Social Justice

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Yes, this is a social justice congregation!  Most of our members are involved in some way with action to promote democracy, high quality public health services, affordable housing, peace, human rights, protection of the environment, fair trade, ethical investing, elimination of poverty, support for refugees, solidarity with indigenous peoples and other significant issues of our times.  We can envision a just, peaceful, sustainable world and we each do what we can to make it so.

Some members of the church support Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice  and are seen with the CUSJ banner at many local rallies and protests.

Some issues have so much activity that we have dedicated, ongoing committees within the congregation.  For example, we have an active Environment Committee and an active Refugee Committee.  There is also a new SOGI group reinforcing our commitment to actively welcome people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

One of our very high priorities is to promote Truth, Healing and Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and, to this end, we have a Reconciliation Network to educate ourselves, share information and find ways to take meaningful action.

The Social Justice committee sponsors a yearly Write for Rights event. Attendees write letters for prisoners of conscience detained around the world. Each case has been researched by Amnesty International and background information is provided.

Our committee also hosts a yearly rest stop for Coldest Night of the Year walkers. This event raised much-needed money to bring hope and help to people in the larger community who need support.

We’ve been supporting the White Poppies for Peace campaign that culminates each year with a wreath-laying ceremony on the afternoon of November 11th to honour the civilian victims of war.  We have held wreath making workshops and sold white poppies to our congregation.  To get involved visit our UCV White Poppies page.

 

Monthly Meeting

The Social Justice Committee meets on the second Sunday from September to June at 9:30 am in Biddle to coordinate activities and plan Forums.  The committee is also responsible for making recommendations for use of the UCV Peace Fund.  New members are welcome. Is there a particular social justice issue that you would like to see lifted up at UCV?  Please get in touch with us socialjustice@vancouverunitarians.ca


Future Forums sponsored by Social Justice Committee or related to social justice

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Past Forums sponsored by Social Justice Committee or related to social justice

Sun, Dec 9, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Write for Rights - International Human Rights Day
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Dec 2, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - BC Government LNG Expansion
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Nov 25, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Genders and Sexualities Alliance Forum
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Oct 14, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Why White Poppies on November 11?
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Jun 10, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Students Support Marpole Modular Housing for the Homeless
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, May 20, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - How to Stop Kinder Morgan
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, May 13, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Social Justice Forum- Seth Klein: BC Budget
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Mar 11, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Social Justice - Canada’s National Housing Strategy: Will it Solve the Housing Crisis?
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Jan 7, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
From Haiku to Senryū, from Zen to Politics
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Sep 10, 2017
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
Forum - Medical Assistance In Dying
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, May 14, 2017
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Guaranteed Basic Income: An idea worth pursuing or buyer beware?
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Apr 9, 2017
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Site C Dam - Mike Church
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC