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.
Welcome to all UU members and friends interested in Racial Justice work! Sat. Dec. 2, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at East Shore Unitarian in Bellevue. We are convening a UU Anti-Racist gathering to initiate and build our capacity to work and learn together so we can be more effective at fighting white privilege and white supremacy in ourselves, our churches and our society. Please join us to share ideas and resources, and build a collaborative coalition to provide greater impact to our racial justice work. Register here.
On December 9th, WSUU members will be joining members from the Vashon Unitarian Fellowship at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, where up to 1575 persons are imprisoned awaiting deportation proceedings. We will be there to support families coming to visit detainees. It is highly informative and moving to be there and hear the stories of people who have come to our country seeking asylum or a better life, then have been caught up in a bureaucratic nightmare with none of the rights we ordinarily expect in our country.
December 9th also happens to be Regina Brennan's birthday. She is looking forward to celebrating her birthday doing what she loves best - fighting for justice and standing on the side of love! There will be cake!!
January 15, 2018 is the date for the upcoming MLK Day march. We will be standing on the side of love with other people of faith and conscience. Please save the date! Details will be coming soon but you can follow the planning team and learn more here.In the meantime, here is an outline of events
Start at Garfield High School, Seattle
workshops in classrooms 9:30-10:50 a.m.
rally in gymnasium 11 a.m.
march at 12:30 p.m.
rally at end of march, location TBA
opportunity fair 1-4:30 p.m. (time to be confirmed)
shared meal back at Garfield High School, Commons
Please save the date for Tuesday, February 20th, when WSUU members will be traveling to Olympia to participate in the Interfaith Advocacy Day in Olympia which is organized by Faith Action Network. We will partner for the common good with people of all faiths who stand up boldly for our shared values
On Interfaith Advocacy Day, you will be able to:
- Join workshops that will break down the issues on FAN’s 2018 Legislative Agenda
- Learn current best practices on how to advocate in today’s legislature
- Prepare for briefings and hearings with advocates from your legislative district
- Meet with your legislator! Once you register, FAN will set up an appointment for you and others from your district
- To sign up for a carpool, go here
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 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.
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.