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Our theme this month is Courage

Thursday, October 5, 9:00 am — 1:30 pm, Gainesville Women's Club House
UUFG's Social Justice Council is one of the co-sponsors of this annual program. The theme this year is “The United Nations: My World, Your World, Our World.” Keynote speaker is Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe, and there will also be a panel discussion. There is no charge to attend; the deadline for purchasing a box lunch has passed but you may bring your bag lunch.

Sunday, October 8, 12:30 — 1:30 pm, UUFG Phillips Social Hall
After the service, come to the Phillips Hall to learn more about what activities UUFG has going in the area of Social Justice! Grab your coffee and visit each table for a snack as well as food for thought. Ask questions of people involved in our Social Justice projects. Let us know how you would like to get involved!

Sunday, October 15, 11:00 am Sunday Service
UUFG will Share the Plate during the service this Sunday with Peaceful Paths. Peaceful Paths is the domestic violence center for Gainesville and Alachua County. Its core mission is providing residential services for victims and survivors of domestic violence, as well as numerous outreach programs. All undesignated contributions at the October 15 Sunday service will be given to Peaceful Paths.

Saturday, October 21, 12 noon, downtown Gainesville
Pride Parade and Festival! Join the UUFG contingent in the Parade down University Avenue to the Bo Diddley Plaza, beginning at 12 noon. Then stay for the Pride Festival at 1:30 in Bo Diddley Plaza and surrounding streets. There will be live music, kid’s entertainment, and a variety of booths. Please wear your Standing on the Side of Love tee  (for sale each Sunday at the Book Cart) or another yellow tee. Be sure to stop in at UUFG's booth!! Complete your Pride weekend by attending UUFG's Pride concert Sunday afternoon October 22 at 4pm in the UUFG Sanctuary.

Sunday, October 22-Saturday October 28, UUFG
UUFG will host homeless families for a week as part of the Family Promise program. Please sign up to help by bringing a dish to share, co-hosting a dinner or overnight, helping to set up or take down, doing laundry, or any of the other tasks needed. For more information contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



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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