Justice News

Justice News

Here you will find all the Justice news and opportunities great and small!

 Whether you are a young family just starting out by helping the kids collect items for the recycle buckets or experienced groups of friends hitting all the rallies you feel passionate about... there's something for everyone!

You can also check Adult Religious Education for the classes currently sponsored by our Justice groups. 

(Pride Parade Photo by Jeff Kern.)

Come Out with Pride: Orlando's Gay Pride Celebration

Come Out with Pride: Orlando's Gay Pride Celebration

Saturday, Oct. 5; Festival begins at noon, Parade at 4:00pm

1U will once again have a contingent in the parade. We are also forming teams for the new Pride 5K the morning of the parade (see separate article). Watch for more info about 1U's participation in the weekly eblast.

Interfaith Activities

Interfaith Activities

As part of our commitment to being engaged in the world beyond our walls, and in particular in the local community, 1U regularly takes part in interfaith activities.
Many of our community service and social justice activities give us an opportunities to work with interfaith projects or to partner with those in other faith traditions. You will find many of those listed elsewhere.
Below are some of the upcoming activities with a distinctly interfaith orientation. Some are series and others are one time events. Note that specific 1U involvement is noted in red. Watch the weekly update email and Sunday bulletins for updates.


Religion 201

One Tuesday a month September 2013 through May 2014, at The Holocaust Center

This collaboration between the Interfaith Council of Central Florida and the Holocaust Center is a follow up to last year’s successful Religion 101 series.  Each month features representatives from three different traditions who will engage in lively conversation with each other and the audience regarding a predetermined question. Full schedule and topics are here.  (Note: Three panels will feature representatives of Unitarian Universalism and Rev. Kathy will serve as the Moderator for 3 panels. We often carpool from 1U.)

Religion 201 Prep Series

Second Tuesday of the month, September 2013 through March 2014, 7:15 to 8:30 at First Unitarian in the Community Room (Room 18 of the Enrichment Center)

Each month, we will have a session at 1U to engage the material scheduled for Religion 201. Rev. Kathy will offer brief overviews of the traditions that will be participating. Then we will engage in the conversation amongst ourselves about the question of the month. While these sessions will stand on their own, they will also deepen the experience of those who then decide to attend the Religion 201 session.  On those months when Unitarian Universalism will be on the panel, it will be a chance for the representative to hear from other UUs before taking part.

Monthly Interfaith Discussion

Second Wednesday of the month, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Adventist University of Health Sciences on Florida Hospital’s main campus

Participants in this discussion group, which has met for over a dozen years, end their time together each month by choosing and engaging topic for the following month.  The next topic can be found in the month recent newsletter of the Interfaith Council which can be found here. Rev. Kathy, as well as several other 1U folks, frequently attend, and would welcome your company. We often carpool from 1U.)


Global Peace Film Festival (11th Annual)

Tuesday through Sunday, September 17 – 22, various times and location, Winter Park & Orlando
While you may be interested in many of the films in this festival, one of the final films shown will be followed by an interfaith panel discussion.

Healing Divisions that Keep Us Apart: Tools to Promote Dialogues

Saturday, September 21. 10:00 – 4:00 pm, at Spirit of Joy, Orlando
This workshop is for all people, from any walk of life, ages high school and up. The workshop will teach specific tools for communicating peacefully with one another, and being able to disagree without being disagreeable, even on the hottest political, social and relational topics. Note: A concurrent event for school children grade 3-8 is available as is free childcare for younger children.

Go to the Light!

Sunday, September 22. 2:00 – 4:00 pm, at Northland; A Church Distributed, Longwood
A Sunshine State Interfaith Power and Light (IPL) Workshop: Learn how to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Utilize resources in your congregation

Hate Crime Prevention Forum

Monday, September 23, Evening, at First Unitarian Church, Orlando
Members of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as civil rights and other community organizations gather to deepen our shared understanding. To read about a recent such workshop in Daytona, click here.

