We are committed to being a prominent force for social justice and stewardship of the earth in our local community and throughout the world.
Social Action Coalition
The Social Action Coalition (SAC) coordinates the UU Church of Akron's efforts to live our mission to be a "prominent force for social justice" in our local community, nationally, and throughout the world.
Although we work for justice in many different ways, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron is currently focused on three important areas of social concern.
Working in close partnership with the Immigrant Worker Project based in Canton, Ohio, the UU Church of Akron stands in solidarity with immigrants living and working in northeast Ohio. Through a variety of programs and initiatives, including legal research on deportation cases, assistance with social and cultural celebrations, attending protest rallies on behalf of immigration reform, and teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), our congregation stands on the side of love with immigrant families.
To learn more about our immigration work, watch this video featuring Carol Temerson, Chair of the UUCA Immigration Justice Group.
LGBTQ Rights/Welcoming Congregation
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron is committed to the full and fair participation of LGBTQ persons in our church community and in society as a whole. We work to be welcoming and inclusive in our own congregation and to build a world of love and justice for all people. Past and current programs include marching in Cleveland Pride, email advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ rights in our local community, and holding a vigil for transgendered persons victims of hatred and violence. Future plans include hosting a prom for LGBTQ youth in the Spring of 2013.
Recognizing the central importance of food and the food system in our own lives and throughout the world, the UU Church of Akron seeks to promote food justice along a number of fronts, including access, production, health, and environmental sustainability. Current programs include the UUCA Community Garden, offering classes on ethical eating and food justice, and volunteering to prepare and serve a meal at a local hot food site. We also support and endorse initiatives aimed at making our local food system more just and equitable, including the Summit County Community Food Charter. To follow developments in our Food Justice ministry, please check out our UUCA Food Justice Ministry blog.
The UU Church of Akron's Food Justice ministry has been recognized by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Read what our denomination has to say about us!
If you have questions or would like to get involved with our social justice work, please contact our social action leaders.
Social Action Coalition (Chair) - Sarah Culver
Immigration - Carol Temerson
LGBTQ Outeach - Scott Piepho
Food Justice - Tina Ughrin