The mission of the Social Justice Committee is to effectively address systemic causes and results of social injustice by involving current and prospective members and friends of First Unitarian Church in worthwhile efforts that align with our principles and church mission. The committee coordinates our social justice work and meets the 3rd Sunday of the month after the church service.

Co-Chairs:
Amanda Lynch, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 740.361.1475
Don Sherman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.388.0023

 

 

Activities Overview:

 

Interfaith Hospitality Network

IHN is our largest volunteer project. Since 2006, we have housed homeless families at the church three to four weeks of each year. About 70 volunteers from First and other churches provide meals, a clean bed, fellowship, and safe harbor for homeless families.

Contacts:
Faith Maynard, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.305.6703
 
 

South Avondale Tutoring

Volunteers from First Church are trained and serve as tutors for kindergartners, Tuesdays 1:00-2:00, Wednesdays and Thursdays 12:30-1:30 at South Avondale Elementary School.

Contact:
Liv Ramstad,
email, phone 513.543.9012


Shiloh Food Pantry

Volunteers from First Church provide food donations, volunteer labor, and financial contributions to the Shiloh Food Pantry in Avondale.

Contacts:

Tom Rohrer,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.518.9213
Joe Rohling, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.771-4586


LGBTQI Advocacy

The Unitarian Universalist Association recognizes First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati as a Welcoming Congregation. We welcome people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Members and friends participate in the annual Cincinnati Pride Parade, and many members and friends advocate for gender equality.

Contact: Lois Gish,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.542.5587


Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)

UUSC advances human rights and social justice around the world, partnering with those who confront unjust power structures and mobilizing to challenge oppressive policies.

Contacts:
Heather Zoller, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 859.442.0011
Chuck Schneider, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.761.9331


Immigration Justice

First Church has held immigration dialogues and has hosted immigrants at Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) services. Many members and friends advocate for comprehensive, compassionate immigration reform.

Contact:
Don Sherman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.388.0023


Peace Committee

The Peace Committee brings peace issues to our attention.

Contact:
 Don Sherman,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.388.0023


Refugee Committee

The committee supports refugee families from the Sudan and from Kosovo.

Contact: Jan Smith, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.923.2137 


Carbon Footprint/Environmental Committee

The committee is identifying ways all of us can respond to the challenges of climate change.

Contact: TBD



Collaborations with Other Churches

The Unitarian Universalist Council of Greater Cincinnati and the Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati focus on social justice issues such as homelessness and affordable housing, and police-community relations in greater Cincinnati. First Church contributes to the activities of both groups.

Contact:
Lee Meyer,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.256.7577


The Faith Community Alliance of Greater Cincinnati

The Alliance provides a forum for the sharing of information and community action.

Contact:
Liv Ramstad,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.543.9012


Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO)

Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio organizes justice seekers statewide to promote education, service and advocacy consistent with Unitarian Universalist liberal religious principles and to witness with and on behalf of marginalized groups and individuals. uujo.org 

Contact: Dan Schneider,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.561.0849


Carter Fund and Carter Service

This fund is a living memorial to Rev. W.H.G. Carter, the first African-American Unitarian minister in Cincinnati. The fund is replenished each year by a special collection on Martin Luther King weekend. Since 2001 more than $70,000 has been distributed to families and local non-profit agencies.

First Unitarian Church apologized to the Carter family in 2001 for ignoring Rev. W.H.G. Carter and his storefront church which served an urban black Cincinnati neighborhood in 1918-1939. The congregation recalls Carter’s pioneering efforts and his staunch Unitarian principles every year at a special service on Martin Luther King Day weekend. Click here for a history of the Carter reconciliation journey, for both the family and the congregation.

Contact: Ann Retford,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.793.1075

 

Cuba Connection

The First Church-Cuba connection is a developing collaboration between First Unitarian Church and groups of Unitarian Universalist sympathizers in Cuba. We have developed this connection through the leadership of Jorge Vila, a First Church member of Cuban heritage.

Contact: Jorge Vila, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.746.0618


For more information about the great working being done by First Church members and to learn how to get involved, please see our Social Justice Directory.

