Living Our Values: SEE Justice
Social, Environmental, Economic Justice
Northwoods Vision Statement:
We will be a place of transformation. We will transform our community through intentional inclusion, becoming stronger in our diversity. We will transform our world into a kind, humane and just place through our work outside these walls. We will ourselves be transformed by the work we do, the love we show to each other, and the spiritual challenges we set for ourselves.
SEE Justice Forums
Join us every fourth Sunday of the month for SEE Justice updates from program leaders. Time is 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm. These groups will meet in the “digital sanctuary,” using the same Zoom link we use for worship: https://zoom.us/my/northwoodsuu. (Meeting ID: 766 833 5778).
Upcoming Opportunities to Participate
Side with Love and Support Trans Lives
Last week, Rev. Sarah, Greg McDonell and other UU religious leaders joined SIde with Love and The Trevor Project for an uplifting and informative webinar on combating anti-trans hate. You can watch the recording and get links to the many resources shared in the webinar, here.
Mother’s Day Project
We are once again teaming up with Adopt A Mom to provide gifts for the mothers in Domestic Abuse shelters in Montgomery County for Mother’s Day. We will be collecting items for the project on Easter.
Here is the Amazon wish list for the moms:
Collections for Ukraine
The local Ukrainian community has connections with Northwoods and asked for our help. As they helplessly watch the war unfold they have been called into action by taking up collections that will be transported to New Jersey the week of March 20th, and then flown to Poland for distribution into Ukraine.
Our friends ask for items to help keep warm (mittens, jackets, blankets, etc.) and also medical equipment, including wound dressing supplies. For a complete list of items, click here.
Items can be brought to the church through March 20.
Other ways to help:
Donate to the UUSC: Help UUSC deliver aid with dignity and assist grassroots communities who are left out of traditional relief aid following crises. Your generous gift is a lifeline of support for people around the world rebuilding their lives and recovering from disasters.
Other Places to Donate (endorsed by the UUSC)
- The Ukraine Humanitarian Fund (UHF) : an international collection for Ukrainian people.
- Fight for Right : fighting for the rights of people with disabilities in Ukraine.
- Razom: means “together” in Ukrainian. Dedicated to organizing volunteer forces. Currently focused on procuring medical supplies.
- Voices of Children: provides support to children who have suffered as a result of war.
Unique Ways to Give Directly to Ukrainian People:
- Rent a Ukrainian AirBnb, with no intention of staying there. Read more here.
- Shop for Ukranian Etsy printables: Click here for the printables available from Ukraine.
Our Reproductive Justice team delivered the March 28, 2021 Sunday service. To meet the team and watch the portions of the service, visit click below to see Reflections by the Reproductive team:
The Reproductive team is also watching and advocates for and against particular abortion bills, offered the UUA Reproductive Justice curriculum, hosted book, movie and documentary discussions related to Reproductive Justice, and continue to advocate and learn. The Lilith Fund and the Houston Support Access network have been our Share the Plate recipients.
Songs for the service were written and performed by Northwoods Musicians.
Millbend Coffeehouse Concerts
We are Thrilled to announce that Millbend Coffeehouse is finally re-opening after an 18 month Pandemic induced hiatus.
Millbend Coffeehouse is a non-profit venue hosted by Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Church. Open the 2nd Saturday of every month, with occasional extra concerts, we are dedicated to bringing the finest in national and local acoustic/folk songwriters and performers to our informal and intimate setting. We are a smoke free and family friendly environment. In our relaxed atmosphere you can meet the entertainers and obtain copies of the hard to find CDs of these fine performers.
Suggested donations vary. All profits from the gate go to local charities/causes — which are determined by audience vote at each concert, with the winners announced at the Intermission.
Visit the Millbend Coffeehouse website for information on performers and tickets.