2014-2015 Study Issue – Economic Justice

What’s the problem with the great wealth divide in our country?’ This year’s program includes an in-depth examination with five sermons by Rev. Scott, three Friday night films, an adult education class, and a public forum. See Economic Justice program details.

Previous study issues included 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.

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, Dick Foster, Melissa Koltos, Ed Kringer, Jessica Larsen, Marsha White, Fred Surls, Barbara Webster.

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:

  • Nov 9, 2014 Complete the Circle – a family fun-filled aerial photography  and food drive event
  • Nov 23, CROP Walk – a family-friendly neighborhood walk to help feed the hungry
  • Dec - Holiday Gift Collection for at-risk children in DC via Beacon House Community Ministry
  • Dec – Mitten/Hat/Scarf/Sox Collection for Beacon House Ministry children and senior citizens
  • Jan & Feb 2015 – overnight Homeless Shelter at AUUC for overflow guests from Baileys Crossroads Homeless Shelter
  • Periodic Shelter Dinners at Baileys Crossroads
  • Quarterly Adopt-a-Highway clean-up crews
  • Sponsor a child at our Partner School in India

Adopt-a-Soldier volunteers


AUUC members at the 2008 Crop Walk VolunteerFest_Weeding_Group