“Justice is at the core of our faith. Our congregations are called to make a positive difference in our wider communities. We work to serve, to raise awareness, and to support and partner with people who face injustice. We advocate, organize, and act for justice to live out the values of our faith.” ~ Unitarian Universalist Association
Social and Environmental Justice play a central role in how we live out our values beyond BUF and many members point to the UU Principles as their inspiration for action.
We have a very active Social and Environmental Justice Committee (SEJC), our largest committee in the fellowship. We had a formal partnership with Community to Community Development, a local place based, women-led grassroots organization working for a just society and healthy communities. SEJC Committee members also band together under specific issues to create Ministry Action Teams. In addition we have several justice-related projects.
Ministry Action Teams
Our Social and Environmental Justice Ministry Action Teams are groups of members (at least 5) who are addressing a particular justice issue for which they have a strong passion. We believe in walking our talk. Our commitment to Social and Environmental Justice is embodied by the participation of congregants in the following Ministry Action Teams:
- Black Lives Matter
- Climate Justice
- Family Promise
- Immigrant Rights
- Interweave (LGBTQ)
- Native American Connections
- Refugee Resettlement
Other teams from the SEJC manage our justice-related projects and affiliations:
- SEJC Monthly Collections Team
- Lummi Food Bank
- Fair Trade Project Team
- Interfaith Coalition of Whatcom County
- Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
BUF members have passed several social and environmental justice issue-related congregational resolutions. Some of these resolutions reflect our work with and support for Lummi and other indigenous Nations and our Community to Community (C2C) partnership. They reflect our Welcoming Congregation and Green Sanctuary certifications and more. Please see our Resolutions page to see the details on these resolutions.