For questions about the Social Justice Calendar, email sjmt@rruuc.org

February 2020

Sun., Feb. 2, RRUUC Green Sanctuary Forum, 12:30-2:30pm, Fireside Room

The RRUUC Green Sanctuary Forum, with guests from three UU congregations, will lay the groundwork for RRUUC to renew its accreditation as a UUA Green Sanctuary.

Started by the UUA in 1989 as an extension of the Seventh Principle Project, the Green Sanctuary program underscored the core UUA value: “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” In the mid-1990s, RRUUC met requirements to achieve Green Sanctuary status.

With the increasingly urgent need for courageous action to fight climate change and the environmental and human injustices that it causes, the UUA revised Green Sanctuary guidelines in 2015. The new guidelines call for a new level of congregational engagement with particular emphasis on climate justice.

The recent authorization by the RRUUC Board to create a new Green Sanctuary Task Force is launching RRUUC on a four-month period of discernment that will lead to an all-congregation Green Sanctuary Plan of Action. A congregational vote to adopt the plan will take place at the RRUUC Congregational Meeting on June 7, 2020. After a year of implementation, RRUUC will apply for Green Sanctuary reaccreditation in 2021.

The first step in the process is the Green Sanctuary Forum Sunday, February 2. This informational session will pave the way for input from committee chairs, ministry leads, youth, and staff. Broad participation is critical in developing a sustainable congregational commitment to work toward climate justice in all aspects of RRUUC life.

Questions? greensanctuary@rruuc.org. Contacts: Charlotte Moser, Glen Peppel

Fridays, Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28, Black Lives Matters Vigils, 6:30-7:30pm, the Corner of Whittier & River Road. Join us rain or shine, in witness to justice for Black Lives Matter. Come be a part of the vigil, bring a chair if you need one. Enjoy the company of others.  Contact: Jana Kirkman or Jon Kerner.

Sun. Feb. 9, GOVOte2020: RRUUC letter writing/postcard campaigns. Come join GoVote2020 to address letters to potential voters:

  • 10:15-11:15   Room 30 and
  • 12:15-2 pm    Room 30

Tues., Feb. 11, Serving at Shepherd’s Table. For over 30 years, RRUUC has served at Shepherd’s Table the second Tuesday of the month. Contact: Peter Benjamin

Sun., Feb. 16, Extend the Offering Trans Healthcare MD. All offerings from both services will go to Trans Healthcare MD, an organization that promotes trans wellness throughout Maryland by increasing access to affirming services and resources, while nurturing young trans leadership. Please give generously on Feb. 16 or any time during the month here.

Sun., Feb 16, Book Discussion, 12:30-2:30pm.  Rev. Amanda Weatherspoon, with the Racial Justice Task Force’s Educating for Change Pathway, is leading an all congregation book discussion of Ibram X. Kendi’s book, How to be an Antiracist. Join us for a thoughtful book discussion in February.  Contact: Joan Zenzen

Sun., Feb. 23, Social Justice Sunday. Join Rev. Amanda at our Social Justice services, and then get acquainted with opportunities to do social justice yourself from our social justice teams in the Fellowship Hall between and after services.

Sun., Feb 23, Implicit Bias Discussion, 12:30-2:30, Fireside Room. This session will use video clips and other materials to explore the impacts of hidden or implicit biases.  Studies show people can be consciously committed to egalitarianism, and deliberately work to behave without prejudice, yet still possess hidden  prejudices. Your willingness to examine your own possible biases is an important step to understanding the stereotypes and prejudice in our society. Before attending the session, we recommend taking the implicit bias test (IAT) which measures unconscious, or automatic biases here. The test takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Only you will receive the results which you can choose whether or not to share during the discussion. Bring a bagged lunch. Register here. Contact: Rita Parks or Marilyn Fuchs.

Looking ahead to March and beyond

Sun., Mar. 15, GOVOte2020: RRUUC letter writing/postcard campaigns:

  • 10:15-11:15am  Room 30
  • 12:15-2pm Rm 30

Mar. 22, Shelter Week. Each year during Shelter Week, RRUUC provides a week’s worth of meals to the Interfaith Works Women’s Center. The Center gives homeless women regain their economic stability.  Contact: Mary Beth Bowen

Earth Ministry is planning a project with the grounds committee to install a bird, bee and butterfly garden at RRUUC in the Spring

May 17-June 7: Canvassing in Northern Virginia for a special election  Contact Candy Kessel

Oct. 11-Nov. 1: canvassing in Northern Virginia for Presidential/Congressional elections  Contact: Candy Kessel