Our faith as Unitarian Universalists calls us to “give life the shape of justice” by standing up, speaking out, and taking action to create a more just, more equitable, more tolerant, more inclusive, and more peaceful community, state, nation, and world for all people regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, or class.

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh has been a prophetic voice for justice in Raleigh and North Carolina for many, many years.

Individually and collectively, we engage actively in struggles for human rights, civil rights and the rights of planet Earth, embodying our Unitarian Universalist principles, which affirm

  • the inherent worth and dignity of every person,
  • justice, equity and compassion in human relations,
  • the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process,
  • the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all, and
  • respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Our justice work takes many forms, including service and solidarity, education and consciousness raising, witness and direct action, and advocacy and organizing.

The Fellowship’s Justice Ministry Council leads the way and is comprised of staff and lay members of the congregation working across issues to create a multigenerational and deeply intersection justice ministry. To learn about our justice ministry programs or to find out how to get involved, please reach out to the contacts below:


UUFR JUSTICE COUNCIL
– Rev. Sasha [email protected]

UUFR’s Justice Council is responsible for planning UUFR’s justice programs and overseeing and resourcing UUFR’s justice ministries. Meetings of the Justice Council are open, and we welcome your participation! We meet every 4th Thursday at 5:30pm in the Conference Room.


JUSTICE MINISTRY TEAMS

 Anti-Racism Ministry[email protected]; facilitator Lee Tate [email protected]

UUFR’s Anti-Racism Ministry team coordinates UUFR’s racial justice work. We seek to do our anti-racism work in ways that promote and embody multicultural and multigenerational community and to make space in our work for everybody. People interested in joining ARM are encouraged to first pursue anti-racist training through Racial Equity Institute or Dismantling Racism Works.

Welcoming Congregation Team – Susan Silverio [email protected]

UUFR’s Welcoming Congregation team coordinates UUFR’s LGBTQ justice work and Welcoming Congregation re-certification process.

 

OPPORTUNITIES TO VOLUNTEER

Angel Tree – Deanna Alfaro [email protected]

Each holiday season, UUFR provides an opportunity for volunteers to coordinate a gift drive for families in need.

Habitat for Humanity – Robin Banker [email protected]

UUFR offers two opportunities a year for volunteers to help provide affordable housing by building homes.

Helen Wright Center – Lois Cavanagh-Daley [email protected] 

UUFR offers quarterly opportunities (in March, June, September and December) to participate in the Helen Wright Center’s “Take A Woman To Lunch” program. Members and friends volunteer to take a woman resident of Helen Wright Center to lunch at K&W Cafeteria in Cameron Village. For more details, please reach out to Lois Cavanagh-Daley.

Interfaith Food Shuttle – Amy Gilbert [email protected]

UUFR offers a monthly opportunity for volunteers to come together to help feed the hungry.

Refugee Alliance Network – William Smith [email protected]

UUFR is currently recruiting volunteer teachers and collecting used working laptop donations to help with a June 2017 computer skills class for refugees being offered by RAN. For more information click HERE.

Voter Advocacy – Nancy Moxley [email protected] and Beth Ligouri bethligouri@yahoo.com

UUFR offers periodic opportunities to participate in voter engagement, education, advocacy and action to help protect and strengthen our democracy.

 

OPPORTUNITIES TO GIVE

Justice Sunday Collections – Rev. Sasha [email protected]

Once a month, UUFR gives away the Sunday morning collection to a justice organization in the community.

Refugee Alliance Network – William Smith [email protected]

UUFR is currently collecting used working laptop donations and recruiting volunteer teachers to help with a June 2017 computer skills class for refugees being offered by RAN. For more information click HERE.

Sister Cities of San Ramon – Whit Hames [email protected]

UUFR sells items during coffee hour to support our sister city, San Ramon.

The Haiti Tree Project – Karen Nicolas [email protected]

UUFR sells items during coffee hour to support the Haiti Tree Project.

Urban Ministries Food Collections – Linda Bestimt [email protected]

UUFR organizes food collections on an ongoing basis for Urban Ministries.

 

OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN, GROW, CONNECT & HEAL

Colorful Conversations – Yuri Yamamoto [email protected]

UUFR’s Colorful Conversations are monthly discussions about race, ethnicity, racism and multicultural identity.

Helen Wright Center – Lois Cavanagh-Daley [email protected] 

UUFR offers quarterly opportunities (in March, June, September and December) to participate in the Helen Wright Center’s “Take A Woman To Lunch” program. Members and friends volunteer to take a woman resident of Helen Wright Center to lunch at K&W Cafeteria in Cameron Village. For more details, please reach out to Lois Cavanagh-Daley.

Mosaic Makers – Lynda Hambourger [email protected]

UUFR’s Diversity Team provides a welcoming space in which we can connect across difference.

People of Color Affinity Group – Jessica Lin [email protected]

UUFR’s People of Color Affinity Group is a healing, empowering, celebratory space for people of color.

 

For more information about UUFR’s Justice Ministry or to get involved, contact Rev. Sasha Ostrom.