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Social Justice is Intrinsic to Our Faith
For many of us at UU Church of Arlington, working for social and economic justice is intrinsic to our life together as a faith community and as individuals seeking to live ethically in the world today. Even when our professional life includes work we identify as justice-making, it is important for us to walk our talk together, to stand together for compassionate policies that create a just and sustainable world and preserve the health of our planet, and to stand up against racism, gender and other oppressions, systemic economic unfairness locally and globally, and environmental degradation. We do our work together conscious always that we work for justice as a faith community, walking together in the ways of love. As a religion that emphasizes “deeds not creeds,” this is a key part of our faith journey together, and one of the ways we grow our own souls.
We believe that this work together changes us for the good, and so we take time to reflect together on the ways our justice efforts are moving the arc of history to bend toward justice, and also how they are transforming our own lives.
We believe a balanced social justice program includes service or charity work to help those who are hurting presently, as well as education, witness and advocacy to build policies that will be life affirming in the long run. In these pages you will find many opportunities to join the social justice work of our church.
We Share-the-Plate (STP) of all non-pledge Sunday cash contributions with a deserving organization. During each designated STP month we focus the entire month on the issue and organization to deepen our understanding of the organization, the community it serves, and the underlying issues affecting it. This is an opportunity to provide a deep understanding on any given issue or organization, and foster a culture of abundance.
Below are the recipients for 2012-13:
Social Justice Fund
Thanks to a generous donation by two long-time members of UUCA, the Social Justice Fund was created to help build and support social justice efforts, especially in Northern Virginia. During the past three years $60,000 has been distributed to community groups. Full details, including all criteria for awards, are available in the grant guidelines.
We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote justice, equity and compassion in human relations and the goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all.
-- Second and Sixth UU Principles
Social Justice Highlights
Social Action Groups with Web Pages
SJ Advisory Group: