Social Justice Circles

FIAC has created Criteria and Planning documents for people who express interest in establishing Social Justice Circles.  FIAC has the authority to approve or disapprove requests, and to approve funding for projects where appropriate.

To access the forms, click on the links below.

Current Social Justice Circles

Animal Ministry of Rochester

AMOR supports animal rights and the vegan ethic in the Rochester, NY area by educating the public about AR philosophy and specific animal issues, raising awareness of expressing dissent against examples of exploitation and abuse, and supporting the advocacy community. For more info contact:

​Leader: Lois Baum

Harvesting Justice

This group advocates for the protection of rights for immigrants and their children to ensure they are treated with dignity and fairness. For more info contact:

Leader: Connie Valk


RocACTS (Rochester Alliance of Communities Transforming Society) is a multi-racial, city-wide, faith-based coalition of urban and suburban congregations and organizations which uses its collective power to address critical issues in Rochester. Recent actions involve passing the vote for a Police Accountability Board.

Leader: Shirley Bond

Crafting Blankets for our Homeless Neighbors

Do you like to knit or crochet? This group creates and collects granny squares to assemble blankets for the homeless and families in need, particularly for the House of Mercy. Many thanks to SewGreen in Rochester for their generous donation of yarn! For more info contact

​Leader: Lisa Gwinner 

Homeless Heartbeats

This group works year-round in collecting items for local homeless shelters and coordinating volunteers to serve-home-cooked meals during the winter months. For more info contact:

Leader: Lois Baum

Virgil I. Grissom School #7

This group assists elementary age students with academic work and helps to supply needed school supplies. Located at 31 Bryan Street, Rochester, NY, 14613.

Leader: Bill Elwell

EcoJustice Group

The EcoJustice group is involved in various activities and events throughout the year. They meet regularly to discuss issues involving sustainability and climate justice. Past activities have included tours of Rochester's EcoPark, petition signing campaign, Earth Month fair, recycling awareness campaign, and participation in the March for Science and the People's Climate March. For more info contact:

Leader: Sarah Singal

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Meals for the Homeless (REACH)

REACH – Rochester Engaging in Action for the Chronically Homeless makes and serves nourishing meals for people in the Rochester community who are experiencing homelessness. For more info contact:

Leader: Carole Hoffman


Have Questions? Contact:

FIAC (Faith in Action Council)

Leaders: Joy Leccese, Becky Elwell, and Connie Valk

FIRE (First Universalist Initiative for Racial Equity)

Leaders: Elizabeth Osta and Theo Munson