Social Action

The mission of the Social Action Committee is to guide the congregation in identifying and carrying out social justice work which supports our principles of justice, equity, and compassion in human relations. All are welcome to attend the social action committee meetings, following AWed Potluck meals, at 6 pm, on the first Wednesday of each month. See page 6 of this month’s newsletter for details of our current Social Action projects, or contact Rev Jonalu Johnstone at revjonalu@uufm.net.

The UUFM social action committee supports a member attending the regional UU annual conference. In addition, the social action committee maintains UUFM’s membership in the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee www.uusc.org.

The Fellowship, through the social action committee, supports the following projects:

Equal Rights and Protection for LGBTQ Citizens of Manhattan

UUFM is currently working with other faith groups in our community to encourage the Manhattan City Commission to create an anti-discrimination ordinance that would offer protection for people of all gender identities and sexual orientations.  You can see some recent press coverage here: KSNT Newsnational coverage, and The Manhattan Mercury.

Read the letter submitted to Manhattan City Commissioners by Rev Jonalu Johnstone and nine other area clergy.

Helping Hands Sunday

By donating our collection on the second Sunday of each month, UUFM provides support to a range of local non-profit agencies and associations, such as the Flint Hills Community Clinic and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Learn more from Helping Hands coordinator Dixie Moreau at dixie.moreau53 @ att.net

Happy Kitchen

This cooperative venture between UUFM, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and Seven Dolors Catholic Church provides free breakfasts to anyone in the community, including low income and homeless persons. Volunteers prepare and serve meals at St. Paul’s Fridays from 6:30 to 9:00 am. UUFM serves breakfast every other Friday and have 3 teams who alternate providing the meal.

Happy Kitchen is a busy place. We have seen an increase in the numbers of folks served and the total number of meals. New volunteers are welcome and people who can substitute occasionally are needed. For more information contact Jennifer Bryan snowbird @ violinifer.com.

Other days & times local churches provide meals

GI Rights

The Flint Hills GI Rights Hotline provides information and support to military personnel and their families about issues such as hardship or medical discharges, AWOL, conscientious objection, and more.

UUFM Social Action, together with Manhattan Alliance for Peace and Justice (MAPJ) and other local organizations, established the hotline in 2008. UUFM provided the space and support needed for the initial workshop. Since then UUFM Social Action has provided financial assistance for ongoing counselor training and helps provide lay counselors to answer calls to the hotline.

For more information, click here.  For assistance call 1-877-477-4487  Coordinator: Anne Cowan.

Souper Bowl Sunday

UUFM joins with other community churches and organizations in collecting soup on Souper Bowl Sunday. This food is donated to the Flint Hills Bread Basket. The UUFM RE children help with this project by decorating a collection box and then sorting the donations.

Manhattan Living Wage Coalition

Working to help ensure that businesses that receive economic development funds pay their employees a living wage. The UUFM Social Action Committee supports the work of the Manhattan Living Wage Coalition.

Fair Trade Products

Coffee, cocoa, tea, chocolate bars and dried fruit products are available for purchase each Sunday. Sales help members of small farm cooperatives earn a living wage and help support Unitarian Universalist service projects worldwide.  Coordinator: Anne Cowan.

Voice For Justice

In 2013 the Social Justice Committee of the UUFM initiated a project to address issues of immigration and assist undocumented residents apply for a DACA waiver. We are now a coalition of six churches, one union and the Manhattan Alliance for Peace & Justice.

We meet at irregular intervals, usually with a speaker from a local organization to hear how they address undocumented residents. Between meetings we meet with young people eligible for applying for the DACA waiver.

We would like to involve more members who could learn how to assist with applications, do outreach in the community and to help transport applicants to lawyer appointments which are usually out of town.

For further information, contact Anne Cowan.