The role of the Justice Council is 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 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.
Social Justice Teams and Task Forces
The Social Justice community at the UUFC is comprised of a broad range of groups that are engaged in concrete efforts to address the profound issues facing our local community, state, nation and world. The groups listed below are always open to new members and welcome your involvement. Following the description of each group is contact information, should you desire more information and/or wish to become involved.
Climate Action Team Guided by our 7th and 2nd Principles, we address climate change as a serious threat to the well-being of our world, to human communities, and to all other species. We work to make climate change the context for all we do as a faith community. We work to (a) mitigate climate change, (b) build resilience and adaptations to climate change, and (c) secure justice for those least responsible for but most impacted by climate change. More Information <here>, or contact Jed Irvine, <email@example.com>.
Corvallis Sustainability Coalition Connection
Pamela Tennity, firstname.lastname@example.org
Environmental Reading Group
We meet twice a month to read and discuss timely books and classics addressing environmental
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (Anti-racism Cluster)
We explore issues and responses to racism, oppression, and exclusion.
Elona Meyer email@example.com
Bonnie Morihari firstname.lastname@example.org
Gender and Sexual Diversity
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.
Bobbi Hall, email@example.com
Louise Ferrell, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Nancy Kyle, email@example.com
Indigenous Connections Team
(1) Create shared opportunities for education about indigenous issues and perspectives
(2) Reach out to build accountable relationships with indigenous groups and communities in service of supporting and amplifying their initiatives when asked to do so
(3) Deconstruct our own internalized settler colonialist attitudes and perspectives
Jesse Ford, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Beverly McFarland, email@example.com
Janet Throop, firstname.lastname@example.org
Secure Housing and Food for All
We explore issues, organizations, and solutions for the unhoused and food insecure. 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.
Dawn Jones, email@example.com
Roz Keeney, firstname.lastname@example.org
Roberta Smith, email@example.com
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