Goodloe Social Justice Activities
Social Justice activities at Goodloe Congregation are an outpouring of love throughout the year. As a church, we have acted in the Unitarian Universalist traditions of:
- Respect for the inherent worth and dignity of every person
- Pursuit of justice, equity and compassion in human relations
- Right of conscience in our congregation
- Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part
Some of those activities traditionally include:
Unitarian Universalists have a legacy of “deeds not creeds.” Our work for a better world calls us to unexpected places as we harness love’s power to stop oppression. From grassroots community organizing to interfaith state, national, and corporate advocacy; in protest marches, prayer vigils, and press conferences; in homeless shelters and in prisons, Unitarian Universalists put our faith into action.
Our justice efforts are grounded in our congregationally-driven social justice statements and our call to break down divisions, heal isolation, and honor the interconnectedness of all life and all justice issues. We model these commitments by creating just, welcoming, and inclusive congregations. We act in partnership with groups and communities most impacted by injustice
We strive to build a multicultural community at Goodloe. It is important that each of us has the knowledge and skills to greet, welcome, and include visitors into our community. Here is one resource:
We long to continue good deeds and work for social justice at Goodloe Congregation! Thank you for your commitment and your service.
Standing on the Side of Love
Unitarian Universalists affirm unconditional, universal love as a foundation and grounding for our actions in the world. We strive to be of service to our communities and advocate for change on local, state, national, and international levels.
Through our Standing on the Side of Love campaign we amplify the voices of the oppressed through online media; we show up in partnership at justice events across the country; we lobby national leaders on immigration reform, racial justice, equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people, religious freedom, and more; and above all we work to make love real in the world.
Black Lives Matter
We are being asked to support the Black Lives Movement. In June 2015 the UUA General Assembly discussed an action of immediate witness. Youth and young adults proposed that all Unitarian Universalists support the Black Lives Movement. With lively discussion, the General Assembly passed the action. Here is the UUA statement:
The UUA has a lot of information regarding black lives matter. A number of ministers have provided thoughtful sermons on why they support the black lives matter movement: http://www.uua.org/worship/collections/black-lives-matter
Yes, there is controversy when supporting justice. A typical response to Black Lives Matter is "All Lives Matter". Indeed, our UU principles ask us respect the dignity of each person. Regrettably, our national culture dismisses and denigrates the dignity of some people. People are harmed or killed because of the color of their skin. If all lives truly matter, there would not be such extensive hatred and violence. Since people are being denigrated, many UU's demand justice and the accountable dismantling of oppression. There are more points of view and discussion points for your review and consideration.
Here are some resources for those who want to know more about Black Lives Matter:
Seeking DC Region Hosts for Social Justice Action Attendees
UUSJ is putting together a database of those who are willing to occasionally host people coming to DC for short-term social justice actions and events. The UUSJ Hospitality Committee does not expect that anyone will host more than twice a year. Hosts, of course, always have the right to decline the request. And, hosts are not expected to provide meals or transportation, or accompany guests to an action.
If you are interested in becoming an occasional host, please fill out this survey. Thank you to all who complete this survey. You will be helping to make participating in social justice issues easier for those who do not live in the area.
If you have questions or need more information, please contact Mary Pike at email@example.com or 202-746-4494.
Goodloe is 100% Wind-Powered
In 2015, Goodloe joined with Groundswell and 45 other organizations to purchase 100% wind energy to power our building. By leveraging our power through Groundswell, we were able to get a lower price on clean energy than what we could achieve on our own.
By switching to clean power, we are reducing our environmental impact and supporting a cleaner and more sustainable future. Collectively we will have the environmental impact of removing 3,263 cars from the road for a year.