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

Project GRACE Early Learning Team Programs

Sundays from 12:00 to 1:15 on February 5, February 12, March 12, and April 23, screenings of episodes of the PBS documentary The Raising of America and discussions of early learning and its importance to addressing inequality.  Linus Pauling Hall.

Special Social Justice Movie

Thursday, February 9 in Linus Pauling Hall.  The Brainwashing of My Dad, featuring in-person commentary and discussion with the filmmaker, Jen Senko.  Doors open at 6:00 pm with the movie at 6:30


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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