A community of spiritual seekers inspired to promote a just and compassionate world
Unitarian Universalism is founded on a legacy of “deeds not creeds.” Social justice is the core value through which we live our belief in the inherent dignity and worth of all individuals. As an active member of the Newark community, we are engaged in a number of grass-roots initiatives to advance justice for our neighbors as well as for the wider world.
Advocacy for the LGBTQ community
As a Welcoming Congregation, UUFN believes people have a right to love whom they choose. We are intentionally inclusive of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and same-gender couples at all levels of congregational life. We provide our congregation and members of the community with in-depth education around issues concerning LGBTQ people; and offer opportunities for advocacy that include supporting equality legislation and participating in activities that celebrate the LGBT community.
Support for homeless and economically disadvantaged individuals
UUFN supports and advocates for area homeless and disadvantaged individuals through participation in a variety of local initiatives:
• Newark Empowerment Center (NEC), a program of Friendship House, which serves individuals and families that are or are at risk of becoming homeless. Our support for NEC includes hosting Code Purple to provide sanctuary to the local homeless population on nights of extreme cold; preparation and donation of To-Go Lunch Bags and Hygiene Kits a number of times a year by our Youth Group; and fundraising efforts.
• UUFN hosts a meal once a month at Hope Dining Room, which serves hot lunches to our neighbors in need in the Brookside area of Newark. We also contribute financially to cover ongoing expenses.
Promoting racial and economic Justice
UUFN is an active member of the Delaware Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow, an interdenominational faith-based organization formed to address the effects of mass incarceration and institutional racism on communities of color and the poor. Our minister, Rev. Paula Maiorano, established the coalition with Rev. Dr. Lawrence Livingston of the Mother African Union Church. The coalition’s committees advance awareness and solutions by hosting public forums, fostering prevention programs for at-risk youth, promoting racial healing, and advocating for changes in policy and practices in Delaware’s mass incarceration system.
Fostering civic action around legislative and social issues
UUFN provides members of the local community with a broad range of opportunities to learn about legislative issues through workshops, forums and panels; and to join in solidarity with others around social justice issues. We have hosted the “sister” marches for national movements such as the Women’s March, the March for Science, and the People’s Climate March; and we have organized numerous local marches, as well. In addition, UUFN is a member of UUDAN, the Unitarian Universalist Delaware Advocacy Network, a coalition of Delaware’s five UU churches that champions actions and policies that express our UU values.
Religious freedom is a foundational principle of Unitarian Universalism and UUFN stands firmly against the growing intolerance of non-Christian faiths that is evident in today’s political and social climate. We have formed relationships with such organizations as the American Turkish Friendship Association, the Islamic Society of Delaware, and others in the interfaith community to foster awareness, acceptance, and friendship.
Sharing the plate to support local nonprofits
Every Sunday, half of the collection at our service goes toward local non-profit organizations that are doing good for others, protecting our environment, and addressing humanitarian issues. Our congregation has contributed more than $18,000 to these groups.
The Social Justice Committee meets the fourth Sunday of the month at 11:45. If you would like to learn more about our social justice programs and how you can get involved, please join us at one of our meetings. Or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.