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, and the Share the Plate Program.

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Upcoming Events

Immigration Initiatives – We need your help today!

SC Interfaith Immigration Initiatives is still hoping for an in-district meeting with Senator Scott or staff during the August recess.    However, they do have an appointment with his staff in Washington on September 18.  Would you please consider writing a short handwritten note or longer letter (depending on your background and interest) in support of the DREAM Act?   You can mail them to Sara Damewood at 1024 Reedy O Smith Road, Leesville, SC 29070.   Sara would like to have them by Sept. 1, so that she can assemble them in an organized fashion for Senator Scott.  Please include your church or faith affiliation and any stories that can illustrate your concerns.   Also, please be very positive and avoid discussing other issues in your letter.

Social Action Committee Meeting: Sun, Sept 10th 12:30-1:30pm

Date change!  Meet us at 12:30pm after the service in classroom 5. Bring your ideas and enthusiasm and snacks to share! We need your help to make great things happen.

Sat, Sep 9th: Feeding the Hungry at Transitions

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.  This consists of serving  plates behind a service line, and one person handing out the full plates as the clients walk through the line. One person hands out cans of soda, and another counts the numbers served, while holding up the line if the servers need time to catch up.  I am sure that some kind words and smiles to the folks being served go a long way to helping them get through some difficult times.  If volunteering, please arrive in the kitchen office no later than 5:15, as the service window is 5:30 to 6:00. You may park in the Transitions lot.  Sign in at the Security Office and get a VISITOR Pass (new requirement I’m told).  Remember to bring a hat unless you prefer to wear one of the disposable hair nets they provide. They also provide disposable gloves and aprons, and we have two stools for anyone who might find it uncomfortable to stand for 30 minutes. Please email Bob at bobwhit46@gmail.com if you are available.

Love Thy Neighbor: Sat, Sept 23rd

9am-2pm State House Grounds.  Join us as a #commUNITY to show that we do, in deed, Love our Neighbor – ALL our Neighbors. Our country needs an example; our South Carolina #commUNITY needs to embrace love & peace. Comdemn hate. Condone LOVE. Join with elected officials and community leaders to show that bigotry has no place in South Carolina. Partner fair 10-2, speakers & presentations 11-1, agenda forthcoming. Please contact socialaction@uucolumbia.org if you are able to man a table that day with us.  Wear your yellow Standing on the Side of Love t-shirts. More info coming soon.

Sat, Oct 7, 9am-Noon: Harvest Hope Volunteer Day

Each year UUCC volunteers at Harvest Hope Food Bank on a Saturday morning working side by side with other organizations packing Senior Boxes to help with the many needs of this important Food Bank of the Columbia area. Pictured are several of our Social Action Committee members who willingly give of their time to help others. Volunteers should be age 10 and over, but anyone under the age of 16 should have an adult with them.  You can sign up by clicking here or emailing socialaction@uucolumbia.org. We are limited to 15 spaces, so sign up quickly!

Fri, Oct 20, 7pm: Pride Parade

Each year we make a great showing at the Pride Parade with our decorated float. This year the parade will be at 7pm and will be the first ever night-time parade. Last year we had nearly 50 members and friends participate in the parade. Our Social Action Committee recognizes our role in the community and our need to have a presence in taking an active part in social justice events. We want the community to know who we are and what we stand for. It was evident in the parade that we were known for what we believe in as our group was cheered while our float went by. We want to be known as an organization that has an outreach for social justice. Plan on wearing your yellow Standing on the Side of Love shirts and join us for this fun event!

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!

Feeding the Hungry

The heat of summer may be past, but that doesn’t mean that we can take a vacation from helping our friends and neighbors in need. Your donations are always critical in helping us feed the 320,000 South Carolinians who struggle with hunger. You don’t have to give a lot to make a HUGE difference. Also there is always a continued need for baby and adult diapers. Remember NO GLASS CONTAINERS please. We cannot deliver those to Harvest Hope. Also, if you use plastic grocery bags, please save them and bring them in for Harvest Hope. They never have enough. They use these to bag up groceries for various purposes. They are always in need of more. Please bring your donations to the UUCC Community Room.  Find out more about their child feeding programs and how big the need is in our area.

 

Refugee Crisis

welcome-neighbors-signWhat are we Doing About the Refugee Crisis?
Don’t miss the big Welcome Neighbors banner that is now hanging on the brick wall at the front entrance to our church. The Social Action Committee is very excited about finally completing this project after much discussion and research to be  sure it was exactly what we wanted. There was much input from many in the congregation and a unanimous agreement that this was the sentiment that we wanted to express to the community to tell everyone that UUCC welcomes all people. We also believe it makes a statement about immigration and refugee acceptance. Thanks to all who had a part in making this happen.  Please see events on the right sidebar for more info or to get involved.

Immigration Resources