Justice Ministry Associates are Fellowship members and families who have expressed an active interest in Justice Ministry activities. They may serve as consultants during planning periods and participate in justice program reviews. In addition, Associates may be invited to undertake limited assignments, give presentations, and offer testimony about justice activities. Justice Action Group leaders will alert this growing cadre of members to specific needs and opportunities. Many Associates participate in the activities of Justice Action Groups.
Justice Action Groups are defined as teams engaging with specific programs, initiatives, services, events, or relationships that are directly involved in justice work. Current examples are the Homeless Action Team, Earth Justice, and San Ramon.
Areas of Concern refer to larger categories within which reside specific Justice Action Groups that have common characteristics and intersecting interests. Current categories of Areas of Concern are: Alleviating Poverty, Advancing Human Rights, Protecting Democracy, Caring for the Earth, and Partners for Justice.
A small number of Areas of Concern have been proposed to sharpen the focus for congregation commitment and understanding and to develop communities of interest wherein partnerships among Justice Action Groups within ERUUF can increase program effectiveness of each group. Communication between Action Groups is encouraged.
An Area of Concern Liaison will be selected by members of the Action Groups within each area to serve as a member of the Justice Ministry Executive Committee.
The Justice Ministry Council (JMC) is composed of the Area of Concern Liaisons and coordinators
with specific organizational assignments. It is convened monthly by the Moderators and is responsible for planning, budgeting, reviewing, and green-lighting justice proposals and opportunities. Two to three times a year the Council hosts a congregation-wide meeting for all Justice Associates and others interested in learning about ERUUF's justice ministry.
The Justice Ministry Executive Committee (JMEC) is a subset of the Justice Council and is a critical
link between the congregation and Justice Ministry Leaders. It meets on an as-needed basis.
The Justice Ministry Moderators (co-chairs) convene the Council monthly to shape Justice Ministry planning, review accomplishments, and discuss justice priorities and specific program matters.