Social Justice Ministry Teams
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.
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
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 Coordinator if you are interested.
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.
- 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 .
- July 8, 2019: click here to see the minutes of the meeting.
- July 12, 2019: Asylum Seeker Sponsorship project
- July 24, 2019: click here to see the minutes of the meeting
- August 22, 2019: click here to see the minutes of the meeting
- August 23, 2019: Asylum Seeker Sponsorship project meeting
- September 23, 2019: Immigration Day Celebration Debrief
- October 3, 2019: Asylum Seeker Sponsorship
- October 28, 2019: regular ministry meeting
- November 7, 2019, Asylum Seeker Hosting program
- November 18, 2019, Asylum Seeker Hosting (possible candidate)
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.
- June 16, 2019. Click here for meeting notes and supplemental materials
- July 21, 2019, click here for meeting notes
- September 15, 2019, click here for meeting notes
- October 27, 2019: meeting
- November 17, 2019, meeting notes
- December 15, 2019, meeting notes
- January 19, 2020
- February 16, 2020
Contact: Sharon and Dennis Rockwood,
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.
- 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:
- Racial Justice Ministry contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Meeting Notes
- June 6, 2019, click here for meeting notes
- June 27, 2019, click here for the meeting notes
- July 11, 2019, click here for meeting notes
- July 25, 2019, click here for meeting notes
- August 8, 2019, notes
- August 22, 2019, notes
- September 3, 2019, notes
- October 3, 2019, notes
- October 18, 2019, notes
- October 31, 2019, notes
- November 14, 2019, notes
- December 10, 2019