Action for Justice
Helps educate the congregation on current social and racial issues; takes direct action such as lobbying, petition letters and demonstrations on many social issues; occasionally undertakes social service projects; maintains an information bulletin board; and staffs an information table during Fellowship Hour on Sundays. New meeting schedule will be announced soon.
The Action For Justice Committee (AFJ) is open to all voting and non-voting members of the church who are willing to commit themselves to the work of the committee. By joining AFJ you will participate in an ongoing spirited fellowship working for social change. For those who are committed but short on time, Task Forces offer an opportunity to be as involved as your time permits.
Each year we gather at a summer retreat to plan our agenda for the coming year based on issues of social justice that concern us most as a committee. We meet monthly to hear project reports, to re-commit ourselves to our goals, and to determine any new actions or Task Forces which may need to be formed. Any member of the congregation who is especially concerned about a particular issue is welcome to attend an AFJ meeting, present his or her idea, and possibly start up a Task Force. Any member of the church may attend or join a task force at any time.
The Green Sanctuary (GS) program of the Community Church, officially certified by the UUA-affiliated Ministry for Earth in early 2005, advocates a vision of ecological wholeness, sustainable living, and environmental justice. We focuses on a vision-building seminars, ongoing advocacy of the Earth Charter, monthly voluntary simplicity circle, and an educational film series on sustainability. The Earth Charter expresses the fundamental principles for a just, sustainable and peaceful global society. Through interactive dialog, voluntary simplicity circle participants work toward personal transformation and on making better connections to community resources.
Helene & BJ's Place
at Community Church is one of a network of shelters in the five boroughs coordinated by The Partnership for the Homeless. Helene & BJ's Place provides ten men with a warm and safe place to sleep—and a welcoming atmosphere. Volunteers and donations are needed to keep it open all week, year round. There are many ways to help—visit the Shelter Table during Fellowship Hour to find out how you can help BJ's keep going for another twenty years! Shelter Committee coordinates our shelter for homeless men and church volunteers. Meets second Sunday of the month at 9:30 am.
The Mission of the AntiRacism Team (ART) is to foster the transformation of our congregation into an intentionally anti racist community. The team will develop various programs to address racism on individual, institutional and systemic levels. The team collaborates with other congregational groups engaged in antioppression work. Meets monthly on the first Fridays of the month. A film and discussion follows the meeting. Films are also offered on occasional Sundays.
UU United Nations and Global Affairs
Our congregation has a long history of world-mindedness, including a close connection with the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office. Its first workspace was here in our buildings beginning in 1962, and its importance was recognized in 1965 when the UU UN Office became a funded program of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
The Doolittle Committee
The Doolittle Committee administers the Doolittle funds providing support to outside organizations whose goals are congruent with the Community Church mission.
New Sanctuary Coalition
Since 2009, Community Church has been part of the NYC New Sanctuary Coalition http://www.newsanctuarynyc.org/. Our church has a committee that specifically focuses on the needs of one sanctuary family, Fatoumata Gassama and her 6 wonderful children. We meet with Fatoumata monthly at Community Church and review the family's legal, housing, health, educational and personal needs. Over the years we have helped this wonderful family financially, emotionally and practically, and in turn have gained wonderful experiences and personal benefits. We need more participants on our committee. Please contact Leonore Tiefer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-533-2774 for more information.