Social Action

As Unitarian Universalists (UUs), we covenant to work for a democratic, peaceful, equitable and earth-friendly world.  Our UU seven principles encourage us to participate in social programs within our community and beyond:

  1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.  

Women's March and Labyrinth Meditation

We will gather at John Dam Plaza for an opening ceremony, followed by a labyrinth walk and a march, in solidarity with the The Women's March on Washington

What: Women's March and Labyrinth Meditation 

When: Saturday, 1/21/2017, 1 p.m. (1.5 hours) 

Where: John Dam Plaza, Richland, Washington 

Why: To stand in solidarity with women and with other marginalized groups of people. 

Who is invited: All people are invited, regardless of gender or gender identity. 

What to bring: Banners and signs that express concern for a spectrum of issues, including misogyny, racism, bigotry, the environment, healthcare, and human rights. 

Ethical Eating: UUA Call to Action 

Individual Actions: We aspire to buy, raise, and consume food for ourselves and our families that respects the interdependent web
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of all existence of which we are a part.

From Rev. Mark Hayes UU Minister, on sustainable food system here are some ideas to put this into action right here, right now!

  1. Eat lower on the food chain (which would have positive impact on health, land use, water quality, and soil conservation);
  2. Eat and act to promote good farming/fishing practices (that is, reward those who do it right);
  3. Reduce food processing, packaging energy (by eating foods as close to their original fresh state as possible);
  4. Reduce transportation energy (by eating locally produced meats, milk, grains, fruits, and vegetables whenever possible);
  5. Reduce food waste (by buying sparingly and using leftovers); 
  6. Eat for social justice (by supporting fair trade initiatives that promote fair prices and sustainable production practices).”

For more from the CUUC sermon on Ethical Eating click here.

CUUC adopts Chiawana Park, Pasco WA
We had a great turn out for our summer picnic and adopt a park day. Sean Truex lead the effort for CUUC to adopt the west half of Chiawana Park, Pasco WA. Chiawana Park is a beautiful 127 acre riverfront park stretching along the north bank of the Columbia River. After lunch the congregation cleaned up trash and enjoyed a rewarding afternoon of community service.

CUUC supports Second Harvest, Hike for Hunger

The CUUC RE program coordinated a fun family wildflower hike on Badger Mountain at the end of April. In May a CUUC group participated in the Second Harvest, Hike for Hunger to help raise money to support those in need in our community.

CUUC Congregation affirmed the Charter of Compassion

At our last annual meeting the CUUC Congregation affirmed the Charter of Compassion.

Compassion helps guide our actions with each other and as a congregation. Striving for justice, equity and compassion in all of our human relations is one of our core UU principals. CUUC is a UU Welcoming Congregation and we strive to honor the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

One of the UU goals is to create a world community with peace, liberty and justice for all. That peace starts right here, right now in each conversation and in each relationship and grows from there.

Interfaith Youth Peace Walk

CUUC congregation joined the UCC Shalom, Islamic Center, and Lutheran congregation and others to walk for peace on September 11, 2011 on the 10 year anniversary of the NY twin towers attack. This interfaith group gathered in peace and was lead by our Interfaith Youth Group of the Tri-Cities. About 100 people participated in the event. We are very proud of our CUUC youth for helping to put this event together and we hope this peace walk becomes an annual tradition.

CUUC Green Sanctuary Program

The CUUC Board of Directors has created a new Green Sanctuary Committee.

The CUUC Green Team has completed the environmental assessment for the CUUC congregation as a baseline of where we are now. Overall CUUC had a favorable initial assessment. From the environmental assessment, our energy consumption was 22% less than the national average for houses of worship. From the CUUC congregation survey it is estimated that the average CUUC family emits approximately 21,670 lbs of CO2 each year. With 34 member families the total congregation CO2 emissions is approximately 725,000 lbs per year. Some positive aspects from the assessment include florescent lighting in the sanctuary, on-site recycling, earth focus in the children’s RE program and our native plant garden.

During the May 2010 Annual Meeting the CUUC congregation approved the list of green projects for our Action Plan. The attached list of twelve projects covers the four UUA program elements: worship and celebration, religious education, environmental justice, and sustainable living. The Green Team hopes to have the CUUC green sanctuary application completed and submitted by the end of June 2010. Please look for Communitarian articles this summer on how you can help as we kick off our green projects.

End Result: Through this process the CUUC Green Team hopes to encourage members of this congregation to bring about positive environmental changes in three areas:

• Personal lifestyle choices • Congregational activities • and in the broader community.

CUUC Spends Quality Time with Habitat for Humanity

On Saturday, March 24, about 10 members of CUUC spent the day building new homes for Tri-City families. The group teamed with other members of the community to support Habitat for Humanity. From digging foundation footings to framing to sheetrock quality inspections, this group worked hard--and enjoyed every minute of it!

Tri-Citians Come Together to Stop Hate

In early March, a local Tri-Citian came home as a casulty of war. The saddened community pulled together to form a line to protect the family and friends of the deceased from a group of folks planning to protest at the memorial service with messages of hate. Members of CUUC stood proud with our fellow community members to stop hate and honor Marine Sergeant Travis Pfister.

Current organizations or activities of importance to some of our members:

  • ONE: The campaign to make poverty history. 
  • Unitarian Universalist Service Committee's STOP Campaign: Stop Torture Permanently 
  • UU Ministry for Earth : CUUC is currently working on Green Sanctuary Candidacy
  • And many more...