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

The recipient of January's Greater Community Collection is Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette (PPCW).

PPCW’s mission is to provide, promote, and protect access to sexual and reproductive health care. They provide a wide range of free or low cost sexual and reproductive health care services
including free or low cost birth control, emergency contraception (morning-after pill), annual gynecological exams and PAP tests, breast cancer and cervical cancer screenings – sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing& treatment and HIV testing (including blood herpes testing), free pregnancy testing and options information, HPV immunizations for adolescents, Vasectomy – Adiana (permanent birth control for women), abortion care and much more.

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

RECENT GCCS

December - Bethlehem Inn: The final tally for UUFCO’s annual gift to the Bethlehem Inn –
our GCC collected on Christmas Eve – is yet to be completed, but it appears the generosity of
this congregation was at least adequate for the full match of the “Christmas angels” who
pledged a matching gift of $1,500!

November – Guest At Your Table: Our annual participation in the Unitarian
Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)’s fundraising endeavor brought in a total gift of
$624.45.

Building Common Ground

Addressing Privilege, Power and Oppression is a task for everyone.

The Social Justice Team of UUFCO is participating with several community organizations in a Community Book Conversation. The purpose of the conversation is to explore the things embedded in our culture that divide us and create privileged and disadvantaged communities.

The Social Justice team will present a series of five one-hour discussions based on the book Overcoming Our Racism: Journey to Liberation by Derald Wing Sue. The last session will be the Book Discussion Celebration, "A Community United Against Racism" on March 4, 4:00 - 6:00 pm in Willie Hall at COCC.

Participants are encouraged to read the book* -- but reading the book is not necessary to join the discussion. Each session will start with a brief summary.  The first UU Social Justice session will be in the Old Stone Sanctuary on Sunday, January 18 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. More information is available at the Social Justice table, or contact 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..

*Six hardcover books have been purchased at a reduced rate of $13/each.  Please contact Wilma or Carol to reserve your copy.  In addition, there are e-books available for purchase online.

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

  • 01/22/2015      5:30 pm    Dinner at Bethlehem Inn
  • 02/26/2015      5:30 pm    Dinner at Bethlehem Inn
  • 03/26/2015      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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