UUCF’s Social Justice Council organizes the congregation’s major social justice efforts into the following social action groups.
UUCF launched its commitment to exploration, learning and transformation around racial justice with its campaign “Thirty Days of Love: A Call to Action for Faith, Race and Justice” early in 2016. The congregation continues this commitment through a Racial Justice Steering Committee, working on long-term advocacy, training, education, partnerships and engagement. Read more here.
Immigrant Justice – Committee for Immigration Justice
UUCF joined the DMV Sanctuary Congregation Network in April 2017. The Network is a group of 70+ faith communities in DC, Maryland and Virginia dedicated to acting in solidarity to resist policies that racially profile, criminalize, detain and deport undocumented immigrants and discriminate against marginalized communities including those who are black, indigenous, Muslim, Latinx and LGBTQ+. The Committee for Immigration Justice (CIJ) coordinates UUCF’s involvement in the DMV Sanctuary Network and engages in other community actions aimed at raising up the humanity of all people. Read more here.
UUCF is committed to ending gun violence and to urging our legislators to approve sensible gun violence prevention legislation. To that end, UUCF members passed a Congregational Resolution on Preventing Gun Violence in 2013.
On the 14th of each month at 10 a.m., UUCF joins others in the community at a gun violence prevention vigil at the National Rifle Association headquarters in Fairfax. These vigils commemorate the lives lost to gun violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 and thousands of others since. Read more here.
The UUCF Climate Action Group (CAG), founded in 2013, plans and implements climate-related projects with a direct impact on UUCF, its members and the interconnected web of life. View this brief video to learn more about global warming/climate change, its human causation and consequences. CAG believes advocacy and solutions are necessary now. CAG is actively involved in Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions, an interdenominational climate action group started by CAG members along with members of other congregations.
The Paris Pledge Initiative is a framework of CAG projects with the goal of reducing UUCF’s carbon dioxide emissions.
Equality UUCF is a committee of volunteers focusing on LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) rights and is dedicated to Welcoming Congregation education, consciousness raising and fellowship within the UUCF community. Equality UUCF also advocates with other organizations and congregations in support of human rights for the LGBTQ+ population at the local, state and federal levels. Read more here.
The mission of the Muslim Liaison Group is to build personal relationships with local Muslim communities and to deepen our understanding of Islam and Muslims in America. Click here for more information and a list of upcoming events. In 2016, UUCF formed a Refugee Resettlement Project to sponsor a refugee family. Read more here.
UUCF participates in this annual FACETS interfaith winter project, providing shelter for about 40 homeless adults homeless in Fairfax County. This year, we will again partner with Vale United Methodist Church and volunteers from the Oakton Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many volunteers are needed. Clothing and personal-care item donations accepted in the Sanctuary Commons. Read more here.
For one day in April more than 40 UUCF volunteers come together to make a home more livable for a local resident in need. The goal is to keep people living in warmth, safety and independence, while helping to build communities. The local Rebuilding Together program is under the auspices of Rebuilding Together Arlington/Fairfax/Falls Church, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and developing decent and affordable housing for limited-income individuals and families. Read more here.
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
In partnership with Southgate Community Center in Reston, UUCF volunteers teach ESOL classes for disadvantaged immigrant residents.
UUCF and other area UU congregations have helped fund and provide volunteer support to Beacon House since its founding in 1991. Beacon House provides tutoring, mentoring, cultural, athletic, recreational and nutritional programs to at-risk children, ages 5-18, in and around the Edgewood Terrace community in Ward 5 of Washington, DC. Contact Beacon House President Rev. Donald Robinson
Related social justice programs/affiliates
- 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.