Social Justice

"Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public."
Cornel West

As Unitarian Universalists, living our values is essential to our religious life. We seek out concrete ways to act that will bring healing to our world and hope to our own hearts and spirits.

 

Sharing the Plate

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A Unitarian Universalist colleague and dear friend of mine from seminary recently traveled to Tornillo, Texas to witness the plight of immigrant children being held in detention by the US government. She and other clergy and lay leaders from many traditions drew attention to the thousand or so children still being held in tents. She was encouraged to witness in part by the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. 
 

The Unitarian Universalist Committee (UUSC) has been working tirelessly to provide a truly humanitarian response amid ugly and dehumanizing rhetoric aimed at families and individuals fleeing violence in Central America. They are working with partners in Mexico and Honduras to provide support for those seeking asylum, to witness their treatment, and to educate the US public about the realities of those fleeing violence.


Though not all of us may be free to travel to the border, we can all support the UUSC’s effort through giving as we are able, educating ourselves, and speaking out. More can be learned about the migrant caravan here: https://www.uusc.org/four-things-you-should-know-about-the-central-american-caravans/.


To support the UUSC’s effort, half of everything placed in the offering baskets during the month of December (unless marked UUFN Pledge on the memo line) will be given to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee to continue their work for immigrants and the vulnerable in the US and abroad. Thank you for giving as you are able.

 

 

Guest at Your Table Boxes

UUFN will again be participating in the UUSC’s Guest at Your Table program. Starting December 2nd, you can pick up your box to place on your dining room table as a symbol of the families in need of our support.  Place your spare change or dollars in the box at the end of each day (or a check made out ot UUSC).  All funds donated via the Guest at Your Table Box will be sent to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee to support their work defending human rights and providing humanitarian relief in the US, at our borders, and abroad.  Bring your filled boxes to the Christmas Eve Service, the December 30th service, or by January 6th.  Thank you for giving as you are able!

 


Standing on the Side of Love

2015-03-18 18.58.19Along with congregations across the UUA, UUFN has participated in the Standing on the Side of Love effort since it began in 2009.  Each year we host at least one event that seeks to educate our congregation and the larger community on a critical justice issue.  UUFN has stood on the side of love of marriage equality, the movement to ensure that Black Lives Matter, Native American rights, Transgender rights, and more.  Watch for more info about upcoming events!

 

"Hate has no business in our community" poster campaignthumbnail of All Are Welcome Here Poster

We don't have to let a few voices of hate and fear speak for our communities.  Let's be clear that all are welcome here and that hate has no business in our community.  Our hope is that businesses, libraries, homes, places of worship, etc, will all show their support for all of our community members.

Download the 8.5x11 poster

Download the 11x17 poster

 

Uniting to End Racism in Our Communities

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UUFN members have joined forces with the Cannon Valley Friends Meeting to help end racism in our community.  Our first action was to table at the Faribault International Festival. Members of both congregations engaged in conversation with people from the community about the importance of addressing racism and offered various resources, including:

"Things We Can Do Now to End Racism in our Community!"

Resources on Police Conduct, Race and the Justice System,

Resources for Talking to Kids about Racism and Justice,

Resources on Protest, Social Movements and Community Visions for Racial Justice

Teen Reading List for Black Lives Matter.

 

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