St John’s participates in Social Justice through a number of channels.
In response to systemic violence against black lives and an official call for action from the national UUA, the St John’s Congregation, after serious study and reflection, passed a Commitment to Racial Justice at the annual Congregational meeting in June 2016. With this resolution, we make a long term-commitment to a journey toward multicultural understanding and action.
Social Justice Outreach
In addition to direct action, St John’s provides awards and project grants of $500 – $2000 to area non-profits involved in community action.
Interfaith Hospitality Network
Provides hospitality to some of the 2500 families that are homeless each year in Greater Cincinnati.
Join with those guiding our church “lifestyle” toward more sustainable, earth-friendly choices.
St. John’s Sanctuary and Immigration Team
The St. John’s UU Sanctuary and Immigration Team (SIT) is an active and important part of St. John’s Social Justice Ministry. The team meets on the 4th Monday of the month at St. John’s UU.
St. John’s is a member of the Immigrant Dignity Coalition (IDC) through the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (IJPC). Our church is a sponsor of IJPC. We are also a solidarity congregation through the AMOS Cincinnati Sanctuary and Solidarity Coalition.
Our team assists the Sanctuary at the Clifton United Methodist Church as a part of our commitment to our Solidarity Congregation commitment to AMOS.
St. John’s has given grants and split the plate offerings to the Sanctuary at Clifton United Methodist and the Immigrant Dignity Coalition. We have given donations of food, clothing, office supplies, school supplies and toilet articles to community organizations assisting immigrants. St. John’s volunteers are working regularly in immigrant advocacy and activism, education and providing volunteer hours.
These Friends of Szentlaszlo keep us connected to our Partner Church in Transylvania, Romania.
In April 2008, our congregation voted to “make a primary church-wide, long-term commitment to Peace and Justice…that goes beyond Social Action and inspires all congregational activities.”
We extend a warm welcome to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals and their families.
Click here for our calendar of current social justice events!
UUSC/Guest at Your Table, Amy Monson
UUJO Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio
Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center
AMOS Project – We are deeply involved in AMOS’s Exodus Project to address child poverty; and also in AMOS efforts to address the problem of mass incarceration.
MARCC, Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati
UUCGC, UU Council of Greater Cincinnati
OTSE, Ohioans to Stop Executions
OOC, Ohio Organizing Collaborative
OJPC, Ohio Justice and Policy Center
Peace Churches, Cincinnati Friends, Brethren, Mennonite & UU, Sponsor “HIP” Help Increase the Peace youth training to prevent violence by learning alternate methods to resolve conflict.
YADA, Young Adult Discussion and Action
More detailed descriptions:
Contact Center: The Contact Center is a non profit, grassroots community organizing agency. It empowers people living in poverty to work for social change. Some issues we are working on include health and dental care, education, and financial needs of grandparents caring for grandchildren. The Contact Center received grants for two consecutive years from the Unitarian Universalist Fund for a Just Society.The grants were for $14,000 each year and were for our statewide Safe and Stable Families program. Specifically, the program works for a fair income for grandparents and other family members caring for children in the family. For additional information call Cassandra Barham at 513-381-4242.
Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN): St. John’s, along with several other congregations, provides meals, activities, and encouragement to the four families who sleep in First Unitarian Church’s RE classrooms for two weeks through Cincinnati’s Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) while the families have education and home-finding help during the day. IHN has a home placement success rate of over 90%. Wanda Crawford coordinates St John’s volunteers, and also works at the organizational level for our pod of churches. St John’s regular volunteers include children as well as adults.
Prepare Affair: Since 2012, St John’s has participated annually in the People Working Cooperatively (PWC) fall ‘Prepare Affair’ in the autumn. Jim Decker has served as crew leader, and our team includes teens as well as adults.
OJPC (Ohio Justice and Policy Center): St John’s has contributed to the program, has invited executive director David Singeton to speak, and has been involved at programs to assist Returning Citizens (released from prison).
MAARC (The Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati) is an interfaith coalition of Protestants, Roman Catholics, Muslims, Jews and Unitarian-Universalists that addresses social concerns in our area.