Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Boise Pride 2016 (photo by Sarah Olson)

Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s Social Justice Council provides guidance for a number of current and emerging social justice ministries. A social justice ministry team is a group that strives to meet a justice need, enact legislative change, and/or works within our community (both local and national) to achieve greater social justice both in Idaho and beyond.

Starting a Social Justice Ministry Team

Emerging social justice ministries are asked to complete the form linked below. Please save a copy for yourself, and email the completed form to Tess Veto. This form will help you and your group ensure that you have a focus (is your group service or advocacy-based?), a vision for your ministry, and that you have set achievable goals for your ministry. This form also helps the Social Justice Council to provide a collaborator for your ministry team and to assist you in finding both community partners and BUUF partners.

EMERGING SOCIAL JUSTICE MINISTRY FORM

Joining a Social Justice Ministry Team

We have numerous social justice ministry groups here at BUUF. Please read the list below for a description and contact information for our currently active groups. If you do not see a group that reflects your social justice interests, consider starting a new group! Contact our Social Justice Coordinator, or anyone on the Social Justice Council for assistance.

Current Social Justice Ministry Teams

Pride Ministry

BUUF participates in Boise Pride Fest in June each year. Volunteers are needed for organization, marching in the parade, and running our Pride booth. Contact our Social Justice Coordinatori f you are interested.

Refugee and Immigrant Justice Ministry

A team who responds to refugee issues in the Treasure Valley and Idaho as a whole, they have been involved in promoting better legislation and have worked with local refugee and immigrant rights groups.

  • Mission: To support and advocate for refugee and immigrant issues in our community (and beyond) through connection with our community partners.
  • Goals:
    • To keep BUUF informed and connected with refugee and immigrant issues and opportunities in our community and government
    • To help mobilize public witness and legislative advocacy efforts when needed (witness events, letter writing campaigns, etc.)
    • To support direct service projects (family mentoring, citizenship tutoring, collection of clothing and supplies, training & support, community building, meals, etc.)
  • Contact: Cathy Sandstrom or Diana Borrero-Lowe
  • Meetings: The evening of the fourth Monday of the month .

Climate Action Team

The Climate Action Team (until recently the Earth Care Ministry), in  partnership with the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, primarily focuses on education through events like Symposiums, Workshops, and Statewide meetings. In the future they may work on items such as supporting initiatives by environmental organizations, including the Idaho Sierra Club, and creating an Interfaith Coalition for Climate Change.

Meetings:

Contact: Sharon and Dennis Rockwood,

Racial Justice Ministry

Following BUUF’s 2019 “Decentering White Supremacy” learning circle, this team is focused on continuing and expanding the work of the learning circle to learn about, reflect on, and engage with racism, racial identity, and racial justice.

  • Mission: To raise awareness and understanding of and engagement with racial identity and racism, including our individual and collective opportunities to achieve racial justice.
  • Goals:
    • Develop an ongoing set of learning experiences related to racial justice. These might include classes, workshops, lectures, sermons, video screenings, discussion groups, book clubs, etc.
    • Establish sustainable relationships with other community organizations for the purpose of promoting racial justice.
    • Develop a service project.
  • For more information, including meeting dates and times, contact:
BUUF members marching in the People’s Climate March in Idaho (2017) Photo by Jane Rohling