Economic Justice Ministry

Service, Education, Witness, Advocacy, and Justice opportunities at UUCA

1st Monday of the Month Meal Service - Join us June 5, 4-6pm, at the La Palma Park Check In Center as we serve dinner to clients of the Check In Center. The Check In Center is just north of La Palma Park in Anaheim, between the Salvation Army thrift store and the Crown Motel.

3rd Sunday Share the Plate offertory - May 21 we will Share the Plate with the Elder Law & Disability Rights Center (www.eldrcenter.org) in Santa Ana. Every 3rd Sunday we split the offertory 50/50, excluding pledges or other specifically earmarked funds, with a local non profit. 

5th Sunday sermon - July 30, speaker tbd. On months with a 5th Sunday we will hear from a speaker on an Economic Justice related topic.

Moral Mondays - UUCA supports several homelessness advocacy groups by providing a meeting space. 
  • The Anaheim Poverty Task Force, which now meets at 7pm on the 3rd Monday, advocated for the creation of Orange County's 1st year round shelter & multi service center, Bridges at Kraemer Place. They are now advocating for county funding for enough permanent supportive & affordable housing to meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness. The APTF is an interfaith group supported by Orange County Congregation Community Organization (OCCCO). 
  • The People's Homeless Task Force, which meets from 4-6pm on the Monday before each Anaheim City Council meeting, is a group of Anaheim residents concerned about the dramatic increase of people experiencing homelessness. They are advocating not only for permanent supportive & affordable housing as a long term solution, but also for short term basic services such as potable water, sanitation, and a safe place to sleep for individuals experiencing homelessness.
  • The Advocates & Allies Coalition, which meets every Monday at 6:15pm until June 12, 2017, consists of representatives from homelessness advocacy groups throughout Orange County. At a recent summit the Coalition decided to pack the OC Board of Supervisors chamber to demand basic human rights for people experiencing homelessness (details below), and to secure a permanent funding stream for permanent supportive & affordable housing in the County.
Come join us on Tuesdays (schedules vary) at either the Anaheim City Council meetings (5pm, 200 S. Anaheim Blvd.) or the Orange County Board of Supervisors (9am, 333 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana) as we advocate for meaningful change. You can speak during public comments if you'd like, or just show up in your yellow Standing on the Side of Love t-shirt, available at the UUA Bookstore - www.uuabookstore.org. 
  • Tuesday, June 13, 9am - Orange County Board of Supervisors budget hearing. It is vital that as many people as possible show up to this meeting to advocate for fully funding the Housing First approach in the County's 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness. 
Be sure to follow UUCA Economic Justice Ministry on Facebook & Twitter!

Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of California 
Regional Justice Training 2017
Saturday, June 3, 9:00-3:30
Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church
301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena CA 91103

Key Presentations Include: 
Sanctuary, Solidarity & Resistance – Immigrant Justice under a new administration Join Katia Hansen, President & CEO of UU Refugee and Immigrant Services & Education (UURISE) for a conversation on the current state of immigration laws, policies and enforcement under the new administration. We will discuss what UUs and other immigrant justice activists are doing in solidarity and resistance, and how we can work together to deepen and strengthen our partnerships, strategies and congregational responses. 
Climate and Water Justice - Angélica Ruiz of the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water will lead an interactive learning experience about climate and water justice in California. You will hear about front line communities impacted by drought, loss of culture and livelihoods, and threats to their daily lives as well as what they are doing to adapt; We will explore solutions and actions you can take to support the environmental justice water movement in California and beyond. 
Issues Breakout & Networking - Join other UUs in the area to discuss issues such as economic justice, racial justice, environmental justice, and immigrant justice. These small group breakouts are determined based on interest the day of the event and include opportunities for justice-makers to share what they are working on in their congregations and receive updates from the Action Teams of the UU Justice Ministry. 
Legislative Briefing - Evan Junker, UUJMCA Executive Director, will explain the current status of important legislation being considered in the Capitol this year. Learn about opportunities to get involved through petitions, rallies, witness events, letter-writing campaigns and lobby days among others. Discover how your congregation can participate in these statewide efforts and leave with a calendar of upcoming events. 

Please bring a bag lunch. Coffee, tea, water and morning snacks will be available. 

Questions: Beverly Boido, beverly@uujmca.org, 916-441-0018 
Host Congregation Contact: Stephanie Ballard sballard@neighborhooduu.org 626-449-3470x18

COLLEGE OF SOCIAL JUSTICE SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

The Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice, a joint venture of the UUA and the UUSC, has service and educational opportunities for youth, college students, and adults:
  • Experiential Learning Journeys: Our transformative journeys to Haiti, Mexico, India, and several U.S. locations will introduce you and your congregation to the justice work of UUA and UUSC partners, and help you make the connection to struggles in your own community.
  • Youth Justice Training: We’re adding new trainings each year! Our high school youth gain inspiration through a terrific combination of justice theory and hands-on experience with our partners. This summer we’ll be in Boston, New Orleans, and Seattle, with a daylong intro session at UUA General Assembly in Providence.
  • Global Justice Internships: College-age young adults get powerful, summer-long placements with UUA and UUSC partners around the world and receive lots of support for faith development and vocational discernment. We’ll place 20 young-adult interns this summer! 
  
 
A Long Time UU.

"As an active UU for 53 years, I was so very pleased to see and listen to so many talented leaders at the Anaheim UU Church. Dr. Karen Stoyanoff, Minister, President Edward Dunvan, Iasu Gorfu, and David Diiorio. These key people are the heart of a growing church. It has been a pleasure to know and work with them."

- Richard