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Healing injustice is our goal."

Just ACT

 Inter-faith  |Angel Heart |UUSC |Tutoring |Ethical Eating |Welcoming Congregation | Environmental Team
Just Act Events
Ongoing Projects

Just Act Strategy Meeting

Volunteer Message

  • We encourage CUUC members and friends to learn about and become personally involved in social justice outreach activities.
  • We serve as a repository for information about social justice programs outside of CUUC.
  • We research areas within the broad theme of healing injustice that might be of interest to our congregation.
  • We share our research with members and friends and listen to their responses.
  • We coordinate the scheduling of charitable appeals to the congregation.
  • We provide Helpful Hints for Starting a CUUC Social Action Project, a compilation of suggested elements to consider when starting a new project.
  • We nurture project participants through mentoring, training, and spiritual reflection.
May 4th, 12:30 pm

All Church Read - "Behind the Kitchen Door"

Please join JustACT in a discussion of this year's UUA book selection by written by Saru Jayaraman. How do restaurant workers live on some of the lowest wages in America? And how do poor working conditions (discriminatory labor practices, exploitation, and unsanitary kitchens) affect the meals that arrive at our restaurant tables? At fewer than 200 pages, it's a book that's hard to put down. The book is available in paperback at Amazon, Beacon Press, on Kindle and at your local library.

For information please contact the discussion facilitators, Kathy Derrick kthyderrick[at]yahoo.com or Maureen Flanigan buckner-flanigan[at]juno.com. .


JustACT Immigration Advocacy

First Mondays
Join us at the GEO Detention Center Vigils
Detention Center Vigil - March 10, 2014 6-7pm
ICE For Profit Detention Center at 30th & Peoria, Aurora, CO

This is always an uplifting and worthwhile witness to the community of our UU values respecting the inherent worth and dignity of all. Stand in support of keeping families safe from deportation, detention and separation. If you would like to carpool from the church please contact Maureen Flanigan at buckner-flanigan[at]juno.com or 303-972-9453. We'll march, sing and share some hot chocolate to keep warm!
First Wednesdays at 6:30pm

Just ACT Planning Meetings

We meet on the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30 to 8:00pm at church.

What are you up to? Can you fit some Just ACTion into your life? We have opportunities for you to make a difference in someone’s life and to influence how our kids live. Spend a few hours a month and discover what you get back spiritually. Or, if you’re the curious or committed to action type, come to our meeting and discover what we’re really up to as we plan for 2010 and our future.

Social justice programs are the reflection of Unitarian Universalism principles put into practice. As a coordinating team, Just ACT offers support and assistance to those who wish to learn about, participate in, and create service, charitable, or advocacy projects. Team members are individually involved with diverse projects and meet regularly to share information, strategies and experiences. Members and friends with ideas for new projects are particularly welcomed. We‘d like to hear your ideas and passions, so please feel free to contact sarahmanning@sprynet.com or just show up on Wednesday!


Ongoing Projects


Ethical Eating

Tips from our Justice Action Team’s E.E. Guru

With many holidays around the corner and cold weather arriving, our eating habits change from fresh salads to warm stews and chili. Below are resources to find ethically raised and grown meats and veggies for the holiday and winter season.

Ethically raised meat:

Amy & Ellen’s grass finished beef: 970-881-2147 Sell whole, half and quarters of beef.

Arriola Sunshine Farm: 970-882-4222 Sell sheep, live turkey, fruits and vegetables

B Bar S Ranch: 303-442-1995 Sell beef as halves.

Bare Bottom Ranch: 719-541-4761 Sells goat milk, soap and lotion, wool, eggs and meat.

Craig Angus Ranch: 970-402-1098 Grass fed Beef

Desert Weyr, LLC: 970-527-3573 Mutton and wool

Grunniens Ranch: 303-646-6226 Yak meat

High Wire Ranch: 970-835-7600 Buffalo and Elk meat

Indian Ridge Farm and Bakery: 970-327-0336 poultry, turkey, veggies, bakery

Check out other resources at: www.eatwild.com.

