We UUs are unique. Rather than sending Americans out to solve others’ problems for them, we partner to empower. Through the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), we partner with local groups to address human-rights issues that most other humanitarian groups ignore.
UUSC was working with human-rights partners in Myanmar (Burma) and Bangladesh before the world woke up to the genocide the Myanmar military is waging against the Rohingya. UUSC is working with Native Tribes in Alaska and Papua New Guinea who are losing the land underneath their homes because of climate change. UUSC has partnered to provide trauma counseling to Syrian refugees in Turkey. UUSC is working to raise awareness of the needs of people living with disabilities in Disaster Risk Reduction planning and responses. And so much more.
The UU Service Committee is OUR UU human-rights organization, based upon OUR UU principles, working for social justice around the world -especially in places and with people that are often ignored by other aid organizations.
In 1939, Unitarian minister Waitstill Sharp and his wife, Martha, left their church, and their two young children, in Wellesley, Massachusetts to go to Prague, Czechoslovakia to help rescue intellectuals, artists, Jews, and others targeted by the Nazis. Since that time, the UUSC Service Committee has been going where other organizations won’t go, helping those that other aid workers discount, and taking on the human-rights issues that other service committees won’t face.
UUSC is able to respond to difficult human-rights issues around the world because of your support. This Sunday, October 15th begins our annual Guest-at-Your-Table program, a 6-week period where we invite you to give a GAYT box a place at your table and “feed” it.
Come hear UUSC President Tom Andrews this Sunday, read the bulletin insert and the weekly Stories of Hope in the e-Newsletter, visit the Service Committee table in the Parish Hall to learn more, then bring back your box, filled with cash or a check, payable to UUSC, on Sunday, November 19th for Roberta’s Setting the Table Service. If you can’t be here on November 19th you can leave your contribution in the Church office or contribute at www.uusc.org.
The human-rights work of our UU Service Committee is possible because of you.