Social Justice Projects at SFUU
See Green Sanctuary News for information about the Spring roll out of our projects for reaccreditation.
Share the Plate
Every year the Social Justice Committee supports the mission of SFUU by choosing community organizations to receive a portion of the collection plate on Sundays.
Fair Trade Sales
The UU Service Committee’s Coffee Project is a collaboration between UUSC and Equal Exchange, a worker-owned, fair trade company based in West Bridgewater, MA. Through the Coffee Project, SFUU can buy fair trade coffee, tea, sugar, chocolate bars, and other tasty treats in bulk which we offer for sale in the Social Hall. Offering Fair Trade items for sale is part of our commitment to compassionate consumption.
The Welcoming Congregation Program was established by the UUA in 1990 to help congregations that want to become more welcoming and inclusive of people with marginalized sexual orientations and gender identities. Our Social Justice Committee is responsible for encouraging our ongoing growth in this area.
Martin Luther King Celebration
Each year we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King with a celebration including music, poetry, speakers from the community and an afternoon of community service. This event is planned in collaboration with other community organizations on or near MLK Day annually. more info
Growing Peace Camp
Growing Peace Camp is an annual summer children’s program featuring peace themed activities and leadership development for youth, a legacy program growing out of SFUU and now an independent entity under the fiscal umbrella of Placer People of Faith Together’s Youth Engagement Campaign.
Acres of Hope Garden
The Acres of Hope Garden began as a Green Sanctuary project, we hope to continue our connection with this group through annual donations of seeds, starter plants, and time to keep this garden growing.
Rapid Response Training
Rapid Response Network helps train and prepare volunteers to become Legal Observers to witness and advocate for our immigrant community, as well as being of service in other ways such as hosting and accompaniment for impacted families.
Forums and Classes
Book Discussion Group
Book discussion groups are ongoing. Recently discussed book: White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo.
Climate Footprint Project Forum
Scientists tell us climate change has started, and will devastate the world if not stopped. The United Nations reports that arresting the warming will require cutting greenhouse emissions 50% by 2030 and 100% by 2050. In response, the Social Justice committee is revisiting our climate footprint project. Each family in our church community is urged to assess its greenhouse gas footprint, then use this assessment as a benchmark for measuring their efforts to reduce emissions. The committee will hold a workshop on January 20 after second service to explain the project and help people work through the footprint calculator. Committee members will also provide follow-on assistance on request.
Nisenan Rancheria and Sierra Streams Institute: A Story of Hope, Land and Healing
Join Joanne Hild, Executive Director of Sierra Streams Institute, and Shelly Covert, Executive Director of the California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project, for an interactive forum after service in early 2019, as they present a forum sponsored by Social Justice, Adult RE, and Green Sanctuary. Sierra Streams Institute is a scientific community dedicated to environmental conservation and land and water stewardship. Learn how the 'Friends of Deer Creek' became Sierra Streams Institute through their partnership with the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe in restoring the Nisenan's sacred watershed from damage created by the Gold Rush. Shelly Covert will relate the history of the Rancheria, and recent advances in land restoration and recovery of the Nisenan language. Joanne Hild will trace the study and restoration of Deer Creek and how that expanded to include a wider area of the Sierra foothills by adding more dedicated scientists and training families as citizen scientists. The efforts of Sierra Streams incorporates the needs of the local and broader community into research projects that include human and ecologic health related issues. Opportunities for congregational support for the Nisenan Rancheria and Sierra Streams will be explored. Suggested donation $10.
In the Works
We need you, your passion and ideas! As with everything, we know that planning takes a team. Our Social Justice Committee’s charge is to help create a visionary container for the justice work of our members, partners and friends through our bi-annual focus issues, aligning with our SFUU mission. To this end, we have a proposal process for projects that originate with members of the committee or members of the congregation. If you have an idea, you are invited to take it to the committee in the form of a proposal, which can be found here and bring to our committee for consideration.
How to Get Involved
If you are looking for additional information on how to get involved, please feel free to contact one of our committee co-chairs: Allen Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org, and George Lowry at email@example.com.