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Faith in Action

Our work for justice is based on the principles of equality and solidarity. How we live matters; our living can make a positive difference in the world. We honor the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and honor all life. We have a long tradition of involvement in work for social change.

Our Goals are to:

1. Provide opportunities to grow and be transformed through action and service.

2. Educate others and invite the wider community to join us in living our seven Unitarian Universalist Association Principles.

3. Be a community leader in social justice through the active participation of the members and in coalition with other justice-seeking organizations.

The Social Justice Council leads our efforts, and provides vision, direction, and organizational support for our growing involvement in social justice activities.


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We Affirm and Promote

 

Equality, Education, & Safety

  • Our Gay Rights Task Force works to eliminate discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning people.
  • Our Gun Violence Prevention Task Force was formed to reduce the suffering caused by gun violence in our country and, especially, in Colorado. Its aims are to make it harder for dangerous people to obtain firearms, and to reduce the number of victims that can be assaulted by a shooter. The task force works in collaboration with Colorado Faith Communities United to End Gun Violence, a multi-congregational group of congregations, ranging from the Front Range to Summit County.
  • Our Racial Justice Task Force helps us to explore Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression/Multiculturalism (ARAOMC) within the framework of our faith.
  • Our Immigration Justice Task Force works to eliminate unjust immigration policies that are tearing families apart.
  • We Stand on the Side of Love with the Unitarian Universalist Association and with Unitarian Universalists around the world.

Housing for the Homeless & Food for the Hungry

  • The Habitat Interfaith Alliance Task Force works in conjunction with 12 other faith groups and the Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver. We have built 12 houses so far!
  • Our Homeless Justice Task Force assists people experiencing homelessness by educating congregation members about the issue, recruiting volunteers for direct service, and establishing partnerships with like-minded organizations.
  • We collect donations of food, clothing and money to support people and families in need through Integrated Family Community Services.

Environmental Justice

  • Our Green First Task Force seeks to reduce resource consumption and overuse through education and support of our members and community to live environmentally-sustainable lifestyles. First Universalist is accredited with the Unitarian Universalist Association as a Green Sanctuary!
  • Our Ethical Eating Task Force seeks to educate and inspire our members and community to practice ethical eating in daily life, and to support organizations and businesses who hold ethical food practices.

 

Get Involved!

Would you like to get involved with social justice efforts at First Universalist?  We’d love to have you; there are many ways to get involved!

Join a Task Force: 

Do one of these listed groups interest you?  Task forces are always looking to add new members who are passionate about the work they do. Click on the links above to get more information about each social justice group in our church and the contact person to learn more about how to get involved directly with that group.

Show up for events: 

Want to rally, protest, testify, volunteer, support, or just be a part of the action? Our task forces have events going on all the time at locations throughout our communities. If it’s a rally in Civic Center Park, UUs generally meet on the West steps of the Capitol building (unless a different event location has been identified). Events are posted in our events calendar, on the church Facebook Page, Twitter, and in emails and other weekly/monthly church publications. If you aren’t currently signed up to received these publications directly in your email, click here to subscribe.

Help behind the scenes: 

If helping with events behind the scenes is more your speed, we have lots of opportunities for you as well. Organizing carpools, making posters, assembling kits, preparing/bringing food, setting up or cleaning up a space for volunteers, and much more. These are great ways to engage in social justice work, and critical roles that must be filled so that we may continue or legacy of justice in our community and beyond.

Join the Social Justice Book Club:  

Come one, come all to First Universalist’s Social Justice Book Club. Every month we read a different selection of either fiction or non-fiction dedicated in some way to the pursuit of social justice. Authors read so far include Michelle Alexander, Anthony Doerr and Malala Yousafzai.

During the building project we’re meeting at First Unitarian at 1400 N. Lafayette Street. We meet at 7:00 on the fourth Monday of the month. In April, that will be the 24th.

For our next selection, we’re reading a classic: Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale. The novel is a bracing work of speculative fiction about a dystopian future where women are subjugated in a fascist Christian regime. It won the 1985 Governor General’s Award and the inaugural Arthur C. Clarke Award. It was nominated for the Nebula Award and the Booker Prize.
Social justice takes many shapes and forms, and we’ll continue to read books that explore the innumerable facets of justice, equity and compassion in human relations. We’d love to have you.

 

Donate:

There are several ways to donate much needed supplies, resources and financial gifts to those in our community who need it the most.  At each Sunday service, we have a Compassion in Action offering, which you can read about here. One hundred percent of this Sunday collection goes directly to these organizations right here in our community.

We also collect nonperishable food items for IFCS and basic needs supplies for our Homeless Justice Task Force. While we are out of our building this year, we collect these items on the second Sunday of the month, Social Justice Sunday.  Bring these items with you to the service at Hamilton Middle School on second Sundays at 10am and drop them off in the donation bins in the front entryway.

Come to services:

Our services are a great way to participate in social justice because you get to be in community with other like-minded and like-hearted people. You’ll have a chance to hear about community events, meet task force members, and in the Order of Service, you’ll see all the upcoming events of the church.

If you have any questions about how to get involved or simply didn’t find what you were looking for here, please contact our Social Justice Council Chair, Liz Hopkins, and she will gladly connect you with the people/information you’re seeking.  Contact Liz here.