Archive for the ‘Environment and Ecological Justice’ Category

Sojourners Social Justice Blog on Hiatus

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Our SJ Blog is currently not being updated. For information about what’s happening at Sojourners UCC, please visit our website: www.sojourners-ucc.org or our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/SojournersUCC.

SOCIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY MAY 6

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Our next Social Justice Sunday May 6 is a chance for all of our Social Justice groups to meet after worship. If you’d like to learn more about what these groups are working on currently, please put this date on your calendar and join us.

SOCIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

 All Sojourners Social Justice groups are encouraged to meet after the service, March 11. If you’re new to the church, or simply haven’t attended any of these meetings yet, please feel free to drop in on one (or more!) that day.

Social Justice Sunday

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

The next one will be January 8.  All of Sojourners Social Justice groups are encouraged to meet after the service. If you’re new to the church, or simply haven’t attended any of these meetings yet, please feel free to drop in on one (or more!) that day.

Eco-Justice News

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

December 11 — Brief Eco-Justice Meeting & Litter Pick-up

During our November gathering, the Eco-Justice Outreach group discussed two exciting possibilities:

 becoming a “Green Justice Congregation” as recognized by the national UCC

 working with UVa Student Engineers Without Borders to create a proposal for the generation of solar energy at Sojourners.

We will meet immediately after the service on Dec. 11 to get the latest news on these projects. Anyone interested is most welcome to attend.

Our quarterly pick-up of litter on Monticello Ave. will also take place on Dec. 11.

Please join us at the church entrance 15 minutes after the end of the service. Folks of all ages are always welcome!

Sharing Blossoms, Spreading Love

Spring flower bulbs ordered from the Eco-Justice group arrived in mid-November.

A heart-felt THANK YOU to everyone for encouragement, prayers, and/or purchases [not to mention patience with the many announcements!] during this year’s Eco-Justice fundraiser. Our “2nd Chance Sale” of organic flower bulbs raised an additional $47.99 for a grand total of $377.99 donated to the QCC Farms! 4-H club in Charlottesville. The funds helped send inner city children to 4-H camp last summer and will help sponsor trips and other learning opportunities this fall. The company with whom we worked – EcoTulips of Brightwood, VA – donated an additional 150 tulip bulbs to us for use in community projects, and these have been passed along to the 4-H group for planting. Thank you again for all you have done to brighten the community with blossoms and to brighten the lives of local children, deepening their connections with the natural world.

Margery Knott

Flourishing Flowers & Children

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

The Eco-Justice Outreach group is delighted to announce that the sale of organic tulip bulbs exceeded our goal by almost 30%, raising a grand total of $330 to give in support of the children’s programs at Charlottesville’s QCC Farms!  The funds will enrich children’s lives and strengthen their connections to the Earth by helping pay for organic gardening activities, healthy snacks, outings, and 4-H camping.

Heartfelt thanks to all who participated, and especially to M.N. for providing a display of informational photos, a bouquet from the QCC garden, and beautiful hand-painted gift cards.

Social Justice Sunday September 12th

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

The next regularly scheduled meeting of Sojourners Social Justice Groups is September 12 worship. These groups are open to anyone who would like to participate. If you’re new to the church or simply haven’t decided on a group yet, feel free to drop in on one or more of the meetings to find out what’s happening. This summer for Social Justice Sundays, we began inviting directors of various local agencies or organizations which we fund through our Service & Missions grants to join us for worship and to briefly address the congregation. We look forward to welcoming our second speaker in this series, Drene DeGood, Executive Director of the Alliance for Interfaith Ministries (AIM). All speakers are invited to stay for fellowship and the meetings after worship so that we can share more information about our respective social justice work.

Two Eco-Justice Celebrations

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

On the morning of Sunday, May 2, the Eco-Justice Outreach Group led a joyful Sojourners worship service, beginning with the Invocation of the Four Directions through prayer and traditional Cherokee dance. Songs, scripture, the Time with Children, spoken meditation (and communion prayer all wove together to celebrate relationships within the Earth community and to invite reflection on our human place as members of God’s Creation.

In the afternoon, Sojourners Eco-Justice Group and the Interfaith Cooperation Circle of Central Virginia (ICCCV) hosted approximately forty-five people, from throughout the Charlottesville area, at Sojourners for a public showing of Renewal, an inspiring documentary about how people of varied faith communities are contributing to an environmentally sustainable future. Following the video – and after a pause for delicious refreshments – facilitated listening circles provided an opportunity for folks to share their thoughts and feelings on the issues raised. Participation was enthusiastic, with many expressing a renewed sense of energy and hope. You can read the spoken meditation at: http://www.sojourners-ucc.org/programs/sermons/05-02-10.html; learn more about ICCCV at: http://interfaithcooperation.org/ and check out Renewal at: http://www.renewalproject.net.

Social Justice Sunday

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

The next regularly scheduled meeting of Sojourners Social Justice Groups is June 6 after worship. These groups are open to anyone who would like to participate. If you’re new to the church or just haven’t picked a group yet, feel free to drop in on one or more of the meetings to find out what’s happening. You can check out details on this blog or on the Sojourners News bulletin board at church. Beginning June 6, on Social Justice Sundays, we’re inviting directors of various local agencies or organizations which we fund through our Service & Missions grants to join us for worship and to briefly address the congregation. We look forward to welcoming our first speaker, Cindy Stratton, a member of the Steering committee for the City’s Dialogue on Race, June 6. All speakers will be asked to stay for fellowship and the meetings after worship so that we can share more information about our respective social justice work.