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
Faith Action Network: Wash. State Legislature Updates Last Updated on 2018-01-16 14:10:14 Week One in Review Three highlights from week one of the 2018 State Legislative Session: The Governor’s State of the State address: Dr. Jasmit Singh offered the opening prayer and was introduced as a member of FAN’s interfaith leader’s council. Jasmit was invited to do this by newly elected State Senator Manka Dhingra from the 45th district (Kirkland-Redmond-Duvall). Racial Equity Team (RET) legislator meetings: FAN is a part of this 20+ member policy partner coalition, where each member has a lobbyist in Olympia and a grassroots community organizer. FAN is also a part of the executive committee that made several legislator visits this week, highlighting some of the many bills that this coalition supports. Committee hearings this... More »
Faith Action Network Gears up for Wash. State Legislative Session Last Updated on 2018-01-08 13:41:24     Our 147-member State Legislature starts its 60-day session on Monday, Jan. 8. This short nine-week session will go by quickly, so your advocacy and that of others in your faith community are especially needed to make an impact and to help bend the moral arc in our state toward justice and equity for ALL! FAN will have a lobbyist presence (Paul Benz & Trevor Sandison) in Olympia every Monday-Thursday. If you come down for another lobby day before Interfaith Advocacy Day on February 20, please feel free to reach out to the lobby team and get connected. We always love hearing about the advocacy work you're doing on the issues that matter to all of us. View our Legislative Agenda here.   What to Watch For in Week 1   Tuesday: Governor Inslee gives his State of the State address before the joint session of the Legislature and State Supreme... More »
Save the Date: FAN's Feb. 20 Interfaith Advocacy Day in Olympia Last Updated on 2017-12-28 17:32:17   Save the Date for Interfaith Advocacy Day at the Washington State Capitol in Olympia Tues., Feb. 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The United Churches of Olympia and the Capitol Campus Faith Action Network's Interfaith Advocacy Day in Olympia brings to our elected leaders the voice of compassion and justice. We partner for the common good with people of all faiths who stand up boldly for our shared values. Your meeting with legislators and/or their staffs on this day is the most important thing our social and economic justice advocates can do. On Interfaith Advocacy Day, you will be able to: Join workshops that will break down the issues on FAN’s 2018 Legislative Agenda. ‚ÄčLearn current best practices on how to advocate in today’s legislature. Prepare for briefings and hearings with advocates from your legislative district. Meet with your... More »
Justice at Shoreline: Priorities, Projects, People Last Updated on 2017-12-20 01:33:20   Shoreline UUC's Social Action Ministry (SAM) currently has these four top priorities for addressing systemic social justice issues: To reduce economic inequality by directly assisting the needy but also by working to reform the regressive features of country's and our state's tax systems, 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,... More »
Faith Action Network Co-Director Rev. Paul Benz at Shoreline UUC on Feb. 4 Last Updated on 2017-12-20 01:27:02 At the request of the Social Action Ministry of Shoreline UUC, Sunday, Feb 4th, will be the date for Faith Action Network (FAN) director Rev. Paul Benz to visit to present SUUC with its certificate of membership in FAN as an Advocating Faith Community.  The SUUC congregation voted to join FAN at its Annual Congregational Meeting last May.   The Rev. Benz will also deliver the pulpit message at Shoreline UUC on that date. The tentatively planned title of his message will be "Action Is Our Middle Name."  He will focus on FAN's legislative advocacy work -- including particularly the annual Interfaith Advocacy Day in Olympia, scheduled this year for Feb. 20.   The Rev. Benz would also like to meet informally with SAM activists during coffee hour after the worship service.  The location of this informal meeting will be... More »