Social Justice Projects at SFUU
Green Sanctuary Passport
Help our children follow your progress on climate action by picking up a Green Sanctuary Passport at any of the Green Sanctuary events! When you attend events listed on the passport (or follow-through on some action related to an event) you can bring your card to the children to receive a “stamp of approval.” In this way our kids will be the judges of the quality of our work for the future generations.
You should be able to get your passports stamped by taking your passport to the Green Sanctuary table (where our Climate Ribbon Tree is). Go to the Green Sanctuary page for more information about our projects! Please hang your passport in the Sanctuary to help advertise our push for, and progress toward, measurable climate action.
If you were unable to attend a Green Sanctuary event, but still want to participate, here is what to do (scroll down to the event that you missed):
Climate Footprint Workshop (Jan 20): If you did not attend this workshop, you can still establish your baseline Carbon footprint by using the calculator at this url: https://coolclimate.berkeley.edu/calculator. This is a great tool for all of us to use to see where we might logically be able to reduce our use of carbon. At the end of the calculation, you will be given your family climate footprint in ‘tons CO2 eq/yr.’ Once you have finished, fill out this survey and (1) bring your survey to show the children to get your stamp, and then (2) deliver the survey to the colorful box in the foyer so that a congregation-wide footprint can be calculated. If you have any questions, contact Allen Edwards (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Nisenan Heritage/Sierra Streams Forum (Jan 27): If you did not attend this workshop, you can still learn something about the Nisenan and the watershed in their ancestral lands by watching this short video produced by Sierra Streams: Rush for Gold (parents, please be advised that some of this video may not be appropriate for children). If you want your passport stamped, fill out this 3-2-1 chart and show it to the children to get your stamp. You can also go to the Nevada City Rancheria website and scroll down to find out how you can support their push for legislation to restore their legal status as a tribe. If you have any questions, contact Janie Evans (email@example.com)
Home Energy and Water Efficiency Forum (Feb 10): If you did not attend this informational forum, you can still take action related to conserve both energy and water, and thereby reduce your carbon footprint AND be eligible to get a stamp of approval from the children on your Green Sanctuary Passport. if you want your passport stamped, then fill out this short Energy and Water Actions form and show it to the children to get your stamp. Here are the urls for the websites you will be asked to visit in this form: Home Energy Checklist and A Homeowner’s Guide to Water Conservations (100+ Tips). Thanks for participating!! If you missed the forum, you can still listen to the presentation (there were some wonderful nuggets of information).
Where Does our Waste Go? (Mar 10): If you did not attend this forum (and you missed the lively discussion afterward), you can still investigate where your trash goes AND be eligible to get at stamp of approval from the children on your Green Sanctuary Passport. Simply visit the Where Does our Waste Go? web page, scroll to the bottom and watch, listen to, or read any one of the many links provided by Marsha related to this topic. Then go get your passport stamped!
Voluntary Simplicity Sunday Service (Mar 17): If you missed this worship service, you can still learn about voluntary simplicity (and maybe sign up for simplicity circles! Visit the Simplicity web page, where you can get a transcript of the service and even listen to Barb Munn’s homily and Kelly Chandler’s reflection. There are also some external links that you can visit to learn more about this movement. So, explore what you can on this page, and then get a stamp on your passport!
Climate Art Ritual (April 14): If you missed this worship service, Social Justice is taking it to the Some Kind Of Earth Day celebration on April 27th in the School Park Preserve from 11-4. Look for the SFUU booth, or come help staff the booth! See the video introduction to this ritual at this url: http://www.theclimateribbon.org/.
SFUU’s Transportation Footprint (Apr 14): Bob Niblack led a lively discussion about transportation issues at SFUU. If your missed this forum, talk to Bob about carpooling to church events! Every person that carpools means there is one less car on the road burning fossil fuels.
Acres of Hope Garden: We continue to support the garden boxes project for Acres of Hope. Anyone who wishes to participate in the new crop of vegetables to plant are welcome and encouraged. Please start vegetable plants and let Helene Crandall know what you are starting. The Acres of Hope gardens feed the women and children who live there, helping them with good nutrition, and affording them the ability to learn how to grow and harvest fresh vegetables. For more information contact Helene Crandall.
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.
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. If you did not attend this workshop, you can still establish your baseline Carbon footprint by using the calculator at this url: https://coolclimate.berkeley.edu/calculator. This is a great tool for all of us to use to see where we might logically be able to reduce our use of carbon. At the end of the calculation, you will be given your family climate footprint in ‘tons CO2 eq/yr.’ Once you have finished, fill out this survey and bring it to any Social Justice or Green Sanctuary team member.
Nisenan Rancheria and Sierra Streams Institute: A Story of Hope, Land and Healing
Joanne Hild, Executive Director of Sierra Streams Institute, and Shelly Covert, Executive Director of the California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project, engaged us in an interactive forum on January 27, 2019. Sierra Streams Institute is a scientific community dedicated to environmental conservation and land and water stewardship. It has partnered with the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe in restoring the Nisenan's sacred watershed from damage created by the Gold Rush. Shelly Covert related some of the history and struggles of the Nisenan people. Joanne Hild discussed the many projects underway at Sierra streams including training volunteers 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.
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.