The Racial and Social Justice Team grew out of the UUCP participation in the UUA Antiracist Multicultural Congregations Pilot Project of the 1990s. The Team, under the umbrella of the Standing on the Side of Love campaign is dedicated to encouraging and supporting congregational activities which include anti-racism and anti-oppression work, social service work, and the work of celebrating diversity in spirituality, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation. The Team also initiates, organizes and implements projects and programs in these areas and seeks liaison and common ground with other groups and organizations in the community.
What We Do –
The Congregation has an active and continuing history of participation in social justice activities such as –
- Peace and anti-war demonstrations;
- In demonstrations on civil rights and anti-racism issues;
- Study circles on anti-racism and LGBT rights;
- Support to feeding and clothing the homeless;
- Volunteer assistance to the local victims of storm “Sandy”
- Numerous congregational Services and presentations on anti-racism, women’s rights, African-American history, LGBT issues, and celebrations of culture and holidays in Buddhist, Muslim, as well as Christian and Jewish traditions and of non-European and European national cultures.
Sponsorship and organizing the community annual UUCP JaZZEvent for the purpose of “Bringing people together” during the period from 2000 to 2009.
The individual contributions and services of many members such as supporting immigrants in detention, food kitchen volunteer work, tutoring English as a second language.
Congregational representation on the Bergen County Martin Luther King Monument Committee and the Juneteenth Celebration Committee and activity with the UU Legislative Ministry of NJ in support of Economic Justice issues, LGBT equality, gun control and most recently in researching legislative activity toward ending the New Jim Crow & Mass Incarceration.
The congregational “Singles for Social Justice” Group which is open to the community.
The initiation by the Team of a reading circle on Michelle Alexander’s book “The New Jim Crow, Mass Incarceration in the Era of Colorblindness” and other activity on this issue.
Contact the Racial and Social Justice Team for more information on meetings and activities.