Working Towards a Better, More Just World … by informing and engaging the congregation in conversation on local and international social justice action and changing issues.

The Social Justice Council sponsors forums on social justice topics each Sunday from June 28 through August at 9:30 am. All events this summer will take place online, via Zoom. Join us by selecting at 9:20 am most Sundays. Please arrive ten minutes early as presentations will begin promptly at 9:30 am.

Committee: Dorothy Herzberg, Beth Jerde, Mac Lingo, Stanley Klein, Barbara Rockhold, Lonnie Moseley Adult Education/Exploration Representative 

2020 Schedule

June 28 Joey Mason. Former inmate in San Quentin. He re-created himself while in prison. Was a moderator with the Restorative JUstice program. Now does community outreach, currently working with a probation officer with juveniles.
Joey will share his story.  To read Mac Lingo’s story on Joey Mason, click HERE.
Hosts Dorothy Herzberg and Mac Lingo

July 5 No program. Holiday weekend

July 12 Andre Soto. Community activist in Richmond. Founder of Communities for a Better Environment. Host Dr. Sheila Tarbot and Dorothy Herzberg

July 19 Rev Earl Koteen. UU Minister. The Arc of the Universe. King, Parker, Buddha, Shankar. Hosts Dr. Sheila Tarbot, Dorothy Herzberg

July 26 Dr. Bud Abbott. Biologists Without Borders. On a live Safari in South Africa. Power Point. Work with conserving African wildlife.
sponsor Dorothy Herzberg, Doug Frew

August 2. Mr. Takashi Tnemori. Survivor of Hiroshima. Honoring 75 years since August 1945. hosts Beth Jerde, Helen Toy

August 9 arylia Kelley TriValley Center, Livermore. Speaking on nuclear energy.
hosts Beth Jerde, Helen Toy

August 16 Dr. Paloma Pavel and Carl Anthony. co founders of Breakthrough Communities. Working with environmental issues. Hosts Dr. Sheila Tarbot, Dorothy Herzberg

August 23 Bruce Gardner founder of Solar Roots. Training in use of solar and natural energy in developing countries. Hosts Barbara Daniell, Dorothy Herzberg

Summer Forum Archive:  2017 Programs

June 4: Dr. Don Klose, retired psychologist, “Disarmament vs. Risking the Existence of the Planet.”

June 11: Occupella. Witty political satire in song. Hali Hammer and Friends.

June 18: Ray Westergard, retired teacher, “The Language of Political Correctness and its Damage to the Liberal Agenda and Social Justice.”

June 25: John Gioia, Contra Costa County Supervisor, “What’s Happening in West County.”

July 2: Documentary short film, “4.1 Miles.” Nominated for an Oscar. Syrian refugees escape to Greece. Introduced by Mac Lingo, chaplain.

July 9: Rev. Craig Scott, “Vietnam, 52 Years Later.”

July 16: Julie Rogers, therapist, “The Origins of Whiteness.”

July 23: Edward Burgess, Senior Manager, Strategen Consulting, and Ellen Zuckerman, Senior Associate, Southwest Energy. “The Science of Climate Change and Progress Towards a Clean Environment.”

July 30: Dr. Frederick Shaw, “My Work with Developing Indigenous Resources in Chandagar, India.”

August 6: Dr. Gil Weisman, retired psychiatrist, “The Demise of Free Psychiatric Hospitals.”

August 13: “From a Silk Cocoon: A Japanese American Renunciation Story.” Film on the Japanese internment with filmmaker Satsuki Ina, introduced by Dr. Beth Jerde.

August 20: “From Selma to Soweto” with filmmaker Connie Field, introduced by Dr. Beth Jerde.

August 27: Mister Phillips, Member, Board of Education WCCUSD. “Current Plans for the School District.”

Recordings from Summer 2016

June 5:  Dr. Liliane Koziol, Director of Programs at International House, UC Berkeley; Vice Chair of UC Berkeley International and Area Studies; Deputy Honorary Consul for Madagascar. “Cross Cultural Communication”.

June 12:  Mac Lingo, UUCB member. “My Chaplaincy at Kaiser Richmond and San Quentin”.

June 26:  Khafre Jay, “Hip Hop for Change,” with moderator Beth Jerde.

July 3:  Dr. Mimi Bull, retired legislative analyst, “Prisons for Profit”.

July 10:  Dr. Lynne Henderson on The Shyness Institute: Slides

July 24: Valerie Cuevas, Member Board of Education, West Contra Costa School District, “Change and Construction in a Challenging Time”.

July 31: Candidates for the State Senate: Nancy Skinner, Sandré Swanson.

August 14:  Cordell Sloan, Jr., “Growing up Black in America”.