The mission of the Social Justice Committee is to effectively address systemic causes and results of social injustice by involving current and prospective members and friends of First Unitarian Church in worthwhile efforts that align with our principles and church mission. The committee coordinates our social justice work and meets monthly.

Co-Chairs:
Amanda Lynch, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 740.361.1475
Don Sherman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.388.0023

 


Click here for a Social Justice Monthly Update

 

 

Activities Overview:

 

Interfaith Hospitality Network

IHN is our largest volunteer project. Since 2006, we have housed homeless families at the church three to four weeks of each year. About 70 volunteers from First and other churches provide meals, a clean bed, fellowship, and safe harbor for homeless families.

Contacts:
Faith Maynard, phone 513.305.6703
Alexis Harris, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.601.2668
 
 

South Avondale Tutoring

Volunteers from First Church are trained and serve as tutors for kindergartners, Tuesdays 1:00-2:00, Wednesdays and Thursdays 12:30-1:30 at South Avondale Elementary School.

Contact:
Liv Ramstad,
email, phone 513.543.9012


Shiloh Food Pantry

Volunteers from First Church provide food donations, volunteer labor, and financial contributions to the Shiloh Food Pantry in Avondale.

Contacts:

Tom Rohrer,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.518.9213
Joe Rohling, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.771-4586


LGBTQI Advocacy

The Unitarian Universalist Association recognizes First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati as a Welcoming Congregation. We welcome people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Members and friends participate in the annual Cincinnati Pride Parade, and many members and friends advocate for gender equality.

Contact: Lois Gish,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.542.5587


Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)

UUSC advances human rights and social justice around the world, partnering with those who confront unjust power structures and mobilizing to challenge oppressive policies.

Contacts:
Heather Zoller, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 859.442.0011
Chuck Schneider, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.761.9331


Immigration Justice

First Church has held immigration dialogues and has hosted immigrants at Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) services. Many members and friends advocate for comprehensive, compassionate immigration reform.

Contact:
Don Sherman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.388.0023


Peace Committee

The Peace Committee brings peace issues to our attention.

Contact:
 Don Sherman,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.388.0023


Refugee Committee

The committee supports refugee families from the Sudan and from Kosovo.

Contact: Jan Smith, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.923.2137 


Carbon Footprint/Environmental Committee

The committee is identifying ways all of us can respond to the challenges of climate change.

Contact:
Rolf Wiegand,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 859.261.3305


Collaborations with Other Churches

The Unitarian Universalist Council of Greater Cincinnati and the Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati focus on social justice issues such as homelessness and affordable housing, and police-community relations in greater Cincinnati. First Church contributes to the activities of both groups.

Contact:
Lee Meyer,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.256.7577


The Faith Community Alliance of Greater Cincinnati

The Alliance provides a forum for the sharing of information and community action.

Contact:
Liv Ramstad,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.543.9012


Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO)

Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio organizes justice seekers statewide to promote education, service and advocacy consistent with Unitarian Universalist liberal religious principles and to witness with and on behalf of marginalized groups and individuals. uujo.org 

Contact: Dan Schneider,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.561.0849


Carter Fund and Carter Service

This fund is a living memorial to Rev. W.H.G. Carter, the first African-American Unitarian minister in Cincinnati. The fund is replenished each year by a special collection on Martin Luther King weekend. Since 2001 more than $70,000 has been distributed to families and local non-profit agencies.

First Unitarian Church apologized to the Carter family in 2001 for ignoring Rev. W.H.G. Carter and his storefront church which served an urban black Cincinnati neighborhood in 1918-1939. The congregation recalls Carter’s pioneering efforts and his staunch Unitarian principles every year at a special service on Martin Luther King Day weekend. Click here for a history of the Carter reconciliation journey, for both the family and the congregation.

Contact: Ann Retford,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.793.1075

 

Cuba Connection

The First Church-Cuba connection is a developing collaboration between First Unitarian Church and groups of Unitarian Universalist sympathizers in Cuba. We have developed this connection through the leadership of Jorge Vila, a First Church member of Cuban heritage.

Contact: Jorge Vila, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.746.0618


 

Upcoming Events
SJ: Pubic Forum: "How Do We Protect the Environment"
Jun 01 2017
06:00PM - 08:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Jun 04 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Jun 04 2017
10:00AM -
SJ: Bystander Training for Allies
Jun 04 2017
01:00PM - 03:30PM
Meditation
Jun 05 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Jun 07 2017
01:30PM - 03:30PM
SJ: AMOS Project Quarterly Leadership Assembly
Jun 08 2017
01:00PM - 03:00PM
SJ: AMOS Project Quarterly Leadership Assembly
Jun 08 2017
06:30PM - 08:30PM
SJ: Midwest Sustainability Summit
Jun 09 2017
08:00AM - 05:00PM
SJ: AMOS Project Quarterly Leadership Assembly
Jun 10 2017
10:00AM - 12:00PM
SJ: Rally for Climate, Jobs & Justice
Jun 10 2017
12:00PM - 02:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Jun 11 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Jun 11 2017
10:00AM -
Streetvibes Vendor at First Church
Jun 11 2017
10:00AM - 11:00PM
Meditation
Jun 12 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
SJ: Women's Economic, Mental and Physical Health Expo
Jun 16 2017
11:30AM - 01:00PM
SJ: Rock the Block
Jun 17 2017
09:00AM - 03:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Jun 18 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Annual Picnic in the Park and Youth Service
Jun 18 2017
10:00AM - 02:00PM
Church Service
Jun 18 2017
10:00AM -
Meditation
Jun 19 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Jun 21 2017
01:30PM - 03:30PM
SJ: Pride Parade
Jun 24 2017
11:00AM -
Youth Religious Education
Jun 25 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Jun 25 2017
10:00AM -
Meditation
Jun 26 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Jul 02 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Jul 02 2017
10:00AM -
Meditation
Jul 03 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Jul 05 2017
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Jul 09 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Jul 09 2017
10:00AM -
Streetvibes Vendor at First Church
Jul 09 2017
10:00AM - 11:00PM
Meditation
Jul 10 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Jul 16 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Jul 16 2017
10:00AM -
Meditation
Jul 17 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Jul 19 2017
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Jul 23 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Jul 23 2017
10:00AM -
Meditation
Jul 24 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Jul 30 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Jul 30 2017
10:00AM -
Church Service
Jul 30 2017
10:00AM -
Meditation
Jul 31 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Aug 02 2017
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Aug 06 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Aug 06 2017
10:00AM -
Meditation
Aug 07 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Aug 13 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Aug 13 2017
10:00AM -
Streetvibes Vendor at First Church
Aug 13 2017
10:00AM - 11:00PM
Meditation
Aug 14 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Aug 16 2017
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Aug 20 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Aug 20 2017
10:00AM -
Meditation
Aug 21 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Aug 27 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Aug 27 2017
10:00AM -
Meditation
Aug 28 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Sep 03 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Sep 04 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Sep 06 2017
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Sep 10 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Streetvibes Vendor at First Church
Sep 10 2017
10:00AM - 11:00PM
Meditation
Sep 11 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Sep 17 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Sep 18 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Sep 20 2017
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Sep 24 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Sep 25 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Oct 01 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Oct 02 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Oct 04 2017
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Oct 08 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Streetvibes Vendor at First Church
Oct 08 2017
10:00AM - 11:00PM
Meditation
Oct 09 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
SJ: Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO) Annual Justice Assembly
Oct 14 2017
09:30AM - 04:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Oct 15 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Oct 16 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Oct 18 2017
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Oct 22 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Oct 23 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Oct 29 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Oct 30 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Nov 01 2017
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Nov 05 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Nov 06 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Nov 12 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Nov 13 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Streetvibes Vendor at First Church
Nov 14 2017
10:00AM - 11:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Nov 15 2017
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Nov 19 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Nov 20 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Nov 26 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Nov 27 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Dec 03 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Dec 04 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Dec 06 2017
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Dec 10 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Streetvibes Vendor at First Church
Dec 10 2017
10:00AM - 11:00PM
Meditation
Dec 11 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Dec 17 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Dec 18 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Dec 20 2017
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Dec 24 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Dec 25 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Dec 31 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Jan 01 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Jan 03 2018
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Jan 07 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Jan 08 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Streetvibes Vendor at First Church
Jan 09 2018
10:00AM - 11:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Jan 14 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Jan 15 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Jan 17 2018
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Jan 21 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Jan 22 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM

Our 7 UU Principles:

  1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person;

  2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;

  3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;

  4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;

  5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;

  6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;

  7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.