Social 
Justice

TEAM

Mission Statement

Reaching within and beyond CUUB to seek justice for all, celebrate diversity, defend democracy, and protect the interconnected web of all existence through action.

Members

  • Alicia Zemper, Chair

  • Julie Bohnhorst

  • Lee Anzicek

  • Beth Duman

  • Carole Gannon

  • Terry Gannon

  • Charlene Huget

  • Sue Kelly

  • Debra Rowe

  • Greg Soave

  • Dave Beeman

  • Crystal Zurek

  • Lena Ellis-Boatman

 

Meeting Time: Third Thursday of each month at 5:30pm.  Check the CUUB Calendar for meeting link.

Contact: socialjustice@cuub.org

 
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Our Declaration of Consience

At this extraordinary time in our nation’s history, we are called to affirm our profound commitment to the fundamental principles of justice, equity and compassion, to truth and core values of American society.

In the face of looming threats to immigrants, Muslims, people of color, and the LGBTQ community and the rise of hate speech, harassment and hate crimes, we affirm our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

In opposition to any steps to undermine the right of every citizen to vote or to turn back advances in access to health care and reproductive rights, we affirm our commitment to justice and compassion in human relations.

And against actions to weaken or eliminate initiatives to address the threat of climate change—actions that would threaten not only our country but the entire planet – we affirm our unyielding commitment to protect the interdependent web of all existence.

We will oppose any and all unjust government actions to deport, register, discriminate, or despoil.

As people of conscience, we declare our commitment to translate our values into action as we stand on the side of love with the most vulnerable among us.

We welcome and invite all to join in this commitment for justice.  

The time is now.

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As the situation in Ukraine continues to unfold, there has been an outpouring of prayers and concern from Unitarian Universalists. We hope that you will continue to hold the people of Ukraine in your hearts, and everyone around the world who are suffering because of war and injustice.

 

In the links below, we have gathered our most up to date information on how UUs in the United States and around the world are responding to the humanitarian need, and to amplify the ways that we can all help.

 

With millions of Ukrainians displaced by the Russian invasion, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), is assisting refugees by partnering with two grassroots organizations in Eastern Europe, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee and FemFund.

Both organizations are well-positioned to respond immediately to the people fleeing Ukraine for Hungary and Poland, respectively, having engaged in this work for years with people fleeing conflicts in the Middle East and Africa. 

Hungarian Helsinki Committee focuses on providing plain-language legal advice to asylum-seekers and civil society organizations, as well as combatting racist and xenophobic narratives about people on the move in Hungary.

 

FemFund partners with community groups assisting women, LGBTQI+, and Black and People of Color seeking safety in Poland.

 

 

Read UUSC's Statement on War in Ukraine

 

The Rev. Alicia R. Forde, the UUA's International Resources Office director, has been in contact and consultation with Unitarians and Unitarian Universalists outside of the United States. Bruce Knotts, director of the UU Office at the UN, recently wrote in UU World about Russia's actions at the United Nations and especially in the Security Council. 

 

Learn how you can support the refugee work of the Hungarian Unitarian Church (PDF), as well as through USA for UNHCR: the UN Refugee Agency.

 

Read UUA Statement on Supporting Those Impacted by the Crisis in Ukraine

 

Thank you for the many ways you give and serve. 

In faith and gratitude,

Rev. Lauren Smith
Director of Stewardship and Development

P.S.  I encourage you to directly support these efforts as you are able; please do not send contributions for Ukraine to the UUA.

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