Council for Faith in Action
Council for Faith in Action
Every one of us knows what it is like to bleed. Every one of us has experienced pain. If that were not a fact of human existence, we might not notice the suffering of the world. Because it is, we do.
— Rev. William F. Schulz
What the elders taught me, and teach us is that we have to participate, and we have to be active, and we have to nurture the community for the well being of not only our community, but all the rest of the world. We have that big responsibility to maintain balance within the world.
— Brian Vallo, Acoma Pueblo, 2004
The future is not settled. The right word at the right moment, the right witness in the right place, the right action at the right time, may redeem the worst injustice, may redress the greatest harm, may result in meaningful change. It is this that calls us to put our faith into action for social justice.
THE MISSION of the Council for Faith in Action is to facilitate and support the commitment of the Unitarian Universalist Church at Washington Crossing to be a force for justice, equity and compassion. We seek not to be the conscience of this faith community but rather to be the medium that engages and encourages that conscience to manifest change through education, directed giving, social witness, advocacy, and direct action in our communities.
The Council for Faith in Action evaluates social justice project proposals, and requests for funds for organizations and causes that the church elects to support, using criteria that encompass UUCWC’s mission and vision statements, and our UU principles and values. It also tries to find synergy between projects and groups. The CFA manages the funds that UUCWC dedicates to this aspect of its ministry – 50% of the plate, beyond pledges, collected each Sunday.
The CFA does not organize people to participate in a rally, join a letter-writing campaign, or take similar direct actions. CFA encourages and supports everyone’s participation in social justice, but does not create or directly manage those opportunities. Rather, the committees, small groups that form around projects, and individuals, champion projects and giving requests, and directly engage the community to seek their participation.
“Economic Justice” was selected as the first church-wide social justice theme and introduced to the Church Council in September 2013. CFA will be working with groups and committees around this theme, hope that everyone will come along on this journey with us in the way that best works for them while contributing to this community-wide effort.
The Council for Faith in Action is continuing to evolve. We want everyone to have opportunities to participate in social justice initiatives through UUCWC at whatever level is appropriate for them, so that we may truly put our faith in action. We would welcome new members to the Council for Faith in Action! Please contact any CFA member if you are interested, and join us in our journey.
Social justice actions come under two general categories:
- Social Justice Directed Giving, i.e. financial contributions to an organization or cause. An example would be UUCWC’s contribution to support the Coalition for Peace Action or the Doylestown Friends Meeting to assist them in supporting an Iraqi refugee family.
- Social Justice Projects or opportunities for “hands-on” involvement in an activity or project. An example of a project would be the HomeFront Tutoring Program or arranging for representatives of the Latin American Legal Defense Fund to speak at UUCWC with members of the church and the larger community in attendance. Projects often have a budget as well, so this should be taken into account when requesting project funds.
- Funding Request Form – Use this form both for proposals for directed giving and projects
- Council for Faith in Action Reimbursement Guidelines
- Council for Faith in Action Payment Form
- Council for Faith in Action – Making “Emergency Decisions”