Social Action at Olmsted Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Social Action and Social Justice are very important at OUUC, as we find ways to live the values expressed in our UU Principles and Purposes. Members and friends of OUUC believe in working to make the world a better place, taking action to care for others and the earth itself, and supporting causes devoted to social justice and equality. The Social Action Committee is active and strongly supported by the entire congregation, by their participation in activities and with their donations. The children and youth of the church are included in Social Action, sometimes with their own projects and sometimes with support and help for whole church projects.
In the past year, the church has helped the Urban Hope UU Community provide Sunday meals and a place to gather for residents of their inner city neighborhood, supported the annual Cleveland Homeless Standdown with personal care supplies and bus passes, raised awareness and money to support the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, sponsored a member on the March of Dimes Walk for Babies, and donated food and money to the North Olmsted Food Pantry.
We also received education about helping refugees arriving in the Cleveland area, and have given some support by tutoring refugee children and helped with opening a new thrift store, Common Threads, which will support refugees by providing job experience, low cost household goods, and raising money for refugee aid programs. We have watched movies about social justice issues at “Supper and a Movie” nights at the church.
The church is also a supporting member of UU Justice Ohio and an official “Welcoming Congregation” of the UUA. We practice Green Sanctuary principles by conserving energy and recycling at the church.
OUUC also shares half of its Sunday offering each week with a charity or activity chosen by the congregation. In the past year, these offertory shares have included the UUSC Syrian Refugee Fund, the Urban Hope UU Community, UUSC Guest at Your Table, the Minister’s Discretionary Fund, Homeless Standdown, the Ohio Meadville District emergency fund, the March of Dimes, the North Olmsted Food Pantry, and Cuyahoga River Restoration.
You are always welcome at Social Justice Efforts in UU churches and in the area and state.
Details about UU social justice work in Ohio can be found at uujo.org.