Dismantling white supremacy is a critical part of who we are as a congregation. White Supremacy is a system of injustice based on the false idea that white people are more valuable than others and that white lives should take priority in American life. There are some people who call themselves White Supremacists who are clear about where they stand on this issue, but plenty of people unconsciously support this idea. We see it in the many disparities present in society including employment, housing, education, voting rights and we see it woven through our foster care and criminal justice systems. Community Church of New York is committed to the destruction of this system.
In addition to anti-racism training for ourselves and a call for the same training as a requirement for the entire NY police department, calls for criminal justice reform, our active participation in the New Sanctuary Coalition as a Sanctuary Church, and active support of in person protests calling for justice, there are things members of our church can do to bend the arc toward justice.
Here are some resources to help you know what to do when you feel like there’s nothing left to do:
Through our Community resources we provide temporary shelter to up to 10 unhoused men in one of our buildings. To get involved in this important work, join the shelter service committee by going to the Welcome Table after the service.
United Nations Global Affairs Program
UU organizing for the UN
Our UN & Global Affairs program hosts initiatives in support of global multilateralism and the UN's three pillars of work - human rights, development, peace and security.
The Fund provides financial support to organizations outside of the Community Church of New York who provide direct assistance or advocacy to designated communities in need and have a 501-C3 designation. Their work must also fall within the areas of human rights, civil liberties, racial justice and/or environmental concerns.
Potential Grant recipients must be nominated by members of Community Church of New York UU in the fall of each year. We cannot consider organizations that apply without being nominated by a church member.
Nomination forms will be available at the Welcome Table and online beginning in mid-September every year. This form must be mailed (no email) to Community Church, postmarked by the due date on the form, usually mid-October.
The Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist