Social Action

Mission statement: We are committed to making our fellowship a force for positive social change in our local and global communities. We advocate for peace, justice, environmental stewardship, compassion, and caring, and encourage all fellowship members to actively participate in issues of concern to them.

To volunteer for our upcoming events or receive more information about ways you can become involved, email Action@uulakenorman.org or browse through our Social Action notebook on the information table at each worship service. We look forward to hearing about your passions concerning social issues.

Social Action Committee chair: Nicole Gantz

Upcoming Events

We are currently contacting state senators, Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, urging them to pass S.1 – A bill to expand Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and implement other anti-corruption measures for the purpose of fortifying our democracy, and for other purposes.

Richard Burr

217 Russell Senate Office Building,  Washington DC 20510  (202) 224-3154

Thom Tillis

113 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510  (202) 224-6342

Fresh Produce collection

On the 3rd Sunday of each month, we ask the congregation to participate in our Fresh Produce collection for Loaves & Fishes (onions & carrots needed) food pantry in Huntersville, and Christian Mission in Mooresville (any fresh fruit). Our neighbors are in need. Please lug in all you can spare.

UU Dog fence Building Ministry freeing dogs

Upcoming Dog Fence Builds: April 10th, 2021

For more information or to donate visit chainfreedogs.org

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PAST EVENTS:

“Just Mercy” Facilitated Discussion

Just Mercy, the 2019 film based on the life work of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson will be available to stream for free during this month of June. It can be found on multiple platforms, including Google Play, Amazon, and YouTube. We will be hosting a zoom meeting (TBA) to discuss this film as a group, with Rev. Willie Jones serving as a facilitator. Rev. Jones has spoken at our congregation before, and we are so grateful that he’s willing to join us again. 

“Claiming Your Ally Superpowers”

There will be a special FREE event with Dr. David Campt – creator of the White Ally Toolkit on Tuesday, June 30th at 5:00pm : “Claiming Your Ally Superpowers” with Dr. David Campt. In this moment of national awakening around racial justice, many of us who are white are discerning how we can be in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives. We know that this is deeply relational work, that calls white people to be in conversation with our white friends and family members who are also processing this moment and their choices in this year’s election. Dr. Campt will equip us to have conversations around race where we don’t avoid or confront – but engage others with curiosity and compassion. 

Reclaim our Vote Postcard Campaign- June-August 2020

UPDATE: We have sent out 1,800 postcards! Thank you so much to all our volunteers!

We have an opportunity to get involved in a Reclaim Our Vote’s Postcard Campaign. Reclaim our Vote is a non-partisan outreach campaign, and their mission is to empower underrepresented voters and fight voter suppression. In conjunction with our partner, UU Forward Together, we will be handwriting postcards to voters who have been de-registered in voter suppression states. These voters are often people of color living in rural areas who are likely unaware they have been de-registered. By writing these postcards, we will be alerting them of their de-registered status and providing them information on how they can get re-registered.

We already have a few volunteers, which is great! If you’ve already reached out to me, just sit tight while I get a head count on how many volunteers we have. Once I have an idea of how many people will be writing postcards, I will reach out to our UU Forward Together liaison, Lisa Garcia-Sampsan, who will then purchase all the necessary items in order for us to participate. You will not have to purchase anything on your own. Once I have the materials, I will distribute them to the volunteers.

For more information about the campaign, please refer to the video link in our newsletter this week. If you can’t find the link, email me at president@uulakenorman.org. Similarly, if you’d like to volunteer, email me at that address and I will add you to the list! This is an excellent opportunity to not only kick off our partnership with UU Forward Together, but also to be a part of a vital social justice campaign. So a big thank you to all those planning to volunteer! It’s opportunities like these that allow us to truly live our beliefs through works. 

Room at the Inn – March 1, 2019

Due to the significant response we had this past Sunday to support Room in the Inn (RITI), our UUFLKN congregation has committed to host our RITI guests on Friday, March 1st.  Davidson United Methodist Church (DUMC) has been a participating location for many years as they have a facility on site, the Dale House.  DUMC is graciously allowing our congregation to serve for this event using their space.  

