Race in America Discussion Group

Part I: Sunday, January 28, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Room 9
Part II: Sunday, March 25, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Part III: Sunday, May 27, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Though what we do affects others, we can truly only change ourselves. These discussions are an opportunity for self reflection. The first session explores the concept of race. All are welcome to join us for any or all of the sessions.

The second session will explore the terms commonly used as implicit bias. And the third session will teach some non-defensive communication techniques. Contact Janet Takahashi at social.action.book.group@uufs.org with any questions.

UUA Disaster Relief Fund

After the Southeast and the Caribbean experienced two category five hurricanes within a week of each other, the initial Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund was broadened and renamed the UUA Disaster Relief Fund. Your donation will allow the UUA to respond flexibly to current disaster needs and to new situations as they arise, such as the extensive wild fires in the western U.S.

Click here to donate online or for information on how to donate by mail.

Volunteer to Help with Hurricane Disaster Relief with UUCSJ

The Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) team is keeping a close eye on updates regarding the communities affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, particularly those who are most vulnerable. In partnership with UUSC grassroots partners in Texas and Florida, UUCSJ is exploring where and how volunteers can be most useful once the worst flooding has receded.

If you are available to travel to Texas or Florida to support relief efforts, please click here to sign up to join the volunteer list. UUCSJ will notify you when volunteer placements that fit your skills are available.

2017-2018 UUFS Outreach Programs

Overseen by our Social Justice Team, our Fellowship proudly gives 5% of our annual budget towards supporting causes and organizations that serve those in our local community.

July: $500 went to Columbia Middle School Learning Resource Center

August: $1250 went to Sunnyvale Community Services. SCS serves low income people who live in Sunnyvale with donations of food basics, a “store” for gifts for the holidays at the end of the year, and grants of money to help people who are facing evictions and have hardship like a disabling illness.

September: $625 each went to Lakewood Elementary School and Vargas Elementary School for their reading programs. Both schools serve children from low income families in Sunnyvale.

October: $1250 went the Mountain View Day Worker Center which provides a place for migrants usually far from home and $75 for dues to the UU Partner Church Council which sends us news and information about their Unitarian members in Romania and other countries outside the US.

November: $500 went to the Asian Americans for Community Involvement (aaci.org) domestic violence program.

December: We sent $1,250 to HomeFirst™, which operates the Cold Weather Shelters like the one we volunteer at in Sunnyvale.

Click here to see our donations for fiscal year 2016-2017. For more information on our Social Justice Outreach Programs, or to have your voice heard, come to a meeting. We meet on the second Sunday after church at 11:00 a.m. in Room 2. Contact social.justice@uufs.org.

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

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Love Resists is a new, collaborative website between UUA and UUSC to support a growing movement to resist hate speech and xenophobic policy actions at local, state, and national levels. Click here to learn more.

About UUSC

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee is a human rights organization with a global reach powered by grassroots collaboration. In more than a dozen countries throughout the world UUSC advances a full array of human rights — promoting economic justice, bolstering environmental justice, and protecting rights at risk. As part of the latter, UUSC works to deliver aid with dignity and advance the rights of people left behind during humanitarian crises, which include forgotten conflicts, natural disasters, and forced immigration. Learn more about UUSC’s work at www.uusc.org/our-work.

UUSC is pleased to have earned the highest possible rating — four out of four stars — from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent evaluator of nonprofit organizations. The rating reflects UUSC’s consistent execution of its mission in a fiscally responsible way.

Contact uusc@uufs.org for more information.

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Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of California

The Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of California is a grassroots organization committed to advancing justice by cultivating and connecting leaders and communities, and by empowering the public voice of those who share UU values and principles. Volunteer-led Action Teams in our state are working to educate, organize and advocate for:

  • Economic Justice
  • Environmental Justice
  • Immigrant Justice
  • LGBTQI Equality
  • Healthcare
  • Prison Reform

If you are interested in learning more about the UUJMCA or supporting their work, contact info@uujmca.org.

Statements of Conscience

The UUA Commission on Social Witness proposes study/action issues (CSAI) for consideration at General Assembly. Out of this process comes Statements of Conscience to focus the efforts of congregations and other UU groups. SOC shape the meaning of contemporary Unitarian Universalism and empower the Office of Advocacy and Witness to lobby our positions in pending legislation.

 

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