Many paths. One welcoming and diverse community.

Social Justice

scalesofjusticechaliceOur social justice ministry at UUCOV is in the best tradition of Unitarian Universalist history and principles. We support our Seven Principles, nurture our spirits, and help heal the world through:

Social Service: charitable assistance and hands on help to those in need
Social Witness:
publicly addressing justice issues
Social Education:
discussion, study, and reflection about justice issues
Social Action:
organized action to remedy injustice

Our five committees are focused on:

Community Outreach: work in the larger community
Common Good: local, state, and national public policy
Family Promise: on campus hosting for homeless families in need
Green Sanctuary: environmental issues
Interweave: gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues

Social Justice News

Structural Changes

Recognizing the importance of the Family Promise effort and the large time commitment required of so many congregants, the Family Promise team will no longer be part of Community Outreach but will report directly to the Social Justice Team Leader (currently, Marty King). This change should make Paul and Cindy O’Dell’s job a little easier.

After many years as Social Justice Team Leader, then as Chair of Community Outreach, Trudy Jacoby is stepping down. Most sincere thanks to Trudy for her commitment, knowledge, and contribution to the good of our community and our congregation. Eileen and Steve Leapley have agreed to take on this job, and they will be terrific.

Interweave Events

On Thursday, November 2nd, 1-3pm, we will discuss “At the Broken Places” in the sanctuary Mary Collins and Donald Collins, a parent and aAt the broken places transgender transgender son, collaborated on this memoir, recounting their struggle with their differences as Donald Collins undertook medical treatment options to better align his body with his gender identity.

transgender flagsCome to the sanctuary on Thursday, November 9th 6-8pm, for an informative and affirming event to better understand the current issues and to provide an outreach to the transgender community in our area. At the Transgender Remembrance Panel Discussion (clergy, professionals, families in transition and (we hope, transgender individuals), you will learn more about the "T" in LGBTQI, learn about transgender history and current issues facing the transgender community, hear personal stories, and be able to participate in a Q and A session. There will be social time and light refreshments after the presentation.

Good News Department

solar panel4The monthly cost for electricity for the Sanctuary is $10.87. Definitely an improvement over the $375-430 before the solar panels!

Many Thanks, and…

Because Sarasota County did not have the Giving Challenge this summer, Family Promise of South Sarasota County (SSCFP) did not receive muchDream walk needed funds (last year FPSSC received approximately $45,000). This was funding they had hoped to receive again to see them through the year. How are they compensating? Their answer is to have their own fundraiser – a November 11th Dream Walk!
Your generosity in giving of your time and money to Family Promise families is beautiful and we at UUCOV and VUCC have already raised over $7200. Now, let’s give a little more. Cindy O’Dell has created a team, the ‘U-Knights’! (You know, unite!) on the FP Dream Walk website! And UUCOV and VUCC have joined forces to provide a walking team for this event. Registration for the team and/or donating is very easy! Go to the website and click on the header ‘Dream Walk’! and add yourself as a walker or, if you are not walking, send donations to any member of our team.

And More Requests...

FamilyPromiseA typical week of hosting requires 350 hours of volunteers and many of you contribute in various ways, but there are 35 to 40 volunteers who go above the call of duty; they are among the first to volunteer and volunteer most every time to Family Promise needs. As we seldom have enough volunteers to cover the full week, they cover multiple shifts in the hosting week. (Plus, some buy interview clothes for guests, clothes for families when they have been kicked out of wherever, shop for staples, baby food, breakfast food; volunteer as office angels for SSCFP; and whatever else is vital to keeping the program afloat.).
Our next hosting of families, joined by VUCC and St. Mark’s Episcopal, will be from December 24th -January 7th. The Day Center where families do laundry and use the computer for job searches will be closed for 6 of the 14 days we host. Consequently, we will need extra volunteers for these 2 weeks, extra day shifts to cover as the families are limited in where they can go and relax. We will have the SSCFP van to drive and will be able to take them to the Day Care, and this, too, requires extra volunteers. Want to help and make a difference? Please call Cindy O’Dell - 317-370-6705

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