- We encourage CUUC members and friends to
learn about and become personally involved in social justice
- 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.
JustACT Immigration Advocacy
Join us at the GEO Detention Center Vigils on the First
Monday of the Month
Detention Center Vigil
next detention Center Vigil will be December 2nd, 6:00 - 7:30 pm 6 to 7:30 pm on the corner of 30th and Peoria in
Aurora. This is always an uplifting and worthwhile witness to the
community of our UU values respecting the inherent worth and dignity
of all. December is an especially poignant time to 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
Detention Center Visitation
Did you know that a new visitation
program is getting started at the GEO Detention Center in Aurora?
Perhaps you have been attending monthly vigils and are looking for a
way to take the next step. ·Maybe you're interested in forming
deeper relationships with those in our community experiencing
detention, or looking for a way to do justice work that is deeply
grounded in personal relationships. Whatever your reasons, please
join us for a training that will prepare you to engage in regular
visits with detainees, grounded in Unitarian Universalist theology
and spiritual practices*, and aimed to help us all to be better
companions to those experiencing oppression. By the end of the
training, you will be ready to sign up for your first visit, either
alone or with someone who has been on one before!**
This training will be offered again in the winter if you cannot
attend, but you must attend a training in order to engage in
visitation at the detention center. Join us now to begin visiting
ASAP and to be a part of this important new effort towards creating
the beloved community! RSVP to kierstin[at]mdduua.org by August 7th.
*Please note that while this training will be
grounded in Unitarian Universalist principles, all are welcome and
encouraged to attend.
**In order to visit, you must be able to provide a
government issued ID. If this is not a possibility for you, you can
also become a pen-pal for someone who is detained. Please email
Sarah Jackson at sjackson[at]casadepazcolorado.org for more
Contact Maureen Flanigan for more
No se desanime. No esta olvidado. Do not be discouraged.
You are not forgotten.
First Wednesdays at 6:30pm
Just ACT Planning
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
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 email@example.com or just show up
JustAct’s Environmental Team Co-Sponsors
City Dark” Presentation at CUUC
Twenty-six people attended a showing of the full theatrical
version of the film “The City Dark,” which explores the question: do
we need the dark sky? Filmmaker Ian Cheney answers in the
affirmative, providing poignant cinematic evidence of the negative
economic, environmental, medical, astronomical, and spiritual costs
of increasing light pollution.
The program, which was
co-sponsored by the JustAct Environmental Team and the Denver
Astronomical Society (DAS), also featured an introduction to the
various kinds of light pollution and their amelioration by Justin
Modra, an introduction to the International Darksky Association’s
advocacy activities by DU Professor Dr. Robert Stencel, a summary by
Darrell Dodge of results from a recent National Geographic light
pollution survey in which he and other DAS members participated, and
a discussion of local light pollution issues and activism
opportunities by Pam Chadbourne.
The DAS is extremely grateful to
CUUC and George Mandeville’s JustAct Environmental Team for
co-sponsoring the event and providing the wonderful space; and to
Adam Dressel for his assistance with the CUUC AV system.
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,
Check out other resources at:
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:
Happy holidays EVERYONE! May ethically raised and produced food
grace your table!
Maura Wampler, JustACT
Inter-faith Community Services "Interfaith
Community Services" Web Page
Contact: Frances Blizard
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
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
Frances Blizard at 303/795-8221 or
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
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,
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
email@example.com or at 303-589-5971.
List of Volunteers and Services
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Unitarian-Universalist Service Committee
Services for Hire
Services for Hire is CUUC’s
fund raising program in support of the Unitarian Universalist
Service Committee (UUSC). The Unitarian Universalist Service
Committee advances human rights and social justice around the world
by partnering with those who confront unjust power structures and
mobilizing to challenge oppressive policies. UUSC is affiliated with
the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA).
Services for Hire matches individuals’ needs with skilled CUUCers
who can fill those needs. CUUC members and friends offer their
services to each other for smaller fees than would normally be
charged commercially. Checks for services performed are made payable
to UUSC and become donations instead of payment to the volunteers.
Current services include tutoring, house cleaning, home repairs,
pruning, meal preparation, pet care, window washing, transportation,
and carpentry. If you have a need, please contact Les Jones or Sarah
Manning at and we will do our best to connect you with someone who
If you’d like to contribute, please consider the talents and
skills you’ve developed that you can donate as you help out a fellow
CUUCer and the UUSC. A complete list of volunteers and services can
be found at:
Please contact Sarah Manning at
firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our list of
Tutoring at Fort Logan and Dutch
Contact: Brian Pendleton
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 Brian Pendleton for more information:
303-972-8544 or bpendleton[at]msn.com
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
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
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.”
Please join us!
Contact Brian Pendleton if you are interested in participating, or
if you have questions about the program, at 303-972-8544, or at
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
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 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
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