Justice Work at UUFC

At UUFC, we are committed to social justice, and we strive for justice and equity in all areas of life. Our justice teams and task forces are always open to new members, and we welcome your involvement!

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. (visit the Justice Council Page)

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. Many of the justice teams and task forces are funded in part by the Justice Outreach Fund.

Faith-Based 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.

contacts: Jed Irvine at jedirv@gmail.com or Michael Hughes at michael.a.hughes1951@mail.com.

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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (Anti-Racism Cluster)

We explore issues and responses to racism, oppression, and exclusion. See the EDI page for more info.

contacts: Elona Meyer (elonameyer@icloud.com) or Bonnie Morihari (moriharb@mail.wou.edu)

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Gender and Sexual Diversity

This team is being formed. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact the office.

contact: office@uucorvallis.org

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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 Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates, Health Care for All Oregon, and Oregon UU Voices for Justice.

contacts: Bobbi Hall (rlhall@peak.org) or Louise Ferrell (lferrell2@peak.or)

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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.

contact: Nancy Kyle at n.kyle12@gmail.com 

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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.

contact: Jesse Ford at jesseisuu@gmail.com

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Justice Theatre

Justice Theatre @ the UUFC is a community theatre venture aimed at staging small-scale productions with pay-what-you-will performances supporting social justice causes. Past beneficiaries have included the ACLU, the Corvallis Cold Weather Mens Shelter, CARDV, and the Mid-Willamette Trans Support Network. Our mission is to create theatre that fosters discussion about the world around us, to make theatre that is completely open and accessible to audience members of any income level, and to use performance to generate donations for good causes. (learn more)

contact: Rachel Kohler

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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.

contact: Janet Throop at throopj@peak.org

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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.

contact: Dawn Jones at freespirit@proaxis.com, Roz Keeney at rozkeeney@comcast.net, or Roberta Smith at robertasmith2@peak.org

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Social Concerns

Our mission is to educated and involve our congregation in local, national and international social and justice causes. All activities and goals support the UUFC mission of building a more just and inclusive world for all. We raise funds and awareness for a different cause each month through weekly refreshments during coffee hour, monthly action lunches and collections during Sunday services. Recent causes include Vina Moses, McKenzie River Trust, Daytime Drop in Center, NAACP, Unity Shelter and DACA.  We partner with the Immigration and Refuge Support Team in selling spring bulbs in planters, bouquets of cut flowers, Halloween pumpkins and preserves.  Look for us in the kitchen after services if you would like to help with any of these projects.

contact: Sylvia Yamada at yamadas@science.oregons or Elaine Kahn at

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Justice Council Funds

Justice Outreach Fund

Bob Ozretich Memorial Fund

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