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UU Saratoga Social Action
Give Away the Plate Sundays
Our congregation gives the entire collection plate away to a local organization once every month.
Soup Kitchen Donations
The EOC Soup Kitchen needs food for its food pantry every week. Please help us fill the pantry. It’s located at the Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church in Saratoga Springs, but you can place your donations of nonperishable food items on the middle table at the back of our Sanctuary. Your contributions are taken weekly to the Soup Kitchen.
Rebuilding Together Saratoga County
UU Saratoga holds an annual work day in coordination with Rebuilding Together to strengthen the lives of those in need by providing low-income homeowners with critical home repairs, accessibility modifications, and energy-efficient upgrades.
The Green Sanctuary Team, a group whose mission is to help us be more sustainable in the way we do business, has successfully directed the congregation through the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Green Sanctuary Ministry program and we were officially awarded Green Sanctuary Accreditation in 2012. We are one of only 245 congregations in UUA. The team is now working with Sustainable Saratoga on implementing a ban on small plastic bags in Saratoga Springs.
Hudson Mohawk UU Cluster (formerly the CRUUNY Cluster)
The Hudson Mohawk UU Cluster is a cluster of five congregations in the area, including Albany, Glens Falls, Kingston, Saratoga Springs, and Schenectady, New York. Formed in 2009, the congregations collaborate on social justice projects, share resources, and offer workshops and adult RE. They also offer a yearly combined Sunday service that is jointly created.
Capital PRIDE Parade
Our congregation joins with CRUUNY member congregations to march in the annual Capital PRIDE Parade in Albany. The PRIDE Festival is a great family-friendly celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community and allies. The parade is hosted by the Pride Center of the Capital Region, an organization dedicated to serving the LGBTQ community in the Capital Region.
For the past several years, members young and old of UU Saratoga have come together during the December holiday season to share with others through our Mitten Tree Sunday. On that Sunday, adults and children bring hats, scarves, gloves, and mittens and use these items to “decorate” our holiday tree in the front of the sanctuary. These donations of warm winter outdoor clothing are later given to needy families in our area through the Franklin Community Center as well as local schools. The children in the religious education classes have enhanced their participation in this tradition by earning money and joining in the selection and purchase of their families’ items.
Supporting the Backstretch workers
UU Saratoga continues to support the Backstretch workers each spring and summer through donations of bus cards, household items, clothing and food.
Code Blue Saratoga Springs is an emergency shelter serving homeless people in the City of Saratoga Springs who might otherwise remain unsheltered during periods of extreme winter weather. The shelter is open between November 15 and March 15. Extreme winter weather is defined as 12 inches of snow or more and temperature of 20 degrees (to include wind chill factor) or less. It is a collaborative effort between the City of Saratoga Springs, faith-based groups, nonprofits serving the homeless population and committed residents of the City of Saratoga Springs.
Social Justice Action and Activities
See how you can get involved. Check the UU Saratoga calendar.
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Standing on the Side of Love
Unitarian Universalists affirm unconditional, universal love as a foundation and grounding for our actions in the world. We strive to be of service to our communities and advocate for change on local, state, national, and international levels.
Through our Standing on the Side of Love campaign we amplify the voices of the oppressed through online media; we show up in partnership at justice events across the country; we lobby national leaders on immigration reform, racial justice, equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people, religious freedom, and more; and above all we work to make love real in the world.