Our congregation promotes social justice through community forums, advocacy, demonstrations and financial contributions to grassroots organizations working for goals that are compatible with member goals. A committee of church members leads these efforts.
Our second and fourth Sunday collections go to grassroots not-for-profit organizations selected by the Social Action committee. On a denominational level, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)’s current focus is helping refugees.
Individual members and friends take part in actions as varied as demonstrating against racism and police brutality at the intersection of Western Avenue and 103rd Street and writing letters which further our social action mission.
One of our members was a co-founder of the statewide UU Prison Ministry and we have been strong supporters since its inception.
Beverly Unitarian provides a welcome meeting space for affiliated groups such as Southsiders for Peace (https://www.facebook.com/southsidersforpeace/) which meets monthly and sponsors activities such as recent forums on the topic of anti-Semitism.
A long tradition of anti-racism work led to members founding an affiliated organization, Unity in Diversity, which supported black families in Beverly, Morgan Park and Mount Greenwood who had experienced hurtful racism.