Social Justice Committee May 2018 report

Social Justice is a crucial part of the UUCTC mission and what we value. Every other month the Social Justice Committee reports on recent and upcoming activities. This is the report for May 2018.
The Social Justice Committee’s approach is three-fold.
• Financial assistance to programs and agencies in the community engage in social justice work
• Educating the congregation about social justice issues
• Taking action on issues that are consistent with our UU principles
Financial Assistance:
Change for Change Program: Every Sunday offering of loose change goes to a chosen recipient. These recipients are local organizations that are doing work consistent with the mission of social justice. Anything other than change, such as a check or dollar bills, can be put in an envelope marked “Change for Change”. Every year we chose a theme. This year’s theme is “Strengthening Our Community”. During March and April, Change for Change money went to the Strengthening Ourselves campaign. This campaign was in response to the vandalism done to the church earlier this year. We recognized the need for a better security system. The campaign raised a total of $319. Thank you to those who donated. We had a person generously agree to match whatever was given so now we have $638 to go toward a new security system. During May and June, Change for Change money will go toward Habitat for Humanity.
The Social Justice Committee also regularly supports organizations such as Lafayette Urban Minstries (LUM). LUM has a number of programs that promote social justice. Our support is as follows:
After school program - $100; food pantry - $300; General fund - $600; Homeless shelter - $100; Jubilee - $1000.
Educational Efforts:
The Social Justice Committee hosts documentaries related to social justice issues. On April 22, we showed “Saving Capitalism” which talked about issues related to economic inequities. Stay tuned for our upcoming events.
In the coming months, other members of our committee will share other activities and programs in which we are involved. We meet the second Thursday every other month at 7 PM and we would love to have more come. Hope you consider joining us.