Meets: 2nd Sundays, 12:30pm
Status: open to church members & friends
Team Leader: Jean Pierce
The Social Justice Team coordinates many different activities to help our church members in their quest to "promote practical goodness." Church members and active friends are encouraged to be active in any (or all!) of the activities listed below. New team members are welcome, too!
"Beyond Our Walls" Collections
Every month, we support a worthy organization chosen by the Social Justice Committee. We often receive notes of gratitude from the organizations we support--see some of the letters here.
Commit to Knit
More than 50 peace shawls have been created by members of the congregation for Women 4 Women Knitting 4 Peace. In addition, we have knit chemo caps for Halos for Hope and winter hats for boys at the Illinois Youth Center St. Charles.
In 2008, the Social Justice Team developed a conflict resolution curriculum for LRE; in the spring of 2009, we developed a diversity curriculum; in 2010, a curriculum examining moral issues; and in 2011, a curriculum focusing on how UUs make a difference by acting on their principles.
Lazarus House: Hope for the Homeless
UUSG is committed to helping those in our community by supporting at Lazarus House, our local homeless shelter.
Monthly Day of Service
We offer monthly ways for people to give to those in need.
On the 4th Friday of every month (except December), we offer a free showing of a movie about an important topic, followed by discussion.
Here are some of the worthy programs we support:
Along with a number of other churches, our congregation supports Lazarus House, which is the only homeless shelter in the tri-cities area, located in St. Charles. One Saturday a month, UUSG members are responsible for providing meals, overnight supervision, and laundry services. Click here for more info.
Habitat for Humanity
UUSG is a member of the Pottawatomie Habitat for Humanity Chapter, which has built several houses and is almost always working on a house, somewhere in the Fox Valley. If you have any skills to offer, it’s a good way to earn service points and meet people. In this case, you’ll also meet people from the other churches in the Chapter. For more information, contact Hal Schulman or Nancy Goodfellow.
Our youth group (YRUU) has also made a trek to Tennessee or Missouri every year for the last eleven years to help build a home. More information about this program is available here.
Illinois Youth Center
Every Christmas, we collect gifts and money to buy gifts for the boys incarcerated at IYC in the hopes of perking up the holidays for this largely forgotten group of kids. We also collect and donate magazines and books throughout the year.
Each autumn, UUSG participates in the annual Tri-Cities CROP Walk to raise money for local and international hunger relief efforts. Walkers collect pledges during the month prior to the walk. On the day of the walk, they join people from approximately 20 area churches to follow a scenic 6-mile route along the Fox River.
In May 2010, the Peacemaking Commitment of the UU Society of Geneva was unanimously approved at the Annual Congregational Meeting.