The SJC has several Action Teams that focus on specific issues. The SJC selects the recipients of the monthly Sharing Sunday offering, which occurs on the last Sunday of each month. Recipients are nonprofit organizations with humanitarian missions and may be local, national, or international.
Action Teams are formed by a person or group of people that identify a social justice topic on which they want to focus. These teams are somewhat dynamic and are created and discontinued based on current events and issues. The following is a description of the current or recent action teams:
Anti-racism/Black Lives Matter
Focusing on local and national racism and working to bring awareness of white privilege and change laws and policies that support systematic racism. Also supporting the local Black Lives Matter movement. Chair vacant. Contact Jackie Jablonski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Demonstrating Our Values through Eating (DOVE)
Promotes eating a more plant-based diet and reducing and eliminating eating animal products. Focused on raising awareness of the health, moral and environmental concerns of factory farming. Chair Amie Hamlin: email@example.com or 631-525-3650.
Energy and Climate Change
Provides information and supports activities of grassroots organizations such as the Seneca Lake Defenders, Shaleshock, etc. Chair Jackie Jablonski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health Care Reform
Working towards changing New York State and national laws to provide healthcare for all people. Currently focusing on getting Single Payer Healthcare passed in the New York State Legislature. Chair Rebecca Elgie: email@example.com or 607-272-0621
LGBTQ+ Rights and Issues
Working to raise awareness in the congregation and local community of discrimination and inequity experienced by individuals based on their gender identity and/or sexual orientation. Also, advocates for the addition of gender identity and sexual orientation as protected groups in the Civil Rights Act of the United States. Chair vacant. Contact Jackie Jablonski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peace and Veterans Affairs
Provides assistance and advocacy for veterans. Advocates for policies and laws promoting peace and keeping our country from entering into military action to resolve the world’s problems. Chair Jim Murphy: email@example.com or 607-319-0980.