Social Justice Activities for September

Community Meal Center, September 4- Help serve and assist at the CommunityMeal Center (Presbyterian Church of Hamilton), 23 South Front St. in Hamilton, on the First Friday of every month, 5-7:30 pm. Please call Liz Woedl if you would like to know more the Meal Center or would like to carpool with her from Oxford, 513-280-1044.

UU Council of Greater Cincinnati, September 12, 9 am – Noon, St. John’s UU Church, Clifton- Pride Events recap, Parade 2015, General Assembly 2015 report, UU Cuba Connections, OWL wrap up 2015, Coalition for a Just Hamilton County. Ride down with Liz Woedl and meet Reps from the four Cincinnati Area UU Congregations.

Hopedale’s Second Sunday Collection, September 13, will go to the Oxford Community Choice Pantry.

Coffee, Tea, Community- Next meets on Thursday, September 17, 5:30 – 6:30pm. The Social Justice Committee invites Hopedale Members and Friends to meet for coffee, tea and discussion of various SJ interests, issues and concerns usually on the 3rd Thursday of each month at HUUC.

Oxford Community Choice Pantry- We are encouraging Hopedale members and friends, to become a shopping assistant at the Oxford Community Choice Pantry (OCCP), 400 W. Withrow Street. OCCP serves approximately 300 households in the Talawanda School District Area. You can find out more at http://www.oxchoicepantry.org/ or by calling 513-523-3851. The Support page on their website shares numerous ways you can help OCCP.

Three Valley Conservation Trust will be planting 10,000 trees at Salamander Run Preserve, Layhigh Road, Morgan Township in Butler County over several dates: Oct 17, 20, 27, 31 and Nov 7. Work sessions will be from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Contribute some time and become part of a future park’s legacy by helping with the planting. The 125-acre property, funded by the OEPA and restored by TCVT’s Paddy Run Conservation Project will be turned over to MetroParks Butler County in February 2016. For more information, contact Cristy Carter Trammell ctrammell@yourmetroparks.net.

Social Justice Sundays 

For the fifth summer in a row, the Social  Justice Committee will use alternate worship formats to explore issues of justice, and to put our affirmation into practice.

Sundays, July 5, 12 and 19 “Building a Movement to End the New Jim Crow.” We will continue working through Daniel Hunter’s organizing guide to build a movement to end the new Jim Crow. The Social Justice Committee has purchased copies of the 71-page guide for attendees. Our morning gatherings will combine both worship and activist planning.

  •  On July 5, we will discuss and work with Chapter 3, Creating Effective Campaigns.  
  •  On July 12, we will be joined by Janis Dutton, Director of the Oxford Citizens for Peace and Justice, to talk about their work, and how we might collaborate with them. The Second Sunday collection on July 12 will go to the Oxford Citizens for Peace and Justice—the collection will be matched by funds from the Social Justice Committee.
  •  On July 19, we will continue planning our involvement in campaigns.  

Sunday, July 26 “The History of UUs in Oxford, Reily and Hamilton: A Field Trip with Liz Woedl” We will begin at Hopedale at 9:30 am and carpool to six local sites that represent the history of UUs in Oxford, Reily and Hamilton. After our historical visits, we will gather for lunch at J Austin Riverbank Café in Hamilton.

June Pride Events

Pride Parade, Saturday, June 27, Downtown Cincinnati

You can show support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community by marching in the Cincinnati Pride Parade. This is a family-friendly event; we had UU kids of all ages marching last year. If you have a yellow “Standing on the Side of Love” tee shirt, this is a great opportunity to wear it. The parade starts at 11 a.m., but line-up begins before that. For more information on marching with other UUs, contact MJ Pierson at mjpier0410@aol.com.

  
UU Booth, Saturday, June 27, at Sawyer Point/Yeatman’s Cove, Cincinnati

You can show support for the LGBTQ community and help people learn about Unitarian Universalism. It’s a lot of fun working a shift at the booth, talking with people, handing out information, and watching the crowd. Learn more and sign up online athttp://tinyurl.com/Cincy-UU-Pride. Questions? Contact Russ at CincyPrideUUBooth@huuc.net.

  

Social Justice at Hopedale – June

Help serve and assist at the Community Meal Center (Presbyterian Church of Hamilton), 23 South Front St. in Hamilton, on Friday, June 5, 5-7:30 pm. Please call Liz Woedl if you would like to know more the Meal Center or would like to carpool with her from Oxford, 513-280-1044.

Hopedale’s Second Sunday Collection, June 13, will go to the Hopedale Community Garden. 

Coffee, Tea, Community- Next meets on Tuesday, June 16, 5:30 – 6:30pm. The Social Justice Committee invites Hopedale Members and Friends to meet for coffee, tea and discussion of various SJ interests, issues and concerns usually on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at Hopedale. 

We are encouraging Hopedale members and friends, to become a shopping assistant at the Oxford Community Choice Pantry (OCCP), 400 W. Withrow Street. OCCP serves approximately 300 households in the Talawanda School District Area. You can find out more at http://www.oxchoicepantry.org/ or by calling 513-523-3851. The Support page on their website shares numerous ways you can help OCCP. 
Photo from Hands Across the Sand, May 16, Oxford. 

  

Social Justice at Hopedale and Beyond! – Update for April

Community Meal Center– We serve dinner on Friday, April 3. Join the Hopedale crew as we help our neighbors in need. Serve and assist at the Community Meal Center (Presbyterian Church of Hamilton), 23 South Front St. in Hamilton, on the First Friday of every month, 5-7:30 pm.  Please call Liz Woedl if you would like to know more or would like to carpool with her from Oxford, 513-280-1044.

