Social Justice

What is Social Justice?

Justice is at the core of our faith. Our congregation is called to make a positive difference in our wider communities. We work to serve, to raise awareness, and to support and partner with people who face injustice. We advocate, organize, and act for justice to live out the values of our faith. We ACT our VALUES.

MVUUC Social Justice Areas of Focus for the Congregational Year 2015/16

Every June the Unitarian Universalist Association, in general plenary session at General Assembly, selects social justice topics for the overall organization to focus on during the upcoming year. These topics, called "Areas of Immediate Witness" or AIWs, this year (2015-16) include:

  • Global Warming
  • Economic Inequality
  • Immigration
  • Criminal Justice

We have a second Sunday SHARE THE PLATE collection for worthy groups. Some of these have been:

Some ways you can support the social justice goals of MVUUC are:

  • 3rd Sunday Letter Writing

Seize the opportunity to join in letter writing on the patio after church every third Sunday. All materials including information are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own ideas and issues to write about. Previously written letters are getting great responses from legislators. Hand written letters carry a lot of weight so let’s keep this up! Thanks to Teresia Santee for coordinating this important opportunity.

  • Share the Plate (Monthly Social Justice Offering)

  • Social Justice Giving:
    Weekly food collection to stock a local Food Pantry. 
    Traveling?  Save those hotel toiletries for IVHP. Collection box on the fireplace.
  • Afterthoughts, Etc
    Join a lively discussion after church on 2nd and 4th Sundays after church. Topics include homily response, current events, etc. Look for the Afterthoughts, Etc. sign on the patio.

  • Contributions to a Social Justice Newsletter

If you have calendar events or community justice actions pertaining to any MVUUC social justice areas of focus, please send them to socialjustice@montevistauu.org. The Social Justice group email list is an open forum. If you have events or references that would be appropriate for others to hear about, particularly in regard to our five focus areas, the best way to relay the information is to make your own group mail list with the addresses in this newsletter or simply “reply all” to the newsletter.

 

The monthly newsletter with social justice information, articles, and calendar is available via email. Contact Margaret Davis to be added to the subscribers.

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