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Social Action

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.

Community Outreach

Our community outreach focus for 2013-2014 will be:

  • Partnering with Barron Elementary
  • Feeding the hungry
  • Youth mentoring

Community Harvest

Our community garden project.

Coordinator: Deb Bliss

First Responders Appreciation Day - September 11

Each September 11, we distribute baskets of cookies and cakes to area firemen 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: Follow link to 5th Annual First Responders Appreciation Day for activities and schedule.

Coordinator: Samantha Hall

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Plano Community Homes

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

God's Food Pantry

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

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New Orleans Rebirth Volunteer Program

In the summers of 2010 and 2011, a small group from Community UU Church 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

 

Other programs we support



Social Justice (Advocacy)

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)

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: (open)

Texas UU Justice Ministry

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

Standing on the Side of Love

 

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.

http://www.standingonthesideoflove.org/take-a-stand

 

 

 

Common Read

 

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 is Behind the Kitchen Door by Saru Jayaraman. It is available from the UUA Bookstore and from retail outlets. It is also available as an electronic book.


Behind the Kitchen Door
invites Unitarian Universalists to intentionally consider their practices in restaurant dining. It makes visible the lives of people who are subject to discrimination and oppression based on economic status, race, ethnicity, gender, and/or immigration status.

Common Read books from previous years:

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.