Social Justice

Our Fellowship values opportunities to contribute to the social justice and wellbeing of the community.  Some of our activities include weekly collections for Golden Empire Gleaners, seasonal clothing drives for the Bakersfield Homeless Shelter, participation in the yearly Arthritis Association Aquatic Center Aquathon, and the running of a food booth at the Bakersfield Gay Pride Festival.

For more information on the UUFKC social justice programs below, check our calendar or newsletter, or contact the Social Justice coordinator listed on the Our Leaders page.

We also participate in larger initiatives with other fellowships – both UU and interfaith:

Progressive Persons of Faith

This interfaith social justice alliance combines study, service and advocacy to embody our principles affirming the worth and dignity of every person and the interdependent web of all existence. We meet the first Monday of each month in the chapel of First Congregational Church (the corner of Stockdale Highway and Real Road). Our current focus is homelessness and economic inequity in Kern County guided by the words of Archbishop Dom Helder Camara, “When I feed the hungry, they call me a saint. When I ask why people are hungry, they call me a Communist.”

Standing on the Side of Love

Standing on the Side of Love is a public advocacy campaign, initiated by the Unitarian Universalist Association in 2009, to promote respect for the inherent worth and dignity of every person. We stand with all who believe that no person should be dehumanized through acts of exclusion, oppression, or violence.  Focus issues include LGBTQ, Immigration, and anti-Muslim discrimination.  Standing on the Side of Love continues the prophetic tradition of working for healing in a broken world.

Upcoming Social Justice Events

Pilgrimage for a Pathway to Citizenship