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 We look forward to hearing about your passions concerning social issues.
Social Justice- Action Friday – every Friday 11 am – via zoom
Join us every Friday at 11 am for a social justice action hour. Meet fellow UU justice seekers from around the state, learn about an issue and take action all within an hour. zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/91029655107
UU Dog fence Building Ministry – freeing chained dogs
To see the most up-to-date information, or to donate visit our Facebook page dedicated to chain-free dogs.
Feed NC – Volunteer
On the 3rd Thursday of each month, we cook, clean, and assemble bags for our friends at Feed NC in Mooresville. Volunteer space is limited. If you would like to get involved please contact Sandy M. to put your name on the list.
UUFLKN Kids- Volunteer
If you love kids and social action we need you. These kids are doing some amazing things and can do more with your help.
UUFLKN Green Team
We are currently working toward getting our congregation certified as a UU Green Sanctuary. Our Green Team keeps us organized and asks as cheerleaders for environmental justice. Get involved with our earth and environmental action team. Email email@example.com for more information.
Redistricting Event – hosted by UUFLKN – Sunday Sept 12th, 2021
Please mark your calendars now for this very important event with Rev. Lisa Garcia-Sampson via zoom.
On Sunday, September 12th from 4:30 pm – 6:00 The UU Justice Ministry of NC is partnering with All on the Line to host a Redistricting Workshop for UU Congregations in the Charlotte Region.
The Constitution requires that voting districts be redrawn every 10 years, using the updated population information from the U.S. Census count. This process, known as “redistricting” is happening this year! In the coming months, politicians in the North Carolina legislature will redraw the maps for Legislative (NC House, NC Senate) and Congressional (US House) districts. The process is a little complicated, but the outcomes will have an outsized impact on our system of government and the lives of regular people in our state for the next decade. That is why UUs are partnering with All on the Line to learn about the redistricting process and get the tools and training we need to effectively advocate for fair maps this fall.
You can register here:https://uuforwardtogether.salsalabs.org/uucharlotteregionredistrictingevent
“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.
- Register here: https://www.whiteallytoolkit.com/new-events/2020/6/19/claiming-your-ally-superpowers-an-invitation-to-white-allies-in-southern-swing-states
- Share event on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/570264400351989
- Short video of his work with other UUs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA0EMICotgo
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.