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.
Greater Community Collection
Every month we dedicate the offering of the last Sunday to a non-profit organization whose mission aligns with ours and with the Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism. The recipients are nominated by members of the congregation (GCC Nomination Form) and then evaluated by members of the Social Justice Advisory Team. Examples of recipients during the past years:
- Habitat for Humanity
- Latino Community Association
- Deschutes Land Trust
- Bethlehem Inn
- Partners in Care
- United Way
- Many others...
Upcoming Greater Community Collection
March's Greater Community Collection (GCC) will be received on Sunday, March 29 and will benefit COPY: Central Oregon Partnerships for Youth.
COPY provides volunteer mentors for children with an incarcerated parent or caregiver. Mentors provide additional support for parents in a time of need. Mentors agree to spend a few hours a week with a child for a minimum of one year. Time is often spent attending community events or sport/recreation activities. Some volunteers provide academic assistance or help develop reading skills. Volunteers often provide a link to additional community support and work with COPY staff who are aware of scholarship opportunities, youth enrichment programs and other resources that assist the kids and families in succeeding.
Thank you for continuing our UUFCO congregation’s tradition of generosity.
As well as being our March GCC recipient, Central Oregon Partnerships for Youth (COPY) is offering a class to prepare volunteers to become mentors for children with an incarcerated parent. After initial training and comprehensive background checks, volunteers are matched with a child who shares similar interests and activities, and commit to spending a few hours a week together for a minimum of one year. This time is often spent going to community events, working on homework, attending art programs, participating in sports, or simply hanging out and talking.
February: The congregation's contribution to Oregon Adaptive Sports was $900.01! Thank you!
“Overcoming Racism” and “Poverty and Income Inequality”
More than a 150 people combined attended 10 different community book conversations on "Overcoming Our Racism" in our area. Those who participated in the book discussions – and all others – are invited to the…
Book Discussion Celebration
Wednesday, March 4 from 4:00 – 6:00pm
Wille Hall at COCC
This event includes an opportunity to dialogue about the next steps that we can take together to end racial injustice in our community.
Move to Amend
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
- CROP Walk: a nationwide fund-raiser sponsored by Church World Service, with local and national disbursement of funds raised
- Central Oregon Pride: our regional LGBTQ-affirming event sponsored by Human Dignity Coalition
Additional Social Justice Information: