About the Peace & Justice Committee
Consistent with Unitarian Universalist principles, commitment to social justice has been a part of the fabric of BuxMont since its founding. The first ‘”Social Action” committee was formed at BuxMont in 1962. The committee’s name has evolved over the years to reflect the interests and concerns of its members and the broadening scope of work the committee engages in. The mission of the BuxMont Peace and Justice Committee is to, “Uphold the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism by supporting economic, social justice, and environmental issues locally, nationally, and globally through education, advocacy and action.” Current issues of importance to us include fair immigration reform, gender equality, LBGTQ rights, reversing the effects of climate change and ending mass incarceration.
In addition to long-standing involvement in the Apartment Partners Project (through the Bucks County Housing Group) and participation in the annual Oxfam Banquet, current activities include collecting food for the food pantry in Doylestown; sponsoring letter-writing campaigns; presenting services and special events on current social justice issues; and presenting movies and speakers on peace and justice issues. The committee supports the broader UU community in exploring and participating in Congregational Study Action Issues voted on each year at general assembly. The committee is also active in UUPlan, a state-wide action group that seeks to represent Unitarian Universalist principles and viewpoints to Pennsylvania legislators.
Recent activities have included providing two scholarships through the Bucks County Foundation for immigrant students attending Bucks County Community College and co-sponsorship of ‘Interrupting Racism,’ a workshop on peaceful ways to confront racist attitudes in today’s society. The fellowship offers rental space to non-profit organizations whose ideals and philosophy align with our values of the inherent worth and dignity of all persons and peace and justice for all.
We encourage our children to participate in Fellowship-wide social justice activities. Additionally, each year children have the opportunity to chose a non-profit organization that is meaningful to them through the religious education program, engaging in fundraising efforts to support groups such as Heifer International, Plant One Million, 2nd Chance, Inc. and Kiva.
What Can I Do Right Now?
Go to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee website to learn more about how you can take action to improve the lives of people around the world now!