Equality and Education
Carnism Awareness Task Force
Our Carnism Awareness Task Force mission is to raise awareness of where our food comes from so that we can make better choices of what we eat, not only in terms of foods that are free from drugs and pesticides, but also only buying meat and dairy products from animals that have been raised and treated humanely.
The Carnism Awareness Task Force strives to raise awareness of where our food comes from, so that we can become better and more humane consumers. The task force is developing a list of supermarkets and suppliers that buy from producers who respect the environment and humanely raise their meat and diary products. The task force operates as a resource to our congregation and the greater community by providing educational materials and encouraging others to make better choices. The task force also monitors legislation that can adversely impact the humane treatment of farmed animals, and takes appropriate action as needed to voice our concerns with legislators and the media.
The Carnism Awareness Task Force is looking for people to help further our educational efforts. We are in need of others who can help us develop plans and strategies, write letters, develop partnerships with like-minded organizations, help create brochures and materials, help develop education programs for youth.
"Ethical eating, like ethical living, is not about absolutes. It's about doing the best you're willing and able to do and nurturing a will to keep doing better." Syd Baumel
Gay Rights Task Force
Our Gay Rights Task Force works to eliminate discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (GLBTQ) people. We welcome and affirm people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Members of First Universalist Church have been working on this issue for many years, and voted to become a “Welcoming Congregation” through the Unitarian Universalist Association in May 1996. The task force continues to educate the congregation on GLBTQ issues and on a variety of issues involving the GLBTQ community including outreach to youth who may be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
- The task force works with other like-minded coalitions and the legislature in efforts to change local, state, and federal laws which discriminate against GLBTQ people. We work in partnership with The Center, Rainbow Alley for youth, and Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays of Denver (PFLAG).
- Each year the task force organizes members of First Universalist to participate in PrideFest, a parade and fair celebrating gender diversity. Each year we well-represent “red” in the UU rainbow ( by wearing red shirts), and have a strong, enthusiastic youth presence.
The road to equality is long, and must be traveled one step at a time. As long as homophobia and discrimination exist, we have much work to do.
Immigration Justice Task Force
Our Immigration Justice Task Force works to advocate for immigrants and their families who are facing deportation and legal challenges. Also, the Task Force works to affirm and promote just immigration policies at the local and national level.
Contact Pete Peterson for more information.
Refugee Assistance Task Force
Contact Meg Allen for more information.