Social Justice

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Social Justice permeates all programming at the UU Church of Bloomington – worship, religious education, fellowship, and special groups like Chalice Circles and the choir. Social Justice Task Forces are formed when a number of people wish to work together around a specific social justice area..

Our Social Justice Task Forces are changing the world! 

May we persist, resist, and insist on justice!

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The End of Life Task Force believes that our cultural consciousness needs to change with respect to death, terminal illnesses, aging, grief, and other parts of the end of life, and will work to do so.  Tracy Turner or Kathy Gilbert.

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The Green Sanctuary Task Force promotes mindful, Earth centered living, working to educate and motivate individuals and institution to take positive steps toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions with the understanding that it is our moral imperative to care for the Earth.  Marcia Veldman

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Habitat for Humanity Task Force strives to educate the congregation about housing needs of Monroe County, including purpose and accomplishments of Habitat for Humanity and other related housing groups. Congregation can contribute in many was to help provide decent affordable housing in Monroe County.  Barb Berggoetz or Kathleen Chmelewski

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Help Feed Our Hungry Neighbors Task Force engages in projects to reduce hunger in our community by supporting and extending the food programs of the Monroe County United Ministries, Hoosier Hills Food Bank, Walnut Grove Food Pantry, Shalom Center, Community Kitchen, and Wheeler Mission.   Mary Blizzard

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The Homelessness Task Force works with agencies to provide services/support to homeless people, to develop strategies dealing with issues related to homelessness including hunger and unemployment,  and to end homelessness.  Alan Backler

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The Hope for Prisoners Task Force works on projects based on recognizing humanity of those in prison and their families. The goal of this task force is to serve and advocate for individuals during incarceration and their return to this community, and also their families and support systems with a major effort to support KAP, Kids with Absent Parents.  Chris Haynes

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The International Outreach Task Force (IOTF)  expand and improve cross-cultural and international understanding through hands on involvement with projects fulfilling local needs in developing countries. Currently three projects are in Kenya.  Claire Robertson

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The Just Peace Task Force works to promote peace and justice in the world, recognizing the essential role of grassroots organizing in creating a consensus for a new foreign and military policy.  David Keppel

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The Racial Justice Task Force joins with UU communities across the US, and with faith, arts, and civic organizations around the city and state, to educate, organize, and take action on racial justice issues.  Martha Foster

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The Rainbow Rights Task Force seeks to work with and for the congregation in the area of LGBTQ rights and concerns.  Amy Makice

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The Reproductive Justice Task Force promotes an active liberal voice to educate ourselves and the community, advocates for reproductive justice, and connects with community partners to ensure reproductive justice for all.  Nan McKinley or Deborah Meader

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The goal of the Refugee Task Force is to support refugees and immigrants living in Bloomington and work cooperatively with efforts of the Interfaith Alliance and the Bloomington Refugee Support Network.  Deb Fish

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Becoming a Sanctuary Congregation – On March 9, 2017, our congregation voted to become a Sanctuary Congregation.

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The Social Justice Funds Committee administers Social Justice Grants and facilitates selection of our 25% Sunday Plate recipient (25% of contributions made to the church during the Offertory moment on Sunday mornings is donated to a different organization each year, which is voted on at our Annual Congregational Meeting).

The 25% Sunday Plate recipient for year 2019-2020 is Volunteers in Medicine.

The 2018-19 recipient was Spencer Pride.

The 2017-18 recipient was All Options Pregnancy Resource Center.

The 2016-17 recipient was New Leaf – New Life.

SJ Funds Committee Chair, Steve Mascari

MCUM Monroe County United Ministries board member, Jackie Hall

SJ Chair, Jackie Hall


Information for Social Justice Leaders