AUUC engages in a broad array of programs, projects, and activities that put our faith values into action in our local Burke area, metropolitan Washington, DC, and beyond. In doing so, we provide opportunities for church members, friends, children, and youth to perform and contribute to social justice work. See the Events page for information on specific activities.
AUUC’s Social Justice Committee provides a forum for initiating, coordinating and guiding programs and projects with input from the congregation. The list below covers many of the current projects of the committee. We welcome ideas and leaders for new initiatives. Download the Social Justice brochure.
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This UU urban ministry program serves at-risk youth and families living in Edgewood Terrace, Northeast Washington, DC. Opportunities for service include tutoring, Saturday morning Science Club, donation of school supplies or holiday gifts and warm clothing. Learn more
CROP Hunger Walk
This community-based interfaith event raises funds for local hunger-fighting agencies as well as the international relief and development efforts of Church World Service. The Burke area CROP Hunger Walk involves about 20 congregations and organizations and is held annually on the Sunday before Thanksgiving at 2 p.m. This event is great for a variety of ages. The walk is about 3 to 4 miles long and is mostly stroller/wheelchair accessible. Shuttle bus service to return to parked cars is planned. Information on Nov. 20, 2016 walk.
Friday Night Films
Join us on the third Friday of most months for films that encourage us to examine theological and ethical issues in our world. Doors open at 7 p.m.; film begins at 7:30 p.m.; a discussion follows the film. Bring your dinner if you like; most movies are appropriate for teens and adults. Check the newsletter for upcoming films. This is a nonreligious event open to the public. More Information and upcoming films
Homelessness and Affordable Housing
AUUC works with local organizations in efforts to support the homeless population and more affordable housing. Some winters we provide a hypothermia shelter for a week in our sanctuary for up to 29 homeless guests. Periodically, we supply and serve a dinner to the residents of a homeless shelter. As part of Interfaith Housing Ministries, we have provided mentors to recently homeless families living in subsidized housing. As members of Communities of Faith United for Housing, we support the Fairfax County 10-year Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.
General Assembly Study/Action Issues
Each year at its nationwide General Assembly of congregations, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) votes on social justice-related issues to be studied leading to actions to be taken. Activities might include studying an issue, educating the congregation, taking a social witness stand, or performing legislative advocacy.
Green Sanctuary Program
The Green Sanctuary program helps to integrate environmental awareness and action into church life. Green Sanctuary organizes special projects and adult enrichment programs, and works in connection with other church groups. It is part of the UUA Green Sanctuary Program which provides a path for congregational study, reflection, and action for today’s environmental challenges – including climate change and environmental justice. Contct Marsha White
AUUC works with two interfaith groups on efforts to promote social justice legislation in Virginia – Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (V.O.I.C.E.) and the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy. AUUC is also a member of the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Virginia (UULMVA) which promotes our UU principles in advocacy work with Virginia legislators.
Mitten Tree & Holiday Gifts
AUUC collects mittens, hats and scarves, plus Christmastime gifts for children, teens and seniors at Beacon House. This is a great way to get the whole family involved with outreach.
As part of its overall mission, the committee annually selects 12 recipients of special monthly collections to benefit a wide range of worthwhile tax-exempt organizations, at the same time educating the congregation about these local, regional, national and international causes. We welcome suggestions for recipients of our Outreach Collections from anyone in the congregation. Learn More
Partner School in India
Each year, AUUC sponsors 23 of the poorest children in the Mawkria Unitarian School in northeast India. For each student, $40 is donated by a church member to cover the cost of books, desk repairs, a subsidy to the low-paid teacher, and incidental expenses for a year.
Each year we support the Season for Nonviolence (Jan 30 – Apr 4), a time of peacemaking and consciousness-raising opportunity, inspired by the work of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In addition, we support the Student Peace Awards of Fairfax County given annually to local high school students to promote and reward peacemaking efforts.
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
UUSC is a voluntary, non-sectarian organization working in partnership with grassroots organizations in the US and abroad to confront oppression and advance justice throughout the world. We support them through yearly contributions, occasional Outreach Collections, Guest at Your Table boxes, and Fair Trade sales.
Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice
UUSJ unites and leads the social justice work of UUs in the Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia region by fostering collaboration among UU churches and by organizing advocacy workshops and training events. There are opportunities to join task forces and committees. Visit UUSJ.net.
Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE)
Founded in 2008, VOICE is a non-partisan coalition of almost 50 faith communities and civic organizations in Northern Virginia working together to build power in middle and low-income communities. AUUC has been a member of VOICE since 2011. VOICE organizes in Prince William, Fairfax, and Arlington counties as well as the City of Alexandria uniting people across lines of race, class, religion, political party and geography to take action on key issues in our community including but not limited to affordable housing, access to health and dental care, and immigrant rights. VOICE has deepened our relationships with interfaith communities across the region, including Muslims, Catholics, Sikhs, and Christians of every stripe. VOICE – Organizing for a New Dominion of Justice and Political Participation. Learn more here: http://www.voice-iaf.org
For more information on these and other projects, contact [email protected]