Update as of December 11th: Thank you for your generous donations to the two families that we had on the Angel Tree. We have been asked to support another needy family. This is a family with two daughters, whose hard-working parents will not be able to provide gifts or a special holiday meal for their children. Your donations will make a big difference to them. Please come to the table with the red tablecloth on Sunday morning December 15th for details about this family and their needs.
It’s that time of year when we think about donating to our neighbors who are struggling financially. Our annual Angel Tree will be up on the patio Sunday, December 1st and Sunday December 8th. It will have the names of families from Children’s Hospital KIDS clinic, where the families have a child with HIV/AIDS. Please stop by the table to learn how you can choose a person, purchase a gift or two and make a child happy for the holidays. The gifts and monetary contributions will be collected on December 15th.
For more information, contact Melody D. or Judith S.
Holiday Adopt-a-CHOC Family
Coordinator: Birdie Reed (rareed657socalrrcom)
For many years OCUUC has “adopted” families from the CHOC clinic for children with HIV. ATM supports their social worker with grocery scrip and MCC-RB (the other team church) makes sure each child has a birthday present. This year we have adopted 2 families, both of which we have helped previously.
One family consists of mother and father, a 4 year old girl and a 2 year old boy.
The other family consist of a mother, her 15 year old son and her 2 grandsons, ages 1 year, 7 months and 5. Their mother was deported.
I have their wish lists, which include a tree and ornaments, and their names (confidential). We need $ for Christmas dinner and any other contribution you may wish to make, including shopping for one or more of them
Call Birdie Reed, 714-969-1824, or contact me by email (rareed657socalrrcom) if you are interested. If you’d like to make a financial donation, you can give it to Sarah in the church office. Any donations are welcome and adopting of any of the families or individuals in the family will be greatly appreciated.
Save the Date!
Walking the Walk: Annual UU Justice Leaders Training
November 16-18, 2012
Information and pre-register at:
On Sunday, June 17th, 2 PM, at the UU Church of Anaheim, Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the national peace group, Code Pink, and the human rights organization, Global Exchange, will speak about her new book, “Drone Warfare: Killing By Remote Control.” The book will be available for sale. Refreshments will be provided. Admission is free, but a free-will offering will be requested.
This event is sponsored by the UUCA Social Justice Committee, O.C. Code Pink, and the O.C. Peace Coalition. For more details, contact Birdie Reed.
Faith In Action met today to discuss items for the next few weeks.
Within OCUUC, AIDS Team Ministry can use a few new drivers. Contact Mary Lundholm (presidentocuucorg) to volunteer. Our program continues to meet the needs of the neediest here in Orange County living with AIDS.
Also, the 42-42-42 program, which will begin March 11th and culminate on Earth Day, April 22, involves the following:
Getting 42 or more people at OCUUC to commit, for a period of 42 days leading up to the 42nd Earth Day, to taking action of their choice with respect to food ethics.
Please contact Maureen McConaghy if you would like to participate.
Outside of OCUUC, we need your help on a number of items:
Our church voted to support SB 810, the California Universal Health Care Act.
The bill has now passed out of an important State Senate committee and may come to a vote in the full State Senate as early as Wednesday the 25th. Some State Senators, including Lou Correa of Santa Ana, are key Senators who’s support we need in order to pass SB 810. Their names and numbers are listed below. Please call on Monday or Tuesday to let them know you support this bill. These are direct numbers to their offices in Sacramento.
Senator Lou Correa (Orange County/Santa Ana area)
Phone: (916) 651-4034
Senator Ed Hernandez (Los Angeles/West Covina area)
Phone: (916) 651-4024
Senator Michael Rubio (Fresno/Bakersfield area)
Phone: (916) 651-4016
Senator Juan Vargas (San Diego area)
Phone: (916) 651-4040
Senator Ron Calderon (Los Angeles/Montebello area)
Phone: (916) 651-4030
The SAFE California Act
is a ballot initiative that replaces California’s death penalty with life without the possibility of parole. In order to qualify for the November 2012 ballot, we need to gather signatures. Click here to sign the petition to get this on the ballot. We will also have petitions on the Faith In Action table for the next three weeks.
#3:On January 15, more than 20 people from four UU congregations in the Orange County, CA area attended a workshop and training withGrassroots Leadership.
UUs from Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Fullerton, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Laguna Beach, and Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church in Costa Mesa joined those from Tapestry, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Mission Viejo, CA.
Donna Red Wing, Executive Director of Grassroots Leadership, and Bob Libal, senior organizer, guided attendees in developing a plan to implement a visitation program at James A. Musick immigration detention center in Irvine, CA — the first of its kind in southern California. Participants also heard from Jose de Jesus Penaflor, an ex-detainee who talked about his life before, during, and after detention. He was bonded out by a fund created at First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles.
If you are interested in this issue, please contact Birdie Reed immediately. Over the next 6 weeks, plans will be in the works to organize efforts throughout all UU Congregations in Orange County. A meeting will be held on February 26 at a site to be determined. We will keep you posted on the location of that meeting as the date gets closer.
On January 19th, AB 1148
passed the CA Assembly Appropriations Committee with a 12 – 5 vote in favor. The California Clean Money Campaign needs help making phone calls to mobilize their constituents to ask for them to support AB 1148. PLEASE COME HELP make phone calls into strategic assembly districts. Click here to register and to get details on their next phone banking event.
We all enjoy eating out. Unfortunately, the workers
who cook, prepare, and serve our food suffer from poverty wages, no benefits like paid sick days, and little or no chance to move up to better positions. When the people who serve us food can’t afford to pay the rent or take a day off when they’re sick, our dining experience suffers. The newly released Restaurant Opportunities Center’s National Diners’ Guide 2012 provides information on the wage, benefits, and promotion practices of the 150 most popular restaurants in America. The Guide lists responsible restaurants where you can eat knowing that your server can afford to pay the rent and your cook isn’t working while sick.
For the latest information on these issues, visit us at the Faith In Action Table after both services.
How do you help others? How can OCUUC help you help others? We can help by working together!
The Faith In Action Council met this afternoon. Here are the minutes of the meeting.
AIDS Team Ministry update – Clients are switching back to us because our food tastes better! We have three freezers full of food and an active list of clients, but can use more help with logistics. Contact Ted Lundholm (atmocuucorg) to help.
Join us at the Program Fair on Sunday, November 13th between services where we will ask you “What Do You Do For Others?” Perhaps there are issues of social justice that you have in common with fellow OCUUCers!
Other UU Organizations Outside of OCUUC:
The 28th Annual UU Service Committee Latin American Encuentro was held yesterday at First Church Los Angeles. It was the kickoff of the Social Justice GA that will be held June 20-24, 2012 in Phoenix. As you may know, General Assembly 2012 will be a gathering with multiple ways of engaging in justice work for people of all ages. Joining with the people of Arizona, we will worship, witness, learn and work together.
The regional coordinator is Emrys Staton. You can also learn more online by following these important
UU Legislative Ministry of California’s annual Leadership Summit will be held at Camp deBenneville Pines November 18-20. This will be an in depth training opportunity for justice leaders. Our Young Leaders SALT (Spiritual Activist Leadership Training) participants will also be engaged in this.
Organizations Recognized by OCUUC:
The California Alliance for Retired Americans held their 2011 Annual Convention last week in Long Beach. 8 resolutions passed:
1.) Eliminate the Death Penalty
2.)Protect Workers Rights
3.)Disclose Political Supporters
4.) Gay Pride Month Senior Centers
5.) Pedestrian Safety
6.)Protect CA from Dangers of Nuclear Power Plants
7.)Support an Immigration Policy based on Labor and Human Rights
8.) Outlaw Hiring Discrimination against the Unemployed
Consider joining this organization if these issues appeal to you (and you don’t have to be a retiree!) See Eva Lu Goodwin Noriega for details.
CARA Town Hall on Social Security, Medicare, and Medi-Cal will be held on Wednesday, November 16, from 2pm – 4pm. It will be held at the Dayle McIntosh Center, 13272 Garden Grove Boulevard, Garden Grove, CA 92843 (map). The town hall meeting regards the federal budget negotiations in the Supercommittee, and how they will effect Social Security, Medicare, and Medi-Cal. If you or your loved ones are effected, this is an important opportunity to make your voice heard. Contact Eva Lu Goodwin Noriega for details.
ACLU Southern California is taking a stand against the death penalty in 2012. The SAFE California Campaign is working to give voters a chance to replace the death penalty on the November 2012 ballot. But the work begins now. Contact Birdie Reed if interested in this issue.
This past Friday, the Student/Farmworker Alliance marched against Trader Joe’s. One of the local organizers was Natasha Noriega-Goodwin. Click here to read more about this very interesting, but seldom heard about event.
Faith In Action meets monthly, usually on the third Sunday of the month. You are always welcome to attend, organize, and get people interested about a social justice issue important to you.
Charlie and Birdie Reed, Eva Lu Goodwin Noriega, Pat McCully, Ken Arnold, Dan Noel, Earl Hardenbrook, and Mike Harmanos, Chair
Join the Southern California unit of the UU Service Committee on Saturday, October 22, 10 AM at First Unitarian in Los Angeles for the 28th Annual Latin American Encuentro. This annual event addresses priority social justice issues in Southern California.
This year’s theme is The Immigration Crisis: Humane Responses. It promises to be an excellent primer to the Justice General Assembly held next June in Phoenix.
- “Immigration Situation Unchanged – Stop Deportations Now!” with Caitlin Williams, Esperanza Immigrant Program Director.
- Current Legislation with Dan Straka of UURISE
- General Assembly 2012 – Justice GA in Phoenix with Emrys Staton, Organizer
- First UU Church of Los Angeles Outreach Efforts with Rev. Rick Hoyt, Paul Kratzer, Rochelle McAdam, and Community Members
- “MIA in Guatemala” with OCUUC’s dear friend Lucia Muñoz
- A visit to the Francis Avenue Garden and conversation with neighbors in the community.
Register with Ted Shapin, Director of the UUSC Unit of Southern California. It is best to call Ted directly at this point at (714) 567-0188 to register. More information can be found on this flyer.
Consider taking Metrolink to this event via Union Station and then the Red Line to Vermont Avenue.
Kayla Parker, UUA Campus Ministry Associate, is hosting a webinar on service and social justice. Please consider attending, there are funds to scholarship leadership training and to contact me if financial assistance is needed. Contact Mary Lundholm, presidentocuucorg for financial assistance.
The theme of the year is justice. What are we as Campus Uniatian Universalists doing to serve our communities and be stewards of social jusitce? Come share your stories as we learn from one another about the work we can be doing in our neighborhoods and world.
This month, our webinar will be on Service and Social Justice and will be held on Monday, October 24th at 1 pm Pacific.
In addition to having ample time for sharing and discussion, we will be able to hear from Erik Mohn, the Young Adult Spirituality and Service Consultant at the UUA and employee of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee on projects he is working on that might enrich our own programming.
YOU WILL NEED TO REGISTER FOR THIS WEBINAR. For more information on the webinar and how to register, please refer to this link: http://www.facebook.com/notes/campus-uus/best-practices-in-campus-ministry-iv-service-and-social-justice/270996599589177 (you do not need facebook to view this page).
This morning, OCUUC helped out at Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County‘s distribution at Orangethorpe United Methodist Church in Fullerton. Thanks to Louis Mutalipassi, Jennifer and Dale Baisch, Mary and Ted Lundholm and Mike Harmanos for volunteering this morning. Thanks also to Merrie Lee Wooten and Marci Carey for coordinating with Orangethorpe UMC to get us there and part of the crew.
Orangethorpe UMC will host Second Harvest again on Saturday, September 17 at 8:30 AM. All are welcome. The church is located off of the 5 and the 91, near the intersection of Magnolia Avenue and Orangethorpe Avenue.