Social Justice

There is a passion for social justice at this church. We are an open, informed, interfaith community and our passion for social justice manifests in a variety of activities such as online communication, canvassing neighborhoods, and inviting diverse groups to facilitate a conversation in the church. Our social justice and outreach programs are grounded in the faith community and relate back to the seven principles of our faith.

We approach our social justice initiatives through direct service, policy and procedural work, and fighting for systemic change.  Each of our initiatives strives to be intersectional in outlook and practice. Our social justice programs hope to provide a space for open communication and reflection, as well as the chance to facilitate reflection and time to discern next steps.

Anti-Racism Group

  • Living the Pledge Workshop: http://richmondpledge.org/
  • Maintains Social Justice table on Sunday between services to provide resources to the church community
  • Works with the Black Lives Matter Group
  • Provides a space for communication and processing for members of our church and community
  • For more information, please contact Amanda Dulin at

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  • Vigils
  • Protests
  • Solidarity
  • According to Black Lives Matter, the movement “is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.  It is an affirmation of Black folks’ contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.”

LGBTQIA Group

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  • Educates members about systemic racism and encourages participants to become active in fighting racism evident in our systems throughout the city.
  • Class curriculum includes American and Richmond history, personal biases and microaggressions. The goal of Living the Pledge is to transform understanding into action.
  • For more information, please contact: Annette Marquis at or Anita Lee at

Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Communities (RISC)

  • Builds an increasingly powerful, communal voice that can hold local leaders accountable to take action upon researched solutions to the root causes of injustice in Richmond.
  • RISC
  • For more information, please contact Steven Saltzberg at

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  • Once each year, First U.U. becomes a shelter for homeless adults for one week. The effort is part of an interfaith initiative in the Richmond area to house individuals who are homeless during the winter season. First U.U. volunteers host CARITAS guests and staff during this week by donating food, serving breakfasts and dinners, and staying overnight with the group.
  • For more information, please contact Su Boer at

E.S.H. Greene Elementary School

  • Located on Richmond’s Southside, the student population at Greene Elementary is mostly African American and Latinx American with the fastest growing Latinx population of any school in Richmond with more than 90 percent of the students living at or below poverty level.
  • The church’s partnership with Greene is part of Richmond city’s Micah Initiative. Everyone engaging with Greene is a member of our “Greene Team.” During our meetings, we reflect on what we are doing; deepen our understanding of cultural differences; explore issues of marginalization and privilege; and live the deeper truth IMG_7706that EVERY child is OUR child.
  • As the “Greene Team” we contribute to the school in the following ways:
    • Backpack Snacks
    • Winter coats
    • Mentoring
    • Weekly visits to read with the students
    • Yard sale
  • For more information, please contact Joel Blum at

 

What have we not thought of that you want to make happen?  We welcome your ideas!