Upcoming Earth & Social Justice Activities
September 18: Meaningful Movies – Meaningful Movies/Eastside uses film and discussion as an ongoing community building tool. All are welcome to dialog on the issues of our day in a listening, caring environment. “Life in a Day” will be shown at 6:30 PM at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Bellevue,WA. This event is open to the public, admission by donation (no one refused entry).
September 23: TBUG Open House – East Shore families and children are invited to a Growing Food event from 2-4 PM at the Bellevue Urban Garden. Join with others to learn about this 2.75 acre farm and its purpose to grow well-fed, healthy children and community in a local, inclusive sustainable ways. Located at the south corner of SE 16th St. and 156th Ave. SE. Due to limited parking you may park at Spirit Ridge Elementary 16401 SE 24th St. 98008 and ride a shuttle to the farm. Contact Narima Amin 425-496-4883. Sponsored by CAM and RE.
October 1 – 31: Congregations for the Homeless – We join with other partner churches on the Eastside to provide shelter, meals, and showers for homeless men. Our small group coordinates the efforts for our commitment to this larger organization. In October, many East Shore groups combine forces as volunteers to provide prepare meals, build daily lunches, do needed shopping, plus provide toiletries and other necessary items for 30-35 single homeless men. Through donations, we underwrite the cost of a mobile dental van providing hygiene/prophylaxis, cavity repair. Sign up here to help!
October 6: Introduction to Restorative Justice – Restorative Practice is a compassionate approach to community building and conflict resolution. Pam Orbach, a restorative justice practitioner, is offering restorative approaches to church conflicts, and empathic training. This is an opportunity for those East Shore and East Side community members interested in learning the methodologies of this approach to experience a full immersion into this practice. Register online. Fees cover the cost of the facilitators at $90 for ESUC Members, $100 for public. Those in need of scholarships should reach out to Dianne Upton. Space is limited to 30 participants.
October 6: “Folly of Frack”, 7:30 – 9:30PM in the Sanctuary. Join us for “Folly of Frack,” a play about the proposed fracked gas projects threatening our region. The play will be followed by informational speakers and an opportunity to take action! Let’s work together to stop massive fracked gas expansions in Washington. Sponsored by Climate Action (CAM) in collaboration with Sierra Club and 350Eastside.
October 17: Interfaith Candidate Forum – In concert with the League of Women Voters, Faith Action Network, and many congregations from multiple faith traditions, ESUC is proud to co-sponsor a candidates’ forum on Wednesday, October 17. The forum will be held at Herzl-Ner Tamid, 3700 East Mercer Way, Mercer Island. Meet and greet the Candidates at 6:30. The Forum begins at 7 PM. Further Q and A at 8:30. Learn about the issues, become an informed voter. RSVP here. All are welcome.
October 20: NWUUJN Summit – Because these are no ordinary times, this year’s summit, “Truly a Moment to Evolve for Justice,” will help participants to rekindle and recommit to both our individual and collective work for justice, and we will launch a new organization, JUUstice Washington. The summit runs from 7:30 AM – 5:15PM at the Edmonds UU Congregation, Edmonds, WA. For more information and to register.
November: Guest at Your Table – Guest at Your Table is UUSC‘s longest-standing fundraising and educational program for congregations. The 2018-2019 Theme is “Justice Across Borders.” From the Northern Triangle of Central America, to deserts of Mexico and Arizona, to detention centers in the United States, the road away from danger is paved with injustices. Partnering with grassroots allies along the Central American migration trail, UUSC addresses root causes, supports migrants in transit, and protects the right to seek asylum. Join other ESUC members to support these courageous Migrant Justice partners.
November 17: Understanding & Embracing Differences: A Workshop for Parents and Caregivers on Anti-Bias Principles & Practices – Join us for a workshop on Saturday November 17 from 10am-1pm at East Shore Unitarian Church 12700 SE 32nd St., Bellevue, WA. Registration includes lunch (vegan and meat options available). Childcare provided upon request: email@example.com or upon registration. Register here. Registration: $15 fee/family. Aisha Hauser, East Shore’s Director of Lifelong Learning, and leading force in National awakening for racial and multicultural justice, will be leading the workshop.
December: Guest at Your Table – Guest at Your Table is UUSC‘s longest-standing fundraising and educational program for congregations. The 2018-2019 Theme is “Justice Across Borders.” From the Northern Triangle of Central America, to deserts of Mexico and Arizona, to detention centers in the United States, the road away from danger is paved with injustices. Partnering with grassroots allies along the Central American migration trail, UUSC addresses root causes, supports migrants in transit, and protects the right to seek asylum. Join other ESUC members to support these courageous Migrant Justice partners.