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 GCC Recipient
October’s GCC will be received for the Central Oregon Social Justice Center.
Past GCC Recipients
September’s Offering for UUSC-UUA Refugee Crisis Fund:
The total offering received was $1,815.00! This represents$1,305 in general offering and an additional $510 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, October 7 from 5:00 - 6:00 pm in the Margaret Fuller Conference Room. We are looking for a new person willing to be the contact person/committee chair. Joe Maier is our recorder. 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.
Please keep an eye out for further details on upcoming activities in the UU News and visit the Escalating Inequality display table in Pete Seeger Gathering Hall – starting in September – calling attention to upcoming UUFCO activities, related community activities, and ways to become better informed on the topic, including book and article recommendations.
Social Justice Movie Night
October 30 at 6:00 pm we will be showing “The Castle”: a classic Australian comedy with an important message. Bring finger food to share and your own beverage. In Linus Pauling Hall; contact John or Pam Horwich for more info.
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 fifth session will be held Thursday, October 8 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at UUFCO using study materials suggested by Move To Amend-national.
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: