This committee educates the congregation and takes action on social justice issues. This committee also supports many projects, and works with local, national and international social justice organizations.
Our committee currently works on these foci for the 2019-2020 year:
We also identified several other areas of interest where we hope to partner with existing community organizations.
- Springfield Immigration Advocacy Network
- UU Advocacy Network of Illinois
- Faith Coalition for the Common Good
- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
- Action Illinois
Join the ALUUC Social Justice Committee!
We meet on the 3rd Sunday, 12 noon in the ALUUC Berkley Moore room. All are welcome; we need and welcome your concerns and ideas. Be the change you want to see.
Social Justice Sub-Committees:
Racial Justice Project
This committee strives to maintain a diverse membership, promotes learning and sharing of values, and fosters action that advances social justice and compassion, both in our community and in our world.
Change for Change Sunday Collection (C4C)
Our congregation usually has an opportunity each month to contribute to a wide range of community organizations. Usually on the First Sunday of the month, there is a Change for Change collection, where we collect change (and other monetary donations). This money then goes to support one organization that has been selected for that month.
Community Opportunities for Helping Homelessness
St. John’s Breadline
Volunteers provide & serve meals weekdays 7:30-10:00 am or 1:30–4:00 pm; 10 am–1:30 pm weekends & holidays.
More information at https://cc.dio.org/programs/st-johns-breadline
Address: 430 N. 5th St., Springfield, IL 62702
Phone: (217) 528-6098
Provide a meal: www.HelpingHandsOfSpringfield.org, click the meal train picture; select and book a date.
Local Contacts for Social Justice Activities
Springfield Immigration Advocacy Network
Several members of ALUUC are involved in the Springfield Immigration Advocacy Network (SIAN) which works to educate about issues impacting immigrants and refugees, understand the challenges of recent and established immigrants, and identify resources to meet their needs. Contact to learn more about SIAN and how you can become involved.
UU Advocacy Network of Illinois
UUANI (Unitarian Universalist Advocacy Network of Illinois) is organized to build power among UU congregations in Illinois, in order to put our UU values into meaningful, concrete far-reaching action toward social justice. We work collectively with each other and collaboratively with effective partner organizations to influence the creation of meaningful social change toward justice, beloved community, and a healthy planet.
Through Actions of the Week, over the past 2 yrs., nearly 1000 Illinois UUs have sent messages to elected officials to advocate for our UU values.
Faith Coalition for the Common Good (FCCG)
This is local association faith-based organizations (including ALUUC) and labor unions provides opportunities to work on Antiracism, Immigration, and Homelessness with people of different faith traditions. The work is done by 4 task forces:
- Jobs and Economic Equity,
- Civic Engagement & Policy Involvement,
- and CUJO (Citizens United for Justice and Order).
ALUUC members on these task forces would love to have you join them. Learn more at FaithCoalition-IL.org (go here for a meetings calendar under News and Events). There is strength in numbers and diversity folks!
Moms Demand Action
Moms Demand Action is a program of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention advocacy organization in the country. The Springfield Chapter meets regularly at ALUUC. Learn more at MomsDemandAction.org or facebook.com/MomsDemandActionIL/
This local group was created to:
- build a better future for our kids and grandkids;
- spread positive change in a world of injustice and inequality;
- move forward with heads high & get our voices heard & rage onward for what is right.
Join Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)
Justice Sunday is in full swing. This program practices UUSC’s approach to its work: collaborating at the grassroots level to build awareness and make a difference, through eye to eye partnership. During Justice Sunday, individuals and groups around the country turn their focus to the human right to water. UUSC has created a space to learn from and support each other.
Membership in UUSC helps achieve these goals too. Membership includes monthly Values in Action newsletters, semi-annual Rights Now magazines, and periodic action alerts tailored to your specific interest areas — to keep you informed, and provide you with tools to engage in the work with us. And we get to hear from you! Because advancing human rights is the work of many hands, we hope you will consider Justice Sunday a good time to renew or begin your UUSC membership. Become a member today at uusc.org/donate_justicesunday
UUSC is an independent membership-based human-rights organization and receives no funding from any government or denomination.