Justice Ministry
 
Justice Ministry Ongoing Activities

Justice Ministry meets quarterly to coordinate a range of St. John's service projects, organizational partnerships, and actions on different issues. For more information on these subgroups, scroll further down this page.

 

St. John’s Justice Ministry Calendar

For more information, consult the latest issue of The Reporter.

Wednesday March 4 7:00 pm: African Americans & Criminal Justice - an illuminating history, at Mt Auburn Presbyterian Church. Presented by Juneteenth & the League of Women Voters. Click here to read the League's Study Pages. Watch online the PBS film Slavery By Another Name.

Saturday March 7 9:00 am: UUGC UU Council of Cincinnati

Saturday March 14: Matthew 25 Ministries volunteer opportunity with Harmony UU; RSVP to Jay Gunther.

Saturday March 14: Concert for International Women's Day: "Women Hold Up More Than Half the Sky" ~ scroll to page 3

Sunday March 22 through Wednesday April 22: Climate Justice Month from World Water Day (March 22) to Earth Day (April 22); Organized nationally through Commit2Respond.

Tuesday March 31 6:30 pm: Beyond Civility Back-to-Back: Religious Rights/Women’s Rights. Jennifer Branch and Chris Finney debate on Hobby Lobby contraception case.  More information: Click here.

April 5-12IHN (Interfaith Hospitality Network) volunteer service at First Unitarian.

Monday April 13: Justice Ministry Meeting,7:00 pm

Saturday April 18: Partner Church Dinner 

April 17-19: MidAmerica UU Region Meeting, Naperville, IL

Sunday April 26 10:00 am: Howard Tolley, Forum, Income Inequality

Sunday April 26 2:30 pmIHN Fundraiser First Unitarian “Bike and Bach” Piano Concert ~ scroll to page 6

June 20-28: Habitat for Humanity trip to El Salvador on 2015; contact Amy Monson

June 23-28: GA (UU General Assembly) Portland, OR. Proposed delegates Howard Tolley, Debbie Combs, Nancy Henry.

Saturday, Sept 26 12:00-4:00 pm: World Peace Festival,noon until 4:00 p.m.at the World Peace Bell, Newport, Kentucky.

Saturday Nov 14: UUJO (UU Justice Ohio) Justice Assembly, Columbus

June 22-27, 2016: UUA GA (General Assembly), Columbus, OH

 

 

Justice Ministry Subgroups and Coordinators

Justice Ministry Chair   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Outreach Committee   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
The six member committee is responsible for approving Justice Ministry expenses, including awards and project grants of $500 - $2000 to area non-profits involved in community action.

Interfaith Hospitality Network     This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Provides hospitality to some of the 2500 families that are homeless each year in Greater Cincinnati.

Green Sanctuary   Jeanne Nightingale

Join with those guiding our church "lifestyle" toward more sustainable, earth-friendly choices.

Partner Church   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
These Friends of Szentlaszlo keep us connected to our Partner Church in Romania.

Peacemaking Initiative  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
In April 2008, our congregation voted to "make a primary church-wide, long-term commitment to Peace and Justice...that goes beyond Social Action and inspires all congregational activities." 

Taste of Africa   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it prepared savories for the second annual joint event at the House of Joy on Friday April 25, 2014, with a choral introduction and program on gun violence.

Welcoming Congregation   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
We extend a warm welcome to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals and their families. 

Immigration   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Prepare Affair  

 

 Organizational Partners

  • UUSC/Guest at Your Table   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • UUJO  Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • AMOS Project - We are deeply involved in AMOS's Exodus Project to address child poverty; and also in AMOS efforts to address the problem of mass incarceration.    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  and Matthew Peterson.
  • MARCC  Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati
  • UUCGC UU Council of Greater Cincinnati  
  • OTSE  Ohioans to Stop Executions   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • OOC  Ohio Organizing Collaborative
  • OJPC  Ohio Justice and Policy Center
  • Peace Churches, Cincinnati   Friends, Brethren, Mennonite & UU.  Sponsor "HIP" Help Increase the Peace youth training to prevent violence by learning alternate methods to resolve conflict.
  • YADA  Young Adult Discussion and Action   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
  • Contact Center   The Contact Center is a non profit, grassroots community organizing agency. It empowers people living in poverty to work for social change. Some issues we are working on include health and dental care, education, and financial needs of grandparents caring for grandchildren. The Contact Center received grants for two consecutive years from the Unitarian Universalist Fund for a Just Society.The grants were for $14,000 each year and were for our statewide Safe and Stable Families program. Specifically, the program works for a fair income for grandparents and other family members caring for children in the family.  For additional information call Cassandra Barham at 513-381-4242.
  • Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN)St. John's, along with several other congregations, provides meals, activities, and encouragement to the four families who sleep in First Unitarian's RE classrooms for two weeks through Cincinnati's Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN). Wanda Crawford coordinates St John's volunteers, and also works at the organizational level for our pod of churches. St John's regular volunteers include children as well as adults.
  • Prepare AffairSince 2012, St John's has participated annuallyin the People Working Cooperatively (PWC) fall ‘Prepare Affair’ in the autumn. Jim Decker has served as crew leader, and our team includes teens as well as adults.
  • OJPC (Ohio Justice and Policy Center): St John's has contributed to the program, has invited executive director David Singeton to speak, and has been involved at programs to assist Returning Citizens (released from prison).
  • MAARC (The Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati) is an interfaith coalition of Protestants, Roman Catholics, Muslims, Jews and Unitarian-Universalists that addresses social concerns in our area.