Commitment to social justice is one of our deeply held principles. The Advocates for Social Justice connects the concerns of our congregation to the larger community, and educates our members about important issues — locally, nationally and globally. We coordinate the overall justice-making activities of the congregation, using the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Principles as our guide to action. We host talks on emergent issues in our "Hot Topics" program. We also support the UU Service Committee, UUs for a Just Economic Community, -->and additional programs and projects adopted by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).
Each year, the Advocates for Social Justice Steering Committee chooses three areas in which to focus our congregation's energies. Recently these have been:
- Civil Rights, including marriage equality and racial/ethnic discrimination by law enforcement
- Adrienne Swenson Award, a $1000 annual gift for a local high school senior
- Citizens Climate Lobby We are working with this group now, in keeping with our seventh principle.
- North Bay Organizing Project Supporting since 2012
- Family Fun Night, every Friday UUC volunteers lead family fun night activities at Catholic Charities for an hour and a half
- Share the Offering, Twice a month our Sunday offering is shared with local worthy causes as well as our Saturday Breakfast and The Living Room.
Our commitment to the homeless includes:
- Serving a nutritious Saturday Breakfast to on average of 200 people each week
- Participating in The Circle of Support, an interfaith effort to assist The Living Room, the only daytime drop-in center for homeless women and children in Santa Rosa
Our efforts in the arena of civil rights include:
- Being a Welcoming Congregation, in which all people regardless of sexual orientation are invited to share their gifts and join us in the search for truth and meaning
- Participating in countless local gay pride events
- Supporting marriage equality legislation, and opposing regressive measures such as Proposition 8
- Opposing discrimination in housing, employment and any other place it occurs
Our minister also performs weddings for members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (GLBT) community.
As the intensity of scapegoating minority communities increases, we are working to develop a Civilian Review Board of Law Enforcement actions, and to become a County of Refuge for immigrants being victimized by local and national government agencies.
Adrienne Swenson Award
The Adrienne Swenson Award is given annually to a local high school student, who is active in peace and social justice activities and intends to continue being an activist and is planning to pursue further education or training, either in college, trade school or university. Contact Phyllis Clement at 707-823-0925 or
North Bay Organizing Project (NBOP)
North Bay Organizing Project - Unites people to build leadership and grassroots power for social, economic, racial and environmental justice..The NBOP is currently working on:
- Immigration Reform
- Police Community Relations
Family Fun Night
Family Fun Night is a program held at the Catholic Charities Family Support Center, the only shelter is Santa Rosa that serves whole families. Every Friday evening from 6 pm to 7:30 pm UUC volunteers either play with the younger children or run a bingo game for older children and adults. If you are interested in participating please contact Jeanie Bates at 707-824-0530 or jeaniebmft-at-gmail.com for more information.
Share the Offering
The congregation shares half the Sunday collection basket twice each month with organizations or programs recommended by the congregation to the Advocates (A4SJ) as well as our Saturday Breakfast and The Living Room.
In addition to the focused activities, the Advocates for Social Justice:
- Choose a local organization or program to receive one half of the collection basket on the first Sunday of each month
- Circulate petitions and assist in letter writing about current political issues
- Encourage voter registration and hold an educational forum on ballot initiatives before each election
- Lobby local governments on issues relating to our principles
- Work with the Unitarian Universality Legislative Ministry, California, our lobbying arm in Sacramento
- Send delegates to justice workshops at the UU General Assemblies and UU Pacific Central District Assemblies
- Support fair trade and economic justice
- Collaborate with other faith communities in the Network of Spiritual Progressives
- Advocate for sustainable agriculture and efforts to combat global climate change
Join the Advocates for Social Justice
Participation in the Advocates for Social Justice is open to the public. We meet the first Monday of the month at the UUCSR from 10am to 11:30am. We invite you to join us! For more information, visit our table any Sunday.
- Economic Justice • Unitarian Universalist Association
- Marriage Equality • Unitarian Universality Legislative Ministry, California
- Racial Justice • Unitarian Universalist Association
- Standing on the Side of Love • sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association
- UULegislative Ministry of California • one of the UU Statewide Advocacy Networks
- North Bay Organizing Project • A member of Gamaliel of California
- Citizens Climate Lobby • To create the political will for a stable climate.
Saturday, January 19, 2013, 1:00 - 4:00Are you feeling helpless about Climate Change? Don't feel helpless any longer! You can do something:
We are scheduled for our Citizens Climate Lobby training session with Mark Reynolds on January 19th in the UU Board Room. The training will be from 1 PM to 4 PM. The training is open to the public.
In order to get prepared to get the most out of that training, please take a little time to listen to the introductory call, which happens every Wednesday at 5 PM. Some of you have already listened to it, and some have not. If you have listened, you may want to get on the call again. Mark gives a lot of info in that short 45 minutes, really more than one can absorb in that time. It is suggested to listen to the call several times to get the most benefit. Remember to dial in 5 minutes early to introduce yourself and say where you are from. 1-866-642-1665 access code 400 699#
Remember to put Jan 19 at 1PM on your calendar right away so as not to discover a scheduling conflict later on! :-)
- TerraCycle • creating national recycling systems for previously non-recyclable or hard-to-recycle waste