Social Action Sunday – Prison Books Collective

Sunday, October 29, 2017 – 11:00am – 12:00pm

Prison Books Collective Publishing and Distribution is a Chapel Hill/Durham, NC-based anti-prison group that sends hundreds of books to people in prisons in North Carolina and Alabama each month, maintains an extensive radical ‘zine (small booklets) catalog (which we will send to any state), and publishes a zine of art and writing by people in prison. A sister project widely distributes a monthly poster promoting political prisoner support. We also work to raise awareness about the prison-industrial complex in our own community and connect with others seeking to abolish this brutally racist and repressive system. We are a non-profit book distributor and publisher.

Our group has become something of a lifeline for thousands upon thousands of people who otherwise are completely disconnected from any support base. With the goals of providing vital political and self-educational resources to prisoners, as well as spreading a radical critique of the prison system on both sides of the wall, our group has expanded to include several different projects. These now include the free books program, our ‘zine catalog, our Words of Fire, publication of prisoners’ work, and monthly political prisoner birthday posters.

For over 10 years, the Prison Books Collective based in Chapel Hill /Durham has been sending a lifeline of books to prisoners in North Carolina and Alabama.   It also publishes prisoners’ artwork and writing.  Come and learn more about their truly radical work.  Bring some books to share with people on the “inside.” 

Here is what they will accept, in SOFTCOVER FORM ONLY:

  • Dictionaries (English, Spanish-English, Law, Medical)
  • Black non-fiction books. For example about civil rights, black power, black movements, black liberation
  • How to draw books
  • Westerns
  • How-to books on: automotive repair, electrical or other home repair, and gardening
  • Business (how to start or run a business, in particular in NC)
  • Fiction books in Spanish
  • GED or Adult Basic Education Materials



Causes we have supported

Amendment One vote

On September 13th, 2011, the NC legislature proposed an amendment to the Constitution that would ban legal recognition for all unmarried couples, strip protections and benefits from families across our state, hurt our business climate and economic development, and put our children in danger. On issues of civil rights we support passing laws that treat people equally, not those that are unjust. Therefore we opposed the amendment and encouraged all to vote against Amendment One on May 8.
www.protectncfamilies.org

Ada Jenkins Center

The Ada Jenkins Center gives at risk clients access to a comprehensive array of services under one roof. Our fellowship has collected food for the Loaves and Fishes food pantry, which serves needy families in the Davidson and surrounding areas. We have provided volunteer support for the LEARN Works after school tutoring program along with collections of school supplies. Volunteers from our fellowship have also provided administrative support for the front desk and Latino services and childcare for Latino families during parent class time.
www.adajenkins.org

Davidson Community Garden

Volunteers from our ranks have participated in planting and tending crops through a team effort. This community project is designed to provide fresh produce to neighbors in need in our local area and through the Ada Jenkins food pantry.
www.facebook.com/pages/Davidson-Community-Garden/125479730802697

Collecting Coats for Crisis Assistance Ministry

November 2013, UUFLKN collected 63 coats to help Crisis Assistance Ministry’s FreeStore provide warm coats to individuals and families in need.
www.crisisassistance.org

Carolina Raptor Center

Sept 2013:  TheCarolina Raptor Center is dedicated to environmental stewardship and the conservation of birds of prey through education, research, and the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned raptors.  UUFLKN provided adult and child volunteers to help clear trails and do some landscaping around the Raptor Veterinary Hospital.

Earth Day

In April 2011 we took an educational tour of the Iredell County Landfill as an exercise in observance of Earth Day, a day that is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation of the earth’s natural environment.
www.earthday.org

Habitat for Humanity

UUFLKN has partnered with homeowners to paint and put up drywall in new Habitat houses. We got dirty, learned a skill, and worked with the homeowner family to build their dream!
www.ourtownshabitat.org

Lunch and canned goods collection for the Mooresville Soup Kitchen

We prepared and served lunch to our hungry neighbors at the soup kitchen. The soup kitchen serves lunch Monday-Friday year round, and on Saturdays during the winter months January – March.

