Faith in Action

Seeking after justice anchors our Unitarian-Universalist commitment to unity, community and peace. In a world fraught with injustice of all kinds, we seek ways to act together, to share our religious commitment to justice, to shore each other up, and to increase our effectiveness in the larger world.
 
At First Unitarian, we identify each year a set of justice projects that we agree to pursue together. Members develop and propose the projects, and bring them to the full Congregation for consideration at the annual congregational meeting (usually in May). Once adopted, project teams take leadership in implementing the adopted plan and the full Congregation works in concert to address the identified injustice. An elected Faith in Action Council supports the congregational project teams and helps with resources and problem-solving.
 

The justice projects chosen are:

 

  • Homelessness and Hunger (direct services provided through the Family Promise, New Genesis, Urban Peak, Metro CareRing and The Gathering Place)

  • Illuminating Invisible Injustice, "iCubed" addressing the stigma of mental illness, addictions and trauma

  • Peace

  • Immigration

  • Justice circles allow for collaboration but do not require congregational adoption. Justice circles can be formed by any person at any time for any social justice cause.  Interest has been expressed this year in Women’s reproductive justice, publicly funded elections, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, Restorative Justice, and other social justice causes.

 

The Faith in Action Council appointed the Giving in Action working group to identify non-profit entities to receive the Sunday collection plate two Sundays every month. The Stewardship tab of this website shows the agencies and amounts that this Congregation has collected and dispersed for justice work.

 

 
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