Currently there are not a lot of resources for finding prepared holiday foods that are ethically produced. However, the following resources are great for local Colorado food:

http://www.localsustainability.net http://www.growlocalcolorado.org  http://www.colocalmarket.com/Default.aspx

Happy holidays EVERYONE! May ethically raised and produced food grace your table!

Maura Wampler, JustACT

Inter-faith Community Services "Interfaith Community Services" Web Page Inter-Faith Community Services
Contact: Pauline Hopkins

Inter-Faith Community Services (IFCS), offers comprehensive support to individuals, families, and seniors in western Arapahoe County and northern Douglas County. The organization provides assistance with food, clothing, rent, and payment of utilities, in addition to offering counseling services. A primary focus of IFCS is to offer a “hand up, not a hand out”, and this assistance can enable families to stay in their homes and become self-sufficient rather than face eviction.

CUUC gives a great deal of support to three specific programs within IFCS: outfitting children returning to school; buying turkeys for the food baskets given to over 500 families at Thanksgiving; and sponsoring families at Christmas with two gifts for every child and coupons for groceries. Contributions of clothing, household items, and non-perishable foods are always welcome in the wicker basket in the CUUC foyer.

If you would like to volunteer or make a donation, please contact Contact Pauline Hopkins at (562) 884-0345 for more information.


Project Angel Heart

CUUC Involvement in Project Angel Heart

JustACT Welcomes Taylor Powers as Co-Team Leader of Project Angel Heart with Jim Hopkins!!!

As many of you know, for some time now CUUC has been involved with Project Angel Heart (PAH) by ‘adopting’ a delivery route that we service each Saturday afternoon. Project Angel Heart is an organization which provides nutritious meals to persons with AIDs, cancer, and other life threatening illnesses. The meals PAH brings to clients’ homes are customized so that each client gets the diet they desperately need given the
illness that they have, but often would not have the energy or resources to prepare on their own.

We do this as one of our Just ACT programs at CUUC. Our involvement started several years ago, on the first Columbine Acts day. Since then, volunteers sign up on a rotating basis to service our route on a particular
Saturday. Since we have about 8 volunteers, any one person only needs to do the route every 6-8 weeks. The route we go on has approximately 6-8 stops and takes about 1 ½ hours. This has also become a great way for our kids and youth to become involved in a Just ACT project.

The PAH organization also has a variety of other events including fundraisers during the year. Some of the special events which occur each year include Dining Out for Life, which was on April 20th, where restaurants
contribute half of their proceeds to PAH. Other events include Art for Life which will be on August 26th, and A Taste for Life to be held on November 4th. PAH also particulates in other events such as Komen Race for
the Cure, Colorado AIDS Walk, and the Denver PrideFest. We are always looking for volunteers to help us with our CUUC delivery route.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Project Angel Heart (303-830-0202) to sign up for a required volunteer orientation at the PAH Headquarters near Colorado Blvd and I-70. Orientations last about 90 minutes and are required for all new volunteers. Volunteers who will be the drivers should bring their driver’s license and proof of insurance to the orientation. Please note that you must RSVP for the orientation.

Upcoming orientations are:

First Saturday of the month at 10:00 am
Second Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm
Fourth Wednesdays of the month, 5:30 pm

Once you have been through the orientation, contact Jim Hopkins to find out about signing for one of our CUUC Saturday delivery days. The time required on the Saturday that you volunteer will be approximately 2 hours, from 1-3pm.

For more information about this volunteer opportunity at CUUC or for any questions, please contact Jim Hopkins by email at jahpk@att.net or at 303-589-5971.


Tutoring at Fort Logan and Dutch Creek
Contact: Joan Bradt

JustACT Tutoring Program Can Still Use More Tutors
Volunteer Tutors from CUUC are working in Dutch Creek Elementary School in Littleton, and Ft. Logan Elementary School in Sheridan. Tutors work on a weekly schedule, generally at least two hours each week, supporting a teacher in the classroom. This support gives the teachers opportunities to work with smaller groups. The Tutoring Program is a great way for people with time during the week to get involved. Teaching experience is not required. Contact Joan Bradt for more information: 303-290-9317 or tutor@columbineuuchurch.org

The Kids Need Us!

