The mission of the Charles M. Jones Peace and Justice Committee of the Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist is to lead and engage all ages of the congregation in working for peace and justice through study, action and financial support. The Committee focuses on challenging systems and addressing the root causes of injustice, inequality, war, and oppression locally, nationally and internationally. The Committee strives to carry on the activist tradition of the Community Church both beyond and within our church walls in the spirit of Rev. Charles M. Jones, this Church's first minister.
Within These Walls:
Peace and Justice Monthly Meetings
P & J starts meeting the same day as Balance and Accuracy in Journalism, which it supports, on the second Wednesday of the month. It welcomes all those interested to attend its meetings. Contact: 919-942-2535.
The next scheduled meeting is 6:30 p. m., Wednesday, August 9, Nagasaki Day, when we welcome all justice seeking people to participate in the group with or without their own issues..
Money raised at Peace and Justice Share the Plate Collections
STP for 2017
MLK Sunday 1/15. Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association: $1784.41
STP for 2016
MLK Sunday 1/17. Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association: $1558
Sunday 8/14. Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East (UUJME) and Coalition for Peace with Justice (CPWJ): Total $815
Sunday 8/28. Two schools in San Ramón, Nicaragua: $1584
Sunday 12/4. NC Commission of Inquiry on Torture:
STP for 2015
MLK Sunday 1/18. Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association and Chapel-Hill-Carrboro Human Rights Center: $575 Each
Sunday 8/23. Two schools in San Ramón, Nicaragua: $1600
Labor Day Sunday 9/6. Farm Labor Organizing Committee and Unitarian Universalist for a Just Economic Community: $1026.80
Close to Human Rights Day, Sunday, December 6,
NC Commission of Inquiry on Torture: $1397.50
STP for 2014
MLK Sunday 1/19. Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association and Chapel-Hill-Carrboro Human Rights Center: $693 Each
Labor Day Sunday 8/31, Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC): $1550.65
Near United Nations Day, Sunday 10/26. Unitarian Universalists for Justice (UUJME) and Coalition for Peace with Justice (CPWJ):
$ 462 Each
Close to Human Rights Day, Sunday, December 7, People of Faith Against the Death Penalty (PFADP) and North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture (NC CIT): $ 598.50 each.
STP for 2013
MLK Sunday, Jan 20, 2013, Rogers- Eubanks Neighborhood Association (RENA) $604.50 and Human Rights Center of Chapel Hill & Carrboro (HRC) $604.50
Feb 10, 2013, Scholarship money to help defay the cost for 2 members of our congregation who wish to join the Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East human rights trip, June 25-July 4, 2013. $1,217.11
June 13, 2013, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), $508.00.
Oct 20, 2013, Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East (UUJME) and the local Coalition for Peace with Justice (CPWJ) $ 299 Each
Dec 8, 2013, People of Faith Against the Death Penalty (PFADP) and NC Commission of Inquiry on Torture (NCCIT) $999.
STP for 2012
January 15, 2012, Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association (RENA) and its partner, the Coalition to End Environmental Racism (CEER). $1554
June 17, 2012, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, $572.00.
Sept. 2, 2012, Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI), and Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC), $713 each:
Oct 21, 2012, Unitarians Universalists for Justice in the Middle East (www.uujme.org) and Coalition for Peace with Justice (www.peace-with-justice.org).$551 each
Dec 9, 2012, People of Faith Against the Death Penalty (PFADP) $486.29 and NC Stop Torture Now (NCSTN) $486.30
STP for 2011
Jan 16, 2011, Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association (RENA) ($1518.51)
May 15, 2011, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) ($1,185.00)
Aug 14, 2011, People of Faith Against the Death Penalty ($569) AND Stop Torture Now ($569)
in coordination with Community Services Ministry:
Oct 4, 2011, Hispanic Liason of Chatham County/El Vinculo Hispano ($750.00) AND El Centro Hispano ($750.00)
Sept 4, 2011, Farm Labor Organizing Committee ($618.32) AND Unitarian Universalist for a Just Economic Community ($618.33)
Dec 11, 2011, UUs for Justice in the Middle East ($671.30) AND Coalition for Peace with Justice ($671.305
Events within and beyond Church Walls
Peace and Justice Committee has interest in the congregation's undertaking the UU Congregational Study Action Issue, Escalating Inequality, passed by the General Assembly in 2014 June for four years of study. It fits values expressed in the Moral Movement and the ongoing struggles in this state.
