Live your values aloud, not alone!
UUCM’s active Justice Team supports the congregation’s learning and action toward a more compassionate, sustainable and just community and world. The Team oversees, supports, and helps focus UUCM’s justice initiatives, primarily through the work of UUCM’s task forces voted on by the congregation, as well as through Rapid Response opportunities, which are urgent calls for action that arise throughout the year. The Justice Team is a thinking, planning and oversight group keeping an eye on the overall picture, while the on-the-ground work of justice is done through the programs of the task forces themselves. New task forces may arise during the year as need, passion, and support surface.
For more information, contact Justice@uugrassvalley.org.
Rapid Response: When the time is now!
When UUCM members and friends are called to respond quickly and nimbly to injustice in areas that fall outside the work of the Task Forces, the Justice Team mobilizes a Rapid Response.
Currently, a UUCM Rapid Response requires only the agreement of the Minister and Justice Co-leaders. The Justice Team is outlining a process that will invites members to suggest action and, if sanctioned, to lead that action.
The procedure is a work in process, but will likely look something like this:
- A member who becomes aware of a justice-related event that warrants response, or a public action in which UUCM might join, contacts a designated member of the Justice Team by phone or email, identifying the need, the reason to respond, and possible responses.
- The Justice contact person clarifies the nature of the proposed rapid response with the proposer, confirming that it is time critical. The contact person seeks to quickly contact a leader of the Justice Team and the minister to request their consideration and potential approval.
- Given approval, the proposer is responsible for organizing any needed response consistent with the proposal, and the Justice Team helps to get word out to members and friends.
Watch for news and updates from the Justice Team!