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...
Past GCC Recipients
July’s Gift to COVR -- “Generosity unlocks the fullness of life.”
Our total to the Central Oregon Veterans Ranch was a remarkable $1,138.00! This was a combined gift of $768 in general offering and an additional $370 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 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).
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 third session will be held Thursday, August 13 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at UUFCO using study materials suggested by Move To Amend-national.
This month's session will focus on constitutional amendments, personhood and, in particular, the activities surrounding the Women's Suffrage and the Abolitionist Movements that led to the 13th, 14th, 15th and 19th constitutional amendments. The conversations are non-partisan and open to the public.
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: