Our Fellowship, almost from its origin, has been actively engaged with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), which provides the UU voice for human rights and social justice in the United States and around the world, turning UU values into action.

Founded in 1939 to rescue victims of Nazi persecution, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee is an independent membership organization grounded in UU principles and made possible by the activism and generous support of individual members.  UUSC does not accept any federal or state government funding.  UUSC is an associate member of the Unitarian Universalist Association but receives no general funding from the UUA.

UUSC’s Programs:

UUSC advances human rights and social justice around the world, partnering with those who confront unjust power structures and challenging oppressive policies.  This mission is carried out by combining partnerships, advocacy, and education.  UUSC works to eradicate economic injustice, defend civil liberties, and promote environmental justice.  UUSC also provides financial and technical support when disasters strike, especially when human rights are threatened.

UUSC believes that there is a clear connection between human rights violations and gender, race, ethnicity, and poverty.  Therefore, UUSC programs particularly address oppressed and vulnerable groups.

UUSC does more than relief and development work.  Its partner groups focus on human rights and utilize approaches often far more cost-effective in saving human lives than many others.  In addition to working with partners in the United States, South and Southeast Asia, Central Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, UUSC trains and organizes its members and other U.S. activists to effectively advocate for domestic and international policies that promote human rights.

Our Fellowship and UUSC:

The UU Fellowship of Vero Beach has generously supported UUSC through individual gifts and through a contribution from the annual operating budget.  UUSC has repeatedly honored the Fellowship with the James Luther Adams Award for its corporate commitment, demonstrated by a contribution to UUSC from the operating budget.   For many years, the Fellowship has received the Vision of Justice banner signifying that at least 50 percent of the members and friends of the Fellowship contributed at UUSC membership levels.  For years membership in UUSC exceeded 100 percent!   From 2004 through 2008, the Fellowship has been honored with the Spirit of Justice chalice for its outstanding membership record.

Members and friends of our Fellowship participate yearly in UUSC’s Guest at Your Table program during November and December.  This is UUSC’s primary individual fund-raising effort.  Over $5000 was contributed by individual members and friends during the most recent campaign.  In the spring, we hold a Justice Sunday service on some aspect of social justice important to UUSC.  In 2006, the service focused on promoting a “living wage,” a high priority among UUSC’s advocacy efforts. In 2007, the focus was on the genocide in Darfur.  In 2008, Justice Sunday emphasized the human and financial cost of the Iraq War.  Several members of the congregation are Human Rights Defenders who act as advocates by accessing and responding to social justice action alerts from UUSC’s website or e-mail subscription service.

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee relies on members for support of its effective combination of advocacy, education, and partnering.   For more information about what you can do to support the UU Service Committee, send an e-mail to:  uusc@uufvb.org.  Or you may get additional information at  www.uusc.org

Put your UU principles into action!  Be part of UUSC’s important human rights and social justice work. Be a “Powerful Voice for Human Rights” through the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee!