Social Justice at USNF Takes Many Forms

At USNF, social justice infuses virtually all that we do. We have a number of groups and teams that organize and sponsor activities and events and help to keep members informed about issues and social justice efforts in the greater community.  Ad hoc groups often spring up around specific interests and humanitarian crises.  The Hawkins/Majumder Lecture series is a program begun in 2016 that features speakers on important social justice efforts and issues.

We show up at demonstrations and rallies, we circulate and sign petitions, and we try to include a "social justice minute" in every worship service.  These brief talks by our members highlight issues and provide information about how people can get involved.  We participate in efforts supporting local immmigrants and refugees, we cook for and serve at local shelters, take regular collections for the food pantry, staff volunteer crews to clean the local bike trail, and make bag lunches for the homeless.

USNF the VOTE

USNF the Vote works to protect and strengthen democracy. In 2020, over 150 congregants wrote postcards & letters andUU the Vote letters made phone calls – well over 25,000 – to protect and turn out the vote. In 2021, we’re supporting local groups who do grassroots organizing year round, and working on state and national-level actions that have compelling strategies to protect and strengthen democracy.

Work has already begun to prepare for the 2022 election. Voter suppression and other efforts to weaken democracy will no doubt continue, and we will take actions to overcome them, and take positive steps to make a more perfect union. USNF the Vote uses two google groups, one to share action announcements, the other to participate in on-line discussions. If you want to join one of these groups, or learn more about USNF the Vote, contact the USNF office administrator and ask to be connected to Dave Roitman.

CLIMATE ACTION GROUP (CAG)

The Climate Action Group meets twice a month to decide what we will do as a group to reduce climate destroying activity. We often join with other congregations and local groups. Actions take many forms, including educating ourselves and our congregation, organizing and carrying out worship services and action campaigns for the congregation, speaking up, advocating for community and/or legislative changes, bearing witness to and illuminating destructive actions, and highlighting existing and envisioned positive paths forward for our community and/or the world. All are welcome to join this group.

RACIAL JUSTICE EFFORTS

We are currently offering various opportunities to learn about racism and dismantling white supremacy in ourselves and our institutions. Learn more on our Adult Education page. We are encouraging everyone to read the UUA's Widening the Circle, which looks at long term and institutional change in our congregations and Unitarian Universalism in general. Our education and action projects are open to the community.  FMI: Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

THE HAITI SUPPORT GROUP

The Haiti Support Group was formed in 2010 to support the volunteer medical work of USNF members Doctors Matt Kane and Ann Markes in the Cap Haitien region of northern Haiti. While continuing to fund medical work, in recent years, we have also helped fund educational efforts for impoverished and orphaned children in the region.
Over the years, the congregation has supported our work generously. We conduct a service every two or three years to inform and update members and friends about the work we are doing in Haiti with their support. At each of these services, they have donated thousands of dollars. One year, our youth initiated a bottle drive that led to the purchase of a herd of goats for the northern town of Bode me Limbe. The goats have since multiplied and provided families in several surrounding towns with much needed milk.
Another way we raise funds for our work is through a very successful annual book sale. The book sale will resume once the pandemic is under control. The USNF Haiti Support Group is open to all members and friends interested in supporting the work of fellow Society members as they deliver health care and community support through several programs.

Upcoming social justice events at USNF are listed in the Events section of our website.