Social Action Programs at Allen Avenue UU in Portland, Maine

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 dessert sharing (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.

Family Promise working with immigrants and homeless people throughout the year, especially this church year between Christmas and New Years.

Heathcare Issues is actively working with MaineAllCare to bring universal single payer healthcare to Maine - - and eventually the country.

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.

Welcoming Congregation promotes acceptance, inclusion, understanding and equity of persons of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity.

Social Action Items

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.