“OUR CHURCH TEACHES BY WHAT IT SAYS, YES, BUT ALSO BY WHAT IT DOES.”
– Rev. Richard Gilbert, Unitarian Universalist Minister, The Prophetic Imperative
The Seventh Principle of Unitarian Universalism calls us to affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. To this end, UU’s are often very engaged in social concerns in their local and global communities. Whether it is donating to international hunger efforts, volunteering with a local organization, writing letters about social justice issues, or helping with a need identified within our fellowship, social concerns is a vital part of our identity as Unitarian Universalists.
Unitarian Universalists believe social change, in particular, social justice change is not haphazard evolution but a conscious deliberate prodding by those willing to be out front bringing light to social justice issues and then taking action. Unitarian Universalists have a long and proud history of being involved in the leading social justice issues of modern times: Religious freedom, abolitionists, suffragettes, child labor laws, workers rights, civil rights, antiwar, environmentalism, women’s rights.
UU’s enshrined our commitment to nudging history towards social justice by embracing the “Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalists”. In the UUFBC Fellowship, as in UU’s around the world, we find some of Bay Counties best activists. We share our work with each other, we network, exchange ideas, encourage, mentor and nurture future agents for social change. Please see the list of some of the organizations and social justice work our Fellowship members are involved in under “UU Members Giving Back”.
Being engaged in social change, nudging the arc of history towards justice, nurtures hope within us, keeping at bay a sense of despair at the human condition. We encourage everyone to find a place where you can make a difference; join us in creating a better world. Speak, even if your voice shakes, the rewards are manyfold.