We believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person.  We believe that every person should have the same rights and privileges, no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, religious beliefs, or physical capabilities.  We work to bring better awareness and understanding about issues of fairness and equality.  If you believe what we believe, we hope you will join us at our next committee meeting.

Examples of our activities include group volunteer days at Transitions and Harvest Hope, the Inclement Weather Shelter, and the Share the Plate Program.

Urgent Needs

1/17/19: There is an urgent need for attorneys, advocates, etc. to help with about 200 asylum seekers who were transferred to Charleston, SC (help can be remote via telephone and video conferencing).  Email SocialAction@uucolumbia.org for more info.

Upcoming Events 

MLK Parade: Mon, Jan 21

Prayer Service 8:30AM, Line up for March 9:30AM, Zion Baptist Church, 801 Washington St. Statehouse Rally 10:15AM Statehouse grounds (Main & Gervais)

Want a UU T-shirt? Orders due Jan 27th

We are taking orders now for $8/shirt. Long sleeve shirts are $10. Please email SocialAction@uucolumbia.org with your size and sleeve length preference. I will need all money by Sun, Jan 27th. Shirts will be delivered to the service Sun, Feb 10th. Thanks to David Bryan for ordering these shirts for us.

Social Action Committee Meeting: Jan 27th

12:30pm in the sanctuary.  All welcome.  Please join us!  Any questions, please contact socialaction@uucolumbia.org.

Feeding the Hungry at Transitions: Sat, Feb 9th

UUCC has a continuing commitment to help serve the evening meal at Transitions Homeless Recovery Center, 2025 Main Street in Columbia, on the second Saturday of every month. Please arrive by 5:15, as the service window is 5:30 to 6:00. Park in the Transitions lot. Sign in at the Security Office. Remember to bring a hat unless you prefer to wear one of the disposable hair nets they provide. We have stools for anyone who might find it uncomfortable to stand for 30 minutes. Please email Bob at bobwhit46@gmail.com if you are available.

UU Justice Webinar: Feb 20 6:30-8pm

Strengthening Your Congregation’s Justice Work
Is your congregation committed to justice, and looking for ways to deepen that work in the world? Join UUSC Senior Grassroots Organizer Hannah Hafter to discuss effective models of congregational social justice organizing, and hear an inspiring example of a partnership between a North Carolina UU congregation and a local immigrant justice organization. Whether your focus is on immigrant rights, racial justice, voter suppression, economic justice, or something else, the tools and strategies offered here will help you take your congregation’s justice work to the next level. Speakers: Hannah Hafter, UUSC; Allison Mahaley, Love Resists and UU Congregation of Hillsborough, NC; and Marco Cervantes, Apoyo. Register here.

Thinking Outside the Gender Box: Sun, March 3

12:45pm.  Join us for a community conversation that will help you understand some of the basics about the transgender community and learn how you can become a desperately needed ally. We will have four speakers and then a Q&A panel discussion. You are also welcome to attend our Sunday service at 11am for an introductory sermon. A light snack will be served in between. This event is FREE and open to the public. Please bring your friends and neighbors. Contact SocialAction@uucolumbia.org for more info. Sign up to help here.

Modjeska Simkins School for Human Rights: March 18-June 29 (Alternate Mondays)

The Modjeska School is a civic engagement institute designed to help citizens of all ages learn how to promote democracy and justice in South Carolina. Participants are guided by Modjeska’s fighting spirit as they take on issues of economic and social injustice that keep our state at the bottom of too many quality-of-life rankings. The school’s curriculum is designed to address real-life problems we face in communities across our state that have been analyzed by the SC Progressive Network’s Education Fund. Find out more here: https://www.scpronet.com/modjeskaschool/

NAMI Walks: Sat, May 4, 2019

10am Finlay Park.  Be on the lookout for our congregation’s team!

General Assembly 2019 – The Power of We June 19-23, Spokane, WA

In a time of great challenge and heartbreak in our world, what does our faith demand from us? At this year’s General Assembly we will explore the power, possibility, purpose, struggle and joy of finding the path forward together as Unitarian Universalists. Attendees will leave inspired, with the tools needed to carry on the work into their own congregations and communities. Join us as we work for collective liberation inside and outside our faith.

Newberry UU Announces Sanctuary Status

Clayton Memorial UU Church has announced their intention to be a sanctuary church. The address is 334 Clayton Memorial Church Rd, Newberry, SC 29108.  We plan to support them when they lets us know what their needs are. In the meantime, please post supportive messages to their website and facebook pages to offset the negative messages they are receiving.

As I look back over how much the Social Action Committee has accomplished this year, I’m thankful for The Committee that made these things possible.  For Jeanette, who signs us up for NAMI each year, and so much more.  For Bauer, who runs the Seeds of Hope Farmer’s Market each year.  For the 70 UU’s who came out to support reasonable gun legislation at the March for Our Lives.  For Robin & Ivy who helped us have such a wonderful pride parade.  For Linda who handled the Share the Plate program and Guest at Your Table event. For the kitchen committee who helped us through so many events.  For Bob who continually runs the Transitions dinner program and Phil who handles the Transitions library program. For Joan who takes our donations to Harvest Hope and organizes our volunteer days there.  For Tom who takes our donations for the Inclement Weather Center and volunteers there.  For Connie & Kevin who have been our immigration/Refugio ambassadors. For Joseph who introduced us to the Walk A Mile In Their Shoes -Sexual Trauma Services event.  For all those who show up at the events and work silently in the background and are always there to lend a hand.  For all those who aren’t named here because I’m simply running out of room/time but are vital to making the SAC year so successful.  Thank you! I couldn’t do it without you!

Be sure to see our Past Social Justice Activities and Charitable Activities

Every Friday – Transitions Library Volunteer Staff

For the past 6 years, UUCC has staffed the Transitions Library 4-5 p.m. on Friday. This is a wonderful opportunity to be part of providing a much-needed quiet area, recreational reading, and a source of information to the clients of Transitions. The work is fun and involves checking materials in and out and re-shelving. It is a great way to get to meet folks from a variety of backgrounds who have in common a lack of housing. The goal is to identify 8-9 UUCC members/friends who are willing to staff the library one Friday (4-5 p.m.) every couple of months. Training will be provided and you will be accompanied for your first time. No prior experience or special skills are needed. Phil Turner will schedule volunteers and lead the training. Please email him (pturner@unt.edu) if you are interested or have questions. Thank you!

Collecting Donations for Harvest Hope Food Bank

Please bring your donations such as canned soups, vegetables, fruits, juices, peanut butter (in plastic jars), and pastas. Another very necessary item always needed is disposable diapers – all sizes – including adults. Remember to shop those” Buy one Get one Free” specials for the best bargains. Don’t forget also that they need those plastic grocery bags. They may not be recyclable but they use them to bag groceries for their clients. Bring them in and we will see that they get them because they never have enough.

Shelter Donations November-March

The Inclement Weather Center – the winter shelter for the homeless – will be open for the season starting on November 1 when the temperature falls to 40F or lower. The Social Action Committee is again collecting magazines and unused personal-sized toiletries for clients using the shelter, operated by Transitions staff and volunteers.  Please place your donations in the basket in the social hall. Gloves, warm hats and winter clothing will also be accepted.  For more information about donating or about how to volunteer at the shelter, contact Tom Clements, tomclements329@cs.com, cell 803-240-7268.