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Social and Environmental Justice

We are certified by the Unitarian Universalist Association as

a Green Sanctuary Congregation and a Welcoming Congregation

Through our Social and Environmental Justice program, BUC ministers to the needs of our communities; promotes social, economic, racial and environmental justice; fights climate change; and serves as an agent of social systemic change. Our Plate Collection supports a different charitable organization each month, supporting one of these goals.

For the 2019-20 church year, our five priorities (NOT in order of priority) are: LGBTQ+ Welcoming Congregation, Ending Gun Violence, Confronting Racism, Environmental Justice, and Climate Crisis.

Want to get involved and take action? Check out our Task Forces below. All have specific, hands-on things you can do, and you are always welcome to join any group. Our Service Projects, listed on the right, are another great way to get involved.

The links below lead to more information on all of our programs.

Task Forces


LGBTQ+ Welcoming Congregation (Project lead: Jane O'Neil

Meets as needed to plan events

Ending Gun Violence (Project Lead: Eric Sargent)

Update on recent gun legislation

Sample letter to MI Rep. Graham Filler

Pending Michigan legislation on gun-violence prevention

Confronting Racism (Project Lead: Peggy Bocks)

Join us for Anti-Racism Learning Ground

Monthly meetings are on hiatus until summer 2020


Green Sanctuary Ministry (Project Lead: Dan Kosuth)

Meets quarterly

Environmental Justice (Project Lead: Jane O'Neil)

Addresses water rights in Detroit

Climate Crisis (Project Lead: Mary Dunn)

Focused on the climate crisis and how we can have an impact

Project Drawdown climate solutions quiz

Info on climate change legislation and other resources

Paul Gross presentation

Dr. Julie Cole presentation

Climate Resolution presentation

Climate Change Resolution

Plate Collection - selecting organizations to receive a portion of our Sunday plate collection

Service Projects

Walt Whitman School (Project Lead: Mary Jo Ebert)

Numerous opportunities to volunteer at this multicultural school in Pontiac  

Welcome Inn (Project Lead: Annis Pratt)

Warming center open November through March

S.O.S. (Project Lead: Paul Plante)

BUC hosts the South Oakland Shelter for the homeless for one week in November

Baldwin Center Garden (Project Lead: Izzy Khapoya)

Volunteers work in the community garden at the Baldwin Center in Pontiac


Open Hands Pantry (Project Lead: Joan Cashman)

Food donations dropped at church are delivered to this Royal Oak food pantry

Goldsmith Scholarship (Project Lead: Mary Jo Ebert)

Grants funds to assist Pontiac students


Greening of Detroit (Project Lead: Paul Plante)

Tree-planting projects in Detroit neighborhoods


Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network


Unitarian Universalist Service Committee