Members of our congregation are involved in social justice projects promoting peace, environmental stewardship, fairness, and the inherent worth and dignity of every being.
We are a “Welcoming Congregation.” We welcome and accept bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender people and are committed to work for their rights and dignity in all areas of their lives. The rainbow flag hangs proudly outside our door. We are also involved in racial justice activities in our community.
Every Fourth Sunday we donate our loose plate collection to an organization outside of the church which works “Beyond Our Walls” to bring about positive changes. Recipients of the “Beyond Our Walls” collection have included Partners in Health, Camp Susan Curtis, Christmas for Teens, Community Lunch, Western Maine Land Trust, Planned Parenthood, Maine Wabanaki REACH program, Safe Voices, CEBE; Center for Ecology-based Economy, Middle Eastern Children’s Alliance, Blue Skies Legal Defense Fund, GGHC; Gardeners Growing Healthy Communities, UUA Disaster Relief Fund, Americans for Responsible Solutions– the list is extensive. Our Social Justice Committee is the largest of all the church committees.
From the Social Justice Committee:
The Social Justice Committee supports solidarity with an agenda of focus on justice, human rights and compassion. The Social Justice Committee will begin to use the Maine UU Advocacy Network (MUUSAN) model in their work- this is done by relating social justice work directly to the seven UU principles so we can see our principles directly at work in our lives.
The Social Justice Committee is currently working on issues of healthcare, climate change, democracy and immigrant rights and racism paralleling MUUSAN’s four committees.
Peace Vigil: Bearing Witness to All Lives Lost to Violence
Our Peace Vigil is an ongoing event every Thursday afternoon from 3:30-4:30 pm in front of the church – all are welcome to join us for the entire hour or part of the hour. Some Peace Vigil participants also attend the SURJ (Standing Up for Racial Justice) Vigils being held on the bridge in Auburn on the 4th Monday of each month.