Social Justice and Outreach

Social Justice and Outreach

Seek justice...

Love kindness...

Walk humbly...

The Social Justice and Outreach Team is a group of people of all ages who are passionate about advocacy, action and consideration for people who find themselves challenged by daily life- the ones who often have no voice to even ask for help.
 
The cure for poverty, unseen barriers, addiction, cruel circumstances, health issues, natural disasters and disasters of our own making is not within our grasp... but the compassion to care for others and to work towards ending suffering is.  That is the task undertaken by the Social Justice and Outreach Team, which you are invited to join- you do not need to attend LVUC, just have a passion to "be the change you want to see in the world."
 
The team seeks ways to support local community, national and international agencies, sharing stories about their work as a means of inspiration, advocacy and education.  The team does not meet regularly, so contact Judith Clark (see our Directory!) or another member of the Social Justice team to find out when the next meeting is sheduled.
 
News about our two Syrian families: These two familes are inspirational as they embrace the hundreds of challenges that come with settling into a new country without sufficient language skills. Enjoying their summer vacation at this time and exploring their surrounds is their focus now.
In the fall, kids go back to school or jobs or university in special catch-up programs. The parents forge ahead with drivers licences, learning English, settling in to their homes and finding jobs!
How fortunate we all are in this beautiful peaceful country, because it enables us to share our time, talents and love with all others. 

 

Your prayers and supportive thoughts continue to be invited. You can Read the article in the North Shore News for some background or visit our NEWS page. You can give action to your prayers by donating online or contact the church office to arrange making a donation in person.
Other Ongoing SJOT Projects include-
  • Making sandwiches for the homeless in Lynn Valley/ North Vancouver through an ongoing relationship with the North and West Vancouver Canadian Mental Health Association.
  • Encouraging Lynn Valley United Church in the process of becoming an Affirming Ministry
  • Community and congregational educational events 
  • Supporting and sharing information regarding appeals and projects of the Mission and Service Fund of the United Church of Canada
  • Supporting First United Church Community Ministry (Vancouver DTES)
  • Working in cooperation with the LVUC Children, Youth and Family Ministry Team to support Camp Fircom.
 
As well as being on this team, some members serve or represent other local Community & Social Action Committees:
  • Lynn Valley Community Association
  • North Shore Homelessness Action 
  • North Shore Women's Centre
  • Presentation House Theatre
  • First United (downtown Eastside)
  • Van Yaya/ Polaris/ Camp Fircom
  • LV Seniors Association
  • Spirited Social Change
  • Lynn Valley Community Garden & Plan Bee (Mason bee nurture)
 

I want to help- please let me know where my skills can be used!

Please share info about what you feel passionate about (such as the environment, helping refugees, homelessness, international aid, fundraising ideas, etc...).


News


Taking the Bull by the Horns

Hello All! I have been on an English teaching team for our families, to give some one-on-one tutoring. It happened a few times on Saturday in the Spring and was fun and rewarding. The families are now on vacation... Read More


The Families are Settling In

News from NSURR leaders indicate the families are settling in. The volunteers are working hard to help the children strive for college, jobs and resume writing. The children enjoyed school very much and the oldest... Read More


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Acting for Social Justice

There are so many places in our community and around the world that seem to be shadowed in grief and darkness that it can feel a little overwhelming at times. Rather than despair, we are called upon to do what we... Read More


AAAAAHHH! Family #2 is Arriving on the Same Flight!!

March 15, 2017 Even more exciting news!! Our second family is arriving on April 6 also!!! Joy at the airport!!! Yippeee!!! The NSURR will be having a joyful hyper planning meeting on Thursday March 30 (housing,... Read More


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Why Do We Care About Syria?

  Why Do We Care About Syria?   We may have never been there, or even seen photos or videos, but people live there. It was a bustling modern country, until diplomatic reason was severed, and war took over. And,... Read More