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 (GCC)
Our May GCC recipient will be Volunteers in Action. Volunteers in Action has been helping seniors and adults with disabilities stay in their homes longer, since 1996.
Their volunteers drive care recipients to doctors’ appointments, shopping and other needed destinations. They visit shut-ins and provide respite for family members caring for loved ones. They build ramps and install grab bars for safety.
Their volunteers accept these opportunities at will and there are no required hours to give.
Thank you for your continuing generosity in support of our Greater Community Collection.
Report on Recent Greater Community Collection (GCC)
On Dedication Sunday, April 26, we had two offerings to benefit Central Oregon’s Greater Community:
- Morning offering dedicated to Action Through Advocacy: $1,734.00
- Afternoon Dedication offering benefiting the Bethlehem Inn: $2,000.00
Social Justice “Gather In”
A Social Justice “Gather In” is scheduled for Sunday, June 14. This is the date of our first New Home namesake celebration, with an afternoon program celebrating Pete Seeger. What a fitting occasion to get together with like minded folk, eager to renew our commitment to social justice causes in our community and beyond. Look for a table with the Statue of Liberty visible.
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: