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

October

Friday October  4, 11, 18 and 25, Black Lives Matters Vigils, 6:30-7:30pm at 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.

Wednesday, October 2, Advocate Against Gun Violence in DC, 11:30am, John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, D.C 2004.  Join Moms Demand Action in telling Council members from all eight wards in DC, as well at the Mayor’s office, how much you want effective gun violence prevention programs in the city. Listen and bear witness to the increasing gun violence in DC and let your elected officials know how committed you are to preventing gun violence. Have lunch with us and get a full briefing on the issues before the meeting. Transportation is available for anyone who needs it. Contact: David Ward, Prevent Gun Violence Ministry.

 

Sunday, October 6, Justice Sunday, 10:15am and 12:15pm, after each service during fellowship hour, Fellowship Hall
Justice Sundays highlight the holistic work of our Social Justice groups. They usually take place on the first Sunday with a service centered around broad justice work and issues that the congregation in involved in. It’s a time to invite the larger community into the rich work of our many leaders. Each social justice group is invited to “table” during both coffee hours to include letter writing campaigns, events, signups, etc. The Social Justice Ministry Team members will engage folks and send them in the direction for their interests.  If you are an RRUUC social justice group leader and would like to share the good work of your group, please signup here for a table.

 

Sundays, October 6 and 13, Collecting winter clothes for refugees, RRUUC. These clothes will be given to Lutheran Social Services for their provision to refugees.

 

Immigration Month, mid-October to mid-November

View all activities and events here.

 

Sunday, October 6, Immigration Training: “Know your Rights and Bystander Action”, 12:30pm, RRUUC. Led by Omar Angel Pere, CAN (Congregation Action Network). Suitable for youth. Contact: Charlotte Jones Carroll.

 

Sunday, October 6, RRUUC’s Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd is receiving a Social Justice Award at the Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice (UUSJ) Gala, 4pm, UU Church of Arlington. Join us at Jazzed about Social Justice, a the UUSJ Gala celebrating achievements in advocacy in the nation’s capitol area. Rev. Nancy is receiving an award for her Congregational Leadership for Social Justice. Music by Free Spirit Jazz Ensemble.  Register.

 

Monday, October 7, Continuing Drawdown Solutions Workshop (4th Session): Getting Into Action, 7-9 pm Fireside Room.  This workshop invites you to see the possibility of reversing  global warming and the important role you play in that process. You will leave the course being connected to a new community of people dedicated to reversing global warming, equipped with knowledge and tools to get and stay in committed action.  Contact Robin Galbraith

October 13, Social Justice (SJ) Ministry Summit, RRUUC, Fireside Room. Meeting with Rev. Amanda Weatherspoon, Minister for Justice & Community Building, SJ Team Leads, AIM Team Leads, and Social Justice Ministry Team to envision how we can strengthen Social Justice Work at RRUUC  Contact: sjmt@rruuc.org.

Wednesday, October 9, Training to become certified to register voters, Weekly Registration Classes, Montgomery County Board of Elections, 18753 N Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg. The Montgomery County Board of Elections holds free weekly voter registration classes every Wednesday,10-11:30am and 3-4:30pm on a walk-in basis; no RSVP or signup required. Join River Roaders for the training on Oct. 9, 10am.

Saturday, October 19, 27th Annual Partnerfest, RRUUC, 6-9pm. Partnerfest is RRUUC’s annual benefit to support its partner congregations in Fiatfalva, Transylvania and Mawblang, N.E. India. Proceeds benefit educational programs in both communities and two-way travel opportunities to deepen connections between our congregations.  Join us for an Indian dinner and concert by Shuai Wang!  Buy tickets online. Contact: Joel Schrag

Sunday, October 20, RRUUC’s Extend the Offering for Partner Church. All proceeds of our Sunday offering will go towards our efforts to support our partner congregations in Fiatfalva, Transylvania and Mawblang, N.E. India.  Proceeds benefit educational programs in both communities and two-way travel opportunities to deepen connections between our congregations. Contact: Joel Schrag.

Sunday, October 20, Kick-Off for Immigration Film Shorts Program, “Acting on our Principles”, 12:30pm, RRUUC Fireside Room. Films will be Sanctuary (UU Salt Lake), Health Undocumented (immigrant clinic), and Strangers Ourselves (Canadian sponsors refugees). Co-sponsored by the Immigration Film Fest 2019.

Wednesday, October 23, National Cathedral Interfaith Program on Gun Violence hosts “To Prepare, Respond and Reclaim: Gun Violence and Houses of Worship”, 7pm,National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave, NW Washington, D.C. 20016.  ABC News Correspondent Pierre Thomas will lead a multifaceted panel discussion with gun violence survivors, community members, and theologians.  Contact https://cathedral.org.  Contact: David Ward.

Looking ahead to November

November 4, Drawdown Solutions Workshop: Getting Into Action, 5-session Workshop started Sept 16, 7-9 pm Fireside Room. This workshop invites you to see the possibility of reversing  global warming and the important role you play in that process.  You will leave the course being connected to a new community of people dedicated to reversing global warming, equipped with knowledge and tools to get and stay in committed action. Contact Robin Galbraith

Immigration Justice Committee plans a discussion in mid-November of an important book, The Guarded Gate, by Daniel Okrent. It describes US history in the first quarter of the last century, when anti-immigrant forces and eugenicsfaux-science promoters combined efforts to keep certain races out of the US.