in local, national and international issues involving social and
justice is a key part of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lexington.
The Justice Council at UUCL exists to coordinate and assist the various
groups and individuals in the church that are involved in social and
environmental justice work in the community and the world at large. The
Justice Council is also a clearinghouse for information about social and
environmental justice work going on in the larger Unitarian Universalist
This activist view is a central part of the
Unitarian Universalist tradition, and is in keeping with the Unitarian
Universalist Association Principles of:
- Justice, equity and compassion in human relations.
- The inherent worth and dignity of every person.
- The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and
justice for all.
- Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of
which we are a part.
Some specific projects, as well as ongoing efforts, that
our church members are involved in are:
- Working to end mountain top removal mining.
- Supporting social justice
projects and organizations outside out Church through our "Give Away the
Plate" program. On the first Sunday of most months, all contributions in the offering plate
not specifically marked as pledges are donated to a cause identified by
the Justice Council and approved by our Board.
- Mentoring students at
- Working for equity and non-discrimination for the Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender community. UUCL is a
For the past 4 years, we hosted
a “Pride Prom”, providing an alternative prom opportunity for GLBT youth
and their supporters. We make annual donations to help fund the
publication of the GLSO, (Gay & Lesbian Service Organization), newsletter, and recently made a donation from
our “Give Away the Plate” program to help support the Gay Straight
Alliance, a group promoting tolerance in local high schools regarding
sexual orientation. Our congregation has voted to publicly support
the right of same sex couples to marry.
- Participating in our denomination's
Standing on the Side of Love program in support of all who are
different and marginalized in our society. This includes, (but
isn't limited to, undocumented immigrants, GLBT people, and those
who are differently abled.
Pictures from the past 2
- Participating in Lexington's CROP walk to end hunger.
- Promoting the goal of world peace through our
- Promoting environmental justice.
Our Environmental Task Force has
met the qualification standards for our
church to be declared a Green Sanctuary by the Unitarian Universalist
Association. The group held its Environmental Justice Festival and Trunk
Sale in May 2009. Last summer its Johnny Appleseed Project used the apple trees on UUCL property as a
resource to feed those less fortunate. Our congregation has voted
to approve the application for Green Sanctuary status.
Trade Coffee to church members to support farmers in third world
- Spending part of the Christmas Holiday in
Biloxi rebuilding homes destroyed by Katrina.
- Supporting God's
Pantry Food Bank and The
- Participating in the annual
Luther King Walk in Lexington.
- Sponsoring a Bosnian
refugee family, providing them with a furnished apartment, transportation,
and support services while they settled into their new country.
They are now well established in Lexington, and are making contributions
to the community.
To support additional social action throughout our community,
we often make our meeting space available to community activist groups
who need inexpensive, safe planning space.
If you have an activity to add to this list, or would like
to contact someone about getting involved, please email
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