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Social Justice News -- January & February 2018

UUFG donates all non-designated offerings one Sunday a month for ten months of each year to local organizations. Nominations are opened at the January Congregational meeting at which we consider social justice issues, and final selections are made by vote at the spring Annual Meeting. The nominating process is now started!

To make nominations for the 2018-19 church year, please send your nominations and backup information about your nominations to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by February 12. Include the name and address of the organization, brief description, website, and how you believe it fits with UU principles. Each organization must be local and have 501c3 status.

If you missed the Congregational Meeting last Sunday and would like to give your input on priorities for the Social Justice work of our congregation, please stop by the Social Justice table after service today or February 4. You may choose your top three choices, and include your name if you would like to be contacted.

If you received a UUSC Guest At Your Table box in November, please turn in your donations now. Donations fund the worldwide social justice work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). You may mail a check directly to the UUSC at 689 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139, or bring your box of collected money after service to the Social Justice table this Sunday or February 4. To learn more about the work of this UU Service Committee see their website at UUSC.org.

Our UUFG Common Read for this winter is Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving. Facilitated discussions of this book began January 20 and continue on February 4 after the service at 1-2:30 pm and Saturday, February 17 at 10-11:30 am. Discussions are structured as independent sessions, so you are welcome to participate in one or all.

At the January 21 Congregational Meeting, members voted to affiliate with two social justice organizations with which we have been working: Citizens’ Climate Lobby and Welcoming Gainesville and Alachua County. This endorsement of CCL and its Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal builds on similar endorsements by other UU congregations beginning with the BuxMont UU Fellowship of Warrington, PA and the UU Fellowship in San Luis Obispo, California. You may learn more at their website citizensclimatelobby.org and check the Facebook page for local events of Citizens’ Climate Lobby - Gainesville, FL.

Affiliation with Welcoming Gainesville and Alachua County (WGAC) makes UUFG an official part of this local coalition of religious and secular organizations dedicated to welcoming immigrants, refugees, and international visitors to the area. Through the Social Justice Council budget UUFG will contribute $35 each month toward the work of this organization. You may learn  more at their website welcominggainesville.org.

The Social Justice Circle meets as an informal group for sharing ideas and support for social justice work. Meetings are the third Sunday of most months, after the service, at 12:30 pm in the Fellowship's Common Room. The next meeting is February 18.


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