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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills

Open minds, loving hearts, helping hands

Social Action and Justice Work

Welcoming Congregation— This volunteer program allows the Unitarian Universalist Association to recognize  congregations that have worked to become more inclusive towards bisexual, gay, lesbian, and/or transgender people.  The UUCSH is proud to have attained Welcoming Congregation status. In addition to making our own church environment LGBTQQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning) inclusive, we affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person by our efforts to eradicate discrimination of gay, lesbian and transgender people. These efforts include our ongoing fight for equal marriage in New Jersey. Read more, including our statement on marriage equality.

Standing on the Side of Love — This UUA-initiated public advocacy campaign seeks to harness love’s power to stop oppression. In public debates over immigration, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights, and more, religious people stand on the side of love and call for respect, inclusion, and compassion. The Standing on the Side of Love campaign elevates compassionate religious voices to influence public attitudes and public policy. The initiative harnesses love’s power to stop oppression, especially where immigration, race, and sexual orientation are concerned.

In this important book, leading Unitarian Universalist theologian Paul Rasor dispels the myth that conservative Christianity is the only valid religious voice in national debates on social policy.

Showing that religious liberals are more numerous than many realize, Rasor calls them to embrace their prophetic heritage and bring their religious convictions to bear on the issues of our time.

A discussion guide designed for your congregation and community will be available in October. Learn more about this year’s Common Read, including the process of selection and next steps.

UUSC-UUA Ebola Epidemic Relief Fund
November 4, 2014
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) President Rev. Bill Schulz and Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) President Rev. Peter Morales have issued this joint statement about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa:
“Health officials estimate that by January 2015, the Ebola virus will have infected 1.4 million people, most of them in West Africa. This health crisis demands our immediate attention. In response, we have launched the UUSC-UUA Ebola Epidemic Relief Fund (www.uusc.org/ebola) to assist health organizations in Liberia and Sierra Leone, two of the countries most devastated by the epidemic.
Donations to this special relief fund will be directed to UUSC’s well-respected community-based partners in those countries. The funds will be used to support community-based partners that will address the full continuum of care by strengthening established health centers, training new health workers, focusing on rapid case detection, and tracing patient contact.

As with previous UUSC-UUA joint relief efforts, the funds will be distributed to groups working with marginalized communities in the area, communities that often are neglected by other relief efforts. We will work with these partner groups to monitor present conditions and future needs.
The situation in West Africa is dire. Please be generous with your donations to the UUSC-UUA Ebola Epidemic Relief Fund. Help cannot come too soon for our partners in communities on the margins – no other assistance may come to these communities.”

For more information contact pr@uua.org.
This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations. Please consider making a donation (giving.uua.org/page.aspx?pid=419) today.

The Sandwich Making Brigade

The Sandwich Making Brigade – An opportunity to help out in our community. On a quarterly basis we making bagged lunches to deliver to “SHIP”- Samaritan Homeless Interim Program- for their meal provisions AND to Chance II in Somerville.  SHIP is a wonderful organization that has helped many people in Somerset County, http://ship908.com/.  The meals provided go to people of all ages.  And for info on Chance II you can go here,http://www.voadv.org/Services/Housing-Supportive-Services/Affordable-Housing/Chance-II.html The Sandwich Making Brigade is a multi-generational project where children, youth, and adults can be of service from decorating paper bags, making sandwiches, to delivering the bagged lunches. Let’s roll up our sleeves and help our neighbors!