UUFLKN also collected canned and paper goods for the Mooresville Soup Kitchen at Thanksgiving.
www.mooresvillesoupkitchen.com

Santa for Seniors with Mooresville Soup Kitchen

UUFLKN partnered with the Mooresville Soup Kitchen (MSK) to provide warming gifts for local low income and/or disabled seniors. We collected the Seniors Christmas wish list of sweatshirts, scarves, gloves and/or grocery gift cards. Congregants selected a Senior, shopped for him/her and we wrapped the gifts. All gifts were then delivered to Santa, who distributed them at the MSK’s Christmas week celebration.

Room In The Inn at Davidson United Methodist Church

Homelessness is an issue we care deeply about. Room In The Inn is a program of the Charlotte Urban Ministries Center to provide beds for the homeless during the winter months. UU Fellowship of Lake Norman has served one night during each of the last two seasons. This ministry is hosted at Davidson United Methodist Church three nights a week from December through March. Volunteers make the beds, cook and serve a home-cooked meal, fellowship with the guests, spend the night, serve breakfast and provide cleanup.
www.urbanministrycenter.org

Bookbag Stuffing Event for LEARN Works at Ada Jenkins

We worked with the Ada Jenkins Center to provide bookbags and needed academic materials for a group of 15 rising 6th graders who will attend Bradley Middle School next year. These kids attended Cornelius and Davidson Elementary Schools and have been a part of the LEARN Works after school program at Ada Jenkins and will continue the program next year.

CROP Walk Charlotte

Our volunteers once again participated in this effort to raise awareness and funds locally to alleviate hunger and poverty in this country and around the world.
www.charlottecropwalk.org

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

Kids collected money for a worthy cause in addition to Halloween candy. UNICEF provides global children’s services such as immunizations, clean drinking water, nourishment to prevent malnutrition, access to quality education, and efforts to fight against AIDS and child exploitation and trafficking. Even our littlest ones have an age appropriate way to offer help for children around the world.
www.unicef.org

Quarterly Adopt-A-Highway litter cleanup

UU Fellowship of Lake Norman is committed to the Adopt-A-Highway program for a minimum of four years. Our responsibility is to clean up litter in Davidson along a one-mile stretch of Davidson-Concord Road once a quarter. A sign at the end of each segment between Grey Road and the traffic circle at the edge of town credits the fellowship for this effort. This is a fun way to help make our environment a more beautiful place to live.
www.ncdot.org

Social Action Survey.

Mission statement: We are committed to making our fellowship a force for positive social change in our local and global communities. We advocate for peace, justice, environmental stewardship, compassion, and caring, and encourage all fellowship members to actively participate in issues of concern to them.

To volunteer for our upcoming events or receive more information about ways you can become involved, email Action@uulakenorman.org or browse through our Social Action notebook on the information table at each worship service. We look forward to hearing about your passions concerning social issues.

Social Action Committee chair: Nicole Gantz, president@uulakenorman.org

Upcoming Events

Reclaim Our Vote: Round Two!

Last month, UUs across the state wrote nearly 8,000 postcards to voters who had been purged from the voter rolls. We are excited to announce a second-round of post card writing in partnership with Reclaim Our Vote and the North Carolina NAACP, this time focusing on registered voters and providing them with information about the 2020 election. If you’d like to participate in writing postcards to North Carolina voters, please contact Nicole Gantz at president@uulakenorman.org with the following information:

1.)     Your name and address for mailing or drop off purposes.

2.)     How many kits? Every kit has twenty cards. Can you commit to a double or triple kit? Once the kits are in your hand, the NC NAACP would like to have them mailed out within three weeks, so keep that time frame in mind when committing to kits.

3.)     If you’re a returning volunteer, do you need the pens that accompanied the kits last time? If you are a first time volunteer, specific pens will be provided.

