Social Responsibility & Justice
UUFD Mission: Love courageously. Inspire spiritual growth. Work for justice.
A key part of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango’s mission is to work for justice in our community and in our world. Through our Social Responsibility and Justice ministry, information, opportunities and support are provided for doing social justice work in a manner that matches individuals’ time, talent and interests with justice needs.
Social Justice Teams
Five teams are actively engaged in work on selected social justice priorities. The Basic Needs Team works to support individuals and families in need – e.g. food insecurity, homelessness, kids in foster care, and education. The Environmental Justice Team concentrates their work on caring for the earth and acting to address climate change. The Healing Racism Team is focused on recognizing oppression and building just and equitable communities. The Immigration Team partners with Compañeros, the Four Corners Immigrant Resource Center, to advocate on immigration issues, and with the Community Coalition in Support of Asylees. The LGBTQIA+ Team works for equality, respect and full inclusion of LGBTQIA+ people in our church, our local community, and nationally. In addition, through our liaison to the national Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, we partner to advance human rights around the world.
Social Responsibility and Justice Activities – how can you be involved?
Anyone is welcome to join one of the small justice teams. We also encourage involvement in justice events and activities open to the fellowship and often to the community as well. Examples of actions and events include 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. These opportunities are published in our UUFD newsletters and weekly announcements.
Social Responsibility and Justice Outreach – sharing our resources
The first Sunday of every month we give our offertory collection to an identified agency working on social justice issues through our Share the Plate program. Some past recipients include Neighbors In Need Alliance helping the unhoused, Durango Food Bank, Manna kitchen, 4 Corners Rainbow Youth Center, La Plata Family Coalition, the Grief Center of Southwest Colorado.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 national Unitarian Universalist Service Committee for their work with human rights, and we send funds to meet local and international crises through our Disaster Relief and Development Fund. In addition, 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.