This year's Spring Clothing Drive earned us $525 worth of Goodwill vouchers, which we will donate to Lafayette Urban Ministries. The Social Justice committee thanks all who contributed!! We will have another clothing drive in the fall.
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
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.
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.
Our spring clothing drive will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018, from 10am to 2pm. We will be collecting used clothing which we donate to Goodwill Industries in return for cash vouchers which are then donated to LUM or other service organizations. Please use13 gallon plastic bags, or an equivalent size for ease of handling. No shoes, belts, or household items, please. Early donations can be left in the upper room of the Fellowship Hall.
Ready to clean out your closet? UUCTC's Fall Goodwill Clothing Drive will be held on November 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
All of the clothing collected will be turned into vouchers for purchasing items from Goodwill. All vouchers are donated to Lafayette Urban Ministries. Be sure to use the white 13-gall kitchen bags or similar size. No shoes, belts, or household goods. Early donations can be left in the Upper Room of the Fellowship Hall. Thanks.
Questions: Susanne McConville,
Social Justice Committee: email@example.com
All month, we are asking you to help with our food drive to benefit Lafayette Urban Ministry's St. Johns Food Pantry. You can help by donating some of the following items: Boxed meals, canned meat, canned fruit and veggies, cereal, pancake mix, biscuit mix, peanut butter, fresh produce, toilet paper, and etc. Drop off box locations are in the Narthex and Fellowship Hall.
UUTC is continuing our work on understanding the Black Lives Matter Movement. Join us on Sunday, August 14, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in Room 101-103 for a screening of On Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible. This is the second in the series of films from the World Trust on Race Reconciliation. It features stories from white men and women on overcoming issues of unconscious bias and entitlement, it is an powerful and unique tool in diversity work. The format is for mixing viewings parts of the film and followed by periods of reflective discussion in small groups.
Watch The Trailer:
LUM Jubilee is our community’s largest Christmas assistance program. Each December, LUM member churches become Jubilee Toy Shops where low-income parents select new toys and gift certificates for their children. Families also receive food for the holiday meal and various household staples. This year, The Church of the Brethren will be our host site with support from the UU and The Society of Friends. Jubilee will be on Saturday, December 12th. Beginning the middle of November, we will be asking for your help in purchasing toys for children in our host families and in volunteering on the day of Jubilee as hosts, gift wrappers, and kitchen helpers. We are working with the RE program so that our youngest UUs get to play a part in Jubilee. Please volunteer generously to help us make Jubilee Christmas a happy and memorable experience for all involved. If you are able to help, please e-mail Jada Haughey at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Freedom Indiana is working to update Indiana's civil rights law to include protections for LGBT Hoosiers. Right now in Indiana you can still be fired for being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. You can also be denied housing and public service. Help us support updating legislation by writing letters to your representatives! The church Social Justice Committee will sponsor a letter writing after service on 11/8 in the Fellowship Hall, paper, pens and envelopes provided.
C4C benefit for this month is Gear Up for Success:
"Our team was formed in May of 2014 after hearing the results of the climate audit at Cumberland. The consultants from Administrator Assistance shared feedback detailing that we needed to engage in professional development with regard to children and families living in poverty. Sara Delaney was given the opportunity by principal Kim Bowers to move forward with the idea of Gearing Up for Success. The idea behind the team was to provide low-income families with direct connections to staff members in their own communities, supplies necessary for school success, and an avenue for connecting with the school. The secondary goal was to provide professional development for working with families living with limited resources."
-- Submitted by Tom McConville, email@example.com.