Overview – Social Justice at UUCB
Hello UUCB members and newcomers!
Come join us at our monthly Social Justice potluck and meeting. Discover how we can support your passion for Social Justice!
From reading books aloud to underprivileged children to joining the weekly Ceasefire Walk through Richmond’s Iron Triangle, work with other UUCB volunteers to put your principles into action.
Each month we share our offerings from the Sunday worship services with local non-profit organizations serving the community, particularly those serving people in need. The Social Justice Council votes annually on who will receive these much-needed funds.
Since 2010, through the generosity of UUCB members, friends, and Sunday newcomers, we have donated over $100,000 to more than 25 organizations.
In 2015 we began a congregation-wide Confronting Racism Project. We:
- Held an interactive workshop on racism, white privilege and implicit bias led by the Reverends Donnell Jones and Ben McBride with 100 church members and friends in attendance.
- Held a six-session discussion group on Dr. King’s “Letter from the Birmingham Jail” attended by a dozen members and friends.
- Formed the monthly Literature, Film and Drama Contingent (LFDC) that reads and discusses a book on racism each month, attends relevant plays or films, and shares personal moments of awareness of unconscious bias.
- Collaborated in a powerful UUCB worship service on racism commemorating the work of Martin Luther King.
- Sponsor the Summer Forum series of speakers and films on social justice issues.
- Run a Social Justice Table on Sundays to inform people about what’s happening and opportunities for participation.
- Educate the congregation to join CCISCO (Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization) and collaborate with others such as the Contra Costa County Racial Justice Coalition to defeat a county jail expansion.
- Joined the Racial Justice Coalition to persuade the County Board of Supervisors to establish a task force to investigate racial discrepancies in arrests and incarcerations and made sure that populations most affected were well represented.
- UUCB members worked with CCISCO and Richmond community members for three years on the Berkeley Global Campus Working Group advocating for a legally binding Community Benefits Agreement demanding UC Berkeley offer jobs, training, and business development to Richmond residents as part of any large campus expansion into the heart of the Richmond community.
- In February 2017 the congregation adopted the following Statement of Conscience:
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.