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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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

March's Greater Community Collection (GCC) will be received on Sunday, March 29 and will benefit COPY: Central Oregon Partnerships for Youth.

COPY provides volunteer mentors for children with an incarcerated parent or caregiver. Mentors provide additional support for parents in a time of need. Mentors agree to spend a few hours a week with a child for a minimum of one year. Time is often spent attending community events or sport/recreation activities.  Some volunteers provide academic assistance or help develop reading skills.  Volunteers often provide a link to additional community support and work with COPY staff who are aware of scholarship opportunities, youth enrichment programs and other resources that assist the kids and families in succeeding.

Thank you for continuing our UUFCO congregation’s tradition of generosity.

As well as being our March GCC recipient, Central Oregon Partnerships for Youth (COPY) is offering a class to prepare volunteers to become mentors for children with an incarcerated parent. After initial training and comprehensive background checks, volunteers are matched with a child who shares similar interests and activities, and commit to spending a few hours a week together for a minimum of one year. This time is often spent going to community events, working on homework, attending art programs, participating in sports, or simply hanging out and talking.

On Saturday, April 18, COPY will offer an orientation/training class. This six-hour class covers program policies, how to establish a mentor relationship, the impact incarceration has on families, and communication skills. There is no cost to attend, but advanced registration is required. For additional details please call (541) 388-6651 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   An electronic flyer is available to download and print.



February: The congregation's contribution to Oregon Adaptive Sports was $900.01!  Thank you!

“Overcoming Racism” and “Poverty and Income Inequality”

More than a 150 people combined attended 10 different community book conversations on "Overcoming Our Racism" in our area.  Those who participated in the book discussions – and all others – are invited to the…

Book Discussion Celebration

Wednesday, March 4 from 4:00 – 6:00pm
Wille Hall at COCC
This event includes an opportunity to dialogue about the next steps that we can take together to end racial injustice in our community.

Thanks to Carol Carlson and Chela Sloper for leading the Overcoming Racism discussions for UUFCO. How shall we at UUFCO move forward after this study?  The UUA has identified “Poverty and Income Inequality” as one of its CSAIs (Congregational Study/Action Issue).  There is a 20-page study guide available through the UUA to engage various aspects of this complex topic. If anyone would like to lead a study group within our congregation – perhaps in league with our Adult RE group? – please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss.

Move to Amend

Mark your calendars for Sunday March 22 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm for an event at the Bend Public Library on the grassroots movement to overturn constitutional doctrines of 1) corporate personhood and 2) 1st amendment protections for money as “speech”. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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

  • 03/04/2015      4:00 pm    Book Discussion Celebration - Overcoming Racism
  • 03/22/2015      2:00 pm    Move to Amend Event at Bend Public Library
  • 03/26/2015      5:30 pm    Dinner at Bethlehem Inn
  • 04/23/2015      5:30 pm    Dinner at Bethlehem Inn
  • 05/28/2015      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 at the Cottage.  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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