Upcoming Events
Music/choir rehearsal
Dec 03 2020
12:00AM
A/V project
Nov 30 2020
09:00AM - 05:00PM
Storytime with Ms. Amber
Dec 03 2020
06:00PM - 06:15PM
HR Meeting
Dec 03 2020
07:00PM - 08:30PM
A/V project
Nov 30 2020
09:00AM - 05:00PM
AFD Meeting
Dec 04 2020
09:30AM - 10:30AM
Minecraft with Ms. Meredith
Dec 05 2020
09:00AM - 10:30AM
Farewell / Joy Haupt
Dec 05 2020
11:00AM - 12:00PM
December Donation Drive(Thru)
Dec 05 2020
01:00PM - 04:00PM
Youth Group
Dec 06 2020
12:00AM
Coffee Hour
Dec 06 2020
11:00AM - 12:30PM
B&G building project
Dec 08 2020
08:00AM - 10:00AM
Opening Hearts Steering Committee
Dec 08 2020
07:00PM - 08:30PM
CartUUns with Ms. Kymm
Dec 09 2020
12:00AM
First U Singers
Dec 09 2020
05:00PM - 05:40PM
Board of Trustees Meeting
Dec 09 2020
06:30PM - 08:30PM
Music/choir rehearsal
Dec 10 2020
12:00AM
Storytime with Ms. Amber
Dec 10 2020
06:00PM - 06:15PM
Worship Committee
Dec 10 2020
06:00PM - 07:30PM
May Festival Workshop
Dec 11 2020
10:00AM - 01:00PM
May Festival Workshop
Dec 11 2020
02:00PM - 05:00PM
Tad Talk (Possible)
Dec 11 2020
07:00PM - 07:30PM
A/V Sunday Prep
Dec 12 2020
08:00AM - 12:00PM
Spirit in Practice
Dec 12 2020
09:00AM - 10:00AM
December Donation Drive(Thru) Snow Date
Dec 12 2020
01:00PM - 04:00PM
May Festival Workshop
Dec 11 2020
02:00PM - 05:00PM
Youth Group
Dec 13 2020
12:00AM
Coffee Hour
Dec 13 2020
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Getting to Know YoUU
Dec 13 2020
11:00AM - 12:30PM
CartUUns with Ms. Kymm
Dec 16 2020
12:00AM
First U Singers
Dec 16 2020
05:00PM - 05:40PM
Widening the Circle of Concern
Dec 16 2020
07:00PM - 08:00PM
Katie Price's Sharing Circle
Dec 16 2020
07:00PM - 08:00PM
Music/choir rehearsal
Dec 17 2020
12:00AM
Storytime with Ms. Amber
Dec 17 2020
06:00PM - 06:15PM
Committee on Ministry
Dec 17 2020
06:00PM - 07:30PM
Barb Rider's Sharing Circle
Dec 18 2020
03:00PM - 04:30PM
Social Justice Committee
Dec 19 2020
09:30AM - 11:00AM
Virtual Breakfast with Santa
Dec 19 2020
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Youth Group
Dec 20 2020
12:00AM
Coffee Hour
Dec 20 2020
11:00AM - 12:30PM
IHN
Dec 20 2020
04:00PM - 09:00PM
IHN
Dec 20 2020
04:00PM - 11:55PM
IHN
Dec 21 2020
12:00AM
IHN
Dec 21 2020
06:00AM - 08:00AM
IHN
Dec 21 2020
04:00PM - 10:00PM
IHN
Dec 22 2020
12:00AM
IHN
Dec 22 2020
06:00AM - 08:00AM
IHN
Dec 22 2020
04:00PM - 10:00PM
CartUUns with Ms. Kymm
Dec 23 2020
12:00AM
IHN
Dec 23 2020
12:00AM
IHN
Dec 23 2020
06:00AM - 08:00AM
IHN
Dec 23 2020
04:00PM - 10:00PM
First U Singers
Dec 23 2020
05:00PM - 05:40PM
Vespers
Dec 23 2020
07:00PM -
Music/choir rehearsal
Dec 24 2020
12:00AM
Christmas Eve
Dec 24 2020
04:30PM - 06:00PM
IHN
Dec 26 2020
12:00AM
IHN
Dec 26 2020
04:00PM - 10:00PM
IHN
Dec 27 2020
12:00AM
Youth Group
Dec 27 2020
12:00AM
IHN
Dec 27 2020
06:00AM - 08:00AM
Coffee Hour
Dec 27 2020
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Jan Connelly's Sharing Circle
Dec 27 2020
11:15AM - 12:45PM
CartUUns with Ms. Kymm
Dec 30 2020
12:00AM
First U Singers
Dec 30 2020
05:00PM - 05:40PM
Music/choir rehearsal
Dec 31 2020
12:00AM
Minecraft with Ms. Meredith
Jan 02 2021
09:00AM - 10:30AM
Youth Group
Jan 03 2021
12:00AM
Coffee Hour
Jan 03 2021
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Finance Committee
Jan 05 2021
06:30PM - 08:00PM
Nick Payne's Sharing Circle
Jan 05 2021
07:00PM - 08:30PM
CartUUns with Ms. Kymm
Jan 06 2021
12:00AM
First U Singers
Jan 06 2021
05:00PM - 05:40PM
Executive Committee
Jan 06 2021
06:30PM - 08:30PM
Sr. High Hangout
Jan 06 2021
07:00PM - 08:00PM
Music/choir rehearsal
Jan 07 2021
12:00AM
Storytime with Ms. Amber
Jan 07 2021
06:00PM - 06:15PM
Getting to Know UUs
Jan 07 2021
07:00PM - 09:00PM
Spirit in Practice
Jan 09 2021
09:00AM - 10:00AM
Board Workshop
Jan 09 2021
10:00AM - 01:00PM
Youth Group
Jan 10 2021
12:00AM
Coffee Hour
Jan 10 2021
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Getting to Know YoUU
Jan 10 2021
11:00AM - 12:30PM
CartUUns with Ms. Kymm
Jan 13 2021
12:00AM
First U Singers
Jan 13 2021
05:00PM - 05:40PM
Board of Trustees Meeting
Jan 13 2021
06:30PM - 08:30PM
Music/choir rehearsal
Jan 14 2021
12:00AM
Storytime with Ms. Amber
Jan 14 2021
06:00PM - 06:15PM
Worship Committee
Jan 14 2021
06:00PM - 07:30PM
Barb Rider's Sharing Circle
Jan 15 2021
03:00PM - 04:30PM
Social Justice Committee
Jan 16 2021
09:30AM - 11:00AM
Youth Group
Jan 17 2021
12:00AM
Coffee Hour
Jan 17 2021
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Jazz@First
Jan 17 2021
02:00PM - 04:00PM
CartUUns with Ms. Kymm
Jan 20 2021
12:00AM
First U Singers
Jan 20 2021
05:00PM - 05:40PM
Widening the Circle of Concern
Jan 20 2021
07:00PM - 08:00PM
Katie Price's Sharing Circle
Jan 20 2021
07:00PM - 08:00PM
Music/choir rehearsal
Jan 21 2021
12:00AM
Storytime with Ms. Amber
Jan 21 2021
06:00PM - 06:15PM
Committee on Ministry
Jan 21 2021
06:00PM - 07:30PM
Fourth Friday Tad Talks
Jan 22 2021
07:00PM - 07:30PM
Church Council
Jan 23 2021
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Youth Group
Jan 24 2021
12:00AM
Coffee Hour
Jan 24 2021
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Jan Connelly's Sharing Circle
Jan 24 2021
11:15AM - 12:45PM
CartUUns with Ms. Kymm
Jan 27 2021
12:00AM
First U Singers
Jan 27 2021
05:00PM - 05:40PM
Vespers
Jan 27 2021
07:00PM -
Music/choir rehearsal
Jan 28 2021
12:00AM
Storytime with Ms. Amber
Jan 28 2021
06:00PM - 06:15PM
Linton Rehearsal
Jan 29 2021
12:00AM
Linton Rehearsal
Jan 30 2021
09:00AM - 07:00PM
Wi$dom Path
Jan 30 2021
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Youth Group
Jan 31 2021
12:00AM
Coffee Hour
Jan 31 2021
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Linton Set up
Jan 31 2021
11:45AM - 04:00PM
Linton Concert
Jan 31 2021
04:00PM - 07:00PM
Finance Committee
Feb 02 2021
06:30PM - 08:00PM
Nick Payne's Sharing Circle
Feb 02 2021
07:00PM - 08:30PM
CartUUns with Ms. Kymm
Feb 03 2021
12:00AM
First U Singers
Feb 03 2021
05:00PM - 05:40PM
Executive Committee
Feb 03 2021
06:30PM - 08:30PM
Sr. High Hangout
Feb 03 2021
07:00PM - 08:00PM
Music/choir rehearsal
Feb 04 2021
12:00AM
Storytime with Ms. Amber
Feb 04 2021
06:00PM - 06:15PM
Getting to Know UUs
Feb 04 2021
07:00PM - 09:00PM
Minecraft with Ms. Meredith
Feb 06 2021
09:00AM - 10:30AM
Wi$dom Path
Feb 06 2021
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Youth Group
Feb 07 2021
12:00AM
Coffee Hour
Feb 07 2021
11:00AM - 12:30PM
CartUUns with Ms. Kymm
Feb 10 2021
12:00AM
First U Singers
Feb 10 2021
05:00PM - 05:40PM
Board of Trustees Meeting
Feb 10 2021
06:30PM - 08:30PM
Music/choir rehearsal
Feb 11 2021
12:00AM
Storytime with Ms. Amber
Feb 11 2021
06:00PM - 06:15PM
Worship Committee
Feb 11 2021
06:00PM - 07:30PM
Spirit in Practice
Feb 13 2021
09:00AM - 10:00AM
Wi$dom Path
Feb 13 2021
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Youth Group
Feb 14 2021
12:00AM
Coffee Hour
Feb 14 2021
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Getting to Know YoUU
Feb 14 2021
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Jazz@First
Feb 14 2021
02:00PM - 04:00PM
CartUUns with Ms. Kymm
Feb 17 2021
12:00AM
First U Singers
Feb 17 2021
05:00PM - 05:40PM
Widening the Circle of Concern
Feb 17 2021
07:00PM - 08:00PM
Katie Price's Sharing Circle
Feb 17 2021
07:00PM - 08:00PM
Music/choir rehearsal
Feb 18 2021
12:00AM
Storytime with Ms. Amber
Feb 18 2021
06:00PM - 06:15PM

Our 7 UU Principles:

  1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person;

  2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;

  3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;

  4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;

  5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;

  6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;

  7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.