UUCF’s Social Justice program is built on these five pillars of social justice.
Service is an opportunity for individuals to build relationships and grow spiritually. It involves hands-on involvement in helping others. Service opportunities at UUCF include:
- Hypothermia sheltering
- ESOL instruction
- Rebuilding Together
- Clothing Drive
- Thanksgiving Food Drive
- Blood Drives
Education is an important tool in helping the congregation understand and assimilate social justice messages and programs. Some education tactics include:
- Congregational forums
- Book groups
- Adult and children/youth RE classes
- Community outreach
Organizing seeks to establish grassroots partnerships and coalitions to increase social integration and power in civil society. Goals include making civic, regional and state-wide changes for social improvement.
Examples of partnerships and coalitions:
- Youth Group, RE parents, Campus Ministry group, Women‘s group, etc.
- Interfaith Organizations and other religious groups in your community
- Other UU congregations in your area
- National organizations
- Local government or city council
The roots of the word advocacy have to do with lending assistance, calling for a voice to speak out. Advocacy is a way of raising your voice, speaking on behalf of yourself and those people or causes you stand with. In this case, we use advocacy to mean lobbying and anything else that brings your voice to your elected officials, or to others who change and make policy. We UUs have the skills and resources to be excellent lobbyists and compelling spokespeople for our causes.
Witness includes public displays of message solidarity, including rallies, demonstrations, school board, protests, media outreach, etc.