Coastal Virginia UU has a strong social justice tradition. During the ’50s and ’60s, the Unitarian Church of Norfolk (predecessor of CVUU) ministry and lay folk were visible advocates for the end of segregation and Virginia and Norfolk Jim Crow law. During the ’70s and ’80s, the focus shifted to LGBT equality, HIV and marriage equality. Currently, UCN’s social justice priorities are:
- Affordable housing
- Affordable healthcare and healthcare access
- Environmental quality, climate change, sea level rise and community resiliency
- Equal rights and gender equality
- LGBTQ rights and ending discrimination
- Racial justice and fighting racism in our community
Internally, the Social Justice Committee’s role is to increase the congregation’s knowledge of these topics and to encourage participation in appropriate local organizations and activities. CVUU’s Social Justice Committee works with and through other regional and Virginia organizations including:
- Catholic Worker
- Hampton Roads Pride
- Chesapeake Bay Foundation
- Empower Hampton Roads
- Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team
- Ghent Area Ministries
- Interfaith Council
- Interfaith Power and Light
- Unitarian Universalist Social Committee
- LGBT Life Center
- Interfaith Alliance at the Beach
- Hampton Roads Gazeti
Social Justice Committee members participate in the activities of many of these regional activities bringing a Unitarian Universalist perspective to them and amplifying our congregation’s voice in important regional affairs.
Our Social Justice Committee sponsors a monthly offering supporting local programs, national and international service programs.
FAIR TRADE SALES
The Social Justice Committee operates our Fair Trade booth which features Equal Exchange (ethically sourced) chocolate, coffee and tea. The booth is open during coffee hour following Sunday services. Those interested in helping are welcome to speak with one of the committee members at the booth.
Sandwich Makers meets from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the CVUU foyer/social hall on Mondays (except the Monday following the second Saturday). The Catholic Worker hospitality line on Salter Street distributes our contributions at 7 AM on Tuesday mornings.