Smoke from a California wildfire obscures the sunset during a 2018 SFUU backpacking trip. Drought and wildfires are just two effects of climate change in California.

Smoke from a California wildfire obscures the sunset during a 2018 SFUU backpacking trip. Drought and wildfires are just two effects of climate change in California.

Welcome to our Social Justice Program at SFUU

Calendar

Where Does Our Trash Go? Forum: March 10

Voluntary Simplicity Sunday Service: Mar 17

Create Your Climate Ribbon: March 31, 9am and 11am (during the Story for All Ages)

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Scroll down for photos from our forums!

Click here for a flyer about all the Green Sanctuary projects!

Click here for the Rush for Gold video shown during the Nisenan Heritage Forum (may not be appropriate for children).

Our church community has a passion promoting economic justice, human rights, and caring for the earth.  Consistent with the inclusive values of Unitarian Universalism, we partner with the broader community to address the crucial justice issues of our day. We recognize the imperative to go beyond talk and commit to acting on our words. 

What is Social Justice?

Justice at SFUU is harnessing love’s power to stop oppression and build beloved community. We put our faith into action through grassroots organizing as well as interfaith, state, and national advocacy, balancing community service with creating systemic change in order to create a better world. We believe the six key parts of a well-rounded Social Justice program are Education, Witness, Advocacy, Service, Community Organizing, and Leadership Development.

What We Do

The Social Justice Committee at SFUU works to keep our congregants informed on the local and global social justice issues of our time.  From there we act to build leadership and facilitate actions that help overcome those problems through the following:

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Get involved - Join the Social Justice Committee!

  • Education through presentations, forums, and discussion groups;

  • Acts of witness, through writing, speaking, and demonstrating our concern;

  • Partnerships with community organizations with common justice aims;  

  • Service to those in our community most in need;

  • Offering leadership and action training for our members, as well as the broader community, in projects that relate to human rights, environmental justice, and caring for the earth.


During the March 17th Sunday Service, SFUU members Barb Munn and Kelly Chandler shared their spiritual journeys toward simplicity, inspired by a deep commitment towards our planet and the challenges being presented by climate change. If you missed this service, you can get a transcript and some audio from the service, below:


These photos are from the March 10, Where Does Our Waste Go? forum led by Marsha von Dessonneck. If you missed this forum, Marsha has provided many useful links to videos and podcasts about this topic at the bottom of her forum’s web page.


On February 21, Janeth Rodriquez and Edwin Valdez came back the SFUU to complete the Rapid Response Training of some of our members. Here are a few photos from that event.

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.


Photos from the Feb 10, Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation Forum led by Tom Piette, a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited architect and member of Governor Brown’s ‘Green Team’ while working at the state capitol. If you missed this forum, you can listen to the presentation here!


Photos from the Jan 27, Environmental Justice Forum featuring Joanne Hild (Executive Director of Sierra Streams Institute) and Shelly Covert (Nisenan Tribal Leader and Executive Director of the California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project). Click below for more information:


Photos from the Jan 20, Climate Footprint Forum.

If you haven’t done your footprint yet, click here!