The Social Justice Committee, Hopedale UU Community (SJC) is working to promote the values of the Green Sanctuary and the Welcoming Congregation. News stories, activities and other resources to help inform the study of Economic Justice, Ethical Eating, GLBTQ, Immigration and other emerging issues will be posted here. Earth Justice issues are found on a sister page.

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Summer Justice Sundays 2017

For the seventh summer in a row, Hopedale’s Social Justice Committee is planning June and July Sunday services. Our format is a little less formal than usual, and we’ll be changing things up from week to week. But the focus is always on the integration of Hopedale’s appreciation of the seasons as they intersect with social justice agendas and local opportunities.

This summer, we are focusing on both getting to know each other better, experiencing our local activities and interests, while also connecting with larger UUA agendas. Our first service will familiarize us with the UUA’s 2014-2018 Congregational Study/Action Issue, Escalating Inequality, and the 2016-2020 Congregational Study/Action Issue, The Corruption of Our Democracy. On June 4, we will kick off our reading of J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy. Elegy is the reading book for Miami University’s first-year reading program, and Vance will be on campus for a talk in the fall. The book has gotten quite mixed reviews, and since Vance is writing about life in Middletown, a conversation about his family’s story and Escalating Inequality will be fun. We will also put democracy in action by voting on candidates for the next President of the Unitarian Universalist Association—Patty Klingenberg and Genevieve O’Malley Knight will be our representatives to the UUA’s General Assembly in New Orleans at the end of June, and we’d like to give them input about how to vote.

  • June 4- Congregational Study/Action Issue: Escalating Inequality. Kickoff of reading Hillbilly Elegy. Congregational Study/Action Issue: The Corruption of Our Democracy. Congregational democracy in action—vote on candidates for next UUA President. Service leaders: Ann Fuehrer and Patty Klingenberg         
  • June 11- Field trip & Celebration to wrap up spring adult RE program, “Hungry for Change”: Tour MOON Co-op Market, purchase picnic, tour of Linda Amspaugh’s garden at 4983 Stillwell Rd, Oxford, picnic. Coordinator: Ann Fuehrer
  • June 18- Summer solstice service. Service leader: Libby Earle
  • June 25, 10:00 am- View broadcast of GA worship service. Host: Genevieve O’Malley Knight
  • July 2- Field trip: Tour Don Isaac’s nursery 108 Pierce Street, Liberty, IN. Finish with lunch at El Reparo, also in Liberty
  • July 9- Discuss first third Hillbilly Elegy;
  • July 16- Discuss second third Hillbilly Elegy
  • July 23- Field trip: Freedom Summer memorial, Western campus with Ann Elizabeth Armstrong
  • July 30- Discuss last third Hillbilly Elegy; View Appalshop film “Strangers and Kin” with Curt Ellison

-Submitted by Ann Fuehrer, May 2017

The SJC participates in the Cincinnati Pride Parade and Festival (details to be announced). Every year, a Cincinnati church hosts an Interfaith Pride Service, This special event celebrates the blessings our LGBTQA brothers and sisters bring to our community. There are many exciting events taking place during Pride Week. Visit http://www.cincinnatipride.org to see the latest list of events.

Pastor Ennis Tait from the Church of the Living God discussed the importance of outreach at the street level to address violence.  Project Ceasefire has been successful in teaching conflict resolution in three schools, but Cincinnati is reluctant to provide funding long term to interventions.

Stephen Johnson-Grove presented OJPC ‘s efforts to impact policy by framing reform in terms of promoting the health of thecommunity and police officers. The workshop focused on Cincinnati, but could provide some direction for Butler County.

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Resolution of the Board of Hopedale Unitarian Universalist Community:

  • WHEREAS “Ethical Eating” was selected at General Assembly in 2008 to be the Congregational Study/Action Issue for 2008-2012; and
  • WHEREAS the Board of Hopedale Unitarian Universalist Community believes that the Hopedale Community benefits from our association with and enactment of the priorities of the Unitarian Universalist Association; and
  • WHEREAS the Hopedale Unitarian Universalist Community is proud of our status as a Green Sanctuary, and strives to enact that status in as many of our programs as possible; and
  • WHEREAS the Board perceives that the Hopedale Unitarian Universalist Community has considerable resources that we could devote to enacting the spirit of “Ethical Eating”, as defined by the UUA CSAI and by our Community; and
  • WHEREAS the Board perceives that such a venture could be an important mechanism for turning our congregation’s vision outward, helping to meet significant needs in the Oxford and Hamilton areas, and reinforcing a social justice orientation to our identity in local communities;
  • BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Hopedale Unitarian Universalist Community encourages our congregation to make enactment of the Congregational Study/Action Issue “Ethical Eating” a significant focus of our activities for at least the period April 2009- June 2010. This would include appointment of a Task Force to coordinate Hopedale Unitarian Universalist Community efforts. We would encourage “Ethical Eating” to be taken up as a significant focus, perhaps one of several, during Sunday services, by adult and children’s Religious Education, by the Green Sanctuary committee, and by our Social Action committee.

Respectfully authored by Ann Fuehrer and passed by the HUUC Board in March 2009.

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