The mission of the Justice Council is to promote and facilitate justice work as a vital and integral element of life at Jefferson Unitarian Church. The Justice Council provides service projects, education, witness, advocacy, and community action to ensure opportunities for members and friends to incorporate the Unitarian Universalist commitment to justice into our lives.

Each year our church gives away tens of thousands of dollars to support partner organizations in the community and wider world that share our passion for care and justice. Once a month, we give away our offering plate to organizations proposed by our members. Find out more about who we have given the offering plate to here. You can submit an application on behalf of an organization you think fits our church by downloading an application here.

If you have an idea for a new justice initiative, please contact Rev. Eric Banner. People with new ideas are asked to fill out this application for initial status and have a conversation with Rev. Banner to explore whether or not the proposal can move forward.

We partner for justice through a variety of teams in our church:

UU the Vote partners with the national UU the Vote initiative to help protect our democracy and our values at the ballot box through voter outreach and engagement.

JUC’s Community Action Network (CAN) partners with Together Colorado to create structural change. Our community organizing work is focused on issues of mental health, affordable housing and homelessness. Contact: Jill Armstrong

Housing & Poverty Team – Partners with Family Promise, Family Tree, The Action Center, Habitat for Humanity, and others to provide care for those struggling with poverty or homelessness. Contact: Laura Hollingsworth

Green Task Force – Partners with Citizens Climate Lobby and the Colorado Renewable Energy Society to address environmental sustainability and climate change. Contact: Martin Voelker

Gun Violence Reduction Team – Partners with Colorado Faith Communities to End Gun Violence to address gun violence in our community. Contact: Don Armstrong

Food & Nourishment Team – Partners with Nourishing Connections (the Denver Chapter of Weston A. Price Foundation) to nourish the health of our families and community. In addition, we partner with local non-profit charities, including Earthlinks and the Arvada Rising Homeless Day Shelter, to engage in direct community service that provides at risk people with resources and nourishing meals to improve their lives. The goal of our Food & Nourishment Team is to encourage each of us to live happily within Earth’s limits enjoying healthy food without squandering away or destroying nature’s wealth for future generations. Contacts: Gilla Lachnitt, Laurie Scholl, and Carol Kolesnikoff

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) – Partners with both the international UUSC and ADIVIMA to support justice work internationally. Our partnership with ADIVIMA includes the UU Guatemala Scholarship Program, helping keep dozens of youth in school by providing for school fees, uniforms and other costs of attendance. Contact: Gretchen May