RVUUF’s Social Justice in Action team is planning to attend the “Women’s March Southern Oregon,” taking place on Saturday, Jan. 20, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Hawthorne Park, 501 E. Main St. in Medford.
A couple of observances take place on Monday, Jan. 15, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
‘The Fierce Urgency of Now, Tomorrow is Today’
An MLK Day celebration is planned for noon Monday at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St. in Ashland. The celebration is inspired by the quote, “We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late…There is an invisible book of life that faithfully records our vigilance or our neglect.”
‘The People’s Supper: Healing in the Now’
A potluck supper takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Parish Hall at Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. Second St. in Ashland. Members and friends of the Ashland Interfaith Clergy Circle will host a potluck conversation around healing and resilience and nourishment in this fiercely urgent “now.” Interfaith clergy and friends will host the tables, using “The People’s Supper” template. Guests are invited to bring bread, cheese, fruit or spreads for bread to add to the soup supper meal. Gluten-free and vegan options will be available.
RVUUF’s own Rev. Sean Parker Dennison is assisting in the planning of these events and will be hosting a table.
Ashland Christian Fellowship will host its 38th annual free Community Christmas Dinner, noon to 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 25, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St. at B Street in Ashland.
Come and enjoy a freshly-prepared buffet-style turkey dinner with ALL of the trimmings and dessert. Enjoy the holiday decor and live music.
Since 1980, Ashland Christian Fellowship has hosted this very special event by joining with merchants and community volunteers to feed a traditional Christmas dinner to as many as 900 people.
Volunteers for the dinner (days before and the day of), plus Holiday Meals to-go deliveries (in the Ashland/Talent area), can email Cheryl or Wanda via AshlandChristianFellowship@gmail.com.
One of the congregation’s young people is organizing a bake sale to help Jackson County families in need, noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. If you can help by baking items or if you cannot attend but wish to donate or purchase items, use RVUUF’s contact form to connect with Inga Leed.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Jackson County will be the third-Sunday Social Justice collection recipient this Sunday, Nov. 19. CASA is an organization of volunteer advocates who help abused and neglected children find a safe, permanent home.
“In 2015, there were 840 founded cases of abuse and neglect in Jackson County,” according to CASA of Jackson County. “In an overburdened system, these children risk slipping through the cracks and suffering from further abuse. CASA volunteers have the power to prevent this tragic reality. These dedicated, highly-trained community members serve as fact finders for the judge by researching the background of each assigned case. They speak for the child in the courtroom, representing the child’s best interests, and work to move the child as quickly and effectively as possible through the system and into a safe, permanent home.”
Katy Fox will explain more about CASA during Sunday’s service.
RVUUF’s Social Justice and Action Committee selects a non-profit group to be the recipient of collection-plate offerings taken on the third Sunday of each month. Use RVUUF’s contact form to connect with the Social Justice and Action Committee.
During the fifth Sunday of a month, the offering that is collected, goes to the Ministerial Discretionary Fund. During the most recent fifth Sunday, Oct. 29, givers’ generous contributions provided $547.
The Interfaith Social Justice Coalition will hold its next meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. Second St. in Ashland.
RVUUF’s Social Justice and Action Committee’s Winter Homeless Shelter Program is the third-Sunday offering recipient for September. John Wieczorek will present on behalf of the SJ&A Committee.
This is RVUUF’s sixth winter of providing a safe, warm and dry place to sleep for those who do not have shelter. RVUUF supplies the no-frills shelter with blankets, sleeping pads, coffee, and most importantly, volunteers. The Social Justice and Action Committee appreciates the Fellowship’s continued support in providing this vital service to our most vulnerable community members.
Wolf Hoppe, an adjunct professor of law, will lecture on “President Trump and the Constitution,” 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, in RVUUF’s Great Hall. Hoppe’s presentation is co-sponsored by RVUUF’s Social Justice and Action Committee, with the Mountain Meadows Democrats Plus Club.