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First Unitarian Church of Portland has been a voice for liberal religion in our community for over 130 years. Our core beliefs about spiritual growth and acting for social justice are reflected in many ways, including our sermons, music and religious education classes. The Social Justice Council, however, is specifically charged with leading the social justice efforts of the congregation. This council is comprised of the leaders of each social justice group, plus three officers and the Social Justice Minister. Collectively the aim of this governing body is to inspire, educate and mobilize people to build a more democratic, peaceful, equitable and life-sustaining world.

At First Unitarian Church we understand that social justice ministries are by their very nature contextual, relational and dynamic. They emerge when a congregation responds to an injustice experienced by people who know and care deeply about one another. We believe that if we are to change the world, we must be willing to commit ourselves to something far more revolutionary than the changing of laws and policies: we need to embrace—and surrender to--Love. Transformative, uniting, healing, mountain-moving Love. In order to facilitate this act of faith, all leaders in the Social Justice Program agree to abide by the Social Justice Leader Covenant.
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How to Create a New Social Justice Group
 
If you would like to start a new social justice group, here's what you  need to do:
 
1. Find 5 church members who will commit to work on your  issue for at least a year.
2. Once these folks are assembled, you'll want to contact our Social Justice minister, Rev. Kate Lore to set
    up an appointment.  Together you will reflect on some options, including joining your efforts with an already
    established group.  For example, if you want to legalize gay marriage, you will be directed to the leaders of
    our PRIDE group.
3. If your efforts are not easily matched with a current group, Kate will put you on the agenda of the next
    meeting of the Social Justice Council.  The Social Justice Council is made up of the leaders of every current
    group plus 3 officers.
4. If the Council members vote to  support the work of your group, you will be invited to begin a one-year
    mentoring program to help: a) assess the church's interest in this particular issue; and b) assess whether or
    not the members of this new group can work well with others.
 
More Details can be found in the following documents:

Details of Social Justice Program Structure:
How We Do Things  - 


Social Justice Council Mission

Social Justice Leadership Covenant

Social Justice Program Structures

Action Group Leader Job Description

Action Group Member Job Description

Coming Soon:
Social Justice New Group Procedures
Social Justice Mission, Beliefs, Goals, p. 1
Social Justice Missiion, Beliefs, Goals, p. 2
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Social Justice Council at annual retreat: 

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Social Justice Council  at Menucha Retreat Center 2011

Bottom row: Curt Bell, Evie Zaic, Patrick McNamara, Marcia Meyers, Rev. Kate Lore, Bill Michtom

Middle row: Henry Amick, Martha Jones, Dale Wright, Ann Su, Helena Hessle

Top row: Nicole Bowmer, Linda McKim Bell, Amanda Trujillo, Michael Wade, Patricia Bellemy, Corey Cliffe, Kirsten Carpentier. Tess Beistel

 


 

 

 

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