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
Women's Group
Jan 18 2020
09:30AM - 12:00PM
Sharing Circle
Jan 18 2020
02:00PM - 03:30PM
Book/Movie Discussion
Jan 18 2020
06:00PM - 10:00PM
Newsletter Deadline
Jan 19 2020
12:00AM
Infant / Toddler Sunday School
Jan 19 2020
09:45AM - 11:15AM
Worship
Jan 19 2020
10:00AM - 11:00AM
1st - 3rd Sunday School
Jan 19 2020
10:00AM - 11:15AM
4th - 5th Sunday School
Jan 19 2020
10:00AM - 11:15AM
Jr. High Youth Group
Jan 19 2020
10:00AM - 11:00AM
PreK - K Sunday School
Jan 19 2020
10:00AM - 11:15AM
Sr. High Youth Group
Jan 19 2020
10:00AM -
Coffee Hour
Jan 19 2020
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Getting to Know UU
Jan 19 2020
11:10AM - 11:55PM
Kid's Choir Rehearsal
Jan 19 2020
11:30AM - 12:15PM
White Supremacy Teach-In
Jan 19 2020
11:30AM - 01:00PM
MLK Day
Jan 20 2020
12:00AM
Meditation
Jan 20 2020
11:30AM - 12:30PM
May Festival Rehearsal
Jan 20 2020
07:00PM - 10:00PM
Greater Cincinnati Democrats
Jan 21 2020
11:00AM - 01:00PM
Adult OWL
Jan 21 2020
06:00PM - 09:00PM
Tuesday Night Check-in
Jan 21 2020
09:30PM - 10:00PM
Pre-Vesper Potluck
Jan 22 2020
05:45PM - 07:00PM
First Church Ringers
Jan 22 2020
06:30PM - 07:30PM
Vespers
Jan 22 2020
07:00PM -
AIM Meeting
Jan 23 2020
10:00AM - 11:30AM
Harvest the Power
Jan 23 2020
06:00PM - 09:00PM
Choir Rehearsal
Jan 23 2020
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Micro-Aggression Workshop
Jan 25 2020
11:00AM - 02:00PM
HR Meeting
Jan 26 2020
08:30AM - 10:00AM
Infant / Toddler Sunday School
Jan 26 2020
09:45AM - 11:15AM
Worship
Jan 26 2020
10:00AM - 11:00AM
1st - 3rd Sunday School
Jan 26 2020
10:00AM - 11:15AM
4th - 5th Sunday School
Jan 26 2020
10:00AM - 11:15AM
Jr. High Youth Group
Jan 26 2020
10:00AM - 11:00AM
PreK - K Sunday School
Jan 26 2020
10:00AM - 11:15AM
Sr. High Youth Group
Jan 26 2020
10:00AM -
Coffee Hour
Jan 26 2020
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Congregational Meeting
Jan 26 2020
11:15AM - 12:30PM
Six Sources Discussion
Jan 26 2020
12:00PM - 01:00PM
Intermediate OWL
Jan 26 2020
12:00PM - 01:15PM
Meditation
Jan 27 2020
11:30AM - 12:30PM
Women Singing in Sacred Circle
Jan 27 2020
07:00PM - 09:30PM
Free Inquiry Group
Jan 27 2020
07:00PM - 09:00PM
Linton Writers
Jan 28 2020
09:30AM - 11:30AM
Greater Cincinnati Democrats
Jan 28 2020
11:00AM - 01:00PM
Adult OWL
Jan 28 2020
06:00PM - 09:00PM
Tuesday Night Check-in
Jan 28 2020
09:30PM - 10:00PM
Community Connections with LLAD
Jan 29 2020
11:00AM - 01:00PM
First Church Ringers
Jan 29 2020
06:30PM - 07:30PM
Harvest the Power
Jan 30 2020
06:00PM - 09:00PM
Choir Rehearsal
Jan 30 2020
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Community Connections with LLAD
Jan 31 2020
11:00AM - 01:00PM
Adulting Class for Elders
Feb 01 2020
09:00AM - 12:00PM
Principled Commitment
Feb 01 2020
09:00AM - 12:30PM
Newsletter Deadline
Feb 02 2020
12:00AM
Heart and Hand Team Meeting
Feb 02 2020
08:30AM - 10:00AM
Infant / Toddler Sunday School
Feb 02 2020
09:45AM - 11:15AM
Worship
Feb 02 2020
10:00AM - 11:00AM
1st - 3rd Sunday School
Feb 02 2020
10:00AM - 11:15AM
4th - 5th Sunday School
Feb 02 2020
10:00AM - 11:15AM
Jr. High Youth Group
Feb 02 2020
10:00AM - 11:00AM
PreK - K Sunday School
Feb 02 2020
10:00AM - 11:15AM
Sr. High Youth Group
Feb 02 2020
10:00AM -
Coffee Hour
Feb 02 2020
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Kid's Choir Rehearsal
Feb 02 2020
11:30AM - 12:15PM
Intermediate OWL
Feb 02 2020
12:00PM - 01:15PM
CCJO Jazz@First
Feb 02 2020
01:00PM - 05:00PM
CCJO Jazz@First Series
Feb 02 2020
01:00PM - 04:00PM
Senior High Hangout
Feb 02 2020
06:00PM - 08:00PM
Meditation
Feb 03 2020
11:30AM - 12:30PM
Adult Faith Development
Feb 03 2020
04:00PM - 05:30PM
Building and Grounds Committee
Feb 03 2020
06:30PM - 08:00PM
May Festival Rehearsal
Feb 03 2020
07:00PM - 10:00PM
Greater Cincinnati Democrats
Feb 04 2020
11:00AM - 01:00PM
Adult OWL
Feb 04 2020
06:00PM - 09:00PM
Finance Committee
