Social action and environmental justice are central to our individual and congregational spiritual practice, and this passion manifests itself in many ways. In our worship and fellowship, we encourage each individual to serve the world in the ways that call them and optimize their talents.
The newly re-formed social justice group has been meeting since Spring, 2018. We are working together to support social action on local, national, and international issues. Our hope is to strengthen the already vibrant social justice work done in our congregation and to be seen as a force for social justice in the Upper Valley community.
Members and friends within the congregation participate in these established activities:
On the first Monday of every other month, the UUCUV prepares and serves dinner for around eighty guests at the LISTEN Community Dinner Hall at River Point Plaza, 42 Maple Street, White River Junction, VT. Ours is one of forty-five volunteer cook teams that participate in preparing these free community meals that are served throughout the year Monday through Saturday. These dinners are prepared under the auspices of LISTEN Community Services. To learn more about LISTEN dinners, contact Suzanne Simon through the office: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every Sunday the children collect food, personal care items, and cash donations that members and friends have brought to the service so that these donations can be delivered to The Haven.
Individuals, as well as small groups within the congregation, privately sponsor the high school education of individual students from our partner church in Mukhap, India.
Other activities include:
- Christmas caroling at nursing homes
- Get Well cards for UUCUV ill and elderly (a children’s initiative)
- United Valley Interfaith Project
- Northwood/Hollow Drive Summer Lunch Program for children
- Coming of Age Students complete a community service project with the advice of their mentors.
- The annual Pods for the Pulpit crafts fair is held on the weekend following Thanksgiving. It is our most lucrative fundraiser with half of the proceeds going to local charities and the other half to the UUCUV Ways and Means Committee.
- Our Spirit in Nature Path was constructed by the congregation in 2003 with the help of the Upper Valley Trails Alliance and DHMC as a public-access trail for recreation, fitness, nature study and meditation. The congregation and wider community are encouraged to enjoy this path with its newly rebuilt boardwalk and updated nature guide.