Social Justice Council
The Westside UU Social Justice Council coordinates the social justice efforts of the congregation in recognition of the need to work together for the common good and against all forms of systemic oppression. We do this compassionately through communication, education and action on issues that threaten the attainment of justice, health, and well-being of people and the planet.
We are organizing many activities that support the common good. We ask you to join us.
The Westside Environmental Justice Group raises awareness about climate justice, and we take action in numerous ways.
- We schedule speakers; provide information through newsletters and tabling and encourage participation in community events such as the October 2016 Faith and Climate Action Conference.
- We take action by testifying at environmental impact statement hearings, by marching and participating in rallies, and by contacting our elected officials about environmental legislation.
- We provide educational programming about climate change through adult and student activities and events such as the Plant for the Planet Academy.
- We work with other UU congregations and environmental organizations to plan and coordinate important educational events such as the November 2016 Anacortes Rail Spur Informational Forum.
As Unitarian Universalists, we take action because we are called to do so and because we care about the interconnected web of life; we care about the planet and we care about people.
For more information please contact the environmental justice group.
Community Service Programs
Westside is committed to social action within our community. We have worked for marriage equality, and as part of a congregation-wide Food First initiative, provided meals and clothing for the homeless in camps, shelters, at Orion Center Youth Services, and supported our local food banks.
Our present projects include:
- Providing social justice information to Westside congregants at a table in the social hall after Sunday service.
- Supporting the Westside Interfaith Network (WIN) Welcome Table on Saturdays in White Center by hosting lunches and clothing collections for homeless and those "living on the edge" of homelessness.
- Organizing support vigils at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.
- Holding Christmas drives for donations to organizations that help those in need, such as the shoe voucher program at Mary's Place and a winter clothing drive for the Welcome Table.
For more information about volunteering in Westside's community service programs, contact Regina Brennan.
Based on the Unitarian Universalist belief in the principle of the inherent worth and dignity of all human beings, Westside along with the Unitarian Universalist Association and other UU churches around the country stand committed to racial justice and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.
- In December 2015, in a congregational vote, WSUU approved the addition of a Black Lives Matter banner on the exterior of the church.
- In 2015-2016, a 6-month workshop on institutional racism and was offered at WSUU.
- WSUU continues to explore ways in which it can be involved in promoting racial equity within our community.
Contact us for more information and ways to get involved in racial justice work at WSUU.