Social Action at Evergreen

Mission Statement

The mission of the Social Action Committee is to chart a path forward, with input from the congregation, on issues related to social justice and social action.  We will collectively raise our own consciousness and that of the congregation.  We will channel and organize the energy, resources and time of the committee and the members of EUUF in support of non-competing projects.

 

Members of Evergreen are engaged in many Social Action and Social Justice efforts.  Some of those efforts are listed below. 

History

Evergreen has a long history of social justice work.  Some of the more recent highlights of our efforts include:  maintaining a congregational presence at Gay Pride Parades, becoming a community voice for marriage equality, participating in the Interfaith Shelter by providing meals and overnight hosts, the incredible work of Laurel Lewellen and others in providing meals for Tent City, our international outreach with Project Ethiopia, record-setting participation in the Northwest UU Justice Summit and Teresa Rugg’s letter writing campaign with RESULTS.

 

For many, the values and principles of our faith inspire us to act in ways to bring about a better world for ourselves and our children.  More social action information is available from the Unitarian Universalist Association.

 

For many, the values and principles of our faith inspire us to act in ways to bring about a better world for ourselves and our children.  More social action information is available from the Unitarian Universalist Association.

 

If you have questions about Social Action at Evergreen, contact Mike Mallory.

Social Action Efforts Currently Underway
Split Plate

Once a month, half of the Sunday morning offering is donated to a charity designated by the committee. 

Contact: Mike Mallory

 

Common Read

The Unitarian Universalist Association, UUA, is asking everyone to read "Behind the Kitchen Door" by Saru Jayaraman.  There will be a book discussion early in 2014.  The book raises awareness of the problems facing restaurant workers.

 

Marysville Community Lunch
Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 1:00pm in Beaman Hall

 

The mission of Marysville Community Lunch is to promote equality, respect, and general well-being for all members of our community by providing dependable access to food and positive human fellowship to any who will come.

 

Marysville Community Lunch, MCL, provides three meals a week for homeless and other food-insecure people in Snohomish County. Evergreen hosts the lunches by opening our doors and welcoming our neighbors.  Mt. View Presbyterian Church and other community members provide the food and other items as needed.

Contact: Mary Bradley or Alonna Chatburn

Cold Weather Shelter

We support an offsite Cold Weather Shelter which opens up to the homeless when temperatures drop below freezing for four consecutive hours.  We need hosts to manage the shelter when it is open.

Contact: Gordon Sherling

 

Marysville Community Food Bank

Evergreen accepts regular donations to the Marysville Community Food Bank throughout the year.

 

 

Volunteers are always needed!  Members of Evergreen have played important roles in the food bank, including sitting on their board.

Contact: John Snyder or Alonna Chatburn

Marysville Community Food Bank Location:

4150 - 88th Street NE, Marysville, WA, 98270

360-658-1054

Northwest Unitarian Universalist Justice Network

NW UU Justice Network is a network of local Unitarian Universalist Social Action Committees and members committed to working for social, economic and environmental justice.  The Network convenes a summit each year to share information and strategies. 

Contact: Dave Speights

Washington State UU Voices for Justice

WA State UU Voices is a voice for Unitarian Universalist values operation within the Washington State political environment.  Their mission is to seek to empower

Unitarian Universalists in Washington State to give voice to our values in the political arena. 

Contact: Dave Speights

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, UUSC, is the fundraising and social action management arm of the denomination. 

 

They work for long-term solutions to human rights and social justice issues through partnerships with grassroots, community based organizations in a wide variety of locations worldwide. 

 

In the Fall of 2012, our Fellowship received the James Luther Adams Award for our support of UUSC’s mission to advance human rights and social justice around the world.

Contact: Ted Hegvik and Kim Longmore.

Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office 

The UU United Nations Office, UU-UNO, promotes the goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all, as reflected in the United Nations Charter.  

Contact: Penny Shively

Project Ethiopia

Project Ethiopia is an organization working with rural and poor communities in Ethiopia to develop better infrastructure and education.  Members of Evergreen have made multiple missions to Ethiopia with this NGO. 

Contact: Paul Henderson

RESULTS

RESULTS is a grass roots organization focused on creating the political will to end global hunger and the worst aspects of poverty through lobbying members of Congress and informing the media on issues of global health, universal education and microcredit.

Contact: Teresa Rugg