Outreach: Interfaith Events
Reaching beyond our walls and serving those in need are core values here. We seek ways to be of use through direct service, and we work to change the world through education, advocacy and action for social justice. We aim to provide many different ways to serve, and invite you to find your place here, so together we can help make ours a better world.
Our community outreach includes the activities of the UUCA Social Justice Committee, our connections to the UUA through Study-Action programs, UUSC programs like Guest AT Your Table and affiliations with a variety of community groups. The SJC’s future goals will be to continue our well-established activities in support of racial justice, LGBTQ rights, and interfaith activities; and to expand our activities to focus on Reproductive Justice and work towards Green Sanctuary status.
Social Justice Committee
We 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 on local, state, national, and international levels.
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Masters Table Soup Kitchen
The Master’s Table Soup Kitchen, located in downtown Augusta is run by Golden Harvest Food Bank and provides a daily hot meal for approximately 300 of Augusta’s hungry. Members volunteer their time and culinary talent several Saturdays each year forming a UUCA Cook Team to prepare and serve the noon-time meal for Augusta’s hungry. If you’d like to participate you can sign up in the hall at church. Learn More
Spooky To Be Hungry
Spooky To Be Hungry, founded in 1996 by UUCA member Evelyn Browne with strong support from other UUCA members, is an annual grassroots food and monetary drive running throughout the month of October. Spooky is primarily a neighbor-to-neighbor effort, but now also includes organized drives in many schools, businesses, faith communities and civic organizations. UUCA’s R.E. program spearheads church participation every year. Learn More
We welcome and affirm the dignity of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, as well as that of same-sex couples. In addition, we prohibit and speak against discriminatory policies, private or public, which demean the sexual orientation or gender identity of human beings. Learn More
UUA Study-Action Issues
Congregational Study Action Issues are ecided upon by General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association. But where do they come from? Are they decreed from on high? Anyone familiar with UU politics knows that there is no such thing as “on high.” Study action issues are developed by congregations and sent through a process. We are stronger together. Our combined efforts to make the world more fair and humane can accomplish more than any one of us working alone. As Unitarian Universalists, we set priorities for our social justice efforts by investing in key issues that exemplify our commitments to justice, equity and compassion. Learn More
UUSC-Guest At Your Table program
Guest at Your Table (GAYT) is UUSC’s annual intergenerational program to raise support for and awareness about our work to advance human rights. Since UUSC works in over 25 countries, with over 75 grassroots partners, there are thousands of individuals involved in and who benefit from the work that our members make possible. GAYT is an opportunity to celebrate grassroots partnership, support human rights, and learn about just four of these individuals – the “guests” in Guest at Your Table. Learn More
Second Sunday Special Offering
On the Second Sunday of each month, we take up a special collection in worship to benefit a local humanitarian cause or organization doing social service/justice work in the community. In doing this, we are following in the footsteps of many other UU congregations locally and nationally and we are proud to be able to join their ranks of generosity and good care of our neighbors. Recipients are selected with input from the congregation, committees, and the Parish Council.
Cash or checks may be placed in the collection baskets to contribute to the organization chosen for that month. Recipient organizations are published in the church newsletter and in the Orders of Service on second Sunday mornings. We take pride in being a generous congregation! We prioritize organizations with relatively small budgets we can impact and organizations whose focus ties into planned worship topics and/or denominational study issues
Interfaith Events and Affiliations
At UUCA, we are connected to each other, to the surrounding community, and to the world. This connection helps us to find others who share common values, interests, and support each other in good times and bad. This connection is the key to the strength of our community. Unitarian Universalist (UU) values help people live better lives and create a better world. In a rapidly changing society, we can't expect people to seek us out the way they used to. We need to get outside our walls, build connections, and make our faith as accessible as possible.