Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County

A welcoming congregation in the heart of Centre County

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Last updateMon, 30 May 2016 5pm

Social Action

Social Action Summary

The Social Action Committee plans social justice programs, including offering educational forums and speakers, advocacy, raising money through First Sunday Plate Collections, and providing volunteer opportunities. We also serve as a link to the UU Service Committee.

Our Mission

Our Social Action work is an expression of our Unitarian Universalist principles in action. We effectively address social justice issues at local, regional and global levels, raising awareness within the UUFCC community and inviting participation of all those who are able.

Come and Inspire Us

If there is a critical issue you feel strongly about, this is the place where you can get the support and encouragement to put your passion into action.

More info: Social Action Committee Chair

Pictures from Social Action events from the Past.....







Out of the Cold Homeless Shelter at UUFCC

 March 14 to 27, 2016



Social Action Programs

Here are some of the things we do:

Direct Action
Hands-on involvement in social action projects such as
  • Crop Walk
  • CentrePeace Support
  • State College Food Bank
  • Interfaith Human Services
  • Justice trips to West Virginia, Puerto Rico, Guatamala, Nicaragua
  • Out of the Cold homeless shelter
Advocacy and Witness,supporting issues such as
  • Marriage Equality
  • Economic Justice
  • Environmental issues
First Sunday Plate Collections
Providing financial support for organizations doing important work such as
  • Park Forest Day Nursery
  • Centre Volunteers in Medicine
  • Midstate Literacy Council
  • Center for Alternatives in Community Justice
  • Planned Parenthood
  • UU Service Committee

Twice a year the congregation votes for the charities who receive the 1st Sunday plate collections. Please submit your nominations by November 2 by filling out the First Sunday Plate Collection Suggestion and sending to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or dropping in the Social Action box at the Fellowship. We vote at the Annual Meeting in May for the collections that take place from August through January, and at the Mid-Year Meeting in November for the collections that take place from February to July. All are welcome to participate in this very successful outreach program. We have given approximately $14,000 each year to local, national and international charities.

 Important: Green Sanctuary News

The world faces enormous environmental challenges. The call for ecological awareness stems from our seven Principles. Our spiritual orientation shapes our moral values which question the social, economic and political systems we have helped create. The quest for justice and healing of the Earth impels us to re-examine our daily patterns of life: how we live, what and how much we consume and who controls the distribution of costs and benefits in our society. In our faith community, we turn to worship, celebration, study and reflection to find the courage, strength and patience to continue our quest for a just and sustainable future for all beings.

The Green Sanctuary Committee has been busy finalizing the 11 actions and eco-justice outreach projects proposed for UUFCC to meet the UUA requirements for Green Sanctuary Certification Status.

Actions are derived from a year of membership/ committee research and collaboration with other committees and individuals at the UUFCC. If you want to get involved with any particular action, contact the appropriate committee, designated person, or Dorothy Blair.

 Following are the Green Sanctuary Initiatives that are underway at the moment - We need everyone to pitch in to keep our efforts going forward!!

 1. Increase the number of yearly Web of Life worship services to 4 – 6 (from the current 2 – 3)

Note: our first worship service was 3/14/16: “Where is Food in the Web of Life?” (Sunday Services Committee)

2. Encourage more short Sunday-service sharings about earth-based spiritual matters

(Sunday Services Committee/Dorothy Blair)

3. Introduce two new seasonal celebrations: Yule and Earth Day

(Sunday Services Committee/Religious Education/Green Sanctuary)

4. Increase Earth-based content of religious education by adding new UUA children’s curricula (Religious Education)

5. Teach an adult/youth green-foods course and provide bulletin boards to support a “green foods” table at the coffee hour

(Dorothy Blair, Frans Padt, Wendy Snetsinger)

6. Hold an adult/youth Green Sanctuary Film Series at 7:15 p.m. on third Wednesday nights.

(Troy Frank)

7. Reduce our car footprint through transport alternatives and environmental assessment. (Frans Padt)

8. Enhance physical-plant sustainability through LED lights in the sanctuary and lowflow toilets.

(Andy Lau)

9. Continue collection and Borough composting of all compostable items at the UUFCC.

(Bob Minard)

10. Enhance the Sustainability of the UUFCC Grounds through conversion of grass to biome-enhancing plantings.

(Tony Guerrero, Grounds Committee)

11. Enhance social, eco-justice and climate change action through once-monthly after services letter writing, advocacy training, etc.  (Janet Swim & Peg

Contact Us

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County
780 Waupelani Drive Extension
State College, PA 16801
(814) 237-7605


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