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 the 3rd Sunday of the month after the church service.

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, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.305.6703
 
 

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: TBD



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


For more information about the great working being done by First Church members and to learn how to get involved, please see our Social Justice Directory.

Upcoming Events
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
B&G project
Oct 01 2020
10:00AM - 12:00PM
South Avondale Book Event
Oct 01 2020
10:00AM - 02:00PM
Storytime with Ms. Amber
Oct 01 2020
06:00PM - 06:15PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Oct 01 2020
07:00PM - 09:00PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
Linton Rehearsal
Oct 02 2020
09:00AM - 07:00PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
Minecraft with Ms. Meredith
Oct 03 2020
09:00AM - 10:30AM
Linton Rehearsal
Oct 03 2020
09:00AM - 07:00PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
Coffee Hour
Oct 04 2020
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Linton Set up
Oct 04 2020
11:45AM - 04:00PM
Linton Concert
Oct 04 2020
04:00PM - 07:00PM
Youth Group
Oct 04 2020
05:00PM - 06:00PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
South Avondale Book Event
Oct 05 2020
10:00AM - 02:00PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
CartUUns with Ms. Kymm
Oct 06 2020
06:30PM - 07:00PM
Finance Committee
Oct 06 2020
06:30PM - 08:00PM
Parents and Caregivers as Sexuality Educators
Oct 06 2020
07:30PM - 08:30PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
First U Singers
Oct 07 2020
05:00PM - 05:40PM
Executive Committee
Oct 07 2020
06:30PM - 08:30PM
Sr. High Hangout
Oct 07 2020
07:00PM - 08:00PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
South Avondale Tutors
Oct 08 2020
12:00PM - 02:00PM
Storytime with Ms. Amber
Oct 08 2020
06:00PM - 06:15PM
Worship Committee
Oct 08 2020
06:00PM - 07:30PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
Spirit in Practice
Oct 10 2020
09:00AM - 10:00AM
Masquerade
Oct 10 2020
04:00PM - 06:00PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
Coffee Hour
Oct 11 2020
11:00AM - 12:30PM
IHN
Oct 11 2020
04:00PM - 11:55PM
IHN
Oct 11 2020
04:00PM - 10:00PM
Youth Group
Oct 11 2020
05:00PM - 06:00PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
IHN
Oct 12 2020
12:00AM
IHN
Oct 12 2020
06:00AM - 08:00AM
IHN
Oct 12 2020
04:00PM - 10:00PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
IHN
Oct 13 2020
12:00AM
IHN
Oct 13 2020
06:00AM - 08:00AM
IHN
Oct 13 2020
04:00PM - 10:00PM
CartUUns with Ms. Kymm
Oct 13 2020
06:30PM - 07:00PM
Parents and Caregivers as Sexuality Educators
Oct 13 2020
07:30PM - 08:30PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
IHN
Oct 14 2020
12:00AM
IHN
Oct 14 2020
06:00AM - 08:00AM
IHN
Oct 14 2020
04:00PM - 10:00PM
First U Singers
Oct 14 2020
05:00PM - 05:40PM
Board of Trustees Meeting
Oct 14 2020
06:30PM - 08:30PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
IHN
Oct 15 2020
12:00AM
IHN
Oct 15 2020
06:00AM - 08:00AM
IHN
Oct 15 2020
04:00PM - 10:00PM
Storytime with Ms. Amber
Oct 15 2020
06:00PM - 06:15PM
Committee on Ministry
Oct 15 2020
06:00PM - 07:30PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Oct 15 2020
07:00PM - 09:00PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
IHN
Oct 16 2020
12:00AM
IHN
Oct 16 2020
06:00AM - 08:00AM
IHN
Oct 16 2020
04:00PM - 10:00PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
IHN
Oct 17 2020
12:00AM
IHN
Oct 17 2020
06:00AM - 08:00AM
Social Justice Committee
Oct 17 2020
09:30AM - 11:00AM
May Festival Workshop
Oct 17 2020
10:00AM - 01:00PM
May Festival Workshop
Oct 17 2020
02:00PM - 05:00PM
IHN
Oct 17 2020
