Social Action Committee
PBUUC has had a Social Action Committee for most of its congregational history. The Social Action Committee leads, coordinates, and encourages the efforts of the Paint Branch community to bring about a more just society and meet the needs of disadvantaged people locally, nationally, and globally.
Members of the Social Action Committee work individually and as small groups to advocate actively with a variety of organizations on a variety of issues. We also coordinate with the other committees and groups under the Social Action umbrella—such as the Diversity/Anti-Racism Transformation Team (DARTT), Warm Nights, and the Green Sanctuary Team—as we travel on our journey toward becoming a Beloved Community and an Intentional Multicultural Congregation. Together, DARTT and the Social Action Committee are examining immigration as a moral issue, planning activities to learn more about the issues, reflecting on them, and taking action.
Children in the Religious Exploration program are also involved in Social Action. Many help to make and serve meals and clean up afterward during Warm Nights. They also help to collect and package toiletries for our Warm Nights guests.
The Social Action Committee also coordinates the monthly Special Collection, which is taken during the regular offertory at a Sunday service. The organizations that benefit from our Special Collections range from local, such as organizations that provide food and housing for low-income and homeless people and local environmental groups, to national human rights groups fighting for black and LGBTQ lives, to global rights and aids groups that work for the betterment of humanity world wide. For FY 2015-2016, PBUUC, through SAC, was able to donate $6,323 to deserving charitable organizations.
The Social Action Committee also serves as liaison between PBUUC and UU organizations serving the wider community, such as the UUs for Social Justice (UUSJ), the UU Legislative Ministry of Maryland (UULM-MD), and the UU United Nations Office (UU-UNO).
If you are passionate about making the world better for everyone, consider joining our Social Action efforts. Every little bit of help brings us a step closer to our goal of peace and justice for all. For more information, send an email to SAC@pbuuc.org.