Social justice teams are active in research, education, and activism in several key areas. Following our Sunday morning services, we have a table set up with the latest information on the most pressing issues. There you can learn more, sign petitions, and get connected with other church members who share your social justice passions. Specific areas of focus include:
- Immigration justice: Our work on immigration justice provides assistance to those detained in the Berks Detention Center and works to shut down the center in coalition with Shut Down Berks Coalition. Our work to shut down the center includes participating in monthly vigils and meetings with partnering organizations.
- LGBTQ justice: The Welcoming Congregation Committee focuses on meeting the goals for annual renewal of our status as a Welcoming Congregation.
- Anti-racism anti-oppression multiculturalism: UU Berks offers anti-racism training and other anti-oppression programs. Currently, there is a Racial Justice Education Team coordinating quarterly Friday night anti-racism films at the church. Our congregation has dedicated and displayed a Black Lives Matter banner on our church building.
- Statewide advocacy through UUPLAN, the Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network of over 6,000 UUs in 40 congregations.
“I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways. And from what I see, I am sure it bends towards justice.”~ Theodore Parker, Unitarian minister