Social Action History

Our church has an active, involved history in Social Action.

  • In 1986, we sponsored refugee families from Cambodia, Yugoslavia, Malawi, and Nigeria.
  • In 1986, our church members declared A2U2 to be a nuclear free zone.
  • In 1993, we declared A2U2 a Green Sanctuary.
  • In 1999, we endorsed worldwide nuclear disarmament.
  • In 2001, we began an ongoing relationship with ASERELA, Portland refugees from Sudan.
  • In 2003, we won the national Bennett Award for our social action initiatives AND became a Welcoming Congregation.
  • In 2004, our church signed up for "green electricity.”
  • In 2005, we helped defeat a referendum that would have removed rights of gays, lesbians, and transgendered persons in Maine. At the time we created and distributed hundreds of bumper stickers which read

My church believes in civil rights for all

  • In 2006, we raised enough money to provide over $46,000 in loan money for Maine Indians.
  • In 2007, we received the Faith in Action award from Equality Maine.
  • In 2008, we were the first congregation in Maine to support the Declaration of Religious Support for the Freedom of Same Sex Couples to Marry.
  • In 2009, we committed to support Iraqi refugees now living in the Portland area.
  • In 2009, our church received the Golden House Award from Habitat for Humanity. See a picture of our members receiving the award on the Social Action home page. Scroll down to the section on Habitat.
  • In 2011, we worked on Prisoner Advocacy.
  • In 2012, we won the Portland Citizen award from EcoMaine, as well as the GRAND AWARD for excellence in environmental preservation.  The UU Ministry for the Earth reaccredited the church as a Green Sanctuary. Our refugee support expanded to include immigrants, especially asylum seekers.
  • In 2013, we incorporated concern about guns into our Peace Issues group and developed a new interest group - Health Care, committed to single payer, affordable and universal healthcare in Maine.  MUUSAN, a statewide group of UU's committed to social justice, has been formed with many of our members taking leading roles.
  • In 2014, we started making Window Inserts for people to use to keep out the cold in the winter.  
  • in 2015 watch for solar panels to be placed on our property.
  • in 2016 Family Promise was approved by the Board for our support in 2017. We received the Faith In Action award from Preble Street for our long-standing support and work at the soup kitchen.

New members are encouraged to write our next chapters by getting involved.