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
The recipient of January's Greater Community Collection is Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette (PPCW).
PPCW’s mission is to provide, promote, and protect access to sexual and reproductive health care. They provide a wide range of free or low cost sexual and reproductive health care services
including free or low cost birth control, emergency contraception (morning-after pill), annual gynecological exams and PAP tests, breast cancer and cervical cancer screenings – sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing& treatment and HIV testing (including blood herpes testing), free pregnancy testing and options information, HPV immunizations for adolescents, Vasectomy – Adiana (permanent birth control for women), abortion care and much more.
Thank you for continuing our UUFCO congregation’s tradition of generosity.
December - Bethlehem Inn: The final tally for UUFCO’s annual gift to the Bethlehem Inn –
our GCC collected on Christmas Eve – is yet to be completed, but it appears the generosity of
this congregation was at least adequate for the full match of the “Christmas angels” who
pledged a matching gift of $1,500!
November – Guest At Your Table: Our annual participation in the Unitarian
Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)’s fundraising endeavor brought in a total gift of
Building Common Ground
Addressing Privilege, Power and Oppression is a task for everyone.
The Social Justice Team of UUFCO is participating with several community organizations in a Community Book Conversation. The purpose of the conversation is to explore the things embedded in our culture that divide us and create privileged and disadvantaged communities.
The Social Justice team will present a series of five one-hour discussions based on the book Overcoming Our Racism: Journey to Liberation by Derald Wing Sue. The last session will be the Book Discussion Celebration, "A Community United Against Racism" on March 4, 4:00 - 6:00 pm in Willie Hall at COCC.
*Six hardcover books have been purchased at a reduced rate of $13/each. Please contact Wilma or Carol to reserve your copy. In addition, there are e-books available for purchase online.
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: