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
Christmas Eve Greater Community Collection for the Bethlehem Inn: Wednesday, December 24
Bend’s Bethlehem Inn houses and serves more homeless individuals than any other shelter in Central or Eastern Oregon. Bethlehem Inn transforms lives with shelter, health, and hope. The Inn’s residents (homeless single men, women, and families) receive three meals per day, a bed, personalized case-management as well as individualized support from staff and volunteers. Typically, the Inn serves 80 to 100 persons daily for periods up to three months at any one time while these residents prepare themselves for the next positive steps in their lives.
The December 24th Greater Community Collection will be matched by two UUFCO members with up to $1,500 of matching dollars. Donation envelopes will be available at the Social Justice Table in the church throughout December for congregants who will be traveling or out of town on Christmas Eve. All The Inn’s financial support comes from individuals, churches, and private foundations. (Government money is no longer available for homeless shelters.)
Thank you for continuing our UUFCO congregation’s tradition of holiday generosity.
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: