WUUC’s Advocates for Social Justice Committee (ASJ) works to encourage, support, and coordinate individual and congregational work for human rights, social justice, and environmental responsibility in our local, national, and global communities. To find out what’s happening this month, check out the calendar of justice activities posted on the ASJ bulletin board in the hall near the foyer. WUUC is a member congregation of the Northwest Unitarian Universalist Justice Network and Washington Unitarian Universalist Voices for Justice. The congregation strives to integrate social justice education and work in our worship services and religious education programs, as well as to pursue our justice work from a grounding in UU principles and the justice paths of UUs who have gone before us. Membership in ASJ is an open to all members and friends of WUUC. For more information, contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Movements for Black Lives
WUUC passed the following resolution on the current movements for Black lives on December 4th, 2016.
The Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Congregation commits to supporting the current movements for Black lives. We will do so with our resources, time, energy, and physical presence.
Our white members commit to doing the internal work of addressing our systemic privilege and racism so that we may better act to build beloved community.
Our congregation will work to create and maintain covenantal relationships with the Black community in the Seattle Area and Seattle’s East Side. We will risk being vulnerable and courageous in the building of these relationships, acknowledging that we need to step up and step in behind Black leadership. We will let those relationships inform and guide our actions in support of Black lives. We will be responsive, responsible, and firm in our commitment to the movements for Black lives.
We will act to dismantle structural racism against Black communities in education, employment, housing, voting rights, and access to health care. We will act to reverse the disproportionate effects of environmental degradation on the Black community. We will work for equitable and ethical treatment in the administration of criminal justice in the Black community.
We will engage in faithful discernment that we may know when to speak and when to listen, when to lead by following, when to be a presence, and when to witness.
The Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church is committed to the transformation of our own and others’ lives. As such we claim the commitment to the current movements for Black lives as a religious and spiritual mandate.
WUUC has been a Welcoming Congregation since a unanimous congregational vote was taken in 1998 to be a part of this national Unitarian Universalist Association program. Each Welcoming Congregation commits to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for people who identify as GLBT. There are many opportunities for members to support this effort in the public square, such as advocating at Equality Day in Olympia and marching in the Pride Parade in Seattle. In 2013, our congregation publicly declared our support for Referendum 74 (defending Freedom to Marry legislation in Washington State). We posted signs of our support on our grounds and ran full-color advertisements in the local newspaper (with help from a UUA “Standing on the Side of Love” project grant), participated in advocacy actions, hosted a phone bank, and then worshipped, and celebrated together when voters approved the Referendum.
Community Service Projects
WUUC is involved in several ongoing community service projects. Most focus on hunger issues including collections for the Maltby Food Bank, Totes-to-Go (for needy students at a local elementary school), emergency food supplies through Hopelink, and food packing for Northwest Harvest. Recently formed small groups include a meals-for-the-homeless program, a solar power task force, and an income inequality subcommittee of ASJ. We also annually organize a giving tree for area children in need. Individual members and friends of WUUC are active in a wide variety of social justice education, service, and advocacy efforts.
Monthly Social Justice Plate Collections
The ASJ Committee sponsors one worship service plate collection every month to be donated to a charitable organization or advocacy group. Organizations recently supported in this way include People for Puget Sound, Fisher House, American Civil Liberties Union, Camp Unity Eastside, Camp Ten Trees, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, the Northwest Unitarian Universalist Justice Network, Washington Unitarian Universalist Voices for Justice, and many others.