Social Justice

Rev. Macklin at Courthouse  


SJ Annual Report 2020-2021

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!


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.  Resources available here.  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


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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, College Square Pantry, Shalom Center, Community Kitchen, and Wheeler Mission.   Mary Blizzard


The Homelessness Task Force works with agencies in Monroe County to provide services and support to people experiencing homelessness, to develop strategies dealing with issues related to homelessness including hunger and unemployment, and to end homelessness. Marlin Howard   Alan Backler


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.  Debbie Fish


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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


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.  Ruth Aydt and Martha Oakley


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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.  Jason Michalek


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.  Barb Backler


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


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 Cindy Lonnberg





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). Denise Ogren chair

The 25% Sunday Plate recipient for July 2021 – June 2022 is New Hope’s Early Childhood Care and Education – The Nest.

The 2020-21 recipient was Monroe County United Ministries COMPASS Early Learning Center.

The 2019-2020 recipient was 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, Denise Ogren

MCUM Monroe County United Ministries board member, Jackie Hall

SJ Chair, Jackie Hall

Information for Social Justice Leaders