Justice at Shoreline UU Church

WE ARE THE SOCIAL ACTION MINISTRY OF SHORELINE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH !

OUR PURPOSE is to help our congregation to express our UU values in action by identifying, developing, and communicating opportunities to assist those in need and to influence public policy and social practice for a more just, compassionate, and co-operative world.

OUR VALUES are expressed in words in the Seven Principles affirmed by Unitarian Universalists (http://www.uua.org/beliefs/what-we-believe/principles).

SIX KINDS OF ACTIVITIES are used -- and honored -- as ways to express our values in action: charitable giving, volunteer service, education and research, advocacy in the political process, public witness and direct action, and networking and organization.

SEVEN ISSUE AREAS focus these activities, with particular issue priorities and projects selected yearly:

  • Economic Justice
  • Emergency Relief and Preparedness
  • Government and Democracy
  • Green Justice (including Climate Change)
  • Human rights and Tolerance
  • International Peace & Justice
  • Public Safety and Criminal Justice

OUR CURRENT ISSUE PRIORITIES AND PROJECTS within these areas (with ministry meeting and contact information) are described on our Priorities, Projects, and People page.

Recently Updated
Notes - June 10 Shoreline UUC Social Action Ministry Meeting Last Updated on 2017-06-16 20:12:30   Attending: Jean Berolzheimer (chair), Dorothy Craig, Nancy Curtis, Brian Flaherty, Sharon Greenman, Bill King (note taker), Bob and Jo Moore, Krista Tenney (9 attendees). Mary’s Place North: Corrine is working on a long article for July Soundings. Muslim outreach: Sharon announced that our next event is a forum on Sept 30 with four Muslim speakers, followed by Q & A. Community Open House and Iftar event announced at the Shoreline mosque, June 17 @ 7 p.m. (many others at various locations) Gay Pride event discussed but no SUUC leadership has emerged on this item. Jean will touch base with Rev. Kate on this. Donations to FAN and NWuuJN were discussed. The group felt that $100 to each group was appropriate. Although Bob had recommended we give $200 to FAN, the possible contribution for the Gay Pride Parade permit contributed to decision to... More »
Justice at Shoreline: Priorities, Projects, People Last Updated on 2017-05-26 18:55:04   Shoreline UUC's Social Action Ministry (SAM) currently has four top priorities for addressing systemic social justice issues: To reduce economic inequality, especially by working to reform WA’s regressive state tax system, to secure living wages and protections from unjust treatment for all workers, to mend the shredded social safety net, and to invest in and to protect the common good. To work to establish environmental/green justice policies while preventing their economic burdens from falling on those least able to bear them. In particular, we will work for a carbon tax or for a state carbon emission reduction charge, with selective tax breaks or rebates to offset regressive tax effects. To promote not only fairness, tolerance, and respect, but active understanding, patience, and kindness for all, against all forms of oppressive bias -- including those based on... More »
Faith Action Network - 'Give Big' Thanks, New Governing Board, Wash. Legislature Special Session 2 Begins Last Updated on 2017-05-25 04:28:41 Thank You! BIG THANKS to the 100 of you who participated in #GiveBIG this month and invested $13,189 in FAN's work for justice! We thank all of you who gave in other ways too--through our website, at your congregation, in envelopes through the mail, and with your hours of volunteer commitment. We raise our hands with yours, and know that we are all in this together! You give us hope! We also give big cheers of joy and gratitude to Rick Steves for boosting our efforts with a $15,000 matching gift for faith communities' contributions to FAN this month. This was in celebration of the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther and the Reformation, which Rich has documented in a new DVD. Let us know if you'd like more information about a screening in your community.... More »
West Seattle Workshop on Supporting Local Immigrants and Refugees, June 3 Last Updated on 2017-05-25 03:35:36   Pathways and Networks for Justice Workshop on Supporting Local Immigrants and Refugees When: Saturday June 3, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Where: 7141 California Ave. S.W., Seattle  (Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation, in the basement meeting hall) Free registration: Brown Paper Tickets (please register for accurate participant count) Please join us! Presentations will be provided by the following workshop partners: ACLU, Casa Latina, OneAmerica, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Southwest Youth and Family Services Summary of workshop: The Trump Administration has taken multiple steps to target the immigrant and refugee members of our community, including: attempts to institute a Muslim Ban, denying federal funds to Sanctuary Cities, racist speech resulting in large increases in hate crimes, unjust deportations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement,... More »
Faith Action Network Spring Summit, in Seattle on June 11, 2017 Last Updated on 2017-05-24 19:53:45 We're excited to begin planning for the upcoming Seattle Spring Summit, which will be Sunday, June 11th at Temple De Hirsch Sinai (1511 E. Pike St,, Seattle, Wash) from 3 - 5 p.m. FAN’s advocating faith communities across Washington State come together during our ANNUAL SPRING SUMMITS to discuss the issues we care about, review this past legislative session, hear from our issue working groups, and hone our advocacy plans for the future. Together, we look for new ways to be more effective at creating lasting change. Please begin sharing and distributing the Spring Summit flyer, making announcements to your communities, and including it in your newsletters & bulletins. We look forward to meeting with friends, old and new, as June 11th approaches. Please RSVP at the link below and know that there is no cost to attend. Click here to RSVP We are looking forward to seeing... More »