If you’re ready to learn about and/or do Social Action at the Pennsylvania level: see ESUUC’s guide to UU Justice work in PA (UUJusticePA).
These are the current Social Action opportunities at ESUUC and beyond (not including UUJusticePA).
- Indigenous Peoples’ History – Winter 2021 book discussions
General Assembly 2020 called on Unitarian Universalists to learn more about this country’s painful history of oppression of indigenous peoples and to do the work of restorative justice and healing. Please join Rev. Stephanie for a 3-session discussion of the 2019-20 UUA Common Read, “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States” by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (Beacon Press, 2015).
- Dates: 2nd Tuesdays from 7-8:30pm (Feb 9, Mar 9, Apr 13).
- You can order the book (original or <verify with Rev. S. if we can read the Young Adult adaptation>) from the book title link above.
- We’ll be using the UUA’s Discussion Guide.
- All who are interested in joining, please email Rev. Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Social Justice Book Club
Wed Feb 10: Read “How To Be An AntiRacist” by Ibram X Kendi and join the monthly Social Justice Book Club hosted by the Monroeville Library, held online from 6:30-8pm (for details go to “Feb 10” on this online calendar).
- “Annual Pittsburgh Racial Justice Summit” on Jan. 22 – 23
The 23rd annual conference will be held in virtual format, giving us an easy way to attend in the comfort of our own home. This conference provides an informative look at the current needs of our community and possible ways to dismantle systemic injustice. Rev. Stephanie will be attending. Please check out the website and/or Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SummitPGH/) in the new year, and email her at email@example.com if you’d like to join her for lunch that weekend to reflect on what you’re learning at the summit. Registration info should appear here soon: https://www.pittsburghracialjusticesummit.org/.
- “New Day Rising” Conference on February 27
Many of our congregations in the Pittsburgh Cluster have taken on the work of changing white supremacy culture and countering racism. This Conference focuses on skills to support congregations and their leaders in this important change work. Registration now open, sliding scale ($20-50). Click here for more information.
- Become a Pen Pal to an incarcerated UU. This is part of the “Worthy Now” Prison Ministry Network powered by the UU Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF). Time commitment: 1x/month for 6 months.
- Take action against Solitary Confinement
- Contact reps (get contact info from PA “Find Your Legislator”)
- Write a Letter to the Editor:
- Sit in on a Zoom meeting with local and/or state human rights coalition (contact Shandre Delaney at firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Register for the online Pittsburgh Racial Justice Summit Jan 22-23 (Fri 5:30-8, Sat 9-5)
- Go to UU Justice PA website, click on JUSTICE ISSUES, then “Criminal Justice Reform.” Join their next Zoom call on the last Monday of the Month (https://zoom.us/j/7132347624#success)
- Food Insecurity – current opportunities to help
- Ongoing need, especially during the winter months and during the pandemic.
- Thank you all – during Stone Soup in November, we collected 4 bags of food and $195 for the Westmoreland County Food Bank, plus any additional donations people made directly to the WCFB web site!
- Join ESUUC’s “UU the VOTE PA” team to complete non-partisan* efforts to promote democracy.
- Sign up with Team Leader Marianne: email CLM@esuuc.org
- Make a donation to UU the Vote
The goal for “UU the VOTE PA” is to get pledges of time and treasure from 1000 UUs which is 20% of each congregation’s membership!
ESUUC is currently at: 4% (2/43 as of 12/27/2020)
*Note: you are welcome to engage in partisan election social action, but you must do so on your own time. All efforts promoted by ESUUC must remain non-partisan. “UU the VOTE PA” is part of “UU the VOTE.”
(last updated 2021-01-16)