Our faith as Unitarian Universalists calls us to “give life the shape of justice” by speaking up and taking action to create a more just, equitable, tolerant, inclusive, and 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 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
– Pat Clark [email protected] and Susan Silverio [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]; Lee Tate [email protected] and Bev Manifold [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 recently oversaw our Welcoming Congregation re-certification process.

Anti Gun Violence Ministry – Jim Hurdis [email protected] and Eileen Hancox [email protected]

UUFR’s new Anti Gun Violence Ministry creates opportunities to educate and activate UUFR around the issue of gun violence in our congregation, community and world.

Migrant and Refugee Justice Ministry – Pat McLaughlin [email protected] and Rob Simmons rob@calculem.us

UUFR’s new Migrant and Refugee Justice Ministry creates opportunities to educate and activate UUFR around issues of migrant and refugee justice locally, nationally and internationally.

Environmental Justice Ministry – Michelle Hunter quabbin@gmail.com

UUFR’s new Environmental Justice Ministry creates opportunities to educate and activate UUFR to take care of our Mother Earth and all her creatures within and outside our congregation.

 

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.

Interfaith Food Shuttle – Amy Gilbert [email protected]

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

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.

Love Wins – Linda Liles lsliles@gmail.com and Ruthie Rodelander ruthierodelander@yahoo.com

UUFR currently provides lunch every other month for Love Wins Ministries at Trinity United Methodist Church in Raleigh.  We feed about 70 people who are homeless and at-risk.  In addition to donating food, we help set up and serve.

 

 

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.

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.

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.

#MeToo Group – Rev. Sasha Ostrom [email protected] 

UUFR’s new “Me Too” Group will provide a safe space where people can share and process their experiences of sexual harassment and sexual violence in an environment where they can heal and potentially form lifelong relationships. This is a program to support people as they share their stories, or to help them find the courage to find their voices again. Please note that at this time, this group is intended only for people who have personally experienced sexual harassment or sexual violence. Email Rev. Sasha if you are interested. Once we have enough people interested, a meeting time and place will be discussed.

 

For more information about UUFR’s Justice Ministry or to get involved, contact our Justice Council at [email protected]