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SOCIAL JUSTICE NEWS

Following the annual Social Justice Congregational Meeting in January, the Social Justice Circle has met to discuss how best to honor those priorities. We have formed two new Projects and have grouped Action Teams which facilitate ongoing direct action under each Project:

Climate and Environment Project -- works on issues of Climate Change, Health and Ethical Eating, and collaborates with Interfaith Climate Group.
Action Teams are EarthKeepers, and Health and Ethical Eating.

Justice, Equity and Compassion Project -- works on issues of race, immigration, economic inequality, and LGBTQ.
Action Teams are Family Promise, Food4Kids Hunger Backpack Program, Habitat for Humanity, Sanctuary and Immigration, LGBTQ, and Pineridge.

SOCIAL JUSTICE PROGRAMMING FOR APRIL

APRIL 1, (Saturday), 2-5 pm, Pineridge Community Center
PINERIDGE COMMUNITY DAY TABLING: UUFG’s volunteers who help with the Pineridge after-school program will table to show community members what we are doing. Tabling by many groups will be set up outside of the Community Center at 2509 N.W. 57 Place. Free and open to the public.

APRIL 7 (Friday), 7 pm, Common Room
“To Your Health and the Health of the Planet” by UUFG member Steve Kimelman. With the documentation of peer reviewed studies we will examine actions we can individually take which will support both our individual health and the health of our planet. Even minor no cost or money saving lifestyle changes make a significant difference. There are no fees or services being sold and nothing to buy.

APRIL 9-16 (Sunday to Sunday), UUFG Campus
HOSTING FAMILY PROMISE GUESTS. Volunteers are needed to set up rooms, provide food, host dinners, host overnight, drive van, and much more. For more information see the Family Promise table after Sunday services or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

APRIL 16 (Sunday)
SHARE THE PLATE WITH PEACEFUL PATHS. Peaceful Paths is the certified domestic abuse network that serves survivors of domestic violence in Alachua, Bradford, and Union counties. Peaceful Paths provides a wide range of services including emergency shelter, transitional housing, and batterer’s intervention programming. On this Sunday all non-designated donations in the Offertory will be given to Peaceful Paths.

APRIL 22 (Saturday), 8:30 am, Habitat building site
HELP BUILD INTERFAITH HOUSE with Habitat for Humanity. Tools and lunch will be provided. For information, and to sign up to volunteer please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

APRIL 28-29 (Friday and Saturday), Orlando
CLIMATE CONFERENCE. This third annual meeting of the Florida Interfaith Climate Action Network will take place at the First United Methodist Church in Orlando. For details and to register go to www.interfaithclimate.com

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SOCIAL JUSTICE PROGRAMMING

UUFG SOCIAL JUSTICE PRIORITIES
Meeting Sunday, February 19, 12:30 pm

On Sunday, January 22, at the annual congregational meeting that deals with social justice, we heard reports on UUFG’s activities in social justice during the past year. Social Justice work is facilitated by a Social Justice Council and Social Justice Project Teams. The Council organizes some programming for the whole congregation, collaborates with other UUFG groups, and co-sponsors social justice activities with Gainesville community organizations. Our Project Teams currently include for Economic Inequality: Family Promise, Pineridge, andFood4Kids Hunger Backpack Program; for Race/Multiculturalism, Multiculturalism, and Opposing Discrimination and Hate; and for Climate/Environment, EarthKeepers.

The social justice work is the work of the congregation, not of a committee, and is funded mostly through the pledge budget, with congregation volunteers doing the work.

The three top priority areas chosen by the congregation for the past year, and again at this meeting for the coming year, are Poverty/Economic Inequality, Race/Multiculturalism, and Climate/Environment. Some ideas offered for the issue of Poverty/Economic Inequality are homelessness, East Gainesville, public transportation, food deserts, and wage gaps. For the issue of Race/Multiculturalism, some concerns are hate crimes, police/community relations, raising children free from fear, and immigrant justice. For the issue of Climate Justice, it was suggested we include ethical eating, and local climate issues. It was also suggested that we might choose one area for our main social justice focus for the year so that we might integrate a major speaker, sermons, and activities all in this single area.

You are invited to participate in UUFG's Social Justice Circle on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 12:30pm in the Common Room. At this meeting we will consider together all this input on social justice activities for the coming year and begin planning activities. The Circle meets most months on the third Sunday of the month to support each other's work and as an advisory group, and all are welcome to join in.

 


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