Unitarian Universalism has a legacy of “deeds not creeds.” Our work for a better world calls us to unexpected places as we harness love’s power to stop oppression. From grassroots community organizing to interfaith state, national, and corporate advocacy; in protest marches, prayer vigils, and press conferences; in homeless shelters and in prisons, Unitarian Universalists put our faith into action.

Our justice efforts are grounded in our call to break down divisions, heal isolation, and honor the interconnectedness of all life and all justice issues. We model these commitments by creating just, welcoming, and inclusive congregations. UU congregations across the world act in partnership with groups and communities most impacted by injustice on local, state, national, and international levels.

The UUA Standing on the Side of Love campaign harnesses the power of love to end oppression, and the UU College of Social Justice provides experiential learning opportunities to deepen the work of justice for people of all ages.

The recently formed UU Casper Social Justice Group (SJ Group) has set up a social justice table/bulletin board in the lobby to share information about UU social justice activities, and share information about what’s happening locally with groups and events promoting social justice. Also, because of the generosity of one of our members, the SJ Group has acquired a banner to use at community events! The Group’s ongoing projects include:

UUA Welcoming Congregation designation renewal! In response to the SJ Group’s proposal and the board’s recommendation, the UU Casper members voted unanimously at the June 4th annual congregational meeting to begin the process of renewing our UUA Welcoming Congregation designation! This designation reflects UU Casper’s commitment to be inclusive of LGBTQ individuals and their concerns at every level of congregational life. The SJ group will spearhead this process, which involves activities of assessment, reflection and education, and will culminate in submission of the official renewal application to the UUA by June 30, 2018.

The SJ Group is conducting an assessment of our past and current efforts to be inclusive of LGBTQ individuals. You can click on this link UU Casper Welcoming Congregation Assessment to download a copy of the assessment. You may mail it to the church or place it in the box in the foyer.

Gender Neutral Restrooms Database Project: The SJ Group wants to spread the word about the great need for safe restroom access for transgender and gender nonconforming individuals! Refuge Restrooms has established a searchable data base at http://www.refugerestrooms.org/ to help people locate safe gender neutral restrooms. We need your help! If you discover any business, restaurant, or any other location that has gender neutral restrooms, go to http://www.refugerestrooms.org/ and add it to the database by clicking on “Submit a New Restroom.” If you do, please let the SJ Group know!

28th Amendment Ballot Initiative: The SJ Group hosted its “inaugural” event on May 13th, Ken Chestek’s May 13th public presentation about Wyoming Promise’s ballot initiative to support a 28th Constitutional amendment to help get unaccountable money our of our elections. The event was a great success with over 30 attendees. The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) supports efforts to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision that “corporations are people” and “money is speech” (https:// www.uua.org/action/statements/amend-constitution-corporations-are-not-persons-and-money-not-speech). To learn more, see the Casper Star Tribune article on May 18, 2017, page 1, or go to http:// wyomingpromise.org. UU Casper SJ Group members will be assisting with circulating petition for the next several months.

Advocating for the LGBTQ Community! The SJ Group sponsored a table at the Casper Pride Picnic at Crossroads Park on June 10th, and members participated in the Pride Parade on June 11th. The Group will be partnering with PFLAG to participate in other community events supporting and advocating for our LGBTQ community!

 

If you would like more information, or would like to help with any of these projects, email info@uucasper.org!