Justice Council Mission:
To provide support, guidance, coordination, and evaluation of ongoing and proposed social service, charity-related, and other justice programs sponsored by the UUFC, as well as to coordinate emergent justice-related responses.
The primary concerns of the council should be (1) the Fellowship and its ability to engage efficiently, effectively, and appropriately in the needs of the world in which we live and (2) the Fellowship’s ability to meet its justice/outreach goals. The issues we agree to address are the work of the social justice teams and task forces.
The primary tasks for the UUFC Justice Council include:
- Creating a context through which groups doing justice-related work are supported and can sustain themselves;
- Developing a communications vehicle through which we describe the work of UUFC justice-related groups and bring visibility to the engagement of UUFC members in community-based justice work;
- Identifying the appropriate structures, processes, and procedures to support UU and Fellowship justice-related goals, values, and commitments and to exercise the necessary leadership;
- Talking frequently with those doing justice-related work to ensure we are aware of their activities and needs;
- Ensuring that knowledge of all justice-related groups is easily available to members and friends who want to get involved.
Justice Council newsletters:
UUFC Teams and Task Forces
We support small farmers and their communities in the Chiapas region of Mexico, and a coffee roasting/distribution center on the USA/Mexican border, by selling coffee; profits return to the farmers and employees of the coffee center.
Guided especially by the UU Seventh Principle, we address the climate crisis as a serious threat to the wellbeing of our world—to human communities and all other species.
Environmental Reading Group
We meet twice a month to read and discuss timely books and classics addressing environmental issues.
Elizabeth Waldorf: email@example.com; 541-207-3613
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (Anti-racism Cluster)
We explore issues and responses to racism, oppression, and exclusion.
Health Care for All
We work for universal health care legislatively in Oregon. We educate and energize UUFC members on these topics and work with the Interfaith Health Care Network, Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates, Health Care for All Oregon, and Oregon UU Voices for Justice.
Immigrant and Refugee Support Team
Living out our principles to affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person and strive for justice, equity and compassion in human relations, the Immigrant and Refugee Support Team seeks to educate UUFC members about immigrant concerns, and build connections with and support immigrants and groups working with immigrants in our community.
Melinda Sayavedra: firstname.lastname@example.org; 541-757-2807
*To learn more about our recent Town Hall on becoming a Sanctuary Church, click here.
Justice Outreach Fund
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis maintains a Justice Outreach Fund for grants that are focused on high-impact projects aimed at seeding and achieving social, economic, racial, environmental, and other kinds of justice.
We provide loans to women around the world to enable them to start businesses or improve their existing businesses. Our goal is to help them to provide food, shelter, clothing, and education for their children.
Sandy Houtman: email@example.com; 541-602-1516
We advocate for support of our Partner Church, the Unitarian Church in Körispatak, Transylvania, Romania, and promote international understanding, social justice, and our commitments to our relationships.
We raise funds and awareness for different local and international charities each month by organizing Action Lunches, Sunday collections and Bake Sales.
Sylvia Yamada: firstname.lastname@example.org; 541-754-9891
Spiritual Fire Fighters
We work to strengthen our spirits and act on behalf of our values in these challenging times. We get our minds, bodies, and spirits ready to jump into action when needed, in order to be in shape for the long haul.
Task Force on Homelessness and Access to Housing
We explore issues, organizations, and solutions to homelessness. We develop programs to explore systemic solutions to being unhoused, build interfaith capacity to address these issues, explore what other organizations are doing (partnering as appropriate), educate ourselves, and support congregants with possibilities for outreach.
National and International Unitarian Universalist Organizations
Members of UUFC can connect with the work of Unitarian Universalism regionally, nationally, and internationally through the organizations listed here. Some of them invite UUs to provide financial support with regular donations or special assistance for emergencies. Others provide resources for congregational study and worship. Some offer mission trips or sponsor letter writing campaigns. Oregon UU Voices for Justice has a regional meeting each year and regular web meetings.
International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU)
This is a network of member groups around the world, mostly known as Unitarians or Unitarian Universalists, who share resources, develop leadership skills, and help each other build a spiritual community. ICUU connects people across the globe to support growing communities and help in times of need.
Oregon UU Voices for Justice
This is a statewide advocacy network that mobilizes UUs and their congregations to work for public policies in Oregon that embody UU principles of justice, equity, compassion in human relations, and global stewardship.
Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ)
As a joint collaboration of the UUA and the UUSC, the mission of UUCSJ is to help UUs deepen and sustain the work of justice in their congregations and communities. UUCSJ offers experiential learning journeys and social justice training grounded in the UU’s commitment to human rights.
Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth (UUMFE)
This group is committed to connecting and inspiring an active community of UUs for environmental justice, spiritual renewal, and shared reverence for our Earth home.
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)
UUSC advances human rights and social justice in the United States and around the world. UUSC helps people rebuild their lives after humanitarian crises and works with grassroots organizations to defend their rights to relief and recovery.
Local Organizations that Extend UUFC’s Mission
We help clean up our local environment on a quarterly basis by picking up trash along the stretch of Highway 20/34 between Corvallis and Philomath.
Interfaith Climate Justice Corvallis
We are a group of representatives from several faith communities in Corvallis who work together on climate justice (creation care).