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)

Meets the third Friday of each month at BUC, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

 

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

Climate Change Resolution

Plate Collection Committee (Project Lead: Barbara Robinson)

Meets quarterly to select 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

MUUSJN

Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network

UUSC

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

38651 Woodward Avenue | Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 | 248-647-2380

Ending Gun Violence

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