“The prophetic liberal church is the church in which all members share the common responsibility to foresee the consequences of human behavior (both individual and institutional), with the intention of making history, in place of being merely pushed around by it.” —James Luther Adams, Taking Time Seriously
Our Fellowship’s social justice initiatives come from putting our principles into action in our local and wider community. Knowing our actions make a small difference, we partner with other organizations and programs to create bigger impact. We also find that our coalition relationships sustain us through the difficult challenges of working for the common good.
Every month, we share our collection plate with organizations in the local community that rely on donations to carry out their social justice programs.
Green Sanctuary Program
With all the social and political turmoil and its negative impacts, read why Rev. Fa Jun believes now is the best time for our Fellowship to focus on the Green Sanctuary Program and make it a top priority. Contact: Rev. Fa Jun, firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Fellowship kicked-off its Green Sanctuary Program (GSP) at a well-attended Soup Supper in January 2017. The GSP provides a path for congregational study, reflection and action for today’s environmental challenges – including climate change and environmental justice. Successful completion results in Green Sanctuary accreditation: a formal recognition of a congregation’s service and dedication to the Earth by the Unitarian Universalist Association. Our congregation has begun planning to examine our current environmental impact to quickly move towards more sustainable practices. There are 4 focus areas:
(1) Environmental Justice acknowledges that marginalized communities are often hit first and hardest by environmental crisis. In partnering with these communities we are able to address human and environmental needs at the same time. Environmental Justice emphasizes a shift from providing charity to working in solidarity with the communities most affected by climate change.
(2) Worship and Celebration is the heart of Unitarian Universalism. As we work together towards a cleaner, more just and sustainable world, worship enables us to stay connected to each other and to celebrate the work we have accomplished.
(3) Religious Education shapes more than just minds. It shapes attitudes and practices.
(4) Sustainable Living requires us to treat the world more gently by using fewer resources and being mindful of the choices we make.
Social & Environmental Advocacy & Actions
- Various environmental projects under the Green Sanctuary Program
- Writing letters for climate change action
- Cleaning up Los Gatos Creek
- Advocating for low-income housing in Los Gatos
- Contributing to local food banks
- Assembling and donating survival kits for the homeless
- Building affordable houses with Habitat for Humanity
- Donating backpacks with school supplies for children in need
- Buying books for prison education programs
- Worship and education for comprehensive immigration reform
Many of our members are also members of the statewide Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of California dedicated to cultivating and connecting leaders and communities and empowering the public voice of those who share Unitarian Universalist values and principles.