Feb 04 2020
06:30PM - 08:00PM
Tuesday Night Check-in
Feb 04 2020
09:30PM - 10:00PM
Executive Committee
Feb 05 2020
06:30PM - 08:30PM
First Church Ringers
Feb 05 2020
06:30PM - 07:30PM
Choir Rehearsal
Feb 06 2020
07:00PM - 08:30PM
LADD Drum Circle
Feb 07 2020
10:30AM - 12:30PM
Heart and Hand Auction
Feb 08 2020
12:00AM
Principled Commitment
Feb 08 2020
09:00AM - 12:30PM
Heart & Hand Collection & Distribution
Feb 09 2020
08:00AM - 11:00AM
Infant / Toddler Sunday School
Feb 09 2020
09:45AM - 11:15AM
Worship
Feb 09 2020
10:00AM - 11:00AM
1st - 3rd Sunday School
Feb 09 2020
10:00AM - 11:15AM
4th - 5th Sunday School
Feb 09 2020
10:00AM - 11:15AM
Jr. High Youth Group
Feb 09 2020
10:00AM - 11:00AM
PreK - K Sunday School
Feb 09 2020
10:00AM - 11:15AM
Sr. High Youth Group
Feb 09 2020
10:00AM -
Coffee Hour
Feb 09 2020
11:00AM - 12:30PM
First Church HUUmanists
Feb 09 2020
11:30AM - 01:00PM
Meditation
Feb 10 2020
11:30AM - 12:30PM
Linton Writers
Feb 11 2020
09:30AM - 11:30AM
Greater Cincinnati Democrats
Feb 11 2020
11:00AM - 01:00PM
Adult OWL
Feb 11 2020
06:00PM - 09:00PM
Tuesday Night Check-in
Feb 11 2020
09:30PM - 10:00PM
Sharing Circle
Feb 12 2020
09:45AM - 11:15AM
Board of Trustee's Meeting
Feb 12 2020
06:30PM - 08:30PM
First Church Ringers
Feb 12 2020
06:30PM - 07:30PM
Sharing Circle
Feb 12 2020
06:30PM - 08:00PM
Worship Committee
Feb 13 2020
06:00PM - 07:30PM
Choir Rehearsal
Feb 13 2020
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Parent's Night Out
Feb 14 2020
06:00PM - 10:00PM
Examining X
Feb 14 2020
06:00PM - 10:00PM
Heart & Hand Auction Snow Day
Feb 15 2020
12:00AM
Principled Commitment
Feb 15 2020
09:00AM - 12:30PM
Book/Movie Discussion
Feb 15 2020
06:00PM - 10:00PM
Newsletter Deadline
Feb 16 2020
12:00AM
Heart & Hand Collection and Distribution
Feb 16 2020
08:00AM - 11:00AM
Infant / Toddler Sunday School
Feb 16 2020
09:45AM - 11:15AM
Worship
Feb 16 2020
10:00AM - 11:00AM
1st - 3rd Sunday School
Feb 16 2020
10:00AM - 11:15AM
4th - 5th Sunday School
Feb 16 2020
10:00AM - 11:15AM
Jr. High Youth Group
Feb 16 2020
10:00AM - 11:00AM
PreK - K Sunday School
Feb 16 2020
10:00AM - 11:15AM
Sr. High Youth Group
Feb 16 2020
10:00AM -
Coffee Hour
Feb 16 2020
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Kid's Choir Rehearsal
Feb 16 2020
11:30AM - 12:15PM
Sharing Circle
Feb 16 2020
11:30AM - 01:00PM
President's Day
Feb 17 2020
12:00AM
Meditation
Feb 17 2020
11:30AM - 12:30PM
May Festival Rehearsal
Feb 17 2020
07:00PM - 10:00PM
Greater Cincinnati Democrats
Feb 18 2020
11:00AM - 01:00PM
Adult OWL
Feb 18 2020
06:00PM - 09:00PM
Tuesday Night Check-in
Feb 18 2020
09:30PM - 10:00PM
First Church Ringers
Feb 19 2020
06:30PM - 07:30PM
Social Justice Committee
Feb 20 2020
04:00PM - 05:30PM
Committee on Ministry
Feb 20 2020
06:00PM - 07:30PM
Choir Rehearsal
Feb 20 2020
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Principled Commitment
Feb 22 2020
09:00AM - 12:30PM
Jorge Vila Memorial
Feb 22 2020
01:00PM - 04:00PM
Heart & Hand Collection and Distribution
Feb 23 2020
08:00AM - 11:00AM
Infant / Toddler Sunday School
Feb 23 2020
09:45AM - 11:15AM
Worship
Feb 23 2020
10:00AM - 11:00AM
1st - 3rd Sunday School
Feb 23 2020
10:00AM - 11:15AM
4th - 5th Sunday School
Feb 23 2020
10:00AM - 11:15AM
Jr. High Youth Group
Feb 23 2020
10:00AM - 11:00AM
PreK - K Sunday School
Feb 23 2020
10:00AM - 11:15AM
Sr. High Youth Group
Feb 23 2020
10:00AM -
Coffee Hour
Feb 23 2020
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Six Sources Discussion
Feb 23 2020
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Intermediate OWL
Feb 23 2020
12:00PM - 01:15PM
Meditation
Feb 24 2020
11:30AM - 12:30PM
Women Singing in Sacred Circle
Feb 24 2020
07:00PM - 09:30PM
Free Inquiry Group
Feb 24 2020
07:00PM - 09:00PM
Linton Writers
Feb 25 2020
09:30AM - 11:30AM
Greater Cincinnati Democrats
Feb 25 2020
11:00AM - 01:00PM
Adult OWL
Feb 25 2020
06:00PM - 09:00PM

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.