Committee Spotlight articles

May Committee Spotlight: Social Justice Committee (SJC)
Chair: Jan Kirch
Co-Chairs: John Young and Tamara Wanshek

The Social Justice Committee is committed to addressing a variety of In-Justices such as poverty, racism, prejudices, voting rights, immigration and citizenship.

Among the many things we focus on are:

  • HACES - Fran and Dave Bates train immigrants to pass the citizenship test.

  • Welcoming Congregation Committee - Chuck Teeter educates membership on LGBTQ issues.

  • Green Team - John Young schedules Styrofoam collections, highway clean-up and connects with Faith In Place on other environmental issues.

  • Anti-Racism Working Group (ARWG) - members are examining what the 8th Principle includes and scheduling workshops.

  • Veterans - Jim Whitton schedules collections for the Midwest Veterans Closet.

  • Immigrants - Gloria Walsh helps to settle immigrant families.

  • Getting out the Vote - Peg Teeter and other SJC members make phone calls, write postcards, etc to encourage neighboring communities to vote.

  • Connecting with other UU congregations - Rev. Scott Aaseng shared ideas on having a greater impact on issues by joining forces and working together. We currently connect with NSUC.

  • School Supply collections - Judi Young establishes a collection site for under-privileged schools in our area.

  • Partnering with CLC Sustainability - Jan Kirch

  • Supporting abused women and children at Home of the Sparrow.

  • Supporting the less fortunate with housing, food, etc. through PADS.

SJC meets after church, usually on the first Sunday of the month. If you're interested in joining, please contact Jan Kirch, John Young, or Tamara Wanshek.