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 

PSC Hearing about Failed Nuclear Project:Wed, Dec 13th, 10:30am

Public Service Commission is holding a hearing Wednesday morning over a motion to dismiss the Sierra Club’s initiatives before the PSC in reference to the failed Sumner nuclear project. PSC hearing room.  It’s docket number 2017-207-E, and the PSC calendar is here:

https://dms.psc.sc.gov/Web/Calendar
It might be a good idea to check the page before heading out, as it’s my understanding that the PSC is prone to last-minute re-scheduling.  Here’s the map link: http://www.psc.sc.gov/aboutus/Pages/BusinessHours.aspx#offices

 

Social Action Committee Meeting: Sun, Jan 7th, 12:30-1:30pm

Meet us after the service in classroom #5. Bring your ideas and enthusiasm! We need your help to make great things happen. Everyone welcome.  Any questions, please contact socialaction@uucolumbia.org. 

Feeding the Hungry at Transitions: Sat, Jan 13th

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. 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.

Shelter Donations

If you collected toiletries from your travels over the summer it’s time to bring them in beginning October 22. 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 the shelter, operated by Transitions staff and volunteers. Please place your donations at the entrance to the social hall, where a box will be placed for them. For more information about donating or about how to volunteer at the shelter, contact Tom Clements, tomclements329@cs.com, cell 803-240-7268.

Palmetto State Progressive Summit: Fri & Sat, Feb 2 & 3, 2018

progressive-summit

Join hundreds of social justice advocates, labor organizers and grassroots activists for training, networking — and the catalyst we all need to make real progress.

  • There will be a debate among the candidates for governorPhil Noble and James Smith have already agreed to participate.
  • There will be over 40 sessions, with nationally known speakers and some of the most brilliant strategists and effective organizers from South Carolina and around the country.
  • Registration includes all sessions, Saturday lunch, beverages, and a registration bag with lots of goodies.
  • It will be the largest gathering of progressives in South Carolina, all working together to build a permanent progressive political majority in the Palmetto State.

Find out more or register now at http://progressivesummit.org

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. The other 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.

Harvest Hope - Thanks to PublixA VERY BIG THANKS TO PUBIX ON ROSEWOOD
UUCC has been collecting non-perishable food donations for Harvest Hope for many years but lacked a good collection container. It seemed that a grocery cart would be just the answer. Knowing that Publix is very generous in giving back to the community we went to them and they were quick to say YES! We now have a grocery cart to load up for Harvest Hope. And once again – THANKS TO PUBLIX FOR MAKING OUR GIVING EASIER!

 

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