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Social Justice

scalesofjusticechaliceOur social justice ministry at UUCOV is in the best tradition of Unitarian Universalist history and principles. We support our Seven Principles, nurture our spirits, and help heal the world through:

Social Service: charitable assistance and hands on help to those in need
Social Witness:
publicly addressing justice issues
Social Education:
discussion, study, and reflection about justice issues
Social Action:
organized action to remedy injustice

Our five committees are focused on:

Community Outreach: work in the larger community
Common Good: local, state, and national public policy
Family Promise: on campus hosting for homeless families in need
Green Sanctuary: environmental issues
Interweave: gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues

Social Justice News

New News from Family Promise

FamilyPromiseFamily Promise South Sarasota County is expanding its space by renting an office space from the strip mall next to the Day Center on Shamrock Blvd. This will house the administrative offices allowing the Day Center to be used completely for the families and the Family Service Coordinator. The Office Angels, Allisa, and the weekend employee will still be located at the Day Center.
FPSSC will now be an Access Point for Sarasota County for Coordinated Entry for Homeless Services and are adding volunteer staffing positions for that. The Family Promise Director’s office and the Access Point office will be at the new location as well as a new Administrative Assistant they are hiring.
If you know of anyone who might be interested in the Administrative Assistant position, Monday thru Friday 9-3, please contact the FP Day Center 941-497-9881. The position requires the applicant to be proficient in Microsoft Office.
Thanks to all of you who helped UUCOV, UVCC and St. Marks complete the two week hosting of Family Promise families over the Christmas and New Year holidays; we hope you enjoyed your volunteering and will be ready to join us again March 25th-April 8th!

Growing Up Trans

Join us February 22, 7-8:30pm in the sanctuary, for the viewing of the Frontline documentary “Growing Up Trans”. Many people are identifying as a gendergrowing up trans other than the one assigned at birth at an earlier age. These are the stories of several young people and their families as they tell us about the challenges they face being transgender in our gender biased society. A short discussion will follow the viewing.

Undie Sundays!

Undie SundayYRE joined by UUCOV Community Outreach, and in partnership with Emmanuel Lutheran Church, is collecting new underwear, socks, and tee shirts for immigrant children age 4-16. These items will be donated to Farm Workers Self-Help, Inc. serving migrant workers in Dade City.
Look for the collection box on the lanai and bring in your donations on either Sunday Feb. 11 or Sunday Feb. 18. Colors and prints are permitted. Let's see a tidal wave of tighty-whities!


Over the Top - On the Ballot

votebuttonLed by Kindra Muntz, UUCOV contributed to the gathering of more than a million signed petitions to restore voting rights to convicted felons who’d served their sentences. Of these, 799,000 signatures were certified, surpassing the required 766,000 needed to get an amendment on the ballot. We Floridians will get to vote to restore voting rights on the November ballot. Florida is one of just three states that has permanently banned ex-felons from voting unless they get clemency. But if approved by 60 percent of us, about 1.5 million Floridians with felony convictions will be able to vote after they fully complete their sentences, including parole or probation. Those convicted of murder or sexual offenses would continue to be barred from voting.

Be The Change

climate change‘Change is Our Choice: Creating Climate Solutions’ is a five-week program that will help you roll your sleeves up and get started taking action toward a better tomorrow. Susan Brinckerhoff will facilitate this Northwest Earth Institute Course, integrating video, audio, and printed content with action plans. The program begins on Thursday, February 8th, 1pm, and is limited to 10 participants; pre-registration is required. For info or to secure one of the remaining spots, contact Jaye Williams   or 941-587-2981.