The Social Action Committee coordinates community outreach and social justice projects for Community UU Church. To sign up for an event, e-mail the committee at UUsInAction.
Our community outreach focus for 2014-2015 will be:
Our community garden project.
Coordinator: Deb Bliss
We support Barron Elementary School with volunteers, mentors, a coat closet, and various supplies throughout the school year.
Coordinator: Nelah McComsey
Each September 11, we distribute baskets of cookies and cakes to area firemen and policemen to say thanks for their service and dedication.
2012: Gift baskets were delivered to 46 local police and fire stations. Approximately 15 drivers helped deliver the goodies that 25 volunteers helped bake or pack. Many of the baked goods came from a local LDS church, as part of an inter-faith gesture.
2013: Gift baskets were delivered to 60 local police and fire stations. Approximately 20 drivers helped deliver the goodies and many CUUC volunteers helped bake or pack.
2014: Again, this year we delivered over 60 gift baskets to our local police and fire stations in Collin County. Approximately 20 drivers helped deliver the goodies and many CUUC volunteers helped bake or pack.
Coordinator: Barb Salvo
Plano Community Homes provide affordable housing for low-income older adults and persons with limited mobility. Community UU's First Friday Folksingers provide a quarterly music program for residents of PCH.
Coordinator: Bev Fleming
We provide canned vegetables, nonperishable food, and fresh vegetables from our garden for God's Pantry as well as assistance with their utility bill. Please bring your food donations and place in the cart next to the front door.
Coordinator: Linda Frank
In the summers of 2010 thruogh 2014, a small group from Community UU Church has traveled to New Orleans to spend a week participating in the New Orleans Rebirth Volunteer Program, a program of the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal (CELSJR), housed at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans (FUUNO). We return annually to New Orleans to continue this work.
More information can be found on the New Orleans page.
Coordinator: Dick Hildenbrand
UUSC advances human rights and social justice around the world, partnering with those who confront unjust power structures and mobilizing to challenge oppressive policies.
The mission of UUSC is guided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), as well as Unitarian Universalist principles, which affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person. For specific program details, go to the UUSC web site.
Our members are encouraged to support social justice around the world by supporting the work of the UUSC.
Coordinator: Sam Nichols
The Texas Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry is a statewide justice ministry that raises the voice of Unitarian Universalist values in the public arena and seeks to have those values enacted into legislation and promulgated in public policy.
Coordinator: Linda Frank, Nelah McComsey
See December 10, 2015, News from the Texas UU Justice Ministry HERE.
Standing on the Side of Love is a public advocacy campaign (sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association) that seeks to harness love's power to stop oppression. For more information, go to their web site.
Common Read is a program of the Unitarian Universalist Association in which member churches across the country read a common book and hold studies and discussions of the book.
The Common Read book for 2014-2015 is Reclaiming Prophetic Witness: Liberal Religion in the Public Square by Paul Rastor (Skinner House Books, 2013). It asserts that conservative Christianity is not the only valid religious voice in our national social policy and invites Unitarian Universalists to explore and claim our contribution, as religious liberals, to the pressing moral and ethical debates of our contemporary world.
Common Read books from previous years:
2014 Behind the Kitchen Door by Saru Jayaraman.
2013 The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander.
2012 Eboo Patel's memoir Acts of Faith.
2011 The Death of Josseline: Immigrant Stories from the Arizona Borderlands by Margaret Regan.
For more information, contact UUsInAction.