The following is taken from the UUSC website…
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is a nonsectarian organization that advances human rights and social justice in the United States and around the world. We envision a world free from oppression and injustice, where all can realize their full human rights.
Through a combination of advocacy, education, and partnerships with grassroots organizations, UUSC promotes economic rights, advances environmental justice, defends civil liberties, and preserves the rights of people in times of humanitarian crisis.
We also engage local communities through two experiential-learning programs, JustWorks and JustJourneys, which introduce participants to the work of our domestic and overseas partners — who are often on the front lines of addressing social-justice issues.
Our work is built on the conviction that all people are entitled to basic human rights, which transcend divisions of class, race, nationality, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, and gender.
We rely on our members and supporters — people just like you — to fund our programs. Anyone wishing to support human rights and social justice is welcome to join us.
UUSC is an associate member of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), but receives no general financial support from the UUA. Neither do we receive funding from federal or state governments or institutions, ensuring our independent voice.
Our bylaws are the internal rules by which our Board of Trustees governs UUSC as a corporation.
Guest at Your Table 2009-2010
|Read about the people on your box!|
This year, join UUs around the country — and around the world — in welcoming a Guest at Your Table!
For more than thirty years, the Guest at Your Table tradition has helped UUs build lasting connections to UU principles and support the movement for universal human rights. It is a simple and meaningful way to incorporate “faith in action” into your life.
Guest at Your Table is for everyone! It includes a meaningful worship experience, religious education, and at-home learning for people of all age groups.
When Will UUP Celebrate Guest at Your Table?
Most congregations will begin their Guest at Your Table celebration on November 22, 2009 — the Sunday before Thanksgiving. That goes for UUP as well.
Getting to Know Your Guests
During Guest at Your Table, participants keep a colorful Guest at Your Table box — with photographs of special guests from around the world — in a prominent place in their home, like the dining room table.
Over the next four to six weeks,participants get to know your special guests by reading aloud to family and friends real-life stories from Stories of Hope PDF. Stories of Hope is the focal point of the Guest at Your Table experience, connecting UUs to real people whose lives have been transformed by the shared struggle for human rights. (Stories are written at all reading levels.)
You will also learn about UUSC’s social-justice mission, which puts our shared principles into action.
Sharing with Your Guests
During Guest at Your Table, you or your family may also make daily contributions to your Guest at Your Table box, as if sharing with your special guests. When human-rights supporters share their blessings with UUSC during Guest at Your table they ensure that UUSC’s vital work to advance social justice continues, year after year.
You and your family members can also earn UUSC membership by giving at the membership level during Guest at Your Table.