Social and Environmental Justice, Community Service

Activism in local, national and international issues involving social and environmental 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 community.

 

Our booth at 2010 Pride Festival.  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 Harrison Elementary School.
  • Working for equity and non-discrimination for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender community.  UUCL is a Welcoming Congregation.  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 years. 
  • Participating in Lexington's CROP walk to end hunger. 
  • Promoting the goal of world peace through our Peacemaking Group.
  • 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. 
  • Selling and serving Fair Trade Coffee to church members to support farmers in third world countries.
  • Spending part of the Christmas Holiday in Biloxi rebuilding homes destroyed by Katrina.
  • Supporting God's Pantry Food Bank and  The Hope Center.
  • Participating in the annual Martin 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 us.

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