Social action and outreach take many forms at UUFES. Recent Sunday services with a social justice theme have explored white supremacy and white privilege, domestic violence, the #MeToo movement, climate change, attitudes about the South, stories of inequality, indigenous peoples’ history, immigration, UUA Justice Sunday, Pride Week, and justice/healing.
The Book Group has taken on an increasingly active social justice role at UUFES. Inspired throughout the 2018-19 church year by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s book An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, the Group created a Statement of Recognition of Indigenous Peoples for use in relevant Sunday services.
This year’s Community Evenings and Evenings of Film include our annual MLK Jr. celebration and films “The Life and Times of Carola Domar,” “Dakota 38,” and “Screaming Queens.”
Every month, UUFES donates the Sunday offering to a local cause. See our Special Collections page under the Making a Difference menu, and during the school year, UUFESians pack backpacks of weekend food for the “68 Hours of Hunger” program. In 2019 the Women’s Group created holiday crafts for local families.
On the corner out front, UUFES has hosted demonstrations and protests in support of gun control, immigrant rights, and anti-racism. UUFESians have also participated in nearby protests in support of gun control, LGBTQ rights and climate change.