The Social Action Team is made up of people who want to be involved in social justice within a church-organized framework. Our efforts reflect the level of participation of our committee members, the energy of committee members, the financial support of our congregation, established decision-making guidelines, and a willingness to make a difference in our world.
The mission of the Social Action Team is to inspire and model effective social action by the following means:
- Educational – We bring issues and problems of human rights, justice, conflict, and peace to the attention of our congregation, and we offer our congregation ideas, tools, and strategies designed to deal with those the issues and problems that we present. Consequently, members of our congregation enjoy increased opportunities to become individually and collectively engaged with matters of relief, justice, and peace.
- Action – The committee organizes or sponsors and promotes many of the human rights/justice activities in which members and groups of the church are invited to participate.
- Symbolic – We join and contribute financial support to local, national, and international programs and organizations whose efforts support Unitarian Universalist social justice principles. Because of our size, our memberships and financial contributions are primarily symbolic – yet they demonstrate a commitment to the principles and causes in which we believe.
UUCC members who join the Social Action Team can choose to work with one of three sub-teams that are aligned with the UUCC’s end statements: 1) Economic Justice, 2) Anti-Racism, and 3) LGBTQ.
Meetings and Membership
The Social Action Team meets monthly on the first Sunday of each month from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. in the Forum Room/Library on the lower level of the building. Our meetings include a potluck lunch, so please bring your appetite and a dish to share!
Meetings are open, and everyone is invited to attend and to join the Social Action Team. Membership in the church is strongly encouraged but not required.
The Social Action Team offers many opportunities to become involved in social justice work, including opportunities to serve our community, bear witness to injustice, engage in social justice activism, and raise funds for causes our church supports.
In the 2016-2017 church year, the Social Action Team
- Organized a Resistance Training on strategies for effective community organizing for over 60 attendees (in partnership with MO Faith Voices)
- Served approximately 45 people per month at a monthly meal at Loaves and Fishes
- Collected over $10,000 through Faith-to-Action collections for nine organizations that were selected by the congregation
- Facilitated three UUA Common Read discussions on The Third Reconstruction
- Purchased Pronoun Ribbons and made them available to the congregation
- Organized the Transgender Day of Remembrance
- Collected over 400 pounds of food for the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri
- Led a visible congregational presence at the Columbia Women’s March on January 21, 2017
- Volunteered to help provide over 420 nights of shelter to community members at Room at the Inn
- Led a worship service on the topic of white privilege
The Social Action Team is led by an administrative leadership team (Chair, Finance and Communications), an Education Coordinator, and three sub-team leaders. The current leaders are:
- Social Action Team Chair – Janice Smith – email
- Economic Justice Coordinator – Diane Suhler – email
- Anti-Racism Coordinator – Wiley Miller – email
- LGBTQ Coordinator – Ruth Milledge – email
- Finance – Amie Burling – email
- Education – Suzanne Griffin – email
- Communications – Suzanne Hansford Bowles – email
Find out more and join us!
To join the Social Action Team, please attend a monthly meeting. To find out more, you may also email the Social Action Team leadership and follow us on Facebook (@SocialActionTeam). During the church year, the SAT also posts weekly updates on the church website.