Social Action Committee
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills

320 Sawkill Rd, Kingston NY 12401       Tel. 845 331-2884

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UUCC - Social Action Committee

Links to Local Groups

Network of Spiritual Progressives - Hudson Valley Chapter

Sustainable Hudson Valley

Hudson Valley Activist Network

Family of Woodstock

National UU links
UUA Washington Office for Advocacy for current information on issues and resources on Effective Advocacy

UU Business Network

Interfaith Resources
Interfaith Alliance   People of faith  restoring healthy democracy.

Interfaith Union for progressive religion

Principles for Global Corporate Responsibility  A global corporate code of conduct sponsored by major church groups from around the world

Interfaith Communities United for Peace and Justice
 an inspiring group based in California.

Welcome to the Home Page of the
Social Action Committee,
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills 

Co-Chairs:  Carma Haas, and Paula Silbey

Our Mission

Our Social Action Committee works to educate and inspire our congregation members, improve our community, and work with others to improve the larger society. We provide adult education, study groups, lectures and forums, engage in letter writing campaigns, and cosponsor community events. Our programs are based on Unitarian Universalist principles that affirm the worth, dignity and human rights of every person We seek to present a positive presence in the community.

Social Action Activities for 2009-2010

We have a very active and varied Social Action program at the UUCC. We encourage all congregation members, including children, to engage in one or more of these activities based on their interests and abilities.

  • Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup — Along Rt 209, typically done 2-4 times per year.
  • Crop Walk — an interfaith effort to raise funds for both local and international hunger relief efforts.
  • Coming Back for Released Prisoners — our congregation has published a list of resources and helpful contacts for people newly released from prison.
  • Buy Nothing Day — a community swap which encourages us to limit our consuming at holiday time.
  • Book Discussions — held on a regular basis covering books dealing with social action and/or spiritual topics.
  • Guest at Your Table — annual collection program for UU Service Committee projects
  • Bags of Blessing — annual food and clothing collection for the Family of Woodstock
  • Peace Path — 9/11 witness for peace in uptown Kingston and neighboring towns.
  • Big Brother / Big Sister Mentor Project — our congregation supports a mentoring project for children with incarcerated parents.
  • 5th Sunday Collection — In those months that have 5 Sundays, we donate the Sunday collection on the 5th Sunday to a local charity.
  • Letter writing campaigns — conducted several times a year to write letters to government officials on important issues.
  • Disaster Relief — we sponsor special collections, and the religious education students sponsor bake sales to raise money for natural disaster victims, such as those from the local Kingston floods or hurricanes Rita and Katrina.
  • Issues of our Times Discussion — discussions of various topics, often lead by a guest speaker or panel. These are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month several times each year.
  • Network for Spiritual Progressives — An interfaith group of spiritual activists whose purpose is to put forth a moral agenda from the perspective of the religious left. Me mbers of the Social Action committee are among the founders of the Hudson Valley chapter. Based upon Michael LernerŐs model as described in his book The Left Hand of God.

Views linked to or expressed on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of other members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills.

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