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
April's Greater Community Collection (GCC) will be received on Sunday, April 26 and will benefit ATA: Action Through Advocacy.
ATA provides services and support to foster and adoptive families of Deschutes, Jefferson, and Crook Counties. ATA’s purpose is to improve the retention and success of foster homes, inform and strengthen the families who adopt foster children and, through these efforts, improve the outcomes for abused and traumatized children. Its volunteer driven services include income help, relief care and tutoring. Although ATA provides tangible items such as clothing and school supplies, the greatest need is hands on support.
Thank you for continuing our UUFCO congregation’s tradition of generosity.
Report on Recent GCC
March’s Greater Community Collection: The congregation’s contribution to COPY: Central Oregon Partnership for Youth was $942.11!
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.
“Overcoming Racism” Movie and Discussion
To continue our conversations on "Overcoming Racism" UUFCO Social Justice members will host a film and discussion night on Friday, April 10 at 6:30 pm. (Meeting room TBD based on number in attendance.) One of the participants in our Overcoming Our Racism book study, Michael Funke, will introduce the film "Not in Our Town: Light in the Darkness". After the 60-minute film, Greg Delgado (from CAUSA) will lead a conversation on how the race issue affects our community.
Snacks/popcorn will be provided. Bring your own beverage. For information about the film, please visit www.niot.org/lightinthedarkness.
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: