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
Adulting Class for Adults
Apr 04 2020
09:00AM - 12:00PM
AIM Day
Apr 05 2020
12:00AM
Infant / Toddler Sunday School
Apr 05 2020
09:45AM - 11:15AM
Worship
Apr 05 2020
10:00AM - 11:00AM
1st - 3rd Sunday School
Apr 05 2020
10:00AM - 11:15AM
4th - 5th Sunday School
Apr 05 2020
10:00AM - 11:15AM
Jr. High Youth Group
Apr 05 2020
10:00AM - 11:00AM
PreK - K Sunday School
Apr 05 2020
10:00AM - 11:15AM
Sr. High Youth Group
Apr 05 2020
10:00AM -
Coffee Hour
Apr 05 2020
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Kid's Choir Rehearsal
Apr 05 2020
11:30AM - 12:15PM
Youth Music Rehearsals
Apr 05 2020
11:30AM - 12:30PM
IHN
Apr 05 2020
04:00PM - 10:00PM
IHN
Apr 05 2020
04:00PM - 11:55PM
Senior High Hangout
Apr 05 2020
06:00PM - 08:00PM
IHN
Apr 06 2020
12:00AM
IHN
Apr 06 2020
06:00AM - 09:00AM
Meditation
Apr 06 2020
11:30AM - 12:30PM
Adult Faith Development
Apr 06 2020
04:00PM - 05:30PM
IHN
Apr 06 2020
04:00PM - 09:00PM
Building and Grounds Committee
Apr 06 2020
06:30PM - 08:00PM
Board of Trustees Event
Apr 07 2020
12:00AM
IHN
Apr 07 2020
12:00AM
IHN
Apr 07 2020
06:00AM - 09:00AM
Greater Cincinnati Democrats
Apr 07 2020
11:00AM - 01:30PM
IHN
Apr 07 2020
04:00PM - 09:00PM
Finance Committee
Apr 07 2020
06:30PM - 08:00PM
Board of Trustees Event
Apr 08 2020
12:00AM
IHN
Apr 08 2020
12:00AM
IHN
Apr 08 2020
06:00AM - 09:00AM
Sharing Circle
Apr 08 2020
09:45AM - 11:15AM
IHN
Apr 08 2020
04:00PM - 09:00PM
Board of Trustees Meeting
Apr 08 2020
06:30PM - 08:30PM
First Church Ringers
Apr 08 2020
06:30PM - 07:30PM
Sharing Circle
Apr 08 2020
06:30PM - 08:00PM
Board of Trustees Event
Apr 09 2020
12:00AM
IHN
Apr 09 2020
12:00AM
IHN
Apr 09 2020
06:00AM - 09:00AM
IHN
Apr 09 2020
04:00PM - 09:00PM
Worship Committee
Apr 09 2020
06:00PM - 07:30PM
Choir Rehearsal
Apr 09 2020
07:00PM - 08:30PM
IHN
Apr 10 2020
12:00AM
IHN
Apr 10 2020
06:00AM - 09:00AM
IHN
Apr 10 2020
04:00PM - 09:00PM
Examining X - Social Class 2
Apr 10 2020
06:00PM - 10:00PM
IHN
Apr 11 2020
12:00AM
IHN
Apr 11 2020
06:00AM - 09:00AM
Blessing of the Animals
Apr 11 2020
09:00AM - 11:00AM
IHN
Apr 11 2020
04:00PM - 09:00PM
Newsletter Deadline
Apr 12 2020
12:00AM
IHN
Apr 12 2020
06:00AM - 08:00AM
IHN
Apr 12 2020
06:00AM - 09:00AM
Infant / Toddler Sunday School
Apr 12 2020
09:45AM - 11:15AM
Worship
Apr 12 2020
10:00AM - 11:00AM
1st - 3rd Sunday School
Apr 12 2020
10:00AM - 11:15AM
4th - 5th Sunday School
Apr 12 2020
10:00AM - 11:15AM
Jr. High Youth Group
Apr 12 2020
10:00AM - 11:00AM
PreK - K Sunday School
Apr 12 2020
10:00AM - 11:15AM
Sr. High Youth Group
Apr 12 2020
10:00AM -
Coffee Hour
Apr 12 2020
11:00AM - 12:30PM
First Church HUUmanists
Apr 12 2020
11:30AM - 01:00PM
Easter Brunch
Apr 12 2020
11:30AM - 02:00PM
Meditation
Apr 13 2020
11:30AM - 12:30PM
Linton Writers
Apr 14 2020
09:30AM - 11:30AM
Greater Cincinnati Democrats
Apr 14 2020
11:00AM - 01:30PM
First Church Ringers
Apr 15 2020
06:30PM - 07:30PM
Social Justice Committee
Apr 16 2020
04:00PM - 05:30PM
Committee on Ministry
Apr 16 2020
06:00PM - 07:30PM
Choir Rehearsal
Apr 16 2020
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Linton Music Rehearsal
Apr 18 2020
09:00AM - 10:00PM
Heart and Hand Art Class
Apr 18 2020
09:30AM - 12:00PM
Infant / Toddler Sunday School
Apr 19 2020
09:45AM - 11:15AM
Worship
Apr 19 2020
10:00AM - 11:00AM
1st - 3rd Sunday School
Apr 19 2020
10:00AM - 11:15AM
4th - 5th Sunday School
Apr 19 2020
10:00AM - 11:15AM
Jr. High Youth Group
Apr 19 2020
10:00AM - 11:00AM
PreK - K Sunday School
Apr 19 2020
10:00AM - 11:15AM
Sr. High Youth Group
Apr 19 2020
10:00AM -
Coffee Hour
Apr 19 2020
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Kid's Choir Rehearsal
Apr 19 2020
11:30AM - 12:15PM
Youth Music Rehearsals
Apr 19 2020
11:30AM - 12:30PM
Linton Music Concert
Apr 19 2020
11:45AM - 07:00PM
Linton Music Concert
Apr 19 2020
12:30PM - 07:00PM
Linton Music Concert
Apr 19 2020
02:00PM - 07:00PM
Meditation
Apr 20 2020
11:30AM - 12:30PM
Greater Cincinnati Democrats
Apr 21 2020
11:00AM - 01:30PM
Harvest the Power
Apr 21 2020
06:00PM - 09:00PM
First Church Ringers
Apr 22 2020
06:30PM - 07:30PM
Vespers
Apr 22 2020
07:00PM - 08:00PM
Choir Rehearsal
Apr 23 2020
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Music Sunday Dress Rehearsal
Apr 25 2020
09:00AM - 11:00AM
"Out of My Mind" Book Discussion
Apr 25 2020
03:00PM - 04:00PM
Newsletter Deadline
Apr 26 2020
12:00AM
Infant / Toddler Sunday School
Apr 26 2020
09:45AM - 11:15AM
Worship
Apr 26 2020
10:00AM - 11:00AM
1st - 3rd Sunday School
Apr 26 2020
10:00AM - 11:15AM
4th - 5th Sunday School
Apr 26 2020
10:00AM - 11:15AM
Jr. High Youth Group
Apr 26 2020
10:00AM - 11:00AM
PreK - K Sunday School
Apr 26 2020
10:00AM - 11:15AM
Sr. High Youth Group
Apr 26 2020
10:00AM -
Coffee Hour
Apr 26 2020
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Bylaws Task Force
Apr 26 2020
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Next Gen Dinner Planning Meeting
Apr 26 2020
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Meditation
Apr 27 2020
11:30AM - 12:30PM
Women Singing in Sacred Circle
Apr 27 2020
07:00PM - 09:30PM
Free Inquiry Group
Apr 27 2020
07:00PM - 09:00PM
Linton Writers
Apr 28 2020
09:30AM - 11:30AM
Greater Cincinnati Democrats
Apr 28 2020
11:00AM - 01:30PM
Harvest the Power
Apr 28 2020
06:00PM - 09:00PM
Civic Garden Center Plant Sale
Apr 29 2020
08:00AM - 05:00PM
Coffee House Rehearsal
Apr 29 2020
06:00PM - 08:30PM
First Church Ringers
Apr 29 2020
06:30PM - 07:30PM
Civic Garden Center Plant Sale
Apr 30 2020
08:00AM - 05:00PM
Harvest the Power
Apr 30 2020
06:00PM - 09:00PM
Choir Rehearsal
Apr 30 2020
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Civic Garden Center Plant Sale
May 01 2020
08:00AM - 05:00PM
LADD Drum Circle
May 01 2020
10:30AM - 12:30PM
Dinner and Coffee House
May 01 2020
04:00PM - 10:00PM
Civic Garden Center Plant Sale
May 01 2020
05:00PM - 09:00PM
Civic Garden Center Plant Sale
May 02 2020
08:00AM - 05:00PM
Church Council Meeting
May 02 2020
09:00AM - 12:00PM
Adulting Class for Elders
May 02 2020
09:00AM - 12:00PM
Infant / Toddler Sunday School
May 03 2020
09:45AM - 11:15AM
Worship
May 03 2020
10:00AM - 11:00AM
1st - 3rd Sunday School
May 03 2020
10:00AM - 11:15AM
4th - 5th Sunday School
May 03 2020
10:00AM - 11:15AM
Jr. High Youth Group
May 03 2020
10:00AM - 11:00AM
PreK - K Sunday School
May 03 2020
10:00AM - 11:15AM
Sr. High Youth Group
May 03 2020
10:00AM -
Coffee Hour
May 03 2020
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Kid's Choir Rehearsal
May 03 2020
11:30AM - 12:15PM
Secret Pals Ice Cream Social
May 03 2020
12:00PM - 01:00PM
Senior High Hangout
May 03 2020
06:00PM - 08:00PM
Meditation
May 04 2020
11:30AM - 12:30PM
Adult Faith Development
May 04 2020
04:00PM - 05:30PM
Building and Grounds Committee
May 04 2020
06:30PM - 08:00PM
Greater Cincinnati Democrats
May 05 2020
11:00AM - 01:30PM
Harvest the Power
May 05 2020
06:00PM - 09:00PM
Finance Committee
May 05 2020
06:30PM - 08:00PM
Executive Committee
May 06 2020
06:30PM - 08:30PM
First Church Ringers
May 06 2020
06:30PM - 07:30PM
Board of Trustees Meeting
May 07 2020
06:30PM - 08:30PM
Choir Rehearsal
May 07 2020
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Linton Music Rehearsal
May 08 2020
09:00AM - 10:00PM
Examining X - Social Class 2
May 08 2020
06:00PM - 10:00PM
Parents' Night Out
May 08 2020
06:00PM - 10:00PM
Linton Music Rehearsal
May 09 2020
09:00AM - 10:00PM
Newsletter Deadline
May 10 2020
12:00AM
Infant / Toddler Sunday School
May 10 2020
09:45AM - 11:15AM
Worship
May 10 2020
10:00AM - 11:00AM

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.