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
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.
Upcoming GCC Recipient
Guest at Your Table and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) will be UUFCO’s recipient of the Greater Community Collection (GCC) for November.
Guest at Your Table is an annual fundraising and education program that supports UUSC human rights work. Over the last four decades it has raised millions of dollars for successful human rights projects making a difference in lives all over the world. In this 75th anniversary year UUSC is highlighting the empowerment of refugees and displaced people.
The Guest at Your Table program uses individual collection boxes and the Stories of Hope booklet to introduce you to grassroots leaders around the world who are advancing human rights and figuratively invite them to be guests in your home….at your dinner table. You can pick up a Guest at Your Table box and a Stories of Hope booklet at the beautiful new informational kiosk in the gathering space before and after Sunday’s service. The box can be kept at your dinner table to collect your loose change and bills and serve as a physical reminder of the work UUSC and its partners are doing to defend human rights around the world. As you gather together with you family and friends you can figuratively invite those leaders to your table through sharing their inspiring stories, found in the Stories of Hope booklet.
Return your Guest at Your Table boxes and donations and/or make a contribution to UUSC during the Greater Community Collection at the November 29th service.
Past GCC Recipients
October’s Offering for Central Oregon Social Justice Center
The total offering received $1,146.85! This represents $1,021.85 in general offering and an additional $125.00 in personal checks.
Many thanks to all who express a commitment to supporting our community through your generous GCC offerings.
About the Social Justice Advisory Team
The Social Justice Advisory Team has the responsibility to guide and support the UUFCO Social Justice Program, authorizing, empowering, affirming and promoting issue teams* who work independently on Social Justice issues. It is composed of at least four volunteers committed to regular attendance. There will be a minimum of three meetings per year to develop necessary policies, procedures and/or projects. It is an open team and any interested person may participate. Decisions will be reached by either consensus or vote of those present. A team member designated as "contact person" will facilitate Advisory Team communications.
Advisory Team members as of the last few meetings are: Joe Maier, recorder; Sue Wilhelm, SJ e-mail list; Sy Migdal, Anita Elliot, and Chela Sloper. Wilma Campbell is acting as contact person until a replacement is found.
The next UUFCO Social Justice Advisory Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 18 from 4:30 - 6:00 pm in the Margaret Fuller Conference Room. The meetings are open to interested people with automatic membership and voting rights for persons who attend the meeting.
* The current active Issue Teams are:
- Bethlehem Inn Dinners (Tom O’Brien & Leslie Koc)
- Environmental Sustainability/Global Warming (Alice Elshoff)
- Move to Amend (Chela Sloper)
- Oregon Health Care For All (Charles Campbell)
- Building Common Ground (Wilma Campbell)
- Greater Community Collections team (Ken Wilhelm, Anita and Carl Elliot).
Escalating Inequality: Study & Action Issue
UUFCO is embracing the call from the Unitarian Universalist Association to engage in a multi-year program on the expanding gap in income, well-being and opportunity in the United States. Over the next two years, UUFCO will approach this issue through education, reflection and action. This effort will reach across a variety of UUFCO programs, including Sunday Services, Adult RE and Children’s RE. It will include multiple alternative forums: Sunday Services, lectures/panels, large discussion groups, small discussion groups, movies/videos, books/articles.
Visit the Escalating Inequality display table in Pete Seeger Gathering Hall calling attention to upcoming UUFCO activities, related community activities, and ways to become better informed on the topic, including book and article recommendations.
We the People: Education Opportunity
UUFCO's Social Justice Team invites you to join others who have been having discussions on building a democracy based on "We the People". The sixth session will be held Thursday, November 12 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at UUFCO using study materials suggested by Move To Amend-national.
Social Justice “Gather In”
You are invited to come to the Linus Pauling Hall on Sunday, November 15 for a "Gather In" from 12 - 1:00 pm to get better acquainted and chat about general Social Justice ideas.
Empowering Families Luncheon
Reserve the date of Thursday, December 3 from 11:30 - 1:00 pm when the Latino Community Association (LCA) will host their annual Empowering Families Luncheon in the Pete Seeger Gathering Hall here at UUFCO. You will get to hear first-hand stories of how clients' lives have been impacted, as well as a special message from the organization's founder, Father Mike Walsh. To register, visit the LCA’s website or call (541-382-4366). (The LCA has been a recipient of our Greater Community Collections in the past.)
Are you interested in, concerned about, alarmed by climate change? You are invited to march in support of action on this timely and urgent topic. UUFCO is one of the sponsors of this year’s Climate March in Bend: Rev. Antonia will be one of the speakers! Gather at Riverside Plaza (between two parking lots at Mirror Pond) on Sunday, November 29 at 1:00 pm. The theme of the march is “Off + On”: turn OFF the world’s supply of fossil fuel and turn ON the infinite power of renewable energy.
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
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