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 1st Thursday at 5:30pm in the Conference Room.


JUSTICE MINISTRY TEAMS

Anti-Racism Ministry[email protected]; Lee Tate [email protected] and Jerri Meisner jerri.meisner@gmail.com

UUFR’s Anti-Racism Ministry (ARM) team coordinates the Fellowship’s racial justice work.                                          

To support its mission ARM is offering a series of workshops – “Living the Pledge to End Racism” during the 2018-2019 church year. During the workshop participants can explore their own experience with people of other races, examine the problems of microaggressions, learn how to speak up when they witness racist acts, and examine their own implicit biases. Each participant can develop an individualized action plan to support the work toward ending racism. Living the Pledge” was developed by the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond, Va. and has been adopted by several other congregations in the UUA Southern Region. 

In addition to the Living the Pledge workshops, the Anti-Racism Ministry will also host a variety of shorter discussion and training programs on various aspects of racism. These will be announced in the Chalice and on the ARM bulletin board outside of Founders Hall.

For all of us this is a process, whether we’re working on our own attitudes toward race, raising awareness of implicit biases in our Fellowship or addressing more overt racism in our communities. Join us for this important journey.

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]

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]

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 – Pat Clark [email protected] and Susan Silverio [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 – [email protected]; Lee Tate [email protected] and Bev Manifold [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]