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 make: e.g., turket meat loaf, mashed potatoes, cupcakes, etc. 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
During the month of November, our congregation shows support for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) by contributing to the Guest at Your Table Program. The Greater Community Collection (GCC) on November 30th will go to UUSC. UUSC is the social justice arm of our UU faith, working abroad with non-governmental organizations (NGO) who are deemed most effective and most efficient in improving the lives of truly needy people. One example is a project in Haiti for those who were displaced by hurricanes. A local NGO has developed a rural eco-village in which members grow their own food and become interdependently self-sufficient. UUSC is a partner in this work.
UUSC’s goal is to raise $400,000 in unrestricted donations through Guest at Your Table. As a reminder, donations to Guest at Your Table qualify for membership in UUSC donations of $125 or more are eligible to be matched dollar-for-dollar through a grant from the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, N.Y. Also, congregation members who give during UUSC’s annual telephone campaign can specify that their donation be directed to Guest at Your Table — that way they become a member, make a gift to UUSC, and also build the congregation’s Guest at Your Table program total. You can also make donations securely at uusc.org/givetoguest. Be sure to specify that you are a member of UUFCO.
The generosity of this congregation is a monthly marvel! Our September 28 GCC benefiting the local chapter of the National Alliance of Mental Illness was $575.00. And October’s GCC received for Habitat for Humanity of Bend totaled $833.00. We thank you – and these worthwhile programs aligned with our UU values and principles – thank you for your support.
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: