Widening the Circle of Concern Classes

Paula Cole Jones’ recent workshop, Building a Culture of Inclusion, offered by the Racial Justice Team, has inspired us to engage in the fulfilling the 8th Principle. To create a congregational roadmap to accountably dismantle racism and other forms of oppression in ourselves and our institutions, we are offering five on-line classes using the Widening the Circle of Concern study guide. We are hoping to have folx from all the communities within our congregation join us in the sacred work of building a plan of action.

We hope to offer at least four options of small group classes that will meeting on the same day and time every couple weeks during the months of March, April and May. To make the classes as convenient as possible for the most people, we need to know when you are available to attend. Please click on link (the classes are free) to indicated your preferred days of the week and times. The first sessions will be the third or fourth week in March.

Collaborate with multi city congregations by participation in LA Voice local organizing committee.

We have a Local Organizing Committee (LOC) that identifies key issues within the congregation and then works toward solutions, typically in partnership with LA Voice member congregations and organizations.

Everyone is invited to attend meetings of UUCLB’s LA Voice LOC, either to observe or to become involved. Attending the meetings is an excellent way to find out what issues are of concern in the greater community, and what other organizations are doing to address the issues.  Click here to find out more about the LOC.

Currently we are training and building a team of UUCLB members to guide us through our 1:1 Listening Campaign.  Links to the two trainings follow:

Click here to view the First Power Campaign training .  Join & collaborate at a Watch Party with UUCLB.  The first training was the “What” part of the process: What is community organizing?

  • Monday Evening, February 7th at 7:00 p.m. Click here for the zoom link.  
  • Thursday Morning February 10th at 10:30 a.m.  Click here for the zoom link.          

Click here to sign up for Second Power Campaign training on February 15 at 6:30 p.m.  This training is the “How” part of the process

Apply for 8th Principle Scholarship to attend UUA General Assembly, Wed-Sun, June 22-26, 2022, virtually or in-person in Portland, Oregon

Inspired by “Widening the Circle of Concern,” 8th Principle Scholarships for GA 2022 will be awarded to members of our congregation with social locations that are marginalized and silenced by white supremacy culture. Some of those social locations are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), LGBTQ+, Disabled, Economically Disadvantaged, Youth and Young Adults.

Apply for 8th Principle Scholarship to attend UUA General Assembly in one of two ways by Sunday, March 13, 2022: 1) complete on-line or 2) download the application form , print it, and follow the instructions on the form.https://forms.gle/9ZwECAeZbUxnz22J8

Get Involved

With the guidance of the Social Justice Council, we strive for a community where everyone can reach their potential, and justice, equity and compassion define our relationships with each other and the world. For many folks, working on social justice is how they live out their faith. It is why they join a religious community. It may be the one of, if not the primary, reason you are drawn to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach.

Here at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach, we support and promote social justice in our congregation, community and the world at large in line with the values set forth in our Unitarian Universalist Principles – respect, fairness, democratic principles, right of conscience, and recognition of our interdependence.

Social justice activities occur in many different places through the efforts of many different people. All are welcome to participate at any level – attend events, offer suggestions on projects, have input in meetings, lead an action – whatever your comfort level.

UUCLB’s History of Anti-Racist and Anti-Oppression Work (pdf)

How can you work on Social Justice issues at the church?

The Social Justice Council, its Teams and ad hoc groups provide our congregation and community a focal point for justice efforts. Social Justice Teams and ad hoc groups mobilize the energies and resources of the church. We promote congregational action through coordination, support, and advocacy in multiple areas: environmental justice, racial justice, immigrant justice, and interfaith community organizing (LA Voice).

We also listen to the congregation and occasionally distill their sentiment into a resolution that reflect the will of the congregation and can be adopted by a vote of the members.

Every month we have a special collection for a local community group or cause worthy of our financial support. Learn more about our recent special collection recipients.

Email to ask questions and Contact Social Justice

We are always willing and happy to talk with you.