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Council on Social Justice
FCU’s Council on Social Justice (CSJ) was created in 2003 and has many responsibilities, including overseeing the creation and operations of the social justice task forces, supporting ad-hoc social justice activities and events at FCU, sponsoring social justice events to keep issues alive and encourage activism in our congregation, designating the recipient of ten percent of the Country Fair proceeds every year, and disbursing funds from the Dr. Edgar D. Bell, Jr. Social Justice Fund.
The chairperson and members of this committee are appointed by the Standing Committee and are joined by liaisons appointed by each social justice task force. The CSJ meets every other month. The CSJ answers to the Standing Committee on general issues, the Deacons on worship issues, the Finance Committee on fund dispersal and fundraising, and works closely with our minister on a variety of issues and events.
For more information, email gro.e1501216463lttil1501216463ucf@j1501216463sc1501216463. New members are always welcome.
Social Justice Task Forces
In March 2004, FCU adopted a new trial format of Task Forces to promote and support social justice action by the church, overseen by a Council on Social Justice; this format was adopted permanently in 2006. Since the adoption of this format, the following task forces have been chartered by the church for one year at a time:
Green Sanctuary [May 2008-present]: Promotes a sustainable lifestyle at church, home, work and in the community. The task force meets monthly and will host 12 events to meet the standards of the Unitarian Universalist Society's Green Sanctuary Program requirements. The Green Sanctuary task force conducted a survey as part of an assessment requirement as FCU works toward certification from the UUA Green Sanctuary program. The Survey Results were used to help determine which twelve environmental programs will be undertaken over the next two years.
Neighborhood Supper [2004-present]: Cook and serve dinner 13 Tuesdays a year as part of Littleton Council of Churches effort to provide a free meal and companionship for people in the community.
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee [2004-present]: Coordinates our work with the UUSC office in Cambridge.
Past Social Justice Task Forces
Gulf Coast Relief : Organized a group to visit New Orleans and volunteer to help with reconstruction.
Economic Justice : Held a series of educational events to raise awareness of gross income disparity in the US and internationally.
Vagina Monologues [2005-2006]: Produced The Vagina Monologues to raise money to end violence against women through Tostan in Senegal , W. Africa, the Comfort Women from World War II in Japan, and Sylvia's Haven, a shelter for homeless women formerly in Devens.
Starting a Task Force
Other social action initiatives: support Loaves and Fishes with regular donations from the congregation, participate in the Good Friday Walk for Hunger, and give the Christmas Eve collection to Loaves and Fishes. Every December collect donations of holiday gifts for people in need in Littleton through the Littleton Council of Churches. Some FCU members have started volunteering with the Unitarian Urban Ministry in Boston this year. The Senior Youth Group and leaders travelled to New Orleans in 2007 and 2008 for service projects.
Before adopting the task force system FCU had a Social Justice Committee and each individual took the lead on projects. Major initiatives included building a Habitat for Humanity House in Littleton.