The Social Justice Committee at UUFN provides members, friends, visitors, and the larger community with opportunities to put into action the Unitarian Universalist “Seven Principles.” Our congregation pursues projects and programs that provide aid directly to individuals affected by poverty and discrimination, as well as promoting social action on legislative, societal, and cultural levels. We view Social Justice work as spiritual practice and seek to create a more just and compassionate world.
affirm and promote:
1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our
4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our
congregations and in society at large;
6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Social Justice Committee Co-Chairs: Donna Shand and Anne Green.
Want to become involved in Social Justice?
Everyone is invited to attend Social Justice Committee Meetings, which are held at 11:30am on the 4th Sunday of each month in the Olympia Brown Lounge.
Check out what we are doing at the UUFN.
Newark Empowerment Center
The Newark Empowerment Center (NEC) provides assistance to the homeless in the Newark, Delaware area. Among the ways the UUFN supports the NEC are through preparation and donation of To-Go Lunch Bags and Hygiene Kits a number of times a year by our Youth Group and by serving as one of the host sites on frigid nights in the NEC’s Code Purple Sanctuary Initiative.
Hope Dining Room
The Hope Dining Room provides hot noon meals to anyone in need (open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday). Hope Dining Room is located in the Kingswood United Methodist Church in Newark. The UUFN is responsible for the meal on the fourth Thursday of each month and we also contribute financially to cover ongoing expenses. We pay for all of our own supplies when we provide a meal. Descriptions of the jobs we do, times, and more are available on our Hope Dining Room Service page.
Code Purple is a network of faith organizations in Newark which provides sanctuary to the local homeless population on nights of extreme cold on a rotating basis. Code Purple launched in 2005 with minimal demand. Recent economic changes have increased the need as the homeless population has multiplied. Volunteers are never obligated to serve on any particular date, as the dates vary with the weather. Our volunteer teams are dedicated, experienced, and fun-loving. Volunteer opportunities range from food preparation and serving, registration, equipment-issuing, and general interacting with our guests. Volunteers eat together before serving. Our team enjoys providing activities for our guests like games, yoga, journaling, and films. We encourage you to consider what you might add to the mix. There is a manual available digitally for your reference. Code Purple is an excellent opportunity to live out our first principle; the inherent worth and value of each human being.
Share The Plate
Our Pledges support the day-to-day operation of the UUFN. Every Sunday the collection at our service goes toward Social Justice and support of non-profit organizations in our area doing good for others, protecting our environment, and addressing humanitarian issues. If you are aware of an organization which is aligned with our values and would benefit from our support we welcome you to fill out an application for consideration. Please visit the link below:
“Share The Plate Online Application”
Take a Stand
See the Taking a Stand page for an explanation of our process for Taking A Stand as a congregation.