The Social Action Committee members seek to inform themselves, the church community, and the public about areas of social concerns and to find ways to improve our world while working toward peace and justice. People from the congregation step forward to lead various areas of interest, forming interest groups or acting as individual leaders. We are proud of our rich history of pursuing social justice in our community and around the world.
We coordinate the Share the Plate nominating process and provide information on each recipient. Read more here.
On second Wednesdays, September through June we follow a potluck (6 - 6:30) by a meeting (6:45 - 8:30) to discuss and work on our many interests. Newcomers are always welcome! For more information, contact the Chair of the Social Action committee or the contact person of the specific areas. To learn more about each area, just click the title of the area to link to the specific web page associated with it. For current events go here.
African American Interests increases our own knowledge of the African-American community in Portland, while supporting and assisting with selected projects, such as the Portland Freedom Trail.
Allies of the Wabanaki seeks to promote and support education about the Wabanaki people while acting as allies.
Green Earth wants you! Always looking for new members with creative ideas and energy, our focus is the environment and global warming. We support efforts at church and in the wider community. If you want to join a small, active group of like-minded folks to help develop an initiative, or you want to get in on projects already up and running, introduce yourself and let's see what we can do together.
Habitat for Humanity works cooperatively with the Portland Interfaith Habitat group to build simple, decent, affordable housing in partnership with people in need.
Heathcare Issues is actively working with MaineAllCare to bring universal single payer healthcare to Maine - - and eventually the country.
Peace Issues aims to educate ourselves and our church community about issues of war and peace, while developing a vision of a culture of peace.
Preble Street Soup Kitchen prepares and serves an evening meal every fourth Tuesday together with First Parish UU Church of Portland.
Project FEED provides support for a food pantry housed at Woodfords Congregational Church, transporting weekly contributions from our church members of non-perishable food and volunteering for restocking shelves and serving clients.
Refugee/Immigrant Support has worked with newly arrived refugees from Iraq and is currently working with immigrants from Central Africa as they learn to adapt to their new environment including language, customs, housing, furnishings, asylum seeking and eventually employment. We are cooperating with others in the Greater Portland area through a new interfaith group known as WIN (Welcoming Immigrants Network).
Restorative Justice focuses on moving from retribution for crimes to dialogue that repairs harm and rebuilds relationships while holding the offender accountable.
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee provides us with a way to have a national and global reach through our national denomination. Each year we collect over $1000 through our Guest at Your Table to support the work this committee does in the world.
Welcoming Congregation promotes acceptance, inclusion, understanding and equity of persons of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity.
Issue Tables at Church
People wishing to sponsor an Issue Table in the foyer on a Sunday should bring their concern to the Social Action Committee for approval. The issue must be consistent with UUA principles. The Social Action Committee will endeavor to avoid the presentation of multiple issues on any given Sunday, and will also avoid undue repetition of issues. If time is an issue, the Chair of the Committee or Minister can make the decision.
People sponsoring an Issue Table are expected to provide sufficient personnel and literature so that people attending all services that Sunday can participate fully. Information about the table should be placed in the Bulletin for that week as well by notifying the church secretary the prior Thursday or earlier.
No events to promote either a particular candidate running for office or in support of any political party can be held at the church at any time.
We are proud of our Bennett Award received from the UUA General Assembly in 2003. The annual award honors one congregation that has done exemplary work in social justice. FMI about denominational activities go to http://www.uua.org/socialjustice.
On social justice issues we work cooperatively with organizations in the state, such as the Maine Council of Churches and MUUSAN (Maine Unitarian Universalist State Advocacy Network) which is focusing on Democracy in Action, Health Care, and Climate Change.