Justice Council

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 Justice

Guided especially by the UU Seventh Principle, we address the climate crisis as a serious threat to the well-being of our world—to human communities and all other species.

Susan Christie, crypto716@gmail.com

 

Corvallis Sustainability Coalition Connection

Pamela Tennity, tennityp@yahoo.com

 

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 elonameyer@icloud.com

Bonnie Morihari moriharb@mail.wou.edu

 

Gender and Sexual Diversity 

Kedo Baye

Teddy Gerrish

 

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, rlhall@peak.org

Louise Ferrell, lferrell2@peak.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, n.kyle12@gmail.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, jesseisuu@gmail.com

 

Justice Theatre 

Rachel Kohler

 

Partner Church

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, jellofair@gmail.com

Janet Throop, throopj@peak.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, freespirit@proaxis.com

Roz Keeney, rozkeeney@comcast.net  

Roberta Smith, robertasmith2@peak.org

 

Social Concerns

We raise funds and awareness for different local and international charities each month by organizing Action Lunches, Sunday collections and Bake Sales.

Sylvia Yamada, yamadas@science.oregonstate.edu