Unitarian Universalists in southern Rhode Island work together in love to identify social and environmental injustices in Rhode Island and in our nation to make the world a better place. Our social justice program is grounded in the principles of our faith. Our work takes place in study groups, educational meetings, rallies, and advocacy, and in collaboration with community organizations and other faith communities.
The Social Justice Team coordinates social action initiatives that offer congregation members and friends opportunities to engage in the personal and advocacy areas that are of interest to them, providing another means to spiritual growth.
Our social justice efforts currently focus on the following priority areas:
Economic Justice: “The Guest at Your Table” raises funds and fosters an understanding of the human rights work and awareness of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee activities promoting economic justice. The Equal Exchange product sales directly support authentic fair trade and assists small scale farmers to stay on their land, making organic agriculture and care for their environment a priority. Essjay Foulkrod and Pam Brightman are the contacts.
Environmental Justice: The Green Task Force, led by Lisa Petrie, collaborates with Fossil Free Rhode Island and coordinates rallies, forums and demonstrations to oppose the Keystone pipeline and the proposed new electric plant in Burrillville, Rhode Island. The Green Task Force also spearheads the congregation’s effort to maintain its Green Sanctuary certification from the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Racial Justice: The Racial Justice Steering Committee, led by Carol Layne, coordinates book study groups and other educational opportunities to deepen our understanding of the oppression faced by marginalized communities. Our activities support community, state, and national initiatives to overcome racial injustices.
LGBTQ: The Board of Directors is engaged in a renewal of our status as a UUA Welcoming Congregation. Essjay Foulkrod is the contact.
Disability and Aging: Our sanctuary has an assistive listening loop system so that persons with hearing impairments can hear the services clearly through their own hearing aid (with tele-coil “T” switch). Tom Nerney, the lead contact, is planning discussions and forums on aging as a right to flourish.
U. U. Legislative Ministry of Rhode Island: UUCSC is one of five congregations whose members meet to establish a lobbying agenda at the start of each year’s Rhode Island General Assembly session. Members of each congregation meet with the senators and representatives from their area to advocate for these positions. John Glasheen is our contact.
Share the Plate: Raises funds for community programs that promote the justice areas that are our priority. In addition, members prepare a monthly meal for Welcome House, a shelter and housing program in Peace Dale. We collect food for the food pantry operated by the Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale.
Social Justice Historian: As a long-standing member and former leader of this congregation’s social justice program, John Glasheen serves as our historian.
The Social Justice Team meets regularly. For more information, contact: