Social Justice Council at UUCB
Unitarian Universalists Denounce Complicity with Extremists, Call for Courageous Action by National Leaders
To read the UUA’s statement on the mob assault of the Capitol on January 6, click here.
Welcome! Please join us at our monthly Social Justice Council meeting every second Wednesday currently on ZOOM (see sidebar on the right under Justice Events for the links to the next Social Justice Council meeting date and time).
Discover how together we can support your passion for Social Justice! During this time of Covid, when we meet online via Zoom, we’ve found the discussions to be as rich and powerful as ever–also we have the ability to show images and review websites of other organizations doing powerful Social Justice work.
To engage in social justice at UUCB, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know if you wish to be on our email list to receive announcements of social justice actions and our Zoom meeting links.
Confronting Racism & Oppression Project
Implementing our congregation-wide commitment to Black Lives Matter, the Confronting Racism & Oppression Projects are:
- The Literature, Film and Drama Contingent (LFDC) meets monthly to read and discuss books, attend or create relevant plays, watch films, and share personal moments of awareness of unconscious bias. This is a courageous group that talks openly about race and oppression and its solutions.
- People of Color Caucus (POCC) meets quarterly to provide a safe space for racial and ethnic minority members to name, heal and reconcile past and current personal and group racial wounds.
- Whites Opposed to White Supremacy (WOWS) meets the fourth Sunday of each month; and is a group at UUCB of white-identified people and people who get identified as white, that discuss race issues and the implications of being white in this society.
- Building Community with Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church.
- Anti-Racism Task Force meets monthly to act on racism and oppression issues of immediate concern.
- Honoring Indigenous Peoples Group meets regularly to engage in education and deep learning of Indigenous peoples’ history, acknowledging the harms, including genocide and land theft, done by settler colonialism
From support of immigrant families to forums and speakers on anti-racism, climate justice, housing and more; we coordinate with local groups so we act to place our UU values in public spaces around issues of racism, immigrant rights, housing and the environment.
Each month we share our offerings from the Sunday worship services with local non-profit organizations serving communities in need in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. The Social Justice Council nominates (from suggestions given by the congregation) and votes annually which organizations will receive these much-needed funds. Since 2010, over $120,000 has been donated by the church through the Good Neighbor program to more than 30 organizations.
Standing With Homeless Youth (Tiny House Project)
As a Sanctuary Church and in our work aiding immigrant families, this congregation supports the Accompaniment Team that provides legal, financial, housing and educational support to families.
Seeing our Earth with new Eyes
Getting out the Vote Initiative.
Making Social Justice front and center of our Congregation
- Run a Social Justice Table every Sunday and during special events to inform people about what’s happening and opportunities for participation. (When CDC guidelines allow reopening of UUCB).
- We bring social justice consciousness into all UUCB programs and services within our church life. Food security with Food Drives; Clothing Drives; Tiny House project.
- We represent social justice at congregational events.
- We organize the congregation to participate in rallies, marches, conferences, political meetings, like the El Cerrito Martin Luther King parade, Immigration Rights rally at El Cerrito plaza, Pride Parade, Women’s March.
What We Believe
At this extraordinary time in our nation’s history, we are called to affirm our profound commitment to the fundamental principles of justice, equity and compassion, to truth and core values of American society.
In the face of looming threats to immigrants, Muslims, people of color, and the LGBTQ community and the rise of hate speech, harassment and hate crimes, we affirm our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
In opposition to any steps to undermine the right of every citizen to vote or to turn back advances in access to health care and reproductive rights, we affirm our commitment to justice and compassion in human relations.
And against actions to weaken or eliminate initiatives to address the threat of climate change – actions that would threaten not only our country but the entire planet – we affirm our unyielding commitment to protect the interdependent web of all existence.
We will oppose any and all unjust government actions to deport, register, discriminate, or despoil.
As people of conscience, we declare our commitment to translate our values into action as we stand on the side of love with the most vulnerable among us.
We welcome and invite all to join in this commitment for justice.
The time is now.
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