Social Justice Action Update: 12/16/18

UUCM’s Social Justice Ministry keeps members and friends informed about upcoming social justice events and activities of interest. We encourage you to participate and help build the congregation’s capacity to educate, serve, witness, and advocate for social justice. If you have a social justice event you would like to publicize, contact John Ziegenhagen.

Volunteer Opportunity

UUCM all ages volunteer activity – Please join us at church on January 20 at 11:30 a.m. for two community service projects! Simpson Housing Services is a Minneapolis-based nonprofit providing assistance to the homeless.  Their services include emergency shelter and single adult and family supportive housing. At any given time, they provide supportive services to 100 individuals and 210 families with over 500 children. One volunteer team will make bagged lunches, which the shelter provides every day to its residents. The second team will make fleece tie blankets, which can be shared with shelter residents and others experiencing homelessness. Someone from Simpson will join us at the beginning of our time to share additional information about homelessness and about the services they provide. A light lunch will be provided. People of all ages are encouraged to attend!  If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Holm-Hansen at 612.644-2463 or Click HERE to sign up!


Family focus – Compassionate and justice-oriented gift giving

For many, the holidays are upon us, bringing a variety of gift-giving opportunities. Many online resources are available with recommendations for gift selection, including Barefoot Mommy’s Feminist kid gift guide, A Striving Parent’s social justice holiday gift guide, and Doing Good Together’s Shop Kind (which has information about “kind vendors” along with a “big hearted” Amazon list).

Family focus – Bake cookies for the Aliveness Project

The Aliveness Project provides a variety of supports for individuals living with HIV. They are requesting homemade holiday cookies that they can deliver to their members. Any flavor is welcome – make some extras of your favorites, bag or box them by the dozen, and indicate if they contain nuts or are gluten-free. Cookies can be delivered to the Aliveness Project (3808 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis) during the following times: Saturday, December 15, 10am – 1pm; Monday, December 17, 9am -7pm; or Tuesday, December 18, 9am -7pm. If you have questions, please contact Laura Henry, Volunteer Manager,,612.822.7946, ext. 221.

Sunday, December 16

Jewish Community Action Annual Meeting
1:00 p.m., Sabes Jewish Community Center, 4330 Cedar Lake Rd., St. Louis Park.  For members and allies, come discuss JCA’s current and future campaigns, hear from members and local leaders who inspire us, and discuss, together, who we want to be.

Sunday, December 16

Local Streams: Art Benefit and Live Music for WaterLegacy
4:00-7:00 p.m., Black Dog Cafe, 308 E Prince St, St Paul. Want to support local artists AND help protect Minnesota’s waters from sulfide mining pollution? WaterLegacy is hosting an art benefit with live music, appetizers, and fine art for your home or crafts for holiday gifts. Proceeds will be shared between Water Legacy and local artists.

Thursday, December 20

Homeless Memorial March and Service
5:00 p.m. Every year, there is a march and memorial service for people who are homeless, or advocates for the homeless community, who passed away during the year. The event was started in the 1980s, as a way to honor the passing of those whose deaths often went unnoticed and without memorials. The event begins with a silent vigil at the Hennepin County Government Center. Attendees march to Simpson United Methodist Church for a brief service of remembrance and a community meal.

Sunday, February 10 and 24

Be the Spark: Climate Change Leadership Development Training. 2:00-7:00 p.m., St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, St. Paul. Sponsored by Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light, these two session will help you build organizing skills and learn strategic approaches for engaging your faith community in Climate Change solutions. Register here.


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