We, the BUF Social & Environmental Justice Committee (SEJC), affirm and promote peace, justice and equality through action,
education and raising awareness within our community and the wider
world. We are a combined
Social Justice and Green Sanctuary
committee. For general announcements, visit our SEJC Blog
Much of our work is performed by theme-based Ministry Action teams
. As a whole we meet three times a year, with the dates set
a year in advance. Our next meetings of the committee as a whole are scheduled for Sunday January
and April 8 2018, and Sept. 23 2018 - starting at noon with a potluck lunch at 11:45 am.
For requests of the SEJC between meetings (co-sponsorships, funds, volunteers, etc.), please complete our SEJC Request Form
which will be reviewed by our executive team.
We sponsor special monthly collections to benefit non-profit organizations that share our values. The Committee-as-a-whole votes on the recipient organizations at our spring meeting. A ministry action team manages the collections. For more on the current recipients or to apply for next year, go to our Giving Beyond BUF
In addition we support the local Interfaith Coalition and the national Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). Each of these affiliations is detailed below.
Our 2016-2017 SEJC Executive Team:
Linda Fels - Chair
Ann Stevenson - Vice Chair
Lauralee Carbone - Secretary
Todd Jones - Treasurer
Judy Kasper - Action Team Coordinator
Kara Black - Communications Coordinator
To be added to the SEJC email discussion group (listserv), send an email message to SEJC Listserv
. In the body of the message include a short description of your involvement with BUF, your interest in the SEJC, and your name.
Interfaith Coalition of Whatcom County is 44 diverse
congregations (including BUF) focused together on housing for homeless families. We manage
nine homes for emergency and transitional housing. The Opportunity Council
provides weekly case management.
Interfaith Severe Weather
Shelters offer warmth, sleep and food to people who live outside
except when the harshest weather comes. We offer training for volunteers to
staff the shelters.
Our annual Coat Drive has been
keeping families warm for years. Every fall, congregations and
community members collect and distribute over 3,000 coats
through Whatcom County.
For 30 years, Interfaith Coalition has
been a testament of how Whatcom County comes together to help some of
the most vulnerable of our community. BUF has been a member of Interfaith
from the beginning. Our congregation participates in the fall coat drive, several
members volunteer at the Severe Weather Shelters and we donate our entire Christmas Eve collection to the Coalition. Our members also donate to Interfaith's most important fundraiser of the
year - the annual spring auction.
Leslie Warmoth is our congregational representative to Interfaith. If you
are interested in volunteering or learning more about the Interfaith
Coalition please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
(UUSC) is a nonsectarian organization that advances human rights and social justice in the United States and around the world. We envision a world free from oppression and injustice, where all can realize their full human rights.
Through a combination of advocacy, education, and partnerships with grassroots organizations, UUSC promotes economic rights, advances environmental justice, defends civil liberties, and preserves the rights of people in times of humanitarian crisis.
UUSC's status as a membership organization provides us the autonomy to advocate for justice-oriented public policies across the political spectrum — our support from member contributions makes up approximately 60 percent of our annual budget. By neither seeking nor accepting government funds, UUSC maintains a high level of independence. In addition to supporting UUSC financially, our members and supporters also participate directly in UUSC's efforts to challenge oppressive policies.