Social Justice

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. 

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Make a Difference in a Child’s LifeSJ ClarkeS Tutoring

The Wildcat Wizard Tutoring Program

At Juniper Elementary School

2016-2017 School Year

You can make a difference in a child’s life by tutoring one-on-one, Tuesdays from 4-5pm, with the Wildcat Wizards Tutoring Program at Juniper Elementary School in NE Bend. Most tutors and substitutes are UU’s.

Staff at the school said they saw positive changes in the children who participated last school year, in both their self confidence and their academic achievement.

In a relatively few hours from the end of September through May, you can help a 3rd grader who is referred to the tutoring program by their teacher for help with math, language arts, or both.  

If once a week is not the right commitment for you right now, consider being a substitute, backing up tutors when they can’t be there. We hope substitutes can be available at least 5 times over the school year.

Training is provided by the school.

For more information contact Christine Walsh at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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.

Suggestions are welcome from church members and friends and may be submitted to the GCC Community Collection committee using this nomination form.  Please contact either This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Upcoming GCC

In June, our GCC recipient will be Oregon Natural Desert Association, or ONDA.  Over the last 30 years, ONDA supporters have given a voice to the conservation needs of eastern Oregon’s high desert. Now a respected state and national leader in the public lands conversation, ONDA and its members remain steadfast in their commitment to protect, defend, and restore Oregon's high desert.

Past GCC Recipients

May’s GCC was received on May 29 for CASA. The congregation’s amazing generosity was expressed in the sum of $1013.00.

Many thanks to all who express a commitment to supporting our community through your generous GCC offerings.

"Dirty Energy and Dirty Money", June 22, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Co-hosted with Common Cause Oregon
Location: UUFCO
This forum is a collaboration campaign on how money in politics endangers environmental protection.  Our goal is to raise awareness of the impact that our broken campaign finance system has had on the efforts to protect the environment.  Last year, Common Cause Oregon brought on a team of research interns to analyze the efforts to pass and protect Senate Bill 324, otherwise known as the Clean Fuels Program, and investigate how the energy industry attempted to defeat it.

A quick presentation of the research findings, followed by a three to four person discussion panel is scheduled.  The panel would include someone who worked on the research, someone who has advocated for environmental protections in 2015 legislature, and one or two other activists who have been involved in both movements.

There are five other locations that will host this event in the state -- Portland, Beaverton, Salem, Eugene and Ashland.  We feel honored to host this most important event and hope many of you will take the time to attend.

Project GRACE: "Lea(r)ning to Action"

UUFCO’s Project GRACE study and action programs on escalating inequality continue through the summer as we work our way into action.  Three broad study areas -Income/Wealth, Education, and Changing the Narrative - were chosen in a large group session in May for further study during the summer months.  If you are interested in learning more about these summer working groups please contact Project Grace chair,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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: Aldine Thornton, contact person; Joe Maier, recorder; Sue Wilhelm, SJ e-mail list;  Sy Migdal, Anita Elliot, and Chela Sloper. 

* 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.

UUFCO has established an Escalating Inequality Steering Committee to lead UUFCO’s study/action on this issue.  If you are interested in helping to lead this effort, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Chair, Escalating Inequality Steering Committee.

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

Additional Social Justice Information:

Central Oregon Social Justice Center, 155 NW Irving, Bend,  or email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

UUA Social Justice Information

UUA Social Justice Empowerment Handbook

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

Northwest Unitarian Universalist Justice Network    

Oregon Unitarian Universalist Voices for Justice


Upcoming Social Justice Activities

  • 06/22/2016      7:00 pm    Dirty Energy & Dirty Money
  • 06/23/2016      5:30 pm    Bethlehem Inn Dinner

Social Justice Advisory Team Meetings

You are invited to the next meeting of the Social Justice Advisory Team meets regularly.  New participants are welcome to come and help plan activities.  Contact Aldine Thorton for more information.


CSAI - Congregational Study - Action Issue

The 2014 General Assembly of Unitarian Universalists selected Escalating Inequality as the next study/action issue (CSAI) (2014-2018). We look forward to presenting informational programs on this issue and hope that actions also will be generated. Reproductive Justice: Expanding Our Social Justice Calling continues as a targeted issue as a current CSAI
(2012-2016) that will need continued attention.

UUFCO will co-sponsor “Building Common Ground—Addressing Privilege, Power and Oppression”. Building Common Ground is a task for everyone. Many of us feel we are not racist – or guilty of other “isms” that separate our social groups – and yet find ourselves unable to say we are free of those “isms”. Concepts will be introduced that help to build a deeper understanding, and steps will be identified that each participant can take to heal our communities. The program is being developed by various local social justice organizations. One session is planned for October and another in connection with COCC’s season of nonviolence.


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