Social Action

SOCIAL ACTION

As we strive to live by our principles, we offer a range of social action projects through which members and friends can make a difference in the world around us. Check out some recent blog posts about social action, and consider the opportunities listed below:

A Dialogue on Race & Ethnicity (A.D.O.R.E.)  – A program founded by UUA consultant Paula Jones and Davies member Dr. Chris Bell. Regular gathering include films and reading followed by open dialogue on the chosen topic. References are available on the YahooGroups web site where you can join and get updates.

A Welcoming Congregation – As certified by the Unitarian Universalist Association, we are welcoming to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community. Our members have raised funds for groups such as SMYAL, serving LGBTQ youth, and continue to reach out to the LGBTQ community.

Oxon Hill Food Pantry – The third week of each month is Soup Sunday, with lunch provide by our members. It’s a great time to socialize and to help others through your soup purchase, with funds benefiting the Oxon Hill Food Pantry. The Oxon Hill Food Pantry is sponsored by the Interfaith Community Action Council, Inc and provides emergency food enough for individuals and families who find themselves in sudden need. Oxon Hill Pantry also sponsors the Super Pantry Program, offering life skills workshops and nutrition and food preparation classes. The Oxon Hill Food Pantry is located at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 4915 St. Barnabus Rd.,Temple Hills, MD. They’re opened Tues. & Sat. 10AM-1PM, and Thurs. 6-8PM. You can reach them by calling (301) 899-8358.

Open Door Housing FundMembers support this non-profit effort, which was formerly the Unitarian Universalist Affordable Housing Corporation, which originated from members of this congregation. We also loan them funds for low-income housing through our Endowment Fund.

Beacon House Community Ministry – The congregation supports Beacon House in a variety of ways, most significantly gathering gifts of winter clothing during a holiday “Mitten Tree” drive.

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee – The congregation is the proud supporter of the organization that “puts our faith into action” and has been recognized with the annual Banner Award for our generous donations. Check out the committee’s Legislative Action Center, and the exciting programs offered by the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice.

Christmas In April– Once a year, on the last Saturday in April, the congregation comes together to help fix up the home of a Prince George’s County neighbor in need. See photos.

Green Sanctuary Certification – Caring for the environment aligns closely with our Seventh Principle and we are currently working toward being certified as a UUA Green Sanctuary. Check out our other work on behalf of the environment here.

Special Collections – Occasionally we take a special collection during a worship service to help a non-profit organization approved by the Board of Trustees. Check out a list of recipients here.

Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry for Maryland – Sign up for emails to receive information on Maryland legislation recommended by this group, then take action as your conscience prompts you.

Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice – Many of our members support this local UU organization which promotes several initiatives.

Arno Winard Award – Many of the members at Davies Memorial UU Church are active in good works. Arno Winard was one of these members and we gave an award in his memory to those who made a life-long commitment to Social Justice. You’ll find more information in this lay sermon.

We want your input! We are always open to new ideas for Social Action projects. Visitors, members and friends may make suggestions on our email list or join us in person on the second Sunday of each month at noon.

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