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.
Promoting Racial and Economic Justice
UUFN actively collaborates with the Newark Branch of the NAACP to address issues of systemic racism and the effects of racism on communities of color here in Newark and in the wider region. This collaboration includes advancing awareness and solutions by hosting public forums and speakers, promoting racial healing, and advocating for changes in policy and practices in Delaware’s mass incarceration system.
Advocacy for the LGBTQ Community
In 2020, the UUFN was re-certified as a Welcoming Congregation, and this means that the 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 education around issues concerning LGBTQ people, and offer opportunities for advocacy that include supporting equality legislation and participating in activities that celebrate the LGBTQ 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) is a program of Friendship House, which serves those that are, or are at risk of, becoming homeless. Our Religious Education classes prepare and donate To-Go Lunch Bags and Hygiene Kits a number of times a year.
• 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.
Fostering Civic Action around Legislative and Social Issues
UUFN provides 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 “sister” marches for national movements such as the Women’s March, the March for Science, the People’s Climate March, and marches and vigils for Black Lives Matter. 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 intolerance of non-Christian faiths. We participate with the Islamic Society, the Hindu Temple Association, the Sikh Center, Temple Beth El, as well as Christian congregations 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 $20,000 to these groups.
The Social Justice Committee meets the first Sunday of the month at 12:00noon. 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.