Social Justice Ministries

Our mission calls us to bring our faith into action in the world to advance justice. Many of our Seven Principles (our core values) relate to building a more just and equitable world. We covenant to affirm and promote:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of all people,
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations,
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all,
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
We do this through our Justice Ministry Teams.  Justice Teams go through an application process and are approved by the lead minister.  
Download the Justice Ministry Team Application Word PDF
 

Current Justice Ministry Teams

 

New Day Center 

Each month, on the 1st Sunday, our congregation serves a delicious meal to the residents at the New Day Homeless Shelter (approximately 125-150 residents.) UUCP has been sharing this nourishing gift for 15 years. The meal is served at 4PM at the New Day Center at 32nd St and VanBuren by 5-6 UUs. If interested in helping, please sign up on the board near the social action table in the back of the sanctuary. You can email Rene A. at newday@phoenixuu.org with questions. 
 

Share the Plate 

Our Share the Plate ministry is one way we breathe life into our commitment to become agents of the Beloved Community.  Beginning in 2008, each month UUCP has returned one Sunday's collection plate to the community--this amounts to about 3% of our operating budget.  Past recipients include TransMentors, Interfaith Cooperative Ministries, Circulo de Amigas, Booker T. Washington  Child Development Center, The Permaculture Guild, Hogar Materno, Fresh Start Women's Resource Center, ANSWER, New Day Shelter, The Family School, the UUA and the UUSC.

The Share the Plate committee oversees the selection of the organizations to receive the collection.   To nominate an organization to receive the collection please complete the application below.

Criteria for selection:

  • The recipient organization must be a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in the U.S., separate from UUCP, or a foreign charity that would be tax-exempt if it was in the U.S.
  • The mission, purposes and practices of the organization must be aligned with those of UUCP
  • Recipients must have some connection to UUCP through shared work, affinity, or other UUCP support
  • The offering will make a significant contribution to the program with the majority of funds going toward programming
  • Recipients must have a budget that is mindful of the balance between program and administrative costs
  • Offerings will focus on local programs in or serving beneficiaries in the Valley.  Consideration will be given to non-local programs with a strong connection to UUCP members.
  • Preference will be given to new nominations.  Recipients will generally receive the offering just once within the formal church year.

Please click this link to navigate to the Share the Plate application. 

Sewing and Craft Circle

The Sewing and Craft Circle meets once a month to create textiles for impoverished children around the world and locally.

The Sewing and Craft Circle joins forces with organization like "Friends of Cuernavaca" a mission started by the Vincentians of Saint Vincent de Paul's, Dress a Girl Around the World, a national organization for women and children at risk, the Child Protective Agency, foster child program, as well as the UUCP "Refugee Assistant Program and Libby Walker's Eritrean families in the Phoenix area, we will be coordinating with Hogar Matero in Honduras with Tony Benagas in 2016. Dresses, shirts, slightly used jeans, pillowcase backpacks, knitted baby blankets and handmade baby quilts are among the items sewn, knitted, croqueted or purchased for the children they assist.

Everyone is welcome to join, help create, or work from home to provide these much needed items. Basic ability with your sewing machine is appreciated. We always have a need for those who knit or croquet, those with an eye for design or those with ideas for outlets. Contact the group at sewing@phoenixuu.org.

 

Immigration Small Group Justice Ministry Team

The Immigration Small Group Justice Ministry Team seeks to live out ‘beloved community’ at UUCP and in the Phoenix area by accompanying grassroots immigrant groups, acting with others in service and advocacy and appreciating the gifts of a multicultural community. Our initial partner is the Puente Human Rights Movement of Phoenix. Open meetings are held at UUCP on the fourth Thursday of the month, and we accompany our partner at different times throughout the month through events at and outside of Puente. Contact Bill Lace for more information at immigration@phoenixuu.org.

Refugee Assistance Project

To broaden our outreach to refugees in the greater Phoenix area, UUCP has entered into partnership with the International Rescue Committee. The IRC provides many services both financial and educational designed to help newly resettled refugees find jobs and adjust to their new surroundings in the US. UUCP's Refugee Assistance Partnership will give our members a chance to use their skills as IRC volunteers in programs such as teaching English, job readiness and career coaching, citizenship study, and financial literacy to name just a few. We have also established an emergency fund for refugees in crisis and will participate in the IRC Holiday Giving Campaign. We can make a positive difference in refugees' lives by sharing our time, talent and treasure with our new neighbors.  A presentation by the IRC will be held in October at the congregation to explain volunteer opportunities.