Social Justice


Food Ministry

The Food Ministry Team’s mission is to build a stronger community and neighborhood by sharing meals and conversation. We will eat together, learn about each other and the needs of our community, share information on existing community resources and services, and organize and work for social justice.

We offer a Community Dinner on the third Tuesday of every month.

Click here to download this month's flyer.

UU Voices for Reproductive Freedom

We are people of faith in New Orleans who support reproductive justice by:

  • Participating in legislative organizing and advocacy,
  • Promoting comprehensive and medically accurate sexual education,
  • Supporting affordable and safe abortion access, and
  • Bearing faithful witness to women and families.

We recognize that socio-economic, political, and racial structures impact access to reproductive services, particularly for youth, poor women, women of color, indigenous women and undocumented women and their families. UU Voices for Reproductive Freedom stand with all women and men who uphold a woman's right to choose her destiny.
For more information, please contact uuv4rf@firstuuno.org.

Kit Senter

Kit Senter

Gillespie Breakfast

For over 20 years, First Church has hosted a monthly morning meeting of social activists called the Gillespie Memorial Community Breakfast. The breakfast group meets from 9:30 a.m. until noon on the second Saturday of every month to network and share information about new and exciting social justice programs.

Typically there is a guest speaker/lecturer with a presentation and a question and answer period at each Gillespie Breakfast.

Contact info@thecommunitybreakfast.org to find out more about the Gillespie Breakfast schedule and guest presenters. Also, see the Gillespie Memorial Community Breakfast blog for announcements, archives and comments.

 

The Albert D'Orlando Lectureship on Social JusticeD'Orlando

The Albert D'Orlando Lectureship on Social Justice was established by the First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans in 1995 on the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. D'Orlando's ordination. During his long tenure as minister of this church, the Rev. Dr. D'Orlando tirelessly fought for social justice in this city. Learn more about Rev. Dr. D'Orlando,

The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception is held in the church following the lecture. Contributions to the lectureship are welcome.

Past Speakers include:

2015 Dr. Willie Parker

2014 Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré

2013 Dr. John Clark

2011 Mark Winne

2010 Joe Cook

2009 Kim Gandy

2008 Rabbi Michael Lerner

2004 Rev. Carlton W. Veazey

2003 Edd Doerr

2002 Jim Hightower

2001 Rev. Dr. William Schulz

2000 Barbara Majors

1999 Tom Teepen

1998 David Dellinger

1997 Sr. Helen Prejean

1996 Clarence L. Barney

Community Partners

Gulf South Rising LogoGulf South Rising

Gulf South Rising (GSR) is a coordinated regional movement created to highlight the impact of the global climate crisis on the Gulf South region (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida). Through collaborative actions and events around strategic dates in 2015, like the 5-year commemoration of the BP Oil Crisis and the 10-year commemoration of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, GSR demands a just transition away from extractive industries, discriminatory policies, and unjust practices that hinder equitable disaster recovery and impede the development of sustainable communities.

Food For Friends

NO/AIDS Task Force

The Food For Friends (FFF) Program of NO/AIDS Task Force has been supplying groceries, household/personal care products, and Home Delivered Meals to clients and their families in the greater New Orleans area for over two decades. FFF is one of the 38 programs that NO/AIDS Task Force offers to the HIV and AIDS infected and affected community. The  FFF kitchen was opened at First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans in October of 2013.