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

The Earth Ministry is asking members of RRUUC to support three important climate and climate justice bills which are being debated now in Annapolis. The first two bills – Climate Solutions Now and Transportation Safety and Investment Act – have been selected by the UU Legislative Ministry of Maryland as top climate priorities in the 2021 session. For more information, click here.

Override Gov. Hogan’s Veto of Gun Violence Bills. Contact your MD State Senators and Delegates and urge them to override Gov. Hogan’s veto of bills to provide continuing funding for Safe Streets and other organizations using violence interruption and prevention programs, and to require rifles and shotguns to be registered just like handguns. We need both of these bills to become law. Contact David Ward of the Prevent Gun Violence Ministry if you’d like to discuss.

February 2021

Fridays, Feb 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, Black Lives Matter Vigil, 6:30, Corner of Whittier & River Road.
Join us rain, snow, or shine, in witness to justice for Black Lives Matter. Come be a part of the vigil. Wear your mask and social distance while enjoying the company of others. Bring a chair if you need one. Contact:  Jana Kirkman or Jon Kerner.

Tues.-Thurs., 8:30am, and the first Saturday of the month, Food Distribution with our community partner, Clifton Park Baptist Church, 8818 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring.
An ever increasing number of folks are suffering from growing food insecurity during the pandemic. As more families show up for Clifton Park Baptist Church’s food distribution, River Roaders have joined the essential workers to help distribute food to them. Join us! Just show up, or contact Engaging Communities’ David Ward for more information.  You may also want to consider helping buy baby food and baby wipes for these families with an online donation.

Sun, Feb 7, 2 pm, Zoom.  You are invited to a Viewing & Panel Discussion of The Three Lynchings, After the Zoom viewing of The Three Lynchings, a documentary about these three horrific events that took place in Montgomery County in the late 1800’s, there will be a panel discussion with the director, Jay Mallin, and local historians. Details and registration here. If you wish to make a donation to HBCU, please click here. Co-sponsored with our colleagues at Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ. 

Tues. Feb 9th– Serving at Shepherd’s Table – for over 30 Years, RRUUC has served at Sheppard’s Table the Second Tuesday of the Month –8106 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910.   Contact: Peter Benjamin

Sunday, Feb 21, 2 pm Zoom.  Discuss Robert Reich’s film, Inequality for All.
Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton and currently Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, draws a crystal clear picture of why rising economic inequality is gutting our working and middle classes, increasing poverty and racism, and creating the demagoguery that led to the attack on the U.S. Capitol. Watch the documentary, Inequality for All, on YouTube* and then be prepared for a lively discussion on Zoom, moderated by a member of River Road’s Campaign for Economic Reconciliation. Contact David Ward with questions or further information. *You can also rent Inequality for All on Amazon. YouTube includes ads.

March 2021

Fridays, March 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, Black Lives Matter Vigil, 6:30, Corner of Whittier & River Road.
Join us rain, snow, or shine, in witness to justice for Black Lives Matter. Come be a part of the vigil. Wear your mask and social distance while enjoying the company of others. Bring a chair if you need one. Contact:  Jana Kirkman or Jon Kerner.

Tues.-Thurs., 8:30am, and the first Saturday of the month, Food Distribution with our community partner, Clifton Park Baptist Church, 8818 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring.
An ever increasing number of folks are suffering from growing food insecurity during the pandemic. As more families show up for Clifton Park Baptist Church’s food distribution, River Roaders have joined the essential workers to help distribute food to them. Join us! Just show up, or contact Engaging Communities’ David Ward for more information.  You may also want to consider helping buy baby food and baby wipes for these families with an online donation.

March 21-26 Shelter Week 
Please sign up here –  Shelter Week sign-up  to donate food and supplies to the InterfaithWorks Women’s Homeless Shelter in Rockville, Md.  Every year, our congregation provides the shelter with a week’s worth of food and non-perishable supplies. You can help! We gladly accept donations large and small. Needed donations include milk, fruit, hard-boiled eggs, bottled water, hot vegetables, dinner entrees, paper goods and cleaning products. Please take a minute to look over the needed items and sign up. Contact: Mary Beth Bowen or Judi Croft at shelterweek@rruuc.org.

Sun, March 28, 2 pm – 3 pm, Discuss Meritocracy and Economic Reconciliation on Zoom
Let’s discuss how economic injustice creates an unstable caste system that encourages oligarchy and burns out the technocrats who compete to get to the top. Before the discussion, take a look at Michael J. Sandel’s, The Tyranny of Merit, as well as his Aspen Institute interview, and review Daniel Markovits’, The Meritocracy Trap, and his LSE talk. Presented by RRUUC’s Campaign for Economic Reconciliation. Questions: email David Ward.