Social Justice

Our Social Justice focus helps us live into the Seven Principles...

SocialJustice

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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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 (GCC)

Our July GCC recipient will be received for the benefit of the Central Oregon Veterans Ranch. 

Many thanks for the renewing generosity of this congregation, and to all who have given generously to our past two GCC recipients: for May, the total gift collected for Volunteers in Action was $990.00, and June’s offering for the Latino Community Association was $721.86.

Thank you for your continuing generosity in support of our Greater Community Collection.

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).

"Teamsters & Turtles Together at Last"

Friday, July 17, 7:30 at UUFCO -- A Social Justice Folk Concert featuring singers Anne Feeney and Dana Lyons. This will be an evening of story and song about how labor activists and environmentalists can form a huge movement for justice, peace, equality, and sustainability.

This concert is sponsored by the UUFCO Social Justice Advisory Team. About the performers:

  • Anne has been “comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable” since she graduated from high school in 1968. She spends most of her waking hours with people who are trying to make a difference in the world.
  • Dana brings together a mix of comedy, ballads and love songs; his sharp wit and beautiful voice have him performing across the US and around the world. Here is one of Dana’s verses: “Our climate is changing, yet we have hope. Our world is in crisis, yet we have faith. Together, we can celebrate life. Together, we can deepen our commitments to justice. TOGETHER, WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD.”

Suggested donation $15-20, no one turned away. Invite your friends! It stands to be a fun evening of inspiration and entertainment.

Move to Amend: Education Opportunity

Interested in restoring a democracy based on “We the People”? Join others who do for the 2nd of a seven month series, using study materials suggested by MTA-national, and offered through UUFCO’s Adult Religious Exploration. We meet the second Thursday of the month, currently in the Margaret Fuller Conference Room, i.e., Thursday, July 7 from 7:00 – 8:30pm. If you would like to participate, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who will forward you links for this month’s reading.

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:

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

  • 07/07/2015      7:00 pm    Move to Amend Education Opportunity, At UUFCO
  • 07/17/2015      7:30 pm    Teamsters & Turtles Concert, At UUFCO
  • 07/23/2015      5:30 pm    Dinner at Bethlehem Inn

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 Charles & Wilma Campbell 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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