Recognizing that our liberation is bound up with that of our neighbors, and that our collective wholeness depends on EVERYONE’S needs being met, we encourage all of our members to contribute to social justice as a vital part of the MINISTRY of JUC.
In working with our community partners, we live into our mission of deepening spiritually, connecting authentically, serving respectfully, and loving radically. We minister to our community and each other, and in turn, we are ministered to by the organizations we serve.
We partner for justice through a variety of teams in our church:
JUC Community Action Network
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.
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.
Green Task Force
Partners with Citizens Climate Lobby and the Colorado Renewable Energy Society to address environmental sustainability and climate change.
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.
UU the Vote
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.
UUSC Task Force/Guatemala Partners
Partners with the UU Service Committee through education, advocacy, and memberships to support marginalized communities around the world whose rights are threatened. Our main focus is the important work we do with our partners in Guatemala, an organization called ADIVIMA. Through this partnership, we support a scholarship program for Guatemalan children impoverished by the Civil war. The JUC Guatemala Scholarship Program helps keep dozens of youth in school by providing for school fees, uniforms and other costs of attendance.
If you have an idea for a new justice initiative, please contact Rev. Jen Simon.
People with new ideas are asked to fill out this application for initial status and have a conversation with Rev. Simon to explore whether or not the proposal can move forward.