04:00PM - 10:00PM
Masquerade Rain-Date
Oct 17 2020
04:00PM - 06:00PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
IHN
Oct 18 2020
12:00AM
IHN
Oct 18 2020
06:00AM - 08:00AM
Coffee Hour
Oct 18 2020
11:00AM - 12:30PM
May Festival Workshop
Oct 18 2020
02:00PM - 05:00PM
Youth Group
Oct 18 2020
05:00PM - 06:00PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
CartUUns with Ms. Kymm
Oct 20 2020
06:30PM - 07:00PM
Parents and Caregivers as Sexuality Educators
Oct 20 2020
07:30PM - 08:30PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
First U Singers
Oct 21 2020
05:00PM - 05:40PM
Widening the Circle of Concern
Oct 21 2020
07:00PM - 08:00PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
Storytime with Ms. Amber
Oct 22 2020
06:00PM - 06:15PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Oct 22 2020
07:00PM - 09:00PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
Fourth Friday Tad Talks
Oct 23 2020
07:00PM - 07:30PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
PB&J
Oct 24 2020
10:00AM - 05:00PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
Coffee Hour
Oct 25 2020
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Youth Group
Oct 25 2020
05:00PM - 06:00PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
CartUUns with Ms. Kymm
Oct 27 2020
06:30PM - 07:00PM
Parents and Caregivers as Sexuality Educators
Oct 27 2020
07:30PM - 08:30PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
First U Singers
Oct 28 2020
05:00PM - 05:40PM
Vespers
Oct 28 2020
07:00PM -
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
Storytime with Ms. Amber
Oct 29 2020
06:00PM - 06:15PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Oct 29 2020
07:00PM - 09:00PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
Linton Rehearsal
Oct 30 2020
09:00AM - 07:00PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
Linton Rehearsal
Oct 31 2020
09:00AM - 07:00PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
Coffee Hour
Nov 01 2020
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Linton Set up
Nov 01 2020
11:45AM - 04:00PM
Linton Concert
Nov 01 2020
04:00PM - 07:00PM
Youth Group
Nov 01 2020
05:00PM - 06:00PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
Election - polling location
Nov 03 2020
05:30AM - 11:00PM
CartUUns with Ms. Kymm
Nov 03 2020
06:30PM - 07:00PM
Finance Committee
Nov 03 2020
06:30PM - 08:00PM
Parents and Caregivers as Sexuality Educators
Nov 03 2020
07:30PM - 08:30PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
First U Singers
Nov 04 2020
05:00PM - 05:40PM
Post-Election Meeting
Nov 04 2020
06:00PM - 09:00PM
Executive Committee
Nov 04 2020
06:30PM - 08:30PM
Sr. High Hangout
Nov 04 2020
07:00PM - 08:00PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
Storytime with Ms. Amber
Nov 05 2020
06:00PM - 06:15PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
Election equipment pick up
Nov 07 2020
08:00AM - 01:00PM
Minecraft with Ms. Meredith
Nov 07 2020
09:00AM - 10:30AM
H&H Cabaret Event
Nov 07 2020
03:00PM - 08:30PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
Coffee Hour
Nov 08 2020
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Post-Election Meeting
Nov 08 2020
12:00PM - 03:00PM
Youth Group
Nov 08 2020
05:00PM - 06:00PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
CartUUns with Ms. Kymm
Nov 10 2020
06:30PM - 07:00PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
First U Singers
Nov 11 2020
05:00PM - 05:40PM
Board of Trustees Meeting
Nov 11 2020
06:30PM - 08:30PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
Storytime with Ms. Amber
Nov 12 2020
06:00PM - 06:15PM
Worship Committee
Nov 12 2020
06:00PM - 07:30PM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition
Nov 30 2018
12:00AM
Spirit in Practice
Nov 14 2020
09:00AM - 10:00AM

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.