The Fellowship has contributed to the social justice and wellbeing of the community through many activities including the Community Library Project, 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, contact the Social Justice coordinator listed on the Our Leaders page.
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
Now in its third year, Standing on the Side of Love is a public advocacy campaign, initiated by the Unitarian Universalist Association, 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. LGBTQ, Immigration, anti-Muslim discrimination. Standing on the Side of Love continues the prophetic tradition of working for healing in a broken world.
June 20-24, Phoenix, Arizona
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. We will leave General Assembly grounded in our faith, energized for justice and with resources to bring this work home to our congregations.
For 2011-2012 we are engaging in the primary spiritual practice of the Faithful Fools through the work and service of our Affiliated Community Minister, Rev. Denis Letourneau Paul. Our next street retreat will in Ventura, CA on May 5, 2012.