As Unitarian Universalists we 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.

We do our best to make our church, our community, our denomination, and our world a better place.

UUSMC Social Justice Committee

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Much of the our congregation’s involvement with social concerns is realized through the Social Justice Committee. The committee welcomes members and friends interested in making a difference in their community and the world. The main activities of the Social Action Committee are fundraising, education, and action for issues of social justice.

Mission statement: We organize to address unmet social justice needs in our community, nation and wider world through a balanced mix of service, education, advocacy and public witness. We engage the congregation in activities and partner with relevant individuals, groups and organizations.

We also work with other organizations like the Unitarian Universalist Delaware Advocacy Network and the Delaware Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow.

Contact

Questions? Please email socialjustice@uusmc.org.

Committee Minutes

Social Justice Activities

Share Our Bounty: this annual tradition provides Thanksgiving meals to local needy families.  Members and friends fill boxes with non-perishable food items which will be distributed to the Kennett Food Pantry (PA) and the YWCA Home-Life Center in downtown Wilmington (DE).

Family Promise: organization that houses temporarily homeless families in churches, synagogues, etc.  We help St. Mark’s when they house the homeless with two dinners that week plus supplies of breakfast and lunch items.

Share Our Plate: Every Sunday half of our money collected goes to a charity, usually the same one for two months.  For example in September and October it is going to Family Promise.  Other months to Meeting Ground, Kingswood Community Center, Planned Parenthood, Arts Holding Hands and Hearts, Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow, Delaware Theater outreach to community.

Share our Warmth: We collect gloves, mittens sock, scarves and hats which are given out when Premier Charities feed the homeless in downtown Wilmington.

Souper Bowl Sunday: two sizes of empty containers are provided in January which members take home.  They return them filled with homemade soup on Super Bowl Sunday in early February.  We sell the soups to the congregation and all the money goes to the Food Bank of Delaware.  There is also a box in the hallway year-round for food donations for the Food Bank.

School Supply drive: In July and August, members donate book bags and school supplies.  These are taken to East Side Charter and given to children who need them.

Heifer International: two Sundays in December a table is set up to buy animals, etc. for needy families.

Fair Trade: a table is set up on some Sundays selling fair trade coffee, tea, cocoa and chocolate bars.  This helps farmers and a small portion is donated to UUSMC.

Children’s book drive is ongoing.  A box is located in the coat room and books are taken to Nemours Jessup St. clinic and given to all children every time they visit.