Interfaith Council of Central Florida

Rev. Kathy is a member of the Executive Committee of the Interfaith Council of Central Florida. The Exec meets monthly to learn what is going on the community, to plan joint activities, and to build relationship. The Exec includes representatives from Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Baha’i, and Unitarian Universalism. (Note: While the Exec does not have formal representation for the Free Thought community which includes atheists, agnostics, and humanist, it is in conversation with the community and has collaborated various projects.



June 8: GMO Foods Lecture
Genetically Modified Foods:  From Frankenfood to Frankenpeople
Through film and a slide presentation, Lynn Unruh, PhD, RN will discuss the extent of genetically modified food in the American diet, and its risk to human health and future food production. She will discuss policies to curb the presence of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in our food, such as legislating mandatory labeling of GMO in the state of Florida.
Join us on June 8, 2013 in the Sanctuary from 1 PM - 3 PM!
First Unitarian Church of Orlando
1901 E. Robinson St
Orlando FL, 32803
This event is co-sponsored by the Florida School of Holistic Living, the Green Team of the First Unitarian Church of Orlando, and the Homegrown Local Food Cooperative. (RSVP on Facebook. )
Love offerings encouraged.
Lynn Unruh is Professor of Health Services Administration in the Department of Health Management and Informatics at the University of Central Florida. A nurse and health economist, Dr. Unruh's research focuses on healthcare workforce and quality issues and the impact of corporatization and globalization on health.

Let's Show CIW some UU Love on Sunday, March 17

Let's Show CIW some UU Love on Sunday, March 17

Unitarian Universalists are organizing to support the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) on their upcoming March for Rights, Respect and Fair Food. First Unitarian Church of Orlando is encouraging UU congregations statewide to send delegations to Lakeland, FL, on March 17. Logistical information on how to participate is evolving, and the most up-to-date information will be posted here.


The CIW and allies will march 150 miles to Lakeland, FL in a two-week March for Rights, Respect, and Fair Food! The march, which begins in Fort Myers, FL, on Sunday, March 3, will end at the Publix headquarters in Lakeland on Sunday, March 17.

Recently, UUs from several central Florida congregations gathered with community partners to learn more about the CIW's Fair Food program. The day culminated with a picket at the Publix in downtown Orlando, where they were joined by farm workers and their families. A delegation from the group met with store managers to encourage Publix to sign on to the program, which increases wages and improves working conditions for tomato pickers. To read about the day, click here. (Scroll down to find links to news stories at the bottom of the report.)

Participants are committed to helping to swell the ranks of the upcoming march as it approaches the Publix headquarters on March 17. Volunteers from First Unitarian Church of Orlando are working closely with the CIW and Interfaith Action to be able to provide UUs statewide with logistical information for involvement for that day. The latest information can be found here.

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The Alliance

The Alliance

Tuesdays from 10:30am to 1:00pm in Gore Hall

Among many activities, the Alliance prepares donated items for sale in the Continuing Bazaar. Below you will find other activities to enjoy. Why not join us? Bring a bag lunch; homemade iced tea is provided.

The Alliance announces the new slate of candidates for the 2013-2014 officers of the Board, as follows:

President: Jean Cawelti

1st Vice President: Charlotte Fleming

2nd Vice President: Dayle Steakley

Treasurer: Cathy Spoone

Recording Secretary: Lynn Rigney

Corresponding Secretary: Pat Spoone

Elections will be held at the annual business meeting, which occurs on April 23, 2013, in Gore Hall at First Unitarian. (Please note that this is a change from the usual annual business meeting, which has traditionally been held on the last Tuesday of April.) Nominations from the floor will be accepted; however, there must be prior approval from the so-nominated candidate.

The month of March at the Alliance includes:

March 5: Alliance board meeting

March 12: Lunch out, destination to be decided

March 19: Bologna sandwich-making day

March 26: Trip to Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando for tour of the facilities and brunch. We will be leaving 1U at 10:00am to accommodate Planned Parenthood scheduling.

Guests are welcome at any meeting or outing, but please notify us to assure our hosts of having an accurate number count.

Remember the Spring Garage Sale will be on March 22 and 23, with setup occurring on Thursday March 21. Donations of time and saleable items are always appreciated.

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