4.) Are you willing to purchase your own postcard stamps? If not, that’s completely fine! We’re simply getting an idea of how many our UU Forward Together liaison needs to purchase.

We’d like to have this information by June 10th! Thanks!

“Just Mercy” Facilitated Discussion

Just Mercy, the 2019 film based on the life work of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson will be available to stream for free during this month of June. It can be found on multiple platforms, including Google Play, Amazon, and YouTube. We will be hosting a zoom meeting (TBA) to discuss this film as a group, with Rev. Willie Jones serving as a facilitator. Rev. Jones has spoken at our congregation before, and we are so grateful that he’s willing to join us again. 

Fresh Produce collection

On the 3rd Sunday of each month, we ask the congregation to participate in our Fresh Produce collection for Loaves & Fishes (onions & carrots needed) food pantry in Huntersville, and Christian Mission in Mooresville (any fresh fruit).
Our neighbors are in need. Please lug in all you can spare.

————————————————————————–

PAST EVENTS:

“Claiming Your Ally Superpowers”

There will be a special FREE event with Dr. David Campt – creator of the White Ally Toolkit on Tuesday, June 30th at 5:00pm : “Claiming Your Ally Superpowers” with Dr. David Campt. In this moment of national awakening around racial justice, many of us who are white are discerning how we can be in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives. We know that this is deeply relational work, that calls white people to be in conversation with our white friends and family members who are also processing this moment and their choices in this year’s election. Dr. Campt will equip us to have conversations around race where we don’t avoid or confront – but engage others with curiosity and compassion. 

Reclaim our Vote Postcard Campaign- June 2020

UPDATE: We have sent out 500 postcards! Thank you so much to all our volunteers!

We have an opportunity to get involved in a Reclaim Our Vote’s Postcard Campaign. Reclaim our Vote is a non-partisan outreach campaign, and their mission is to empower underrepresented voters and fight voter suppression. In conjunction with our partner, UU Forward Together, we will be handwriting postcards to voters who have been de-registered in voter suppression states. These voters are often people of color living in rural areas who are likely unaware they have been de-registered. By writing these postcards, we will be alerting them of their de-registered status and providing them information on how they can get re-registered.

We already have a few volunteers, which is great! If you’ve already reached out to me, just sit tight while I get a head count on how many volunteers we have. Once I have an idea of how many people will be writing postcards, I will reach out to our UU Forward Together liaison, Lisa Garcia-Sampsan, who will then purchase all the necessary items in order for us to participate. You will not have to purchase anything on your own. Once I have the materials, I will distribute them to the volunteers.

For more information about the campaign, please refer to the video link in our newsletter this week. If you can’t find the link, email me at president@uulakenorman.org. Similarly, if you’d like to volunteer, email me at that address and I will add you to the list! This is an excellent opportunity to not only kick off our partnership with UU Forward Together, but also to be a part of a vital social justice campaign. So a big thank you to all those planning to volunteer! It’s opportunities like these that allow us to truly live our beliefs through works. 

Room at the Inn – March 1, 2019

Due to the significant response we had this past Sunday to support Room in the Inn (RITI), our UUFLKN congregation has committed to host our RITI guests on Friday, March 1st.  Davidson United Methodist Church (DUMC) has been a participating location for many years as they have a facility on site, the Dale House.  DUMC is graciously allowing our congregation to serve for this event using their space.  

Causes we have supported

Amendment One vote
On September 13th, 2011, the NC legislature proposed an amendment to the Constitution that would ban legal recognition for all unmarried couples, strip protections and benefits from families across our state, hurt our business climate and economic development, and put our children in danger. On issues of civil rights we support passing laws that treat people equally, not those that are unjust. Therefore we opposed the amendment and encouraged all to vote against Amendment One on May 8.
www.protectncfamilies.org

Ada Jenkins Center
The Ada Jenkins Center gives at risk clients access to a comprehensive array of services under one roof. Our fellowship has collected food for the Loaves and Fishes food pantry, which serves needy families in the Davidson and surrounding areas. We have provided volunteer support for the LEARN Works after school tutoring program along with collections of school supplies. Volunteers from our fellowship have also provided administrative support for the front desk and Latino services and childcare for Latino families during parent class time.
www.adajenkins.org

