This page shows the social justice activities  proposed, sponsored, or endorsed by the


Rapid Response Team & Rise Up, Idaho!

The legislators have gone home and things are much quieter at the Capitol.  However, that doesn’t mean things aren’t going on.

Now that the primary is over, Rise Up, Idaho! is planning to have teams of people in communities across the state have substantive discussions with people about the issues and concerns that effect them the most. The information from these conversations will be used to update the Rise Up, Idaho! platform (find out more about UVI, Rise Up, Idaho! and it’s platform here ).  This platform will be used to move existing legislators and 2018 candidates toward the actions that will make a change for the better in people’s lives.


Saturday, May 26 from 10 to 1, Rise Up, Idaho! will conduct a canvass in Boise. 

Volunteers are needed for a door-to-door Rise Up canvass in an effort to make sure Idahoans values and issues are truly represented. And the only way that can happen is if we go to people ask about the issues that matter most to them and truly listen.

As soon as I get details about where we’re canvassing, I will set a staging location where we will all meeting before the start of the canvass. At the staging location we’ll set our expectations for the canvass, review the script, and explain the logistics. Each canvasser will get a walk list, a script, and instructions on what to do with the walk list. Please remember to bring water, sunscreen, maybe a snack, a clipboard and pen.

We’ll canvass for about 3 hours and then meet back at the staging location to debrief and have a small celebration — because we did it!

Contact Jim Bigelow to volunteer and get information on other ways you can participate.



Sunday, May 20, at 5:45 p.m. at the Riverside Hotel — A Bigger Table–Conversation with John Pavlovitz — Hosted by the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights —Tickets are $15
How can we extend unconditional welcome and acceptance in a world increasingly marked by bigotry, fear, and exclusion? Pastor John Pavlovitz invites the audience to join him on the journey to find or build a church that is big enough for everyone. He speaks clearly into the heart of the issues the Christian community has been earnestly wrestling with: LGBT inclusion, gender equality, racial tensions, and global concerns. 


Thursday, May 24, at 7:00 p.m. at Rediscovered Books —  Spend an evening with activist, teacher, and author John Dear — Hosted by Idaho Peace Coalition and co-hosted by Interfaith Equality Coalition and others.  
Rev. John Dear, peace activist, lecturer and teacher, and author will share his new book, “They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and Nonviolence in a Time of Climate Change.”  I have attached a poster.  Idaho Peace Coalition is hoping that reading groups will read this book.  Please share this with reading groups in your faith community or with others you know.  Books are available on Amazon:


Friday and Saturday, June 15-16 — Boise Pridefest
June 15, 4-10 p.m.  Festival at Capitol Park
June 16       9 a.m.  Rally on Capitol steps
                   10 a.m.  Parade
                   11 a.m.  Festival at Capitol Park
Plan to bring BUUF’s banner or a sign and stand on the steps for the rally.  Then join Interfaith Equality Coalition for the parade.  We do not need to register separately as an organization–just walk behind the IEC banner (with our banner).  Stay tuned for more details.


Refugee and Immigrant Ministry



Social Justice Council

Housing First — Furniture Next! The Social Justice Council began investigating a “Furniture Bank” at the request of one of our Plate Partners, CATCH, Inc. We conducted a “Housing Summit” with CATCH, Inc. in order to begin the conversation about the Housing First model, and how the Furniture Bank might support that city-sponsored initiative. The Furniture Bank would be an outlet for free and/or affordable furniture for the Treasure Valley’s vulnerable recently homed such as refugees, immigrants, survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault, LGBTQ+, young adults aging out of foster care, and folk who were previously homeless. This project, a Furniture Bank, is within the scope of what BUUF could manage with assistance from internally related ministries and external community partners, building connection within the fellowship and with the Treasure Valley community. The Social Justice Council has a draft multi-year timeline that includes research on other programs, meetings with stakeholders, surveys, design, and implementation. There is also interest to include a “Fix It Cafe,” where interested parties could get together to build the skills to refurbish damaged furniture/appliances to donate to the furniture bank or keep if they are among the served populations. This Furniture Bank project was selected as it serves a need in the community without duplicating efforts, builds community ties, and is sustainable for BUUF to manage