Social Justice and Climate Justice
Note: The Green Sanctuary and Social Justice committees merged in 2015, and the duties of the two former committees are separately outlined in the Operating Manual and are presented separately in this entry. The tentative name of the committee is now the Social Justice and Climate Justice Committee.
The committee is co-chaired by Sue Savion and Lynne Perry.
Green Sanctuary (Climate Justice)
A Green Sanctuary is a congregation that lives out its commitment to the Earth by creating a sustainable life style for its members as individuals and as a faith community. Sustainable living is about choosing to live in a way that nurtures life, builds relationships, and rejects material consumption as the sole determinant of happiness. The Committee builds awareness of societal environmental issues among UUs, generates commitment for personal lifestyle changes, motivates UUs to community action on environmental issues, builds a connection between spiritual practice and environmental consciousness, and builds awareness of and rectifies environmental injustices.
The Social Justice Committee engages in, and encourages the congregation to participate in, activities that promote action and social justice within our community, our nation and the world. The Social Justice Committee works to educate congregation members and the public in areas of social concern; to explore ways and means of rectifying social injustices; to sponsor and support groups organized to deal with social problems; and to develop informed leaders to foster a just and peaceful world. With a vote of the members, the Social Justice Committee has the authority to take positions on social justice concerns. The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is its complementary organization at the national and international level.