Davidson Community Garden
Volunteers from our ranks have participated in planting and tending crops through a team effort. This community project is designed to provide fresh produce to neighbors in need in our local area and through the Ada Jenkins food pantry.
www.facebook.com/pages/Davidson-Community-Garden/125479730802697

Collecting Coats for Crisis Assistance Ministry
November 2013, UUFLKN collected 63 coats to help Crisis Assistance Ministry’s FreeStore provide warm coats to individuals and families in need.
www.crisisassistance.org

Carolina Raptor Center
Sept 2013:  TheCarolina Raptor Center is dedicated to environmental stewardship and the conservation of birds of prey through education, research, and the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned raptors.  UUFLKN provided adult and child volunteers to help clear trails and do some landscaping around the Raptor Veterinary Hospital.

Earth Day
In April 2011 we took an educational tour of the Iredell County Landfill as an exercise in observance of Earth Day, a day that is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation of the earth’s natural environment.
www.earthday.org

Habitat for Humanity
UUFLKN has partnered with homeowners to paint and put up drywall in new Habitat houses. We got dirty, learned a skill, and worked with the homeowner family to build their dream!
www.ourtownshabitat.org

Lunch and canned goods collection for the Mooresville Soup Kitchen
We prepared and served lunch to our hungry neighbors at the soup kitchen. The soup kitchen serves lunch Monday-Friday year round, and on Saturdays during the winter months January – March.

UUFLKN also collected canned and paper goods for the Mooresville Soup Kitchen at Thanksgiving.
www.mooresvillesoupkitchen.com

Santa for Seniors with Mooresville Soup Kitchen
UUFLKN partnered with the Mooresville Soup Kitchen (MSK) to provide warming gifts for local low income and/or disabled seniors. We collected the Seniors Christmas wish list of sweatshirts, scarves, gloves and/or grocery gift cards. Congregants selected a Senior, shopped for him/her and we wrapped the gifts. All gifts were then delivered to Santa, who distributed them at the MSK’s Christmas week celebration.

Room In The Inn at Davidson United Methodist Church
Homelessness is an issue we care deeply about. Room In The Inn is a program of the Charlotte Urban Ministries Center to provide beds for the homeless during the winter months. UU Fellowship of Lake Norman has served one night during each of the last two seasons. This ministry is hosted at Davidson United Methodist Church three nights a week from December through March. Volunteers make the beds, cook and serve a home-cooked meal, fellowship with the guests, spend the night, serve breakfast and provide cleanup.
www.urbanministrycenter.org

Bookbag Stuffing Event for LEARN Works at Ada Jenkins
We worked with the Ada Jenkins Center to provide bookbags and needed academic materials for a group of 15 rising 6th graders who will attend Bradley Middle School next year. These kids attended Cornelius and Davidson Elementary Schools and have been a part of the LEARN Works after school program at Ada Jenkins and will continue the program next year.

CROP Walk Charlotte
Our volunteers once again participated in this effort to raise awareness and funds locally to alleviate hunger and poverty in this country and around the world.
www.charlottecropwalk.org

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF
Kids collected money for a worthy cause in addition to Halloween candy. UNICEF provides global children’s services such as immunizations, clean drinking water, nourishment to prevent malnutrition, access to quality education, and efforts to fight against AIDS and child exploitation and trafficking. Even our littlest ones have an age appropriate way to offer help for children around the world.
www.unicef.org

Quarterly Adopt-A-Highway litter cleanup
UU Fellowship of Lake Norman is committed to the Adopt-A-Highway program for a minimum of four years. Our responsibility is to clean up litter in Davidson along a one-mile stretch of Davidson-Concord Road once a quarter. A sign at the end of each segment between Grey Road and the traffic circle at the edge of town credits the fellowship for this effort. This is a fun way to help make our environment a more beautiful place to live.
www.ncdot.org

Social Action Survey.