Tutoring Program at Fort Logan Elementary

In its 9th year, the CUUC Tutoring program, supported by the CUUC Justice Action Coordinating Team (JustACT), continues to grow in number and effectiveness. Sixteen volunteer Tutors, along with several more volunteer substitutes, will be swinging into action in the latter part of August at Ft. Logan Intermediate School and Dutch Creek Elementary School.

Tutors will support teachers in the classrooms for at least two hours each week, helping with reading and writing skill development, arithmetic, and other projects desired by the teachers. The Tutoring program does not require that volunteers have a teaching background, and the majority of
our Tutors do not. Additional volunteers are welcome in the Tutoring Program. Here are some thoughts from one of our volunteers:

“I am one of the tutors in the CUUC Tutoring Program, working with the students at Dutch Creek Elementary School. This past school year I worked primarily with one teacher and her 4th grade students, tutoring a group of 3 – 8 students once a week. The students were a delight to work with and were
enthusiastic about their reading. In the process of tutoring them I learned about the migratory paths of birds, the Southwest Indians and even a bit about dinosaurs. In addition to the reading, I was able to help with computer projects and several reports, including a persuasive letter to the President of the United States to convince him that turkeys should be saved and not eaten on Thanksgiving Day The children were always excited about seeing me arrive, waving and smiling the moment they saw me each week. I can’t think of a better way to volunteer my time than working with the children that will be in our future world.”

Joan Bradt, JustACT

  Women's Circle Project
Contact: Sue Fazio

CUUC Women's Circle participates in an outreach project through an organization called Women for Women International (WfWI) which focuses on the urgent need for aid in many countries throughout the world for women who are victims of war. Very often rape and victimization of women is used as a military tactic. The women affected by this violation are generally considered outcasts by their neighbors and families, often deserted by their spouses and left with their children in poverty and despair.
WfWI has set up a program of support, education and re-socialization of women in several of these war torn countries. (You can visit their website at www.womenforwomen.org ) Their programs are changing the lives of women and children each day. WfWI provides rights awareness and leadership education along with the vocational and technical skills training needed to provide a better standard of living for each woman and her family. The sponsorship is nominal for the sponsors but invaluable for those who benefit from it.

Our Women's Circle has sponsored women from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Hopefully our financial support and personal letters to our sisters in the DRC will show they are indeed valued and help on their way to independence and security.

What a good way to enlarge our circle. For more information, please contact Sue Fazio at 303-910-0109 or justact@columbineuuchurch.org .


Welcoming Congregation

JustACT Team and Welcoming Congregation Committee Merge

In September, the JustACT Team merged with the Welcoming Congregation Committee to make better use of the human resources of each group. The following article was written by Don McCleary, the current Chair of the Welcoming Congregation Committee:

We are a welcoming congregation
What do these words mean? According to the UUA website, the official definition of the welcoming congregation program is “a volunteer program for congregations that want to take intentional steps to be more inclusive of people with marginalized sexual orientations and gender identities”. So what does this mean for us here at Columbine? In 1998 Columbine studied a curriculum in The Welcoming Congregation Handbook, and then voted to become an official Welcoming Congregation. As a welcoming congregation, we have made a commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals and families with the same accepting and welcoming attitudes as any other member, or visitor in our church.

There are many ways for us to get involved as individuals. One way is to be strong allies of persons with marginalized identities. Assume that opposition is everywhere. Take a stand for justice. Talk with your children and other young people about oppression. Learn as much as you can about the shifting tactics of hate groups.

These are just a few of the things you can do to fight injustice for LGBT people and their families. If you think we can’t do it because of our size or because our members are too busy with other tasks, just ask the Universalist Society of West Burke Vermont, with a congregation of 8, they officially became recognized as a welcoming congregation in 2003.

We are a welcoming congregation, what do these words mean to you? 

 Please see the Welcoming Congregation page for more information on Welcoming Congregation activities.

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