The Social Justice Committee at UUCB is reestablishing a relationship with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. UUSC is a human rights organization powered by grassroots collaboration. In more than a dozen countries throughout the world, UUSC fosters social justice and works toward a world free from oppression. UUSC’s innovative approaches and measurable impact are grounded in the moral belief that all people have inherent power, dignity, and rights.
One way of supporting this organization which is grounded in UU values and the UN Declaration of Human Rights, is a program called “Guest At Your Table.” Many of you will remember this from years past. We will have more explanation in the weeks to come. Collection boxes will be available in mid-November.
– Learn more at: http://www.uusc.org/about-uusc#sthash.mevPM289.dpuf
Guest at Your Table is an important annual UU tradition. This year we won’t see the boxes at church because Guest at Your Table is thinking outside the box– both figuratively and literally. They have launched an on-line website in order to utilize more earth-friendly and cost effective tools. Look up uusc.org/guest for a full explanation and resource materials.
This program is such a good way for us all to contribute what we are able to help support world– focused service. It is a wonderful way to put our faith into daily practice and help our kids and youth reap the blessings of supporting worthy causes that are far away from home. Read the Stories of Hope on this website and learn about the people whose lives have been changed by Guest at Your Table. UUSC is partnering with global grass-roots organizations that are really making a difference. It is an exciting thing to be a part of.
Following our recent Justice Sunday Service which highlighted food production; food preparation and serving; and Compassionate Consumption, our committee plans to have a luncheon/discussion about many of the issues which were brought up. Saru Jayaraman gives a vivid account of the plight of restaurant workers in her recently published book,”Behind the Kitchen Door,” available in local bookstores. If you wish to borrow a copy, please contact Mary Jean Ewing at church or call 303-449-4795. Truly sustainable food chains require that we also heed human rights and economic justice. Though the date for that luncheon in April has not yet been set, it will be made known following our UUSC committee meeting on the 24th of March. Please join us as we enjoy sustainably produced and served food, while investigating ways we can help become compassionate consumers.
Our committee is also contemplating having Equal Exchange Coffee available for purchase following our Sunday services. We would like help with this plan. Visit our table and see how you can help. The final day for book sales will be this coming Sunday, March 24th.