Black Lives Matter Team
Climate Justice Team (formerly Responsible Energy)
Mission: Promotes awareness and action focused on climate change and its impacts on vulnerable human and natural communities.
BUF's Climate Justice Ministry Team will be working in tandem with the recently instituted UUA/UUSC Collaboration called "Commit2Respond." Much of our work to date has been around the impact of the fossil fuel industry, particularly as a result of the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point, Bakken oil shipments to BP, tarsands pipelines running through Bellingham, etc. - all in our own backyard! While much of this relates to environmentalism, we work to move beyond that and embrace the whole ideal of climate justice.
This means recognizing that the peoples who contribute the least to climate change are the ones suffering the most because of it and this would include our regional First Nations communities and our farmworker communities as well and working with these communities to engage in genuine and substantive change. It means understanding that the oppression and the degradation of human groups through slavery, colonization, genocide, and mass incarceration and the devaluation of our natural communities like our Orca, Salmon and Herring populations encompass the same attitudes that are leading to the destruction of Earth. It also means that climate change, while predominantly caused by our consumption of fossil fuels and their byproducts, they are not the only source and we'll be open to all ideas and actions that will work to counter human causes of climate change.
Fair Trade Project Team
MIssion: The purpose of the Fair Trade Team is twofold: to offer fair trade products for sale to Sunday service attendees and to raise monies for social justice and environmental justice work. You can find us in the Social Hall during Sunday coffee hour, selling Fair Trade coffee and chocolates.
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) has partnered with Equal Exchange, a company that buys directly from farmers, following the standards and principles of Fair Trade. This ensures that low-income farmers earn a fair, living wage. All products are organic and grown using sustainable methods.
The prices are fair, the products are really good, and when you buy these products at our table, you are supporting both the farmers and the work of the SEJC. To volunteer, contact Susan Thurn.
Food Bank Team
Mission: The BUF Food Bank Ministry Team strives to help strengthen the safety net for the many in our community who face a daily need for food assistance by collecting and delivering food and monetary donations to the Bellingham Food Bank and the Lummi Food Shelf. We also support the Bellingham Food Bank’s Food4Tots program by collecting 1,000 jars of mostly organic baby food in October. On the third Sunday of every month, during services we bless the donations.
Recognizing that many of our neighbors - families and individuals - fight this distressing battle every day, we try to show respect and compassion for all those in our community in need of those services. Our grocery cart sits by the front entry, ready to take your donations. With the help of the congregation, we try to feed the hungry! To learn how you can help, contact Kay Witter.
Mission: To provide support to local people in need by listening to their stories and offering limited, emergency, financial assistance in a safe, warm and non-judgmental atmosphere.
Humanitas (a humane act, benevolence) is a deeply spiritual ministry. We are actively engaged in fulfilling the first line of BUF’s Covenant:
“Love is the spirit of this fellowship and service gives it life.”
Humanitas is a weekly alms program reaching out to local citizens who are struggling to rebuild lives turned upside down as a result of an unfortunate decision or circumstances beyond their control. The need is great and growing. To learn more contact Barbara Gobus.
To learn more, visit our blog.
Immigrant Rights Team
The Immigrant Rights Team mission is to affirm and promote peace, justice, fairness and equality through action, education and raising awareness within our community and the wider world, specifically around immigrant human rights issues. The team works to support and collaborate with organizations in our community that advocate for immigrants. Some of this advocacy may include:
*direct support and fundraising with/to/for immigrants such as our partner organization Community to Community and Familias Unidas por la Justicia.
*educational programming that seeks to increase community understanding.
*legislative work to lobby local, state and federal government agencies.
*attending rallies, events, and marches for immigrant rights.
*promoting comprehensive immigration reform detailed in the Dignity Campaign.
*providing opportunities for compassionate action in our community
Contact: Ann Stevenson at firstname.lastname@example.org or home phone (360) 738-7083
Native American Connections Committee
Mission: Working to support, honor, appreciate, and work cooperatively with indigenous peoples locally, nationally and internationally.
There are many opportunities with our indigenous neighbors that call for action and for contributions of time, money, and service to build bridges of understanding, respect, and compassion.
We attend public cultural events. We collect food for Lummi Food Bank five months a year. We sponsor Native representatives at Sunday Adult Forums, and at times guest speakers in the pulpit. We support Native artists, musicians and story tellers. We educate ourselves through workshops, movies, and speakers. We host workshops, concerts, and speakers open to the general public. We take social action when called for. We volunteer when needed. We build relationships between our communities.
Contact: Beth Brownfield at email@example.com or (360) 738-8899
Check out the NACC Blog for upcoming events and projects.
Reclaiming Democracy Team
Mission: To educate our congregation and the broader community about the corruption of our political system from monied interests. The team actively supports legal efforts to correct this problem, such as advocating for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to overturn the 2010 Citizens United SCOTUS decision and advocating for laws that regulate political contributions and spending in a more fair and ethical manner. The goal of this ministry team is to work together to build a more fair, equally-representative democracy that responds to the needs and voices of all its citizens, not primarily the wealthy. To join in, contact Wendy Czopp at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 201-1279. Check out our blog!
SEJC Monthly Collections Team
One Sunday a month, BUF members are invited to give to an SEJC collection for a non-profit organization serving in one of the following areas: women and children, environment, poverty/homelessness, peace and human rights, social and economic justice, and health. A ministry action team manages the collections and associated adult forums. The list of this church year's recipients is posted here under GIVE. Contact Betty Scott to volunteer.
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