Social Responsibility & Justice
Peace, Liberty, Justice
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.” Through our Social Responsibility and Justice Ministry, information and support are provided for doing social justice work in a manner that matches the time, talent and interests of individuals.
Social Justice Teams
Four teams are actively engaged in work on selected social justice priorities. The Healing Racism team is focused on understanding the ways in which white privilege is connected to racism and what we can do as individuals. The Basic Needs team works on issues related to food insecurity, access to education, homelessness, local community needs 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 partners with Compañeros, the Four Corners Immigrant Resource Center, to work on immigration concerns. Anyone interested is invited and welcomed to join one of these teams. New teams are formed as interest and commitment arises in the fellowship.
A second approach is to join in social responsibility and justice activities open to everyone in the fellowship and often to the community as well. Examples of actions and events include Love Out Loud service weekend, PRIDE parade and festival, educational films and presentations, participation in community marches and rallies (e.g. climate change, equal rights, common sense gun safety) and common book reads and discussion.
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 Real History of the Americas, Cafe au Play, 4 Corners Rainbow Youth Center and Durango Adult Education Scholarship Fund. If you would like to nominate a worthwhile organization to be considered as a recipient in the next cycle (October-September), click here» to fill out an online nomination form.
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.
For information related to the Social Responsibility and Justice Ministry, contact Bonnie Miller.