I’m proud to be a part of the First UU church of Philadelphia. We have a congregation determined to do more than just talk about social justice.
For instance, after hearing about the work of the Social Justice Ministry on Education/Literacy at the recent State of the Congregation service, eighteen additional people indicated an interest in helping with one or more Social Justice projects. Several signed up for two or three projects, so we have more volunteers to work as Reading Buddies, on Homeless Outreach, Books on Tape, Online Advocacy, assisting in the organization of an up-coming Social Justice Forum and a showing of the film, Waiting for Superman.
With the Reading Buddies project alone, there are already a dozen people who are going weekly to the Andrew Jackson elementary school. Soon, we hope we will have a group ready to go into the Greenfield School for a similar program. Others have found individual ways to support literacy at other schools, through ESL programs, and through social service agencies.
Not all work, however, has to be in the form of direct action. There are many ways to volunteer. Some people work at home, online or meet with Task Forces in the church. If you haven’t yet had an opportunity to volunteer, call one of the members of the Social Justice Ministry Team leaders and talk about whatever project interests you. Call the church office if you need the contact information for Debby Schultz, Carlo Makarechi, Ginny Beier or Sharon Tomalin