Further Justice Work
Reducing Food Insecurity:
Adelante Comunidad Conejo has a weekly food bank and delivers food to families in need. Chalice volunteer drivers can pick up donations or individuals can deliver food and supplies (TP, soap, detergent) to the United Methodist Church, 1000 E. Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks, (entrance on Whitecliff). Our Chalice drop off time is Thursdays 1-4pm. (Also open: Tues. 9:30-Noon, Fri. 9:30-Noon, and Sat.10-Noon if you can’t make our designated Thursday times.) For help delivering donations, contact: Debbie Snider at firstname.lastname@example.org. Adelante is a small 501c3 group serving local families who may lack transportation. All donations are really appreciated. For more info, visit: http://www.adelantecomunidadconejo.org (pictures below)
Feeding Hands is small Chalice crew that is providing hot take-out dinners on the first Tuesday of each month for Harbor House (www.harborhouseto.org/) to distribute to those in our community who are needy. If you are interested in joining this effort please contact: Debbie Snider at email@example.com. Once Covid restrictions are over, we hope to resume the many-year tradition of monthly, large, communal first-Tuesday meals for all who are hungry in cooperation with other interfaith participants.
Several Chalice volunteers also pick up and distribute weekly contributions from Food Forward, (www.foodforward.org), a Southern California organization on a mission to reduce food waste and increase access to healthy fruits and vegetables through food recovery. Donations are delivered to some of our local families and to Adelante.
Gender Equality & Reproductive Health
Each of us has worth and dignity, and that worth includes our gender and our sexuality. As Unitarian Universalists (UUs), we not only open our doors to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, we value diversity of sexuality and gender and see it as a spiritual gift. We create inclusive religious communities and work for LGBTQ justice and equity as a core part of who we are.
Decisions about children, families and sexuality are some of life’s most profound. We advocate not only for the freedom of those choices in each person’s life journey, but also for the ability of all families and communities to realize a sense of wholeness with regard to their sexual and reproductive lives. We create safe and healthy environments for children in our faith communities and campaign publicly for just and compassionate laws for family planning, reproductive health, and gender equality.
- An economic justice group was formed to study the work of Thomas Piketty and was inspired by, and response to, the Unitarian Universalist Association CSAI (Congregational Study/Action Issue) on Escalating Inequality
- The purpose was to study, discuss, and act on issues impacting inequality.
- The group participated in the local Fight for 15 or the Farmworkers Bill of Rights.
Participants of this group had the opportunity to learn about escalating inequality, share ideas, and take actions of advocacy which included visiting local lawmakers, emailing campaigns, GOTV efforts and working in tandem with local activists.
Economic justice discussion groups are not currently active. We are hoping a new group will form and we encourage Chalice members to get involved. This community needs our active advocacy for fairer wages, and relief from hunger and homelessness.
Temporarily, Due to Covid, the Feeding Hands program does not meet and cook using our Chaliceuu kitchen.
Feeding Hands group:
- provides free dinner on the first Tuesday of each month to those in our community who are part of the free meal program sponsored by Lutheran Social Services
- members of Chalice cook and serve the dinner
Dinners are both prepared at Fellowship Hall and in members’ home kitchens. Dinners are served at Calvary Church, Westlake Village, CA.
Lisa Bortman, member of Chalice, oversees the organization of the dinners.