Justice work is fundamental to Unitarian Universalism and to our spiritual community. The Unitarian Universalist Meeting of South Berkshire has a deep commitment to programs supporting the many needs of our community and around the world. We provide opportunities for members and friends of our congregation to serve to the local and world community. We have an active social justice program in addition to our community outreach activities. To see our current justice calendar and work, you can check our our latest newsletter and our events page for upcoming programs.
We co-sponsor the Berkshire Human Rights Speaker series.
Once a month we have “Share the Plate” Sunday when all the monies collected during our service (that are not part of an annual pledge) are donated to a local non-profit. As part of this program we have supported organizations including: Multicultural BRIDGE, Breaking Bread Kitchen, People’s Pantry, Construct, Elizabeth Freeman Center, Literacy Network, Community Health Program, Gould Farm, NAACP, Berkshire Immigrant Center, Berkshire Interfaith Organizing, UU Mass Action, among many others. Many of our members also volunteer for these organizations.
We partner with many local organizations including:
People’s Pantry – We collect food donations from our congregation and provide them to the People’s Pantry on a weekly basis. Every sixth week we staff the food pantry operation helping to provide this service to the community.
Breaking Bread Kitchen – We volunteer at the kitchen regularly with the Interfaith Committee of South Berkshire.
Hands in Outreach – We sponsor the education of a Nepalese girl and send her letters and gifts.
Construct – We have provided volunteers to help with the construction of new and rehabbing old structures to provide housing for those in need and help out with the Construct Walk every fall.
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee – We provide financial support through our “Guest at Your Table” collection and many of our members are also members of the UUSC.
Great Barrington Interfaith Committee – We help out with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.service each year.
BRIDGE Race Task Force – A new gathering of local individuals and organizations to support anti-racism work in the Berkshires