Our faith-based approach to justice making is based on restoring right relationships - with people and the earth. This kind of justice is based on love and non-violence in thought, word, and deed. A faith-based approach to justice is realized by expanding the vision of Beloved Community, a term used by Martin Luther King, Jr. to depict a completely integrated society built through love, justice, and a welcoming brotherhood.
Unitarian Universalists believe that every person is sacred and and that there is an interdependent web of all existence. When one part of the web is torn or injured, all other parts are injured, and the web needs to be restored.
We also hold that faith-based justice work is more than obtaining and sharing information. It’s about transformation. In order to transform the world, we need to be transformed, and that's an ongoing process that we do together here at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greeley.
Whoever is doing social change work is encouraged to attend the Social Change Circle which is a monthly gathering to sustain your work and help you reflect on it theologically. Contact Minister Barry Bloom for more information. Join us to be transformed - and to integrate your spirituality with your work for justice.
One Sunday a month, we donate our offering plate to a charitable organization that meets the following criteria: non-profit, non-partisan, whose mission aligns with ours, and is a place where our members could potentially volunteer.
This practice tangibly connects us to something larger than ourselves, acknowledges our interdependence with each other, shifts our outlook to one of abundance rather than scarcity, strengthens ties with our neighbors, and shows our world that we are the church “of the loving heart, open mind and helping hands.”
Social change issues that we have addressed in the past (not in any order) include: