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

 

 

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
Youth Religious Education
Feb 25 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Feb 25 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Carter Sunday
Feb 25 2018
10:00AM - 11:00PM
Carter Sunday Reception
Feb 25 2018
11:15AM - 12:15PM
Linton Writers
Feb 26 2018
09:30AM - 11:30AM
Meditation
Feb 26 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Women Singing in Sacred Circle
Feb 26 2018
07:00PM - 09:00PM
Choir Rehearsal
Mar 01 2018
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Mar 04 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Mar 04 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Mar 05 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Mar 07 2018
01:30PM - 03:30PM
SJ: Good Food for All
Mar 08 2018
06:00PM - 09:00PM
Choir Rehearsal
Mar 08 2018
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Streetvibes Vendor at First Church
Mar 10 2018
10:00AM - 11:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Mar 11 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Mar 11 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Visitor Orientation
Mar 11 2018
11:15AM - 12:15PM
First Church HUUmanists
Mar 11 2018
11:30AM - 01:30PM
First Church HUUmanists
Mar 11 2018
11:30AM - 01:30PM
Linton Writers
Mar 12 2018
09:30AM - 11:30AM
Meditation
Mar 12 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
SJ: UUJO Webinar: Justice Ministry with Teens and Children
Mar 14 2018
07:00PM -
Choir Rehearsal
Mar 15 2018
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Jazz@First: English Saxophonist Alan Barnes: Jazz from Across the Pond
Mar 18 2018
08:00AM - 04:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Mar 18 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Mar 18 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Mar 19 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Mar 21 2018
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Choir Rehearsal
Mar 22 2018
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Mar 25 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Mar 25 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Linton Writers
Mar 26 2018
09:30AM - 11:30AM
Meditation
Mar 26 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Women Singing in Sacred Circle
Mar 26 2018
07:00PM - 09:00PM
Choir Rehearsal
Mar 29 2018
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Easter Brunch
Apr 01 2018
08:00AM - 10:00AM
Youth Religious Education
Apr 01 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Apr 01 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Apr 02 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Apr 04 2018
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Choir Rehearsal
Apr 05 2018
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Apr 08 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Streetvibes Vendor at First Church
Apr 08 2018
10:00AM - 11:00PM
Church Service
Apr 08 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
First Church HUUmanists
Apr 08 2018
11:30AM - 01:30PM
Linton Writers
Apr 09 2018
09:30AM - 11:30AM
Meditation
Apr 09 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
SJ: UUJO Webinar: Practical Organizing Skills for UU Congregational Justice Ministry
Apr 11 2018
07:00PM -
Choir Rehearsal
Apr 12 2018
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Jazz@First: Benny Rides Again: The Music of the Benny Goodman Quartet
Apr 15 2018
08:00AM - 04:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Apr 15 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Apr 15 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Apr 16 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Apr 18 2018
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Choir Rehearsal
Apr 19 2018
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Apr 22 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Apr 22 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Linton Writers
Apr 23 2018
09:30AM - 11:30AM
Meditation
Apr 23 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Women Singing in Sacred Circle
Apr 23 2018
07:00PM - 09:00PM
Choir Rehearsal
Apr 26 2018
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Apr 29 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Apr 29 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Apr 30 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
May 02 2018
01:30PM - 03:30PM
SJ: UUJO Webinar: Making It All Work: A Case Study in Justice Ministry
May 02 2018
07:00PM -
Choir Rehearsal
May 03 2018
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
May 06 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
May 06 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
May 07 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Choir Rehearsal
May 10 2018
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
May 13 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
May 13 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
First Church HUUmanists
May 13 2018
11:30AM - 01:30PM
Linton Writers
May 14 2018
09:30AM - 11:30AM
Streetvibes Vendor at First Church
May 14 2018
10:00AM - 11:00PM
Meditation
May 14 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
May 16 2018
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Choir Rehearsal
May 17 2018
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
May 20 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
May 20 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
May 21 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Choir Rehearsal
May 24 2018
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
May 27 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
May 27 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Linton Writers
May 28 2018
09:30AM - 11:30AM
Meditation
May 28 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Women Singing in Sacred Circle
May 28 2018
07:00PM - 09:00PM
Choir Rehearsal
May 31 2018
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Jun 03 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Jun 03 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Jun 04 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Jun 06 2018
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Choir Rehearsal
Jun 07 2018
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Jun 10 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Jun 10 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
First Church HUUmanists
Jun 10 2018
11:30AM - 01:30PM
Linton Writers
Jun 11 2018
09:30AM - 11:30AM
Streetvibes Vendor at First Church
Jun 11 2018
10:00AM - 11:00PM
Meditation
Jun 11 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
SJ: UUJO Webinar: Anti-Racism and Spirituality: Fostering Healing Capacities within Justice Ministries
Jun 13 2018
07:00PM -
Choir Rehearsal
Jun 14 2018
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Jun 17 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Jun 17 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Jun 18 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Jun 20 2018
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Choir Rehearsal
Jun 21 2018
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Jun 24 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Jun 24 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Linton Writers
Jun 25 2018
09:30AM - 11:30AM
Meditation
Jun 25 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Women Singing in Sacred Circle
Jun 25 2018
07:00PM - 09:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Jul 01 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Jul 01 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Jul 02 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Jul 04 2018
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Jul 08 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Jul 08 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Jul 09 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Jul 15 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Jul 15 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Jul 16 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Jul 18 2018
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Jul 22 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Jul 22 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Jul 23 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Jul 29 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Jul 29 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Jul 30 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Aug 01 2018
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Aug 05 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Aug 06 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Aug 12 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Aug 13 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Aug 15 2018
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Aug 19 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Aug 20 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Aug 26 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Aug 27 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Sep 02 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Sep 03 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Sep 05 2018
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Sep 09 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Streetvibes Vendor at First Church
Sep 10 2018
10:00AM - 11:00PM
Meditation
Sep 10 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Sep 16 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Sep 17 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Sep 19 2018
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Sep 23 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM

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.