With 1 out of 5 people in Philadelphia being Food Insecure, 84,000 of them being children and with challenges to our environment based on our food choices, First Unitarian Church Congregants chose Food Justice as our new Social Justice theme. On Sunday March 25th four interesting proposals for a new Social Justice theme were presented – Economic Justice, Food Justice, Government & Citizenship and Marriage Equality. All proposals provided background information on each topic, the relevance of each topic to our UU Principles, suggestions for projects (advocacy, direct work, education and worship), and measurable goals. Then the attendees via a ballot indicated one or more themes to which they could personally make a commitment. All proposed themes generated significant interest with Food Justice receiving more than 50% of the attendees’ commitment.
So what’s next? On Sunday April 22nd we’ll kick off the Food Justice Theme in a rousing Social Justife Sunday Service. Then the planning opportunities will begin where we’ll brainstorm ideas for advocacy, direct work, education & worship , we’ll form teams to explore, plan and implement our ideas, we’ll set goals for our first year and then we’ll get to work.
The Food Justice Social Justice Theme has a two-prong approach. An externally focused aspect , Food Security, will tackle the huge problem of hunger which exists in our metropolitan community and throughout the world with a focus on access by all to healthy food and to having the resource to obtain it. A second more internally focused aspect, Ethical Eating, will enable individuals in the Congregation to make educated personal food choices by understanding the global impact these food choices have on the sustainability of our communities, the humane treatment of animals and the preservation of our environment.
One of the most appealing aspects of the Food Justice proposal is the vast number and range of opportunities for our Congregation’s engagement in this area. May this prove to be a most fulfilling and fruitful endeavor for our Congregation and the greater community.