- 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.
Sunday, May 19th
Support the Denver Indian Center
Our Split the Plate recipient for May 2013 will be the Denver
Indian Center, Inc., which has been an established non-profit in
Denver since October 1983. The mission statement of the Denver
Indian Center is "to empower our youth, families and community
through self-determination, cultural identity and education."
Many native families come to the Center seeking economic
stability, education, and security for their families. This program
serves as a clearinghouse for a wide variety of information and
resources, while maintaining diverse cultural underpinnings of
Please plan to donate generously to this worthy program. If
you're unable to attend on May 19th and would like to contribute,
please mail or deliver your check or cash with the notation on it to
"Denver Indian Center STP."
Sunday, June 9th, 12:15 - 1:30pm
Dr. Kathleen Hynes, ACLU
Following the June 9th Service the Congregation is Invited to
Attend a Presentation in the Sanctuary Regarding Certain Targets of
Discrimination in our Society: JustAct invites all Columbine members
and friends, and members of the community, to a presentation by Dr.
Kathleen Hynes, a noted speaker from the ACLU (American Civil
Liberties Union). We have asked Dr. Hynes to focus her talk on the
groups in our society who have been targets of discrimination over
the year. Her primary focus will be on three social groups, for
which JustACT has Advocates: the LGBTQ community (Bea Ward); Latino
Immigrant groups (Maureen Flanigan) and Women's reproductive rights
to have abortions (Monica Pearson).
Following Dr. Hynes' presentation there will be time for
questions, after which, our three Advocates will welcome those
attending to join one of three new Small Group Ministries to learn
more about the impacts of these discriminatory behaviors, and steps
we can take toward making a difference for them. The Small Group
Ministries will have regular meetings for discussion and planning
meaningful projects to support these minority groups.
A light lunch will be served for those attending, and childcare
will be provided. Please sign up on the sheet on the ledge on the
south side of the Sanctuary so we can have sufficient food, and
Book Discussion at First Universalist: Professor Dr. Miguel A. De
La Torre, who teaches ethics at Iliff School of Theology will be
discussing his book "Trails of Hope and Terror" from 9:00 to 11:00
am on Saturday, May 18, at the First Universalist Church of Denver
on the corner of Colorado Blvd and Hampden Ave. Coffee and bagels
will be available at 8:30 am. Among other things, he will discuss
whether or not separation of children and parents constitutes child
abuse, and whether NAFTA driving almost 2 million farmers off their
land is a crime against humanity. All are welcome, there is no
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 6:30 PM
New Hope Baptist
Church, 3701 Colorado Blvd. 303-322-5200
News from JustACT Immigration Advocate, Maureen Flanigan:
New Hope Baptist Church is offering a free screening of
"The House I Live In" on Wednesday, May 21:
This documentary offers a poignant look inside US drug policies
and the far-reaching impact on families and communities. Last March,
JustACT sponsored a "CUUC Read" The New Jim Crow examining this
issue. Since 1972, the War on Drugs has accounted for 45 million
arrests and has cost more than one trillion dollars. As a result,
the United States has become the world's largest jailer. The high
volume of drug arrests has destroyed low-income communities,
creating a vicious cycle. Executive producers include Danny Glover,
John Legend, Brad Pitt, Russell Simmons, and Joslyn Barnes. Dr.
Vincent Harding from Veterans of Hope will offer his insights at the
screening. Additionally, public officials and advocate groups at the
screening will provide commentary and information.
JustACT Immigration Advocacy
Join us at the GEO Detention Center Vigils on the
Mondays of the Month!
February’s Detention Center Vigil on February 4th
All Members and Friends of CUUC are invited to attend February’s
Detention Center Vigil on February 4th at 6:00 pm, at 11901 E. 39th
Ave., Aurora, CO 80010. We will meet in the church parking lot at
5:15 pm to carpool or to drive. Take I-70 and exit at Peoria, and
drive south to the corner of 30th and Peoria. This is the largest
vigil of the year, and will be a poignant witness to our immigrant
brothers and sisters who have been forgotten while awaiting
deportation. Cheers and thanks to those in the congregation who made
28 Valentines after the January 13th Service to send to our brothers
and sisters at the GEO Detention Center! For more information
contact Maureen Flanigan at 303-972-9453.
