Members of our congregation work to create a better world every day of their lives. Once a month, we come together to celebrate our accomplishments, grieve our failures, and make a better plan. These gatherings are on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 6 pm and include sharing a community dinner. We are currently focusing on the UUA #LoveResists Campaign.
Our work for a better world calls us to unexpected places as we harness love’s power to stop oppression. From grassroots community organizing to interfaith local, state and national advocacy; in protest marches, prayer vigils, and press conferences; we strive to put our faith into action, bearing witness to injustices that surround us. You will likely see a group of us at Moral Monday gatherings, marching in Raleigh’s HKonJ, the local MLK Day, or Pride parade.
Our current justice ministries focus on key priorities for our congregation and community:
- Economic justice, through our partnership with Orange Congregations in Mission, which seeks to provide food through their pantry, clothing and household goods through their thrift shop, and help with utility bills for those with a current economic challenge.
- Environmental justice, through our partnership with North Carolina Power and Light, a state-wide community organizing group focused on environmental issues.
- Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer justice, through continuing Welcoming Congregation curricula and Pride festival participation.
- Racial justice, through our partnership with the NAACP, study group participation, and regular community forums on race relations in our community.
- Active membership with Orange County Justice United, an interfaith community-organizing group. Justice United is currently focused on two initiatives: investigating possible racial bias during traffic stops and check points, and advocating for affordable housing in our county.
In Our Community
One important way we support our community is through sharing our Sunday morning collections with local non-profits or Unitarian Universalist affiliated groups that engage in service or justice projects. Each week, half of what is collected during worship is given away.
Recipients of our shared collections for 2016 include:
We have a legacy of “deeds not creeds.” One aspect of creating a more just society is providing service to the community. Service projects typically include:
Maintaining the booth at the Durham and Alamance County Pride festivals
Collecting food for the Orange Congregations in Mission (OCIM) food bank, or volunteering in the OCIM thrift shop or pantry
Eno River cleanups
A Brush With Kindness workdays (a ministry of Habitat for Humanity that focuses on repairing already existing homes)
Living Our Faith Through Action
The purpose of the LOFTA Team is to motivate and organize our congregation to carry our values into our community and beyond through advocacy, witness, service, education, and community organizing.
2) How the team supports the mission of UUCH
Organizes activities and events that encourage living out our values in the public sphere.
– Plan quarterly Community Forums that address justice issues affecting our community. Advertise the Forums widely throughout northern Orange County.
– Coordinate member participation in events such as the Walk for Hunger, Gay Pride events in Durham and Alamance Counties, MLK Day events, and the HKonJ march in Raleigh.
– Inform members of denominational justice initiatives through the Standing on the Side of Love program. Coordinate travel with other local congregations for participation in national/regional events.
– Facilitate study group on the UUA’s common read each year.
– Educate the congregation about GA decisions, including study action items, and Actions of Immediate Witness.
– Coordinate an annual service project with each existing service team.
– Coordinate activities with community organizing groups approved by the Governance Council, such as Justice United, NAACP, and Americans United.