Social Justice News

Social Justice Movie Nights

May 14, 2021

The Social Justice Consciousness Team has sponsored several social justice movie nights over the past year. Each movie was followed by rich discussions via Zoom. These movies have enhanced the consciousness work that we are doing as individuals and a congregation. We will take a break over the summer, but plan to host movie nights beginning in Fall 2021.

Ubuntu Institute for Community Development Presentation

March 31, 2021

Eva Keith and Omanii Abdullah from the Ubuntu Institute for Community Development will speak to us via Zoom on Wednesday, April 21st at 7 pm on their efforts around the need for recognizing Human Rights, Reparations, and The International Decade for People of Afrikan Descent 2015-2024. They will share information about the International Bill of Rights, with a specific focus on the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights and how it relates to our human rights. Contact for Zoom details.


March 1, 2021

SOCIAL JUSTICE ZOOM Meeting 7 pm, Wed. Mar. 3 rd .

All are welcome. Topics: volunteers for quintuple dip, little free libraries, consciousness team, SC Aquarium litter sweep project, and more.

Email for if you have an agenda item to add and for Zoom Meeting ID and Password.

Another Quintuple Dip: Period Products in honor of International Women’s Day & Much More

Get your St. Patrick’s Day face masks here! Sunday, Mar. 14 th 3:00-5:00 or Tues. Mar. 16 th 10:00-12:00. Drive through, drop off, and you can receive a free face mask! We’re collecting for the Spartanburg Period Project, which will get our donations of feminine hygiene items to a variety of local organizations serving women and girls in need. We’re also collecting gently used children’s books for the 3 Little Free Libraries (LFL) we are supporting, as well as our regulars: food for TOTAL ministries and newspapers for Animal Allies. On Sunday only, we will host a litter sweep for the SC Aquarium project (more info below). Your participation and contributions are greatly appreciated!

Books your children or grandchildren have outgrown are great for the LFL’s. However, if you would like to purchase books to support our three Little Free Libraries serving children in African American and Hispanic neighborhoods, here are a few suggestions from our very own children’s librarian, Joyce Harrison. All are available on Amazon and most are paperback.

Hispanic Titles to consider:

  • Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States – Spanish Ed. – Carlson and Hijuelos
  • Abuela – Dorros
  • Be Bold! Be Brave!: 11 Latinas Who Made U. S. History – Reynoso
  • Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes – Thong
  • Dreamers – Morales
  • Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You – Sotomayor
  • We Are Water Protectors – Lindstrom
  • Nino Wrestles the World – Morales

African American Titles to consider:

  • I Am Every Good Thing – Barnes
  • I Need You to Know: The ABC’s of Black Girl Magic – McClain-Muhammad
  • Hair Love – Cherry
  • Full, Full, Full of Love – Cooke
  • Hair Like Mine – Perry
  • I Can Do Hard Things: Mindful Affirmations for Kids – Garcia
  • Lola at the Library – McQuinn
  • The Boy Who Became King: LeBron James – Curcio

Litter Sweep: Upcoming Litter Sweeps:  Making Neighborhoods Beautiful

Spruce up nearby streets by removing litter and recording the data for the South Carolina Aquarium.  Data empowers policy changes locally and throughout our state and we all benefit from clean streets and neighborhoods.  Work independently or while wearing masks and distanced with a partner.  Data collection sheets, clipboards, pens, garbage bags and grabbers will be supplied.  Bring gloves!  Routes will be designated and on sidewalks.  Meet at the Henry Place cul-de-sac to gather materials and walk to nearby designated sites.  Return materials and filled garbage bags to UUCS when done.

Time:  3:00 – 5:00 on Sunday, March 14 th . Rain date:  March 16th from 10:00 – 12:00.  Contact Joyce Harrison (864-680-9720) for additional information.

If you’d prefer to collect litter in your neighborhood either day, please email me (Joyce
Harrison, and I’ll send you a data collection sheet. You can then send me a copy of your completed data sheet for inclusion in our Aquarium data submission.

Presentation on Grimke Mural

February 24, 2021

by artist Nancy Corbin

Wednesday, March 3 at 11:30am via Zoom

On Wednesday, March 3 at 11:30am, the monthly meeting of Business and Professional Women in Spartanburg will feature artist Nancy Corbin speaking about the Grimke mural hosted at UUCS. Please consider joining the meeting to support Nancy as she speaks about the mural created by the League of Women Voters and featured on our church!

Topic: MARCH NOON ZOOM MEETING featuring Nancy Corbin, Artist

Time: Mar 3, 2021 11:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Please refer to February 25 ‘Happenings’ for zoom meeting information.

Social Justice Church News

February 6, 2021

This is a great article about out new years social justice work we have chosen.

Congregational Dialogue this Sunday

February 4, 2021

On Sunday, February 7 from 12:15-1:45 pm we will host our third of four congregational dialogues this year on becoming an anti-racist, anti-oppression, multi-cultural congregation. This is for all of us, our whole congregation. Please plan to attend even if you missed the first dialogues (look for zoom meeting id and password in February 4 Happenings).

In preparation for the dialogue, please review this one-page chart on the continuum of becoming an anti-racist, anti-oppression, multi-cultural congregation. Our dialogue in December worked with this continuum, and it will continue to be a tool of great usefulness for us.

Thank you for the congregation we are, and for the congregation we are becoming—