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
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
The MVUUC Board of Trustees voted to officially add MVUUC’s name and support to
REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT TEAM #2
فريق مساعدة اللاجئين #٢
March - April 2017
Our Mission: To provide transitional support to refugees in Pomona and San Gabriel Valleys as refugees work to gain their independence.
Donate by April 10. Did you know that the Refugee Resettlement Team #2 is doing crowdfunding UU style? Donate: online https://www.faithify.org/projects/support-refugee-families-toward-independence/” All funds donated will go directly to refugee families. Thank you for your support
Our Partners: Organizations with networks and connections to strengthen our efforts.
- Claremont Presbyterian Church
- Islamic Center of Claremont
- Monte Vista Unitarian Universalist Congregation
- Pomona Presbyterian Church
Our Advocates: People, who commend, share and publicly support our work.
- Ann R. Schiff, President & CEO, Pilgrim Place, Claremont, CA
- Barbara Aswad, PhD, Professor Emerita of Anthropology, Wayne State University, Michigan
- Mahmoud Tarifi, Officer at Islamic Center of Claremont & Leader in the Muslim community
- Thomas Thorward, President, Next Generation Solutions, Inc., a software development firm
- Zayn Kassam, PhD, Author & Professor of Religious Studies, Pomona College, CA
- And more . . .
“The Worst Refugee Crisis since WWI: Nearly 66 Million Refugees and Displaced Persons”
Bruce Knotts, Director, UU-United Nations Office
Bruce will cover how climate change feeds into other factors to create conflicts and refugees. He predicts that "refugee flows will increase and walls are not the answer: We need a global program which is humane, rational and funded to handle the crisis. Current refugee law which only covers oppression as grounds for granting refugee status is inadequate to address current problems of climate change, crime, economic collapse and other causes of migration."
Bruce will also cover the particular issues involved with LGBTIQ refugees and asylum seekers.
Photo to be taken during Sunday Service
Our congregation has been officially challenged by the UU Church of the Desert in Rancho Mirage to see which congregation will wear more red noses on May 21st. This is in conjunction with the global fundraiser Red Nose Day (May 25th) which raises money for children who live in poverty, https://rednoseday.org. This charity is part of the Comic Relief Foundation. 50% of the money raised is used in the United States and 50% is used around the world. The organization provides grants to charities who demonstrate work toward ending child poverty. Some examples are: Children's Health Fund, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, National Urban League, and the National Council of La Raza.
Purchase your red noses at Walgreens for $1 (of which 50 cents pays for the nose and 50 cents goes to the charity). A limited supply will be available for purchase at church. Wear your noses to church on May 21st. A group picture will be taken and shared with the congregants of the UU Church of the Desert. This event is co-sponsored by the Religious Education Council and the Social Justice Coordinating Committee. For additional information see Lorraine Tant, Jeanine Little or Danita Astudillo.
10:00 - 11:30 AMSanctuary - Monte Vista Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Join the Social Justice Coordinating Committee as we host Allison Hess, the International Engagement Associate at the UUA. The UUA has been active in seeking nuclear abolition as part of its respect for the inherent worth and dignity of every person and for the interdependent web of life. Learn about the steps the United Nations is taking to reduce the threat caused by weapons of mass destruction.
For additional details, please click on the following link.
The UN and Nuclear Disarmament
This month's Share the Plate recipient is the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UUU-UNO). This office works to educate the public about the United Nations, advocates for the inclusion of UU principles in International policy, and is involved in many international programs promoting human rights and environmental protection. The office is responsible for fundraising for its budget. Please make checks payable to the UUA with UNO in the memo line. If you are willing/able to give more, please fill out the supporter envelope provided. uua.org/unitednationsoffice
The Social Justice Coordinating Committee invites you to a presentation, "The United Nations in the Time of Trump" with National UNA-USA Advocacy Chair Mel Boynton. With the current US President, UN Secretary-General, and UN Ambassador, what should we expect? Bring your questions! A Claremont resident, Mel is a trained economist and longtime leader and activist with the Pomona Valley Chapter of the United Nations Association (UNA).