Social Justice and Action

John Wieczorek, at right, accepts the Citizen of the Year award from the Ashland Lions Club

John Wieczorek (chairman of SJA Committee), at right, was honored as the Ashland Lions Club’s 2014 Citizen of the Year. Photo credit: Ashland Lions Club

The Social Justice and Action (SJA) Committee supports RVUUF’s mission to “Engage the wider community through social action and promotion of social justice.”

SJA meets on the second Thursday of each month, 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Conference Room.

Service to Ashland’s homeless population – SJA chairman John Wieczorek is president of Options for Homeless Residents of Ashland. He also coordinates winter homeless shelters at Ashland’s Pioneer Hall (operated on Tuesdays and Thursdays from mid-November to mid-April in partnership with Temple Emek Shalom).

On June 23, 2015, Dave Hyde interviewed Wieczorek on “We the People,” KSKQ 89.5 FM. The Ashland Lions Club honored Wieczorek as its Citizen of the Year in 2014. The club’s news release was published by the Ashland Daily Tidings.

LGBT Elders and Allies Potluck Luncheon — SJA and Rogue Valley LGBT Elders co-host a potluck luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month under the balcony in RVUUF’s Great Hall. LGBT elders and allies of all ages are welcome. Please bring your ideas for building the LGBT community and a dish to share. A $2 donation for drinks is suggested.

Third-Sunday offering – SJA selects a non-profit group to be the recipient of collection-plate offerings during the third Sunday of each month. SJA selects nine local 501(c)3 agencies to be third-Sunday offering recipients. The remaining three recipient organizations consist of the Unitarian Universalist Association, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and one other global organization.

Non-profit group tabling – Groups or individuals must receive approval in advance from the SJA to obtain signatures or provide information for one half-hour following Sunday services. Only non-profit groups will be allowed to table. Commercial enterprises, partisan political groups or campaigning by those seeking election are not allowed. Organizations must provide their own table and supplies, which will be set up on the covered front outside entry area to the right of the front doors. At its discretion, the SJA may authorize an exception for the use of any other area.

Use RVUUF’s contact form to connect with the Social Justice and Action Committee.