Challenging Racism and Islamophobia Program Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist Sanctuary, February 10, 2016 Members of the Church and Community surround the speaker, Manzoor Cheema, 4th person from left: Paige Smith (2nd from left), Peggy Misch (3rd from left), Bob Weston (center, 6th from left), Mary Hulett (2nd from right). Photographer, Jerry Markatos. Event sponsored by Balance and Accuracy in Journalism (BAJ).
RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF NC COMMISSION OF INQUIRY ON TORTURE Chapel Hill Town Council passed a strongly worded resolution upholding NC, US, and international law.on February 13. In December Carrboro Aldermen and Orange County Commissioners passed such a resolution and Durham's Mayor Bell made a proclamation in support..Will C3H pass such a resolution to support NCCIT (www.nccit.org) as did the Church of Reconciliation
***** SOME CURRENT COMMUNITY EVENTS *****
VANISHING OF THE BEES Film on dilemma and potential solutions for endangered honey bees with commentary by Alice Hinman, director of Apiopolis, Raleigh’s Urban Bee Sanctuary. 6:30 p. m., Friday, May 19, Recyclique, 2811 Hillsborough Road, Durham (parking in Food Lion lot). $ 5 suggested. http://communecos.org/.
THE CONFEDERATE FLAG: WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT IT Teach-in featuring Karen Anderson, Executive Director, ACLU of NC; Alfred Brophy, UNC Law School Distinguished Professor; Ronda Bullock, Co-founder of we are: working to extend anti-racist education; Reginald Hildebrand, Emeritus Professor, UNC Department of History. 10 a.m. to Noon,, Saturday, May 20, Hargraves Community Center, 216 North Roberson Street, Chapel Hill. Sponsored by Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP and NAACP Youth Council. email@example.com.
WHERE TO INVADE NEXT Screening and discussion of segments of Michael Moore's film on Tunisia, Iceland, and fall of Berlin Wall. 1:15 p.m., Monday, May 22, Carol Woods’ Assembly Hall, 750 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill. Sponsored by Elders for Peace. firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE FIGHT FOR SINGLE-PAYER HEALTHCARE Dr. Margaret Flowers, Baltimore-based pediatrician who served as congressional fellow for Physicians for a National Health Program in 2009-10, and currently is an adviser to the board. She is co-director of Popular Resistance, where she runs Health Over Profit for Everyone campaign. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Thursday, May 25, Stanford L. Warren Branch Library, 1201 Fayetteville Street, Durham. Sponsored by North Carolina Green Party. Tony Ndege · email@example.com.
THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING Film directed by Avi Lewis, inspired by Naomi Klein’s non-fictional bestseller, draws on nine countries, from which Klein makes case that from crisis of climate change, people can transform failed economic system into something radically better. 7:30 – 9:30 p. m., Tuesday, May 23, Varsity Theatre, 123 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill. General admission $11. https://www.tugg.com/events/this-changes-everything-czzb. Hosted by ECO Committee and UU Non-fiction Readers of Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist. 919-818-8289.
IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES AS VICTIMS OF WAR A Memorial Day commemoration with speaker Lori Khamala, Director, NC Immigrant Rights Program for American Friends Service Committee; proclamations from Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger and Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle; tribute to late peace activist John Heuer; readings; peace and justice songs by Raging Grannies. 2 to 3:30 p.m., Monday, May 29, Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive. Sponsored by Orange County Peace Coalition. 919-929-3316, 919-419-1261.
JOIN QUARTERLY MEETING OF MOVEMENT TO END RACISM AND ISLAMOPHOBIA (MERI). Hosted by Charles M. Jones Peace and Justice Committee of Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist. All welcome to get involved with work that MERI does (http://merinc.org/). 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 30, Straley Room, 106 Purefoy Road, corner of Mason Farm Road. Space may be limited so please contact Terri Brinton (firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-319-7512).
OPPORTUNITY TO HELP CHOOSING AND SHIPPING BOOKS TO NC PRISONERS. Join Prison Books Collective working at Recyclique, 2811 Hillsborough Road, Durham. Volunteers meet Sundays at 1 - 4 pm to pack and mail books. http://prisonbooks.info/get-involved/volunteer/ . Contact: email@example.com.
WEEKLY VIGIL FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE: Chapel Hill: 5 to 6 p.m. EDT, Fridays, corner of Elliott Rd and East Franklin St Bring your sign to show your concern or take one from collection. 919-942-2535.