Consistent with the UUCF mission and vision, the purpose of the UUCF Social Justice program is promoting transformational and sustainable change within the UUCF community and in the broader external community through these five pillars of social justice:
Service – Providing support for persons and communities in need;
Education – Educating ourselves and others about social justice issues, including interpreting such issues within the context of liberal religious values;
Community organizing – Seeking to establish grass-roots organizations or work with existing ones for purposes of increasing social integration and power in civil society;
Witness – Making our convictions on social justice issues public by words and deeds; and
Advocacy – Working through legislative processes to have an impact on public policy on social justice issues.
- Social Justice Council
- Social action groups
- Volunteer/Act for justice
- Share the Plate
- Congregational resolutions
- Related programs
- Affiliated programs
- Weekend of Service
- Policy: Taking Public Positions on Social Justice Issues
Social Justice Council
Meets the second Tuesday of each month, 7:15 p.m., Program Building
Contact Lay Minister for Social Justice Wini Atlas.
The Social Justice Council (SJC) takes a strategic approach to achieving the purpose listed above by facilitating, promoting, supporting and initiating social justice programs, activities and actions, seeking to mobilize and educate congregants and the general public.
2018-19 Social Justice Council members
– Wini Atlas, Lay Minister for Social Justice
– David Culp, Chair
– Bob McCarthy
– Rev. David Miller, Senior Minister
– Molly Niehaus, Youth Member
– Sidney Roth, Youth Member
Share the Plate
Each month, the congregation gives one-half of the cash from its worship service offerings to a different charity. These charities are nominated by congregants and considered for approval by the UUCF Social Justice Council.
UUCF Share the Plate collections are designed to raise awareness within the congregation about local, regional, national and international social justice concerns and at the same time give congregants the chance to financially support a wide variety of social justice organizations.
UUCF members have taken action, drafted resolutions and received official votes of congregational support on three resolutions and two other formal Unitarian Universalist Association designations. Each of these carries with it a commitment to ongoing reflection, advocacy and action:
- Annual Social Justice Yard Sale
- Hot Meals – In partnership with FACETS, UUCF volunteers prepare and assemble breakfasts for homeless people in Fairfax County six times a year. Contact Viki Mutarelli.
- Green Sanctuary – researching and promoting environmentally sustainable lifestyles in Northern Virginia and beyond. Contact Lois Phemister.
- Escalating Inequality Project
- UUCF Partner Churches (Romania and India)
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is a nonsectarian organization that advances human rights and social justice in the United States and around the world. Through a combination of advocacy, education, and partnerships with grassroots organizations, UUSC promotes economic rights, advances environmental justice, defends civil liberties and preserves the rights of people in times of humanitarian crisis.
Contact Martha Ades
UUCF is a member of Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice (UUSJ) in the Baltimore-Washington Region, which hosts task forces on civil marriage, the environment, health care and affordable housing and conducts advocacy trainings each year.⇑