River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation

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SOCIAL JUSTICE

Social Justice at RRUUC

Social justice is embedded in many aspects of RRUUC life and has been for many years -- programming in religious education, music on Sundays and energy-use decisions in the building, just to name a few.  Most of the congregation's social justice work is developed and sponsored by  various social justice task forces.  Other programs are initiated by the board of trustees, ministers or other individuals or groups which have a passion and want to support a cause or take action.

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Foundation and Background

Unitarian Universalism emphasizes that religion is a matter of "deeds, not creeds." In the tradition of Hebrew prophets, UUs say it's social justice more than personal piety or ritual that is the measure of one's spirituality.  Theodore Parker, an activist Unitarian preacher, spoke of the importance of religion addressing public issues and "everything that affects the welfare of (hu)mankind."  In short, the roots of social justice activism are long and deep for UUs. 

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) UUA, which RRUUC supports, works on issues as determined by social justice statements passed by UUs through the social witness process. Current priority issues of the UUA:

         Bisexual Gay Lesbian Transgender Equality

         Environmental Justice

         Immigration Justice

         Reproductive Justice, with a focus on Comprehensive Sex Education

Periodically, RRUUC will focus on these priority issues, but more frequently, social justice activities and actions are determined by interested and involved members and friends.

RRUUC is also a member of Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice (UUSJ), a partnership of congregations in the metro area that works to help UU activists carry out their social and economic justice agendas.  Learn about opportunities for social justice work that other area UUs are involved in through their website.