Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation has a strong history of participation in justice activities. Since our humble beginnings in the 1960s, our congregation has stood on the side of love, and has been actively involved in racial, environmental, and social justice issues of all kinds.

Environmental Justice

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.

The Westside Environmental Justice Group draws inspiration from this definition of climate justice created by the Unitarian Universalist group Commit2Respond.

For more information please contact the environmental justice group.

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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 for the homeless in camps, shelters, at Orion Center Youth Services, and supported our local food banks.

Our present projects include:

  • Hosting the Mary's Place Rotating Night Shelter in collaboration with Peace Lutheran Church in West Seattle.
  • Providing coffee, tea, and cookies for seniors on Thursdays, which is senior food distribution day at White Center Food Bank.
  • Working with our Landscape Committee and Seattle Tilth to build, plant, tend and harvest produce from our own church garden. This produce is distributed at both White Center and West Seattle Food Banks, and to members of our congregation who can benefit. In 2015 we harvested over 140 pounds of vegetables.
  • Holding Christmas drives for donations to organizations that help those in need, such as the shoe voucher program at Mary's Place.

For more information about volunteering in Westside's community service programs, contact Regina Brennan.

Racial Justice

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.

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