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Apr012014

Social Justice Ministry

Members of the Social Action Circle address our Unitarian Universalist principles by researching and proposing humanitarian projects in which the congregation may become involved. Those principles include the promotion of justice, equity and compassion in human relations; and respect for the interdependent web of all existence.

Some Ongoing Projects:

Collecting and donating food, clothing and personal care items to the Burbank Temporary Aid Center (BTAC), a vital “aid station” for those in need.

Contributing financially to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, a voluntary, nonsectarian organization working to advance justice throughout the world.

Participating in the "Alliance for the Care of Abused Children" program of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, where we provide individualized holiday and birthday gifts for specific children who may have little or no family contacts.

Sponsoring the “Feel Like a Princess” event through the San Fernando Valley Chapter of the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services, which helps young women with few financial resources prepare for their proms.

Supporting and volunteering in children’s education, including School On Wheels and Reading to Kids.

Educating the congregation on legislative actions/ballot measures that specifically relate to UU principles; writing letters to add to our congregation’s voice about issues that affect us.  

Unitarian Universalists are dedicated to living our faith and practicing what we preach.

Working for civil rights and combating oppression are essential parts of our spiritual journey. Our faith community has worked for justice for hundreds of years, from advocating for free speech and the free practice of religion as far back as the fifteen hundreds to helping to abolish slavery and supporting women’s rights beginning in the eighteen hundreds.

We continue to work for justice today in ways that resonate with our Principles, from protecting our environment to standing up for the full rights of bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender people. While we cannot always take action on every issue that arises, we do our best to make our congregations, our communities, our denomination, and our world a better place.

Our Unitarian Universalist commitment to social justice fuels our advocacy for comprehensive sexuality education; economic justice; environmental justice; equality for bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender (BGLT) people and their families; gender equality; immigrant rights; and other important causes which Unitarian Universalists and UUA congregations support.