Social Responsibility & Justice
“The moral arc of the universe doesn’t bend towards justice by gravity.”
-Dr. Charlie Clements
A key part of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango’s mission is to “work toward a community with peace, liberty and justice for all.” The Social Responsibility and Justice Program provides several approaches for doing social justice work so that individuals are able to find a way to contribute that matches their time, talent and interests.
Social Justice Teams
Four teams are actively engaged in work on selected social justice priorities. The Healing Racism team is focused on recognizing racism; its influence, and opportunities for change. The Basic Needs team is working on issues related to food insecurity, housing and living wage. The LGBTQ team is focused on supporting our local LGBTQ community as well as advocating for justice on a national level. The Immigration team is working on local immigration concerns, partnering with Compañeros, the Four Corners Immigrant Resource Center. Anyone interested is invited and welcomed to join one of these teams.
A second approach is to join in Fellowship-wide social responsibility and justice activities that occur on an annual basis. Examples of actions and events include Crop Walk for Hunger, Love Out Loud service weekend, PRIDE parade and festival, Standing on the Side of Love march, and common book reads and discussion.
A third approach is to participate in any of the Durango community’s diverse social justice efforts. We provide a ‘menu’ of activities and approximate amount of time involved and support individuals in connecting with those activities. Stop by the Social Justice Corner of Bowman Hall during coffee hour for information about current activities.
Share the Plate
The UUFD also monthly donates the Sunday collection to an identified agency working on social justice issues through our Share the Plate program. Recent recipients include Thrive! Living Wage Coalition and Four Corners Rainbow Youth Center. Upcoming recipients are: The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado, 4STAR and Real History of the Americas.
We also contribute to the Unitarian Universalist Social Justice service program, sending funds to meet local and international concerns through our Disaster Relief and Development Fund, and we provide scholarships to nontraditional students through the Durango Adult Education Program.