Wednesday April 8, 2015- Speaker: Bill McKibben, Hall Auditorium, 7:00 p.m. The Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College will present “The Education of an Unlikely Activist” as part of the Humanities Center’s series called “The Anthropocene: A New Era in Human-Environmental Relations.” For McKibben’s bio, visit http://www.billmckibben.com. For tickets contact 513-529-3521. We will be meeting at Hopedale to park and will carpool to the event.

Hopedale’s Second Sunday Collection, April 12, will go to Sharefest, a service and environmental nonprofit corporation dedicated to the collection and redistribution of items donated by Miami University students and the Oxford community at the end of the academic year. Collected items benefit residents in need and social service agencies throughout the region.

On Sunday, April 12, 5pm, the Oxford NAACP are hosting their annual Freedom Fund Banquet in the Shriver Center Multi-Purpose Room, Miami U.  For tickets contact Patrick Meade at pbmeade@yahoo.com.

Oxford’s Earthfest will be on Park Place and High on Saturday, Apr 18, 10am-1:30pm. Hopedale will have a table there! Please volunteer to help for and hour. Contact Judi Hetrick at (513) 523-4298 or juhetric@yahoo.com.

Coffee, Tea, Community– Next meets on Tuesday, April 21, The Social Justice Committee invites Hopedale Members and Friends to meet for coffee, tea and discussion of various SJ interests, issues and concerns at Hopedale, usually on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Oxford Community Choice Pantry– We are encouraging Hopedale members and friends, to become a shopping assistant at the OCCP, 400 W. Withrow Street. OCCP serves approximately 300 households in the Talawanda School District Area. You can find out more at http://www.oxchoicepantry.org/ or by calling 513-523-3851. The Support page on their website shares numerous ways you can help OCCP.

Coffee, Tea, Community- Tuesday, November 18

The Social Justice Committee invites Hopedale Members and Friends to meet for coffee, tea and discussion of various SJ interests, issues and concerns. Meet at Hopedale UU Community, 3870 Oxford Millville Rd, Oxford , 5:30-6:30pm, the 3rd Tuesday of each month. On November 18, we will talk about new ways to write and communicate with elected officials about social justice concerns.

New Forces to Consider in Ending Poverty

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New Forces to Consider in Ending Poverty: A Review of Full Planet, Empty Plates by Lester R. Brown, contributed by guest reviewer, Libby Earle. 

This summer the Hopedale Community engaged in a discussion of the book The End of Poverty by Jeffrey Sachs. This book approached the need to end extreme poverty through market forces such as debt forgiveness to nations that carried an unserviceable debt burden. Mr. Sachs saw manufacturing investments in impoverished countries by foreign companies that benefited by low labor costs as a positive mode of raising the income level of the very poor workers. [“See how much better off they are.”] This improvement in income would encourage smaller families therefore result in a gain in personal and national gross profits with more money for investment and individual sustainability. Additionally he emphasized the need for donor nations to live up to their donor commitments to poor countries in order for them to develop needed infrastructure to support economic growth and the need for recipient countries to provide transparency in how donor money was used…(to read more, press here)

Oxford Empty Bowls

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Saturday, November 8, 2014, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the new location, Oxford Community Arts Center

Purpose: To join other Empty Bowls projects worldwide to raise awareness and money to combat hunger. All proceeds will be donated to the Oxford Community Choice Pantry to support its efforts to provide food to local families in need.

How it Works: At the luncheon, guests choose from amongst a collection of beautiful bowls created, decorated and donated by Miami University and Talawanda students and Oxford area potters. Their bowls are then filled with their choice of soups made by local cooks. Luncheon guests then keep their bowls to use or display at home and to serve as a reminder that there are always empty bowls in the world. Homemade bread and desserts, and beverages donated by area businesses will also be served.

Cost: $10 adults; children 10 and under may choose and fill a bowl for free.

For more information on Oxford Empty Bowls, please contact Connie Malone, 513-330-1273 

Co-sponsored by the Miami University Art Department with support from the Office of Community Engagement & Service and the Office of Residence Life

UUJO Justice Assembly 2014

UUJ_logoUUJO Justice Assenbly 2014 “GET SMART ON ORGANIZING”

Date/Time: Saturday, 11/8, 10am-5pm (check-in starts at 9:30am).

Location: First UU Church of Columbus, 93 W Weisheimer Road, Columbus, OH

Registration fee: $25 for adults, $10 for students or those with low income. Fee includes lunch. Deadline is November 3rd, deadline for Home Hospitality requests is October 24th. For more information go to: http://ohiomeadville.org/uujo/?page_id=600

Opening Plenary: A panel discussion engaging Democratic State Rep. Nickie Antonio, West Shore UU, Stephen Johnson-Grove from the Ohio Justice and Policy Center, Cincinnati and Amanda Hoyt, of Faith in Public Life offering guidance on how to impact issues before the Ohio General Assembly.

UUJO JA Issue Group Workshops: Immigration, Economic Justice, Criminal and Racial Justice, LGBTQ, Environment, Voting Rights, and Reproductive Freedom will promote education, service and advocacy through lobbying, litigation, media, public witness, and civil disobedience. Lunch work groups include a Ministers’ Caucus and a Youth Caucus.