The Social Justice Steering Committee strives to further the UUFVB mission of seeking justice for all by engaging in social justice actions including service, education, advocacy, and witness. These actions may be individual, committee, or congregational and may apply to local, state, national, or international issues. The Committee meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month (September through May) at 4 PM in the UUFVB library.
Chair: Nancy Stiefel
Several of the seven UU Principles relate to Social Justice:
- The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations;
- The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
- Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Our faith-based approach to engaging in social justice is to restore right relationship of people to society and the earth.
UUFVB believes that every person is sacred and when one part of the web is torn or injured, all other parts are harmed and the web needs to be restored.
We also believe that a person becomes fulfilled when they help others.
When we hear the words social justice, we usually think of providing a service to or support for people suffering from an injustice or misfortune. However, the UUA department of Social Justice expands this definition to include three additional elements of social justice work: education, witness, and advocacy.
Social Justice Committee meetings are published on the UUFVB Calendar: