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

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


 

 

Upcoming Events
SJ: Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center May Day Brunch
Apr 29 2016
11:00AM -
SJ: Healing Voices Film and Discussion
Apr 29 2016
07:00PM - 09:00PM
First Church Summer Camp Sign-up Reminder
Apr 30 2016
12:00AM
SJ: PlantPureNation Film and Discussion
Apr 30 2016
03:00PM - 05:00PM
Youth Religious Education
May 01 2016
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
May 01 2016
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meet the new Board candidates!
May 01 2016
11:00AM -
SJ: Childhood Poverty Facilitator Training
May 03 2016
03:00PM - 05:30PM
Chess and Games with Friends
May 04 2016
01:30PM - 03:30PM
SJ: Community Issues Forum
May 05 2016
12:00PM - 01:00PM
SJ: "Cincinnati Goddamn" Film and Discussion
May 06 2016
07:00PM -
SJ: Training on Nonviolence
May 07 2016
09:00AM - 12:00PM
SJ: Mothers Day Diaper Drive
May 08 2016
12:00AM
Youth Religious Education
May 08 2016
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
May 08 2016
10:00AM - 11:00AM
First Church HUUmanists
May 08 2016
11:30AM -
SJ: AMOS Project Quarterly Leadership Assembly
May 12 2016
06:30PM - 08:30PM
SJ: "Inclusion in a Changing Economy," Thriving Cincinnati
May 13 2016
11:30AM -
The Taste of Heart and Hand dinner
May 14 2016
06:30PM -
First Church Summer Camp Sign-up Reminder
May 15 2016
12:00AM
Youth Religious Education
May 15 2016
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
May 15 2016
10:00AM - 11:00AM
SJ: Preschool Promise Day
May 15 2016
02:00PM - 06:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
May 18 2016
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Book Discussion: "Night Draws Near: Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War"
May 18 2016
07:00PM -
SJ: Interfaith Hospitality Network 25th Volunteer Appreciation Celebration
May 19 2016
06:00PM - 08:00PM
First Church Women invited to tour the Ahmed Samawi Mosque at the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati in West Chester
May 21 2016
11:00AM -
Youth Religious Education
May 22 2016
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
May 22 2016
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Women Singing in Sacred Circle
May 23 2016
07:00PM - 09:00PM
Youth Religious Education
May 29 2016
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
May 29 2016
10:00AM - 11:00AM
First Church Summer Camp Sign-up Reminder
May 30 2016
12:00AM
Chess and Games with Friends
Jun 01 2016
01:30PM - 03:30PM
SJ: Training on Nonviolence
Jun 04 2016
09:00AM - 12:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Jun 05 2016
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Jun 05 2016
10:00AM - 11:00AM
First Church Summer Camp Sign-up Reminder
Jun 10 2016
12:00AM
SJ: Midwest Sustainability Summit
Jun 10 2016
08:00AM - 05:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Jun 12 2016
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Jun 12 2016
10:00AM - 11:00AM
First Church Summer Camp Sign-up Reminder
Jun 15 2016
12:00AM
Chess and Games with Friends
Jun 15 2016
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Jun 19 2016
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Jun 19 2016
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Last Day to Sign Up for First Church Summer Camp
Jun 20 2016
12:00AM
SJ: Racial Justice Public Witness Event
Jun 23 2016
04:45PM -
SJ: Pride Parade
Jun 25 2016
12:00AM
SJ: UU Bus to General Assembly
Jun 26 2016
08:00AM - 05:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Jun 26 2016
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Jun 26 2016
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Women Singing in Sacred Circle
Jun 27 2016
07:00PM - 09:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Jul 03 2016
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Jul 03 2016
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Chess and Games with Friends
Jul 06 2016
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Jul 10 2016
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Jul 10 2016
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Youth Religious Education
Jul 17 2016
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Jul 17 2016
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Chess and Games with Friends
Jul 20 2016
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Jul 24 2016
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Jul 24 2016
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Women Singing in Sacred Circle
Jul 25 2016
07:00PM - 09:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Jul 31 2016
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Jul 31 2016
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Chess and Games with Friends
Aug 03 2016
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Aug 07 2016
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Aug 07 2016
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Youth Religious Education
Aug 14 2016
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Aug 14 2016
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Chess and Games with Friends
Aug 17 2016
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Aug 21 2016
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Aug 21 2016
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Women Singing in Sacred Circle
Aug 22 2016
07:00PM - 09:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Aug 28 2016
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Aug 28 2016
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Youth Religious Education
Sep 04 2016
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Sep 04 2016
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Chess and Games with Friends
Sep 07 2016
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Sep 11 2016
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Sep 11 2016
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Youth Religious Education
Sep 18 2016
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Sep 18 2016
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Chess and Games with Friends
Sep 21 2016
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Sep 25 2016
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Sep 25 2016
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Women Singing in Sacred Circle
Sep 26 2016
07:00PM - 09:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Oct 02 2016
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Oct 02 2016
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Chess and Games with Friends
Oct 05 2016
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Oct 09 2016
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Oct 09 2016
10:00AM - 11:00AM
SJ: Avondale Feet in the Street 5K
Oct 15 2016
12:00AM
Youth Religious Education
Oct 16 2016
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Oct 16 2016
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Chess and Games with Friends
Oct 19 2016
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Oct 23 2016
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Oct 23 2016
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Women Singing in Sacred Circle
Oct 24 2016
07:00PM - 09:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Oct 30 2016
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Oct 30 2016
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Chess and Games with Friends
Nov 02 2016
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Nov 06 2016
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Nov 06 2016
10:00AM - 11:00AM
SJ: Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO) Annual Justice Assembly
Nov 12 2016
09:30AM - 03:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Nov 13 2016
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Nov 13 2016
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Chess and Games with Friends
Nov 16 2016
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Nov 20 2016
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Nov 20 2016
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Youth Religious Education
Nov 27 2016
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Nov 27 2016
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Women Singing in Sacred Circle
Nov 28 2016
07:00PM - 09:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Dec 04 2016
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Dec 04 2016
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Chess and Games with Friends
Dec 07 2016
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Dec 11 2016
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Dec 11 2016
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Youth Religious Education
Dec 18 2016
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Dec 18 2016
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Chess and Games with Friends
Dec 21 2016
01:30PM - 03:30PM

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.