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Community Service & Social Action
The mission statement is inclusive of all of our UU principles as we work together putting those principles into action. Each month we meet to share our concerns and gain an understanding of how we can help our towns, states, nation and world move closer toward a more just place for all creation to live.
Our social action team works in conjunction with and supports the goals of UUFaithAction NJ five volunteer Task Forces: Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, Gun Violence Prevention, Immigration Reform, and Reproductive Justice. Current goals for task forces and contact information is available at https://www.uufaithaction.org
The UUFANJ Spring Gala is held annually and all UUFSC members are encouraged to gather with members from our sister UU Churches throughout NJ in support and recognition of all the volunteers' faithful work now and going forward. Registration is online at the UU Faith Action NJ website.
Our Fellowship’s Social Action Commitments include:
Manna House: Our volunteers prepare and serve lunch for approximately 50 needy people once a month. Manna House is located at the First Presbyterian Church in Newton. Lunch is served every Monday through Friday by volunteers from churches and organizations throughout the county. The food is provided by Manna House. We prepare and serve lunch one Friday a month. One of our members, Phil Schaming, maintains the Manna House website.
People Help: We collect food donations for holiday food baskets in December. People Help provides many other social services, which some of our members have been involved in as individuals.
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC): Coordinated by Jeri Doherty, we participate in the annual “Guest at Your Table” fundraiser to help support the work of this international UU agency. UUSC sponsors and funds community-based projects to assist the needy in many third world countries, as well as in the United States.