SERVICE TO OTHERS BEYOND THE CONGREGATION
Unitarians and Universalists have a long history of living their values by service to others, taking actions to better our society and protect the planet. Four of our Seven Basic Principles speak directly so such issues, and inspire us to participate actively in programs of social justice, environmental stewardship, and promotion of greater peace and understanding throughout the world.
The tabbed sections below list many of our current programs to promote social justice, social responsibility, environmentalism and world understanding. We hope and expect these programs to grow and diversify significantly in the years ahead.
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AT NSUC
North Shore Unitarians have ongoing relationships with many worthy organizations, both at home and abroad. Our involvement with these groups changes over time, depending on the passions of individuals in our congregation. Our efforts include fund-raising, working on non-profit boards, and hosting special events. Many of our members volunteer directly with the organizations we support.
Our Social Responsibility Team explores, promotes, and actively lives the Seven Unitarian Principals within our larger community. We develop projects that offer hands-on participation, such as delivering items to the food bank, organizing suppers for the homeless at the Lookout Shelter, and collecting donations to support Child Haven International. The Social Responsibility Team also researches organizations who might be the recipients of our monthly Sunday morning congregational collections, which are then approved by the church Board.
Just some of the many organizations we help include the following.
Child Haven International
Child Haven International assists children and women overseas who are in need of food, education, health care, shelter and clothing, emotional and moral support. It evolved out of a passion to help others on the part of Canadian Unitarians, Rev. Fred and Bonnie Cappuccino. Child Haven operates several home in southeast Asia. India, Nepal, Tibet and Bangladesh. Their homes accept children who are disabled, parentless or from disadvantaged situations.
Unitarian Service Committee of Canada
USC Canada promotes vibrant family farms, strong rural communities, and healthy ecosystems around the world. With engaged Canadians and partners in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, it supports programs, training, and policies that strengthen biodiversity, food sovereignty, and the rights of those at the heart of resilient food systems – women, indigenous peoples, and small-scale farmers. USC Canada was founded by Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova in 1945 as the Unitarian Service Committee of Canada.
We have supported the Lookout Society (North Shore Location) in a hands-on way for several years. Each December, we work with the North Shore shelter to gather clothes and other items that their residents and North Shore homeless persons need. In most recent years, we have also presented a special dinner for the homeless at the shelter. Community members of all ages have joined together in our efforts to assist the Society in its crucial work.