Church Task Forces




Black Lives Matter/Youth Lives Matter Task Force

BLM/YLM seeks to break the “school to prison” pipeline that results in the mass incarceration of Black men and other people of color. We try to make people aware of how the legacy of slavery in the United States results in many of today’s social, economic and racial disparities. We support programs and initiatives designed to stop the mass incarceration of Black men or other people of color. We support ‘Raise the Age’ and ‘HALT’-reducing solitary confinement legislation, and are exploring mentoring through Champion Academy.

Contact: Len Stein

Contact: Roberta Buckle

Environmental Climate Task Force

This Task Force endeavors to educate the congregation on environmentally responsible activities, such as switching to renewable power, driving hybrid or electric vehicles, eating less beef/pork, and basically reducing consumption, reusing and recycling. We also advocate for legislation to reduce global warming.

Contact: John Keevert

Immigration and Refugee Task Force

The current political and cultural environment has endangered the lives and welfare of many citizens of Rochester and surrounding communities, largely undocumented workers who work to put food on our table, provide hospitality services, and care for our homes. There are also new arrivals in our country, here legally, exposed to a new language and culture with little or no network of support we ourselves have developed over a lifetime. The Immigration and Refugee Task Force at First Unitarian seeks to raise awareness of the specific issues each of the populations in our community, and to partner with organizations and other faith communities in support of them – in spirit, in time, and in treasure. Both groups need allies, advocates, and volunteers.

Contact: Paul Minor

Honduras Partnership Task Force

The Honduras Partnership Task Force supports a relationship among our congregation, the Global Health Program of Family Medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center, and the people of San Jose, San Marcos de la Sierra, Intibucá, Honduras—who work together to improve the quality of life for this 2,000-member community. This relationship has resulted in scholarships, microfinance projects, construction of a volunteer house, improved cook stoves, and ongoing water projects. This includes youth at our church and youth in San Jose through shared learning exercises and exchange of letters, projects, and photographs.

Contact: Barbara Gawinski