Further Justice Work
Adelante Comunidad Conejo – Thursdays from 10:30 to 12:30pm are for Chalice donations of food and supplies (TP, soap, detergent), before the weekly food bank. Bring donations to Adelante at the back of the United Methodist Church, 1000 E. Janss Rd. For help delivering donations, contact Barbara Leighton, firstname.lastname@example.org. Adelante is a small 501c3 group serving local families who may lack transportation and have been hit hard by COVID 19 shut-downs. All donations are really appreciated. For more info, visit: www.adelantecomunidadconejo.org
- 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.
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.
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.