The Social Justice Team’s role is to 1. Regularly inform the Fellowship of issues of social justice that need immediate attention, particularly local actions; 2. Use the following three national programs/certifications to guide our activities: a) The ministry for the Earth Green Sanctuary Program; (b) The UUA Welcoming Congregation Program; and (c) Standing on the Side of Love. Using these three guideposts, the team will identify for the Fellowship, on an annual basis, the coming year’s major issues for study and action in the areas of social justice; 3. Serve as the primary contact for social justice efforts between the Fellowship and other agencies or groups. By consensus, the Social Justice team may speak or act in support of a social justice issue in the name of “The Social Justice Team of the Oberlin Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.”
The Team acts to promote social justice activities, hoping to involve most of the congregation in one way or another to support important community efforts. The Social Justice Team has two main thrusts in our work:
- Environmental concerns as pursued by the Green Sanctuary Task Force.
- Social concerns in the areas of Equity and Compassion are undertaken under the umbrella of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Standing on the Side of Love Campaign.
This may include:
- Equity in Racial & Criminal Justice,
- LGBTQQIA rights,
- And action to ease homelessness through such groups as Family Promise of Lorain County.