2015-2016 Study Issue – Climate Change: Impacts and Solutions

This year's program is designed to help us better appreciate the earth, recognize the impacts of climate change on the environment, and work together toward implementing the many ways to mitigate the impacts. See planned events.

Previous study issues have included Economic Justice, Criminal Justice, Domestic Abuse, Immigration, and Homelessness. Some of our previous study issues resulted in Statements of Conscience.

Outreach to the Community and the World

Every month we pass the basket for a worthy charitable organization that supports our 7 Principles. These organizations are selected from a list of nominations provided by our congregants each spring. This year’s list benefits Virginia prisoners, families in need, those with disabilities, female veterans, at-risk youth, and those with medical needs around the world.

Support for Gun Control

On the 14th of every month, we join an interfaith group in monthly vigils held in front of NRA Headquarters in Fairfax. Following the Newtown massacre in 2012, the Social Justice Committee worked to develop a statement of conscience that reflects our desire for action to prevent such tragedies. In May 2013, AUUC approved this Statement of Conscience. In May 2015, the AUUC Board of Directors voted to make the church property a gun-free zone.

Ongoing Programs

Ongoing activities of the committee span a range of social justice issues including environmental causes, housing and homelessness, community outreach, peacemaking, and interfaith partnerships. Read more…

Your Participation is Needed

You can participate in this life-affirming work in several ways:

1) Join the Committee: The Social Justice Committee normally meets on the third Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in Room 126 at the church. (Check the AUUC calendar on this website.)

Active committee members include: Claire Brown, Nancy Davis, Pete Fontneau, Dick Foster, Chris Fuller, Bruce Griffin, Ed Kringer, Jessica Larsen, Marsha White, Fred Surls.

2) Get on the email list, volunteer as desired: You will receive our email notifications of events in which you can choose to participate when you can.

3) Volunteer to coordinate/join a specific activity: Watch the AUUC news sources (Order of Service, This Week enews, monthly newsletter, Social Justice bulletin board) for events that you are passionate about and volunteer your time to help make it happen. Some upcoming and regular events include:

  • Annual  Hypothermia Shelter during the winter
  • Feb 15-22,  Hypothermia Overnight Shelter at AUUC for overflow guests from Bailey’s Crossroads Homeless Shelter + Serving Dinner to the guests on Sun, Tues, Thurs, and Sat eveningsCrossroads Homeless Shelter
  • Periodic Shelter Dinners at Baileys Crossroads
  • Quarterly Adopt-a-Highway clean-up crews
  • Saturday Science Club – once-a-month fun-filled morning assisting an instructor at Beacon House
  • Become a liaison to Beacon House for all our activities with this community ministry in DC
  • Participate in the Season for Nonviolence from Jan 30 to April 4
  • Sponsor a child at our Partner School in India

To volunteer or request more information on these fantastic opportunities and other information on Accotink's excellent Social Justice Committee, please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Adopt-a-Soldier volunteers

AUUC members at the 2008 Crop Walk VolunteerFest_Weeding_Group