From the Social Justice Ministry Co-Leaders
All around us we can see and hear about social injustice issues that we need to address. While this can feel overwhelming, it does not mean that we need to give up. It simply means that we need to focus on what we can do. As the saying goes, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”
In our larger community there are groups and individuals who are engaged in different bites of the elephant. A good start is to pay attention. Read the local news and see where you can lend ideas, work, or financial support. We already do a great deal as a congregation and as individuals. Each month we collect food and money for Manna Food Banks. Our garage sales, which help us to gain a little money, are a boon for people in the community, helping them to find good quality goods that they might otherwise not be able to afford. Individual members participate in activities benefiting people in our community such as the homeless, poor, incarcerated, schools, veterans, and under-represented groups of all sorts. Once a quarter, on the fifth Sunday of those months with five Sundays, we share our collection with a local non-profit benefiting our community. Besides all of this, we take special collections for disaster related assistance, and we support the UUSC’s “Guest at Your Table” program. The list is long where we reach out and give help. Our numbers are small, but our reach is significant.
In past years we have participated in the Martin Luther King parade, as well as the celebrations of Earth Day and Gay Pride. We even created our own Peace Fest, along with a multitude of other community events. Our presence as the UUCP is notable and important. But this is not just a few individuals—we are all participating. We are taking bites of the elephant of social injustice, but there is still more work to be done.
This is why the Social Justice Committee is eager to do more.
To help educate our community, we are considering a series of documentary screenings here at UUCP. These would be free to the public but with a basket for donations. The donations would be used to support our efforts towards social justice in the community, and in particular to raise money to participate in the various parades, festivals, and other community activities which need our support.
Outside of specific fundraisers, we will also accept designated gifts to the church for Social Justice. Our goal is to build up our funds so the UUCP can become more active and have a stronger presence in the community.
If we dream big there is a lot more we can do. We might even be able to send a delegate to the UU Social Justice meetings in other cities where we can learn more about doing more, and join with others in the doing. Give us your ideas and your support.
– Paula Montgomery, Scott Satterwhite