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 Michael H. at newday@phoenixuu.org with questions. 
 

ERI 

The Eritrean Refugee Initiative (ERI) is an outreach ministry of UUCP organized to meet the needs of newly resettled political refugees from Eritrea in east Africa. We have worked with more than 70 Eritrean refugees, teaching English to some, paper bead making to others, and generally befriending newly resettled people from a tiny country in east Africa. If you have a skill to share, items to donate, or an outing to host, you would make the perfect ERI volunteer. Come help us roll out the welcome mat! For more information please contact Libby W. at ERI@phoenixuu.org.  
 

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 monthly to make simple items to help others. Most recently the group sent children's dresses to Haiti and has started making knapsacks for children being removed from home by Child Protective Services. Usually the group works together in the Johnson Room one Saturday each month on a drop-in basis between 11am and 4pm. Call Paula Adkins at 602-999-5004 or email Lori at sewing@phoenixuu.org