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 through August at 9:30 am in the Fireside Room.

Committee: Dorothy Herzberg, Beth Jerde, Mac Lingo, Stanley Klein, Barbara Rockhold

Summer 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”.