On June 10 about a dozen WUUC members and friends volunteered at the 2nd annual Woodinville Pride at Wilmot Gateway Park, where over 350 people of all ages enjoyed entertainment by LGBTQ+ performers and shopped at dozens of booths featuring queer and allied businesses. Even a rainy day didn’t keep folks from celebrating the local LGBTQ+ community!

We’re excited to announce that Carol Taylor and Leslie Schmidt will be taking on the roles of co-facilitators for the ASJ Coordinating Council as Pam Green and Cora Goss-Grubbs end their three-year terms. Carol and Leslie will continue the important work of supporting the WUUC social justice ministries (currently active are Welcoming/LGBTQ+ Justice, Racial Justice, and Native Connections), coordinating quarterly meetings and monthly special collections, and representing ASJ on the Ministry Council. If you’re interested in joining ASJ as a justice ministry lead or as a member-at-large, please contact Cora Goss-Grubbs at cgoss-grubbs@wuuc.org. Our next meeting is coming up in July, and we welcome newcomers!

The Advocates for Social Justice will be sponsoring its monthly Special Collection during the service on July 16 for Woodinville Storehouse Food Bank. This organization is operated by a coalition of churches and denominations serving the local community by providing nourishment and ministry to those in need, especially fresh food including dairy, baked goods, produce, meat and vegetables. 

In April the special collection raised $472 for Farmer Frog, which cultivates programs, school gardens, and hands-on learning to nurture communities. In April we raised $498 for NAMI – Eastside, a non-profit organization committed to improving the quality of life for those impacted by mental illness through advocacy, education, and support.

The ASJ Committee thanks WUUC members and friends for their generous support of our monthly special collections, which take place during services on the third Sunday of every month. Instructions for giving are posted during the service, and you can also donate anytime the following week at https://onrealm.org/wuuc/-/give/now, or by sending a check to WUUC at P.O. Box 111, Woodinville, WA 98072. Please make checks out to WUUC and write “ASJ Special Collection” in the notes.