Contact Maureen Flanigan for more
No se desanime. No esta olvidado. Do not be discouraged.
You are not forgotten.
March 3rd Service Presented by the Welcoming
Congregation Committee Revealed Risks and Pain for the LBGTQs in Our
Culture, and the Importance of Passing the Civil Union Legislation
As part of the service, Father Ron Ivins gave a lay testimonial
about his life in San Francisco in the 1960’s, when discrimination
of the LGBTQ community was terrifying, and, as late as 1978,
resulted in the killing of Harvey Milk, a gay rights advocate and
gay member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
The sermon was written and presented by Bea Ward, a new and
active member of JustACT and Welcoming Congregation. Bea reviewed
the history of discrimination, violence, and deaths that has
threatened the daily lives of those in the LGBTQ community, and the
impact on families having a member or members in that community. And
she spoke about the painful experience of having a lesbian sister
who was rejected by her parents.
Bea then addressed the present
status of the current Colorado Civil Union Bill (SB11), which was in
the process of being approved, after having been rejected by the
House the last two years.
After the service, members of the congregation signed postcards
addressed to their Colorado State Senators and Representatives,
voicing their support for the bill. On March 21, 2013, Gov. John
Hickenlooper signed SB11 into law, creating civil unions for gay and
lesbian couples in our state. One Colorado is planning a “Civil
Soiŕee” party to be held on April 30, the eve of civil unions
becoming law. The event will be held at McNichols Building Civic
Center and will include dinner, music, cake and even a photo booth!
When the clock strikes midnight, revelers will head to Denver’s Webb
Building and begin applying for their civil union licenses.
The Colorado ASSET legislation, a state tuition bill that will
allow young immigrants living in Colorado to pay in-state tuition
for college, passed in the Colorado House on March 8th by a 40-21
vote margin, its last step before arriving on the desk of Gov. John
Hickenlooper, who has vowed to sign it!
On March 18th powerful
immigrant leaders and law enforcement, testified in support of the
Community and Law Enforcement Trust Act. This was a HUGE first step
at the state Capitol with the member-led Community and Law
Enforcement Trust Act (HB13-1258) passing out of the House State
Affairs Committee with a bipartisan 9-2 vote! The Trust Act will
repeal Colorado's harmful "show me your papers" law and restore
trust and dignity for all Colorado communities! Unitarian
Universalists and members of other faith communities have testified
or been present on behalf of thousands of families across Colorado.
The second reading of bill was re-calendared to Thursday, March
21st. Please stay tuned for updates.
Unfortunately the Income Protection Act, (HB 13-1227) a wage
theft prevention bill, was postponed indefinitely, so work will
shift into helping that campaign work on delegations and direct
actions in coordination with El Centro Humanitario, the day laborer
center, to recover unpaid wages. Wage theft is a serious issue in
Colorado so it will be on the agenda for a legislative fix again
Our congregation along with other faith groups have been invited
to support “Driver’s Licenses for All” an immigrant led campaign to
pass a bill that would allow the undocumented to access drivers
licenses. That bill is expected to be introduced in the Colorado
legislature on April 1st. It will make our roads safer, generate
more state revenue and stimulate the economy by providing driver’s
licenses for undocumented Colorado residents. It is estimated that
as many as 150,000 additional Colorado residents would qualify for a
state ID or driver’s license. The bill requires Colorado residents
to establish their community ties and identity in order to get a
license or ID. ~ Maureen Flanigan, JustACT Advocacy
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Stack-Oden, 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
email@example.com 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
firstname.lastname@example.org or at 303-589-5971.
List of Volunteers and Services
Click to join the
Unitarian-Universalist Service Committee
Services for Hire
Contact: Sarah Manning
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
email@example.com 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 Organizing
for the 2011-2